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March 2016
Spring into Action

March is upon us. Although we do not have to endure much winter living here in Florida, spring still brings about some changes for us, such as longer days, spring showers, and even warmer weather.

Most of us are not thinking about Hurricane Season and making sure our insurance plans are current, but now is the time we need to be doing this. In just the past year, we have seen construction starting to boom again. Construction costs have increased considerably so the replacement value of your home has probably increased as well.  Now is the time to contact us to make sure your coverage limits are where they need to be. 

There have also been many changes in the insurance market. There may be options available that were not available when you originally insured with us, including private Flood insurance which we detail in our latest blog. We want to make sure you have the protection you need, when you need it, so contact your agent this spring, and spring into action!

 

-Anita Crockett Ford, Principal/Owner
Help Support AlphaHouse!
 


Insurance Resources is a proud supporter of Leadership St. Pete's Class Project for ALPHA House of Pinellas County. Support our agent, Brian Ford, and his team as they help renovate this wonderful organization whose goal is to provide supportive services to pregnant women and teens & families experiencing crises pregnancies. Click here to donate!
Pitfalls of Private Flood


Private market Flood insurance carriers are beginning to enter the Florida market. They are offering competitively priced policies with broad coverages for many consumers, but there are some pitfalls you need to be aware of before you decide to move. Read more in our latest blog post!
Employee Spotlight

Meet Brian Ford, CPCU, MBA, ARM
Account Executive
 
Growing up as the son of two insurance agents, Brian had insurance in his blood from a young age. He started working at Insurance Resources during his High School summers at St. Petersburg Catholic. After graduating from High School, Brian decided to become a Nole. While at Florida State University (FSU), Brian received both his Property & Casualty and Life, Health, & Variable Annuity Licenses. Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Risk Management & Insurance and a Minor in Spanish.
 
After graduation from FSU, Brian went on to pursue his MBA at the University of Tampa & he graduated Magna Cum Laude in one and a half years. Upon graduation from UT Brian accepted a position as a Commercial Lines Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance in Clearwater, FL where he was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar book of business. While at Bouchard, he was awarded the President’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Scholarship and he completed his studies in 2014, joining an elite group of insurance experts.
 
In August of 2014, Brian decided that it was time for him to rejoin the family business. He came on with Insurance Resources as an Account Executive, and has helped Insurance Resources build its commercial department. His insurance expertise and management knowledge are an invaluable asset to Insurance Resources. Currently Brian is pursuing his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Group, and a proud member of Leadership St. Petersburg. In his free time Brian enjoys fishing, diving, running, CrossFit, and spending time with his girlfriend and friends.

Local Events



March 5-6- Brocante Market.  Is your wallet burning a hole in your pocket? Do you like to shop till you drop? Great! Come to Brocante Market. St. Pete's ONLY monthly vintage market! 15,000 square feet of vintage goods sourced by 50+ Brocanteurs. Located at 2200 2nd Ave S, St. Petersburg.  Click here for more info.

March 5- Garden Bounty with P. Allen Smith.  Come to the Club at Treasure Island and enjoy the several gardening events featuring the award-winning designer gardening and lifestyle expert, P. Allen Smith.  The event benefits Habitat for Humanity and is open to the public.  Click here for more info.

March 11-13- Tampa Bay Boat Show.  Set sail to Tropicana Field and enjoy a weekend filled with the latest boats, watercraft, fishing supplies and more!  This event is open to the public and admission is free.  Click here for more info.  

March 13- Movies on the Lawn.  Join the Museum of Fine Arts in watching Days of Thunder.  The event starts  with music at 7 and the movie following after dark.  Click here for more info.


March 17-20- Gulf Beaches Rotary Spring Break Festival.  Enjoy a weekend filled with carnival rides, fun games, live music and good food.  All net proceeds are given back to the community.  Click here for more info.




*Please contact us if you wish to have your event published in our newsletter.
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