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2016: A Year To Remember

2016: A Year to Remember

2016 was quite the year! Filled with not just work, but fun, food, charity, concerts, golf tournaments and more, 2016 brought lots of love and left us with lots of memories! Furthermore, we acquired 3 new employees: Melissa Thurber, CFO; William Van Hooser, Life & Health/ Employee Benefits; and Brent Teel, Risk Consultant. In addition, our very own Charlie Harris…

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New Overtime Rule

New Overtime Rule

Effective December 1, 2016—only 113 days from now—the new overtime “final rule” will change a variety of facets of the previous overtime law. The final rule will: Raise the previous employee salary threshold for eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 million workers. There is an exception to the $913-per-week rule: it’s when employers will count nondiscretionary…

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Workplace 2.0

Workplace 2.0

It’s 2016 and things are a’changin—including the workplace. “Treadmill desks. Bouncy ball chairs. Tablets on public transit. Wi-fi on airplanes. Our workplace is more mobile than ever.” Welcome to Workplace 2.0. Traveler’s Insurance has deemed Workplace 2.0 as, well, anywhere and anyway in which you work. The idea applies to the new ways technology and mobility have changed the who,…

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Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

We are happy to announce that we have hired William Van Hooser as the new Employee Benefits/Life Advisor. Van Hooser, a graduate of Auburn University, brings to Starke 3 years of experience working with Traveler’s and has worked with multiple independent insurance agencies across the state of Alabama. “We are pleased to have Montgomery native William Van Hooser join Starke…

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The Growing Risk List

The Growing Risk List

If you own a business, these are just a few things to look out for when it comes to emerging liability trends. As time passes and technology grows, new exposures for risk rise. Below we have listed the top 7 emerging liability trends in 2015. AUTO: Rising medical costs, distracted driving, and non-owned & hired exposures increase risk. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY:…

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Trey Starke Recognized By CIC For Twenty Years Of Leadership

Trey Starke Recognized by CIC for Twenty Years of Leadership

Trey Starke, CPCU, CIC of Starke Agency, Montgomery, was recently honored for his ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the insurance profession. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors presented Mr. Starke with a formally-inscribed certificate for his continued participation in the CIC program. Earning his CIC designation and maintaining all update requirements for twenty years places…

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The Cost Of Caring: Health Industry Risks

The Cost of Caring: Health Industry Risks

Specialized health-related workplaces can be easy instigators to a claim. NURSES A new report published by the Nurses Service Organization or, NSO, found that malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Nurses who had practiced at least 16 years made up 85% of those claims, but those with the largest indemnity payments ($70,171) had only been practicing three to…

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Inuring Against Employee Dishonesty

Inuring Against Employee Dishonesty

Employee Dishonesty, in this article, is not defined by if an employee fakes sick; it’s  defined by dishonesty far worse. Employee Dishonesty coverage is designed to cover an employer in cases of fraud and embezzlement by an employee and to provide miscellaneous coverage for connected losses. Why is it needed? Fraud and embezzlement in the workplace are on the rise.…

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Introducing Our New Director Of Sales & Marketing: Mark J. Ludick

Introducing our new Director of Sales & Marketing: Mark J. Ludick

Mark has just recently moved from Mobile, AL, to take on the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Starke Agency. He officially started with us yesterday, January 19th and we are so excited to have him! A 30 year veteran in the insurance industry, Mark has experience in various roles on both the agency and carrier sides of the…

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Does Your Business Need Business Interruption Insurance?

Does Your Business Need Business Interruption Insurance?

If you’re wondering, the answer is yes. You never know when your business may suffer from a crippling event. Whether it is a fire, tornado or other disaster that causes your business to come to a standstill, business interruption insurance could be your best friend. Business interruption insurance (BII), also known as business income insurance, covers the loss of income…

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