Chris Amrhein, like most true believers in insurance, stumbled upon this business accidentally; specifically, after graduating from college and needing a job.
After beginning in this business as a life-health agent, he graduated to property-casualty sales where he first met the greatest mine of comedy material extant today, the ISO forms. Following several years as a producer and independent agency manager/owner, Chris spent many years as a full-time educator/VP-Education for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and VP-Education for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Those years found him traveling about the country teaching seminars on everything from agency management to the claims made CGL. It has also taught him the absolute truth of Jimmy Buffet's famous observation about those who make a career of the property-casualty business: "If we weren't all crazy we would go insane."
Chris is now a speaker, consultant, seminar leader and training developer, and resides in Lorton, Virginia, with the love of his life (and wife) Donna and youngest son Alexandru (17). His two older sons - Patrick, 34 and Kevin, 32 – are doing quite well without him. His email address email@example.com and website www.insuranceisfun.com, say it all.
Current Industry Activities:
- Member, CPCU Oversight Committee
- Member, Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) Advisory Committee.
- Primary Author (AAI textbooks):
- Foundations of Insurance Production – Personal Insurance
- Multiple-Lines Insurance Production – Commercial Liability Insurance
- Agency Operations and Sales Management – Principles of Agency Management
- Monthly columnist (1993-present) - "Policy Issues" - Insurance Journal & American Agent & Broker Magazine
- Faculty member: IIABA’s Virtual University; Society of CIC James K. Ruble Seminars
- Developer of “Street Level Ethics” Program for AICPCU/IIA
- Chairman. IIABA Future One Producer Development Task Force
- Member, IIABA Future One Subcommittee on Customer Service
- Author/Editor - Florida General Lines, Customer Representatives and Adjuster Study Manuals
- Member, IIABA Agency Management & Technology Committee
Have you ever wondered how attorneys - who attend exactly none of our industry's plethora of training, continuing education (CE), or designation sessions - have managed to create a massive profit niche out of inserting themselves into insurance claim resolutions?
Why is it everyone knows there is no such thing as a "standard" commercial umbrella, yet the vast majority of both agents and consumers act like there is? When you are dealing with millions of dollars in protection, even a minor oversight or miscalculation could prove financially disastrous.
Social networking is expanding rapidly and agents are encouraged by everyone around to jump in or miss the boat. At the same time the rapid evolution of the technology and vast seemingly instantaneous dispersal of information can leave the agency subject to new and unknown issues affecting errors and omissions.