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Chris Burand

Chris Burand

Chris Burand is the Owner/Founder of Burand & Associates, LLC.  Chris is the only insurance agency consultant with an Institute of Business Appraiser’s Certified Business Appraiser Accreditation and one of the very few who are certified by the two largest E&O carriers to provide audits for agencies.  With more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Chris is acknowledged as a leading consultant and is a nationally recognized speaker and author.  His broad experience and wealth of knowledge have enabled him to work with hundreds of agencies, taking great care to learn the client’s goals and understand their needs while developing a solution for their specific situation.

Chris combines education, experience, and knowledge from multiple perspectives at proven levels that few other consultants or educators can provide.  This enables Chris to provide holistic solutions.  Chris’s services help agencies, individuals, and carriers identify strengths and opportunities, optimize productivity and profits, implement real-world strategies, leverage resources, and develop realistic plans of action in order to maximize profitable growth.

Chris established Burand & Associates in 1992 (originally known as Growth Planning).  As a consultant, Chris has consulted with hundreds of agencies and many major insurance carriers.  He built and now facilitates two insurance agency networking associations.  He is also a featured speaker across the continent.  To date, he has presented more than 400 seminars and educational programs, and his articles have also been published more than 500 times.  He is a monthly columnist for The Insurance Journal, a past columnist for American Agent & Broker for eleven years, and his articles have appeared in Rough Notes, The National Underwriter, A.M. Best, many regional insurance publications, and many other trade publications.  He also publishes Burand’s Insurance Agency Adviser for independent insurance agents.

 

Areas of Expertise

Insurance Agency Appraisals:  Chris Burand’s professional services include appraisals for Acquisitions and Sales, Buy/Sell Agreements, Mergers, Dissolutions, and Perpetuation Planning.

Contingency Contract Analysis:  Contingency contracts offer opportunities to increase compensation through negotiations and strategically placing business.  Chris Burand’s Contingency Contract Analysis® service provides the information agents need to take advantage of those opportunities.

Note:  Chris Burand and Burand & Associates, LLC are advocates of agencies which constructively manage and improve their contingency contracts by learning how to negotiate and use their contingency contracts more effectively.  We maintain that agents can achieve considerably better results without ever taking actions that are detrimental or disadvantageous to the insureds.  We have never and would not ever recommend that an agent and/or agency implement a policy of, or otherwise advocate, increasing its contingency income ahead of the insureds’ interests.

PEP® (Productivity Enhancement):  Chris’s innovative statistical algorithm method for identifying procedural consistency, compliance, activity cost, and opportunity cost savings.

Carrier MD® Stability Analysis:  A unique analytical method for creating opportunities to learn negotiating points and insurance carrier stability from an agency’s perspective.

Producer Compensation Plans:  Chris Burand develops plans that increase profits and motivate producers.

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E&O Issues You Didn't See Coming: A Two-Part Series

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The insurance world is a place of emerging and evolving risks. Just because insurance agencies serve their clients' risk management and insurance needs doesn't mean that their risk management needs are being met. In this special two-part session, Chris Burand brings us an update on the E&O issues that the insurance world is facing today.

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How to Hire and Develop New Producers (2-part series)

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After real estate, people are usually the largest expense normally incurred by businesses. Add to that, the cost incurred when the wrong person is hired, the right person is hired but isn't trained well, or the team isn't led well. That's why Chris Burand is bringing us this 2-part class on hiring and developing producers.


If you are hiring now, or you're planning to hire soon, you need to join us for this class.

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Why Becoming a Boutique Agency is Critical for Your Success

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This presentation is based on the importance of agents learning their coverages deeply so they can be true advisors to their clients because the alternative, simply placing insurance that may or may not be adequate will be done by software and agencies earning materially less commission in the near future. Join us as Chris Burand brings his expertise on coverages to this highly timely topic.

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Why Titling Yourself as a Risk Manager is an Invitation to be Sued

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What's in a name? Much and in many ways, especially if that name is risk manager and you're really not one.


Join us as Chris Burand helps agents idea that they are probably not risk managers and why it's important that they avoid calling themselves such.




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How E&O Exposures are Changing

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Errors and omissions can happen in the best of times. 2020 wasn't the best of times and E&O exposures have changed significantly.


Join us as industry expert Chris Burand helps us learn how E&O exposures have changed especially in the last year or so.

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State of the P&C Insurance Industry

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What's happening in insurance today?


Will agents and carriers be able to maintain the "status quo" into the foreseeable future?


What will happen to the agency business model as more customers and carriers are using self-service apps?


Join highly-respected and outspoken insurance agency and industry consultant Chris Burand as he shares his State of the Industry report.

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The E&O Aftermath of a Natural Catastrophe

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When a large natural catastrophe occurs, agencies always put forth great effort to care for their employees and clients.

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Insurance Distribution & Marketing

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Insurance Distribution has changed immensely over the years. Has your agency, and your skills, kept up?

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7 Steps Towards Avoiding Bad Carrier Contracts

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This one hour training session teaches agencies about the three most common carrier contracts. Additionally, this class details what agents must and should consider before signing any carrier contract.

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The Future of Production and Distribution

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Learn how significantly and how quickly the insurance distribution system has changed; what it means to you; and the choice you have.

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