Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters
(GAPIA)

Letter from the President

 
Greetings Fellow GAPIA members and associates, 
 
We are already past the holiday hangover and though I was hopeful to put a photo of the Lombardi Trophy in my letter this month, the Patriots had other plans.  But I’m confident that the Falcons will Rise Up and be back again. 
 
Unfortunately, the start to 2017 has not been without weather stories; we have already had a busy fire season so far, and it hits close to home when fire claims the life of a beloved sports figure.  Quentin Moses, a standout Defensive End at UGA and for the Miami Dolphins, lost his life in a fire that engulfed his home in the early morning on Sunday. 
 
As everyone is aware, violent and catastrophic tornadoes recently hit South Georgia in the Albany and Adel areas.  I have had the opportunity to tour both of these areas, assisting homeowners who didn’t have insurance with some fundraising efforts.  Not since 1936 has this area seen such widespread devastation, and while the recent storms were massive, the death toll was tragic, with over 20 lives lost in the storm and its wake. 
 
Cordele EF4 Tornado Damage, 1936
 
We hope that homeowners are retaining the use of Public Insurance Adjusters to assist them with their claims.  If anyone has any questions about the areas, or how to assist, please reach out to our Executive Director, Margie Butler, for additional information.
 
I also wanted to remind you of the upcoming GAPIA Spring Conference 2017, scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Cobb Galleria.
 
Kind regards,
 
Brandon Lewis, President