Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters
(GAPIA)

Letter from the President

 
Greetings, Fellow GAPIA members and associates,
 
I hope you all had a very joyous and relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year.  It is amazing how fast the holiday season passed this year.  I trust all of you in Georgia enjoyed the balmy weather during the holiday.  I am looking forward to some great new and expanded educational opportunities for GAPIA in 2017, with those announcements coming during the first quarter.
 
I’m very excited to report that we have secured Cobb Galleria for the GAPIA Spring Conference on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  I am also very proud to confirm Jay Florence, Deputy Insurance Commissioner, as a guest at our 2017 Conference.  He will be speaking for about 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.  This is an incredible development for our organization as we continue to grow the relationship between the Department of Insurance, our organization, and the licensed Public Insurance Adjusters in the state of Georgia.
 
In other developments, please be on the lookout for upcoming information from our office as it relates to our 2017 initiative of creating awareness and combating the unauthorized practice of Public Adjusting (UPPA).  We have been offered the opportunity to work alongside FAPIA to utilize some of their best practices, along with their marketing and awareness campaigns that have beneficial in their fight against UPPA.  As per the GAPIA By-laws, I will also be appointing a grievance committee, as well as membership and public relations committees during the first quarter of 2017.  
 
I’m sure many of you have been very busy with the business of advocacy claim handing as a result of Hurricane Matthew and the ensuing floods; there has also been no shortage of activity in the market, even with the warmer weather this holiday season.  I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every Public Insurance Adjuster, both resident and non-resident, and let you know that the board welcomes your input.  Please feel free to call or email me any time, or reach out to our Executive Director, Margie Butler (butler@gapia.org) if you feel there is a topic that merits discussion that is in the interest of our organization or our profession.  You may contact me directly by cell (404-307-8307) or email (brandonslewis@gmail.com). 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Brandon S. Lewis
President GAPIA, Inc.