Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

President's Letter

Greetings fellow GAPIA members and associates,
I’m sure everyone has been very busy as we head into the fire season, especially on the heels of the damages left behind in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in early October.  It goes without saying that the need for professional guidance to navigate hurricane claims with respect to high deductibles and unique coverage hurdles creates an opportunity for all public adjusters to showcase their skills and talents, specifically the unique requirements and exclusions tied to the NFIP policies.
There are a number of resources available for information on NFIP, including the Merlin Law Group website (, the Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog (published by the Merlin Law Group,, and FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program site ( to name a few.  If you have other questions about NFIP, please feel free to email them to Margie Butler, and she will disseminate to the board to assist in providing feedback which may be beneficial.  I would be remiss if I didn’t express my sincere gratitude to Margie, our Executive Director, for not only transitioning the human resources and management elements of our organization, but also for her incredible job in orchestrating the October event, which had the highest attendance in GAPIA’s history. 
On behalf of our national NAPIA board members and officers, I want to thank JP Norton for his dedication to the organization over the last 5 years and by serving a second term as President, while we continued to usher in the growth of GAPIA.  JP will be transitioning to Chairman of the Board and I am honored to serve as president behind him and his predecessors.
I want to also take a moment to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season as we rapidly approach Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year.  In addition, I am happy to announce that GAPIA is holding its first annual holiday party for all of its members.  Please come and enjoy some beverages, great food, and some holiday cheer on Thursday December 1, from 6-8 pm at Establishment in Midtown, 1197 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.  Please RSVP with Margie.
I look forward to seeing you on December 1st with an opportunity to discuss the future of our great profession, learn more about what is important to you, and how we can all grow it together.
Warm regards,
Brandon S. Lewis