CEO Bruce Cochrane promotes Robert Bondi to President of Renaissance Alliance

Executive appointment is dedicated to growth for member agencies

Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, a premier membership alliance for independent insurance agencies, announces the promotion of Robert A. Bondi to the role of President. His primary mission is to accelerate growth and income for the independent agency members of the Alliance. In announcing the promotion, CEO J. Bruce Cochrane says that Bondi is responsible for developing and delivering differentiated, state-of-the-art capabilities to independent agency members to drive premium growth, commission enhancement, and profit margin results beyond the typical independent agency experience.

Jump start your hiring in February, Insurance Careers Month

Looking for new hires for your agency this year? Why not get a jump start in February, the 4th Annual Insurance Careers month? We offer a variety of resources to help you make the most of the month, including a great video from the Insurance Information Institute on working in the insurance industry that would be great to share on your agency's social media.

Private flood insurance gets a boost

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) goal to double the amount of homes insured for flood by 2023 has been characterized as a "moonshot" goal that will require private flood insurance to supplement the coverage available from NFIP. The expansion of the private market recently got a boost when regulators issued new federal rules for private flood insurance, making private options more acceptable to lenders.

MA short-term rental law imposes requirements for taxes and liability insurance

If you have Massachusetts clients who engage in short term rentals of their property, be aware that there are new regulations that will affect them. A new law aimed at rental property arrangements, such as Airbnb, will impose a 5.7% hotel room tax to short term rentals and require short-term rentals to be registered with the state. The law also allows for cities and towns to add local taxes above and beyond that. In addition, people who rent out their property must also obtain $1 million in liability insurance.

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