Leading Florida Construction Company Advocates for Policyholder Rights
ORLANDO, Fla. — As an ongoing supporter of the mission and work of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) proudly sponsored the 2019 Fall FAPIA Conference. The biannual event was held on Oct. 26-28 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. VCGFL sponsored the SciFi Cocktail Party and the hotel room keys. Venture companies exhibited at the conference and shared their latest projects and company advancements in technology.
“Each fall and spring, we attend the FAPIA conference, and it truly gets better and better. FAPIA brings together the best and the brightest in the industry. Together, we accomplish quite a bit each year, further improving policy and reform. The educational advancements, networking and consumer advocacy efforts really show that FAPIA members truly walk the talk,” says Sandra Lawson, director of operations, Venture Construction Group of Florida.
FAPIA is dedicated to improving public policy by continually developing educational programs for the public adjusting community in Florida. The conference included breakout sessions, presentations, educational courses, and networking events. Sessions covered the latest updates in estimating, building code compliance, legislative changes to insurance law and public adjusting, commercial insurance claims, property loss, appraisals, ethics, Florida’s new Assignment of Benefit (AOB) law and contractor claims. Attendees included public adjusters, attorneys, construction, roofing and restoration industry personnel, licensed general contractors, and state officials. Tasha Carter, Florida’s insurance consumer advocate, presented a keynote address on Oct. 26. Carter discussed her commitment to finding solutions to insurance issues facing Floridians, including identifying questionable insurance practices while working to promote a viable insurance market that meets the needs of Florida’s diverse population. Carter also discussed her dedication to ensuring rates are fair and justified.
“Insurance consumers are very frustrated with their insurance companies. They’re frustrated that their claims have not been closed and that they have not been handled appropriately,” says Tasha Carter, insurance consumer advocate.
Networking events included the SciFi Cocktail Party held at the Exhibitor Hall on Oct 26 and a Public Adjuster Rock Concert held poolside on Oct. 27.
“The ongoing support and sponsorships each year from Venture Construction Group of Florida is very appreciated. All of our sponsorships truly help us further our mission and continually grow this organization and ultimately advance the rights of property owners,” says Craig Drillich, president of FAPIA.
FAPIA was built on the principles of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) in 1993, and over 25 years later, the same organizational model remains in place today. As a result of the ongoing work of FAPIA, competing public adjusters and industry personnel now work together for the common good. The organization has grown from a small group of dedicated insurance professionals to the largest state trade association for public adjusters in the nation with over 600 members.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is a licensed general contractor and an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in commercial projects, VCGFL assists property management companies, condo associations, multi-family structures, hi-rises, retail/business plazas, government facilities, hotels and resorts with comprehensive general contractor services, restoration, mitigation, specialty construction, historical restoration, remodels, property repairs and rebuilds due to fire, flood, water, wind, hail, and hurricane damage. VCGFL holds leading industry awards including the Construction Business Owner Outstanding Women in Construction Award, Roofing Alliance MVP Award, Coatings Pro Contractor Award, Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 Award, Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers Award, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. CEO Stephen Shanton is a proud member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Windstorm Insurance Network WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, WIND Certified Fellow®, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. VCGFL is a proud member of Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB), Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Gold Coast Builders Association (GCBA). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. For more information call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at www.VCGFL.com.
About Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters
Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) was founded in 1993 to protect residential and business policyholders in the wake of devastating Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. Today, FAPIA consists of over 600 members who are committed to ensuring homeowners who suffer an insured loss receive full and fair compensation from their insurance carriers. FAPIA members are located throughout the state and commit to a strict code of ethics as well as continuing education requirements to ensure policyholders receive the best representation. FAPIA consists of licensed insurance professionals who use their expertise to advocate for the consumer. The association is working to grow and enhance the industry by improving laws and regulations that govern public adjusters and their services to policyholders. For more information, visit www.FAPIA.net.
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