Thursday, March 3, 2011

Welcome to the Team!

I would like to take a moment to welcome Nicole to the Nationwide Appraisals Team.  As the newest member of our team, Nicole brings over 10 years of Insurance Claims experience (SafeCo and AAA) including an AIC Certification.

After interviewing over 50 people for the Account Coordinator position, we knew she would make an excellent fit to our family oriented, enthusiastic culture and she has fit right in.  I think our clients and vendors will agree, as we continue to provide the excellent customer service we are so proud of.

If you happen to speak with Nicole via Phone or Email, please take a moment to welcome her to the team!

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Blizzard 2011

As our first official Blog, I figured I would take a second to reflect on the week that we just completed.  As a Chicagoan my entire life, I can officially say that I have never seen snow like we experienced this week.  Awaking to 21.1 inches of snow Wednesday Morning with drifts from 4 to 6 ft in various parts of my yard, to say that I was in a bit of shock would be an understatment. 

Since this is a Business/Insurance/Auto Physical Damage Blog, I can proudly say that Nationwide Appraisals "weathered" the storm, even with our internet and phones down for most of the day, we managed to continue operating via cell phones and cell internet service and didn't miss a beat.

Which brings me to my final thought......  Does severe weather with extensive warning limit the exposure to Auto Losses?  The reason I ask this, is that even after most of the country suffering some type of poor weather event, our claim volume still stayed relatively flat.  With most weather realated events, we typically can expect a small increase in volume, however with this event (at least in Chicago), I think most people stayed indoors and limited their exposure to the elements.

Well thats all for now and hopefully we won't see another "Snowpocalypse" for some time.