by P. Andersen, 10/9/14
This Saturday, October 11th, Levitt-Fuirst will have a booth at the Community Associations Institute Conference and Trade Show at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill, NY. In addition, Jason Schiciano, President of Levitt-Fuirst, will be a part of the 9:00 a.m. panel “Can We Do This?”, discussing the legal, accounting, and insurance ramifications of what a property board can and cannot do. We are a proud member of the CAI, and many of our clients are members as well – we are truly happy to be a part of the show.
The Levitt-Fuirst booth was recently created, and is intended to initiate conversation – “Why Fear Insurance?” is the slogan we decided on. It seems some people think of insurance like they do the dentist, and we feel it shouldn’t be viewed with fear or avoidance. Insurance is one of the good things in life, protecting our families and businesses from catastrophic loss, and keeping our world comfortable in the face of adversity. It is Levitt-Fuirst’s goal to make insurance as pain free as possible – why fear insurance indeed?
Levitt-Fuirst writes insurance for just about anyone, from the new homeowner to the multi-national manufacturer, but one of our specialties is condo and coop, or “habitational” insurance. This is the insurance that the condo or coop has to have to protect the building and property from losses or claims. If you live in a condo or a coop the New York/Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley region, or are a part of a community association in that area, there is a chance that we write the property and liability insurance for your building or association. It is one of our specialties, along with construction, bonding, and high net worth personal insurance.
Insurance is an interesting business, with your success tied to many factors. Clearly, there is the experience and knowledge of the area of expertise – having worked in real estate and construction for going on 50 years, it is understandable that we have that skillset. As we have grown, we have broadened our reach as well, covering new industries from restaurants and food trucks, to manufacturing and technology firms. With experience comes experience, and each year we find a new niche to broaden our reach and expand our business. With each new experienced employee we hire, we have a broader, deeper pool of information to pull from as we write new policies.
Beyond the knowledge, however, are the relationships with the insurance carriers, the relationships with the communities in which we work and live, and the amazing referrals we receive from clients that appreciate what we bring to the table. Levitt-Fuirst has always been a referral based agency – we don’t grow by acquisition, we grow by impressing our clients enough that they recommend new clients. It is an old school philosophy that has truly worked for us, as we continue to succeed even in a difficult marketplace.
The Community Association Institute Conference and Trade Show
But back to the CAI show… We exhibit because we want more properties and property managers to hear about us and our success stories, and because we want to connect with our current clients who always have a question or two for us when we are at an event. We want people to know that insurance should not be feared, that insurance keeps you whole when life conspires against you. Our booth? It is something to behold, and we hope it gets that point across… With the right professional organization behind you, there is no reason to fear insurance after all…