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From the Editor

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Big "I" Virtual University VUpoint Newsletter
Vol. 18, No. 16 - Issue #427 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Copyright © 2017 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Every two weeks I agonize over what to write. Should I write something inspirational? Should I try to be funny? Maybe I should issue a professional challenge. Then it came to me – no one reads this part anyway, so why does it matter.

That realization gave me freedom. I can basically talk about anything I want; get hard feelings off my chest; talk trash about the Pittsburgh Steelers (or Penguins); complain about my kids; or thank the Lord for my wife (yes, she's standing over my shoulder).

Are you paying attention now? Of course, you know I'm kidding.

As the summer moves closer to an end, the VU is already preparing for 2018. We have several new projects and initiatives planned for the coming year, but we can't tell you about them yet – the big reveal will be at the Education Convocation in September, an event we host for our association staff counterparts. We think you will like some of the new offerings. I know, not fair.

This week we seem to focus on auto coverage from both the personal and commercial side, although personally-owned autos are the key to both articles:

  • "Leaseback" of a Personally-Owned Auto Done Right; and
  • The "Business Use" Exclusion in the Personal Auto Policy

I stepped a little outside my usual comfort zone for this issue to pen a management article, "11 Requirements for Management Success." As you know, I generally restrict my writing to coverages and concepts, but due to outside circumstances, I was given the opportunity to speak on agency management issues recently. This article flows from that session.

What did Buddy dig up for this issue? Well, we gave Buddy a break to rest up from and for the dog days of summer. Luckily, we could let him rest because of the VU's recent Certificates of Insurance webinar. Lots of questions came out of the webinar, we have included three of them in this edition.

Last issue I misquoted Shakespeare; to end this issue, I want to misquote Dr. Seuss. Don't cry when you finish this issue because you're through; smile because of all you learned. OK, so maybe that's not all that motivational, but you know my heart! Keep learning, my friends.

Executive Director, Big "I" Virtual University