It goes without saying that individuals and associations alike need to be properly covered by insurance; that's just common sense.
It’s even more important for Floridians considering the propensity of inclement weather and dangerous wind storms and hurricanes that affect the Sunshine State on an annual basis. The wide variety of choices can make obtaining insurance coverage a daunting process. To help boards and HOAs navigate these options with minimal hassle, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) with offices in Tampa and a corporate headquarters in Manhattan, has become a one-stop-shopping resource for information on all manner of insurance needs.
Purpose & History
With property and casualty premiums totaling a trillion dollars (that's trillion with a T) in 2010, plus an additional nearly $600 billion more in life insurance premiums, insurance is a huge business with scores of companies offering competing services. The Insurance Information Institute exists to simplify, clarify and aid premium payers. According to Michael Barry, the group's vice president of media relations, “I.I.I. is an insurance trade association that is funded by property casualty insurance. We specialize in homeowners, automobiles, and business insurance, as well as life insurance and annuities. We're here to communicate with the public on important issues related to insurance.”
The Institute's main office in Manhattan was founded over 50 years ago, and, it exists to provide aggregated information without bias. Throughout the group’s history, they have earned a reputation for fair reporting and accurate information, making them experts in the eyes of both state and federal governments, in addition to industry regulators and the public. According to Barry, the I.I.I. maintains this reputation is by not allowing their operation to become a political lobbying concern, focusing instead on presenting facts as straightforwardly as possible and allowing individuals to draw their own conclusions.
As a result of this credibility, I.I.I. has nearly 90 member insurance organizations, for whom many of which they provide media services, and each year, the I.I.I. works on more than 3,700 news stories on insurance and handles more than 6,000 requests for information. Major insurance companies, including Allstate, State Farm Insurance, Nationwide, Allstate, Travelers and USAA Worldwide, are among the industry members that rely on I.I.I.