God is aware of that I really feel like I’m simply hitting my stride and constructing the kind of legislation agency I’ve dreamed of for a very long time. But, my good friend and age modern, Ray Altieri, is having a retirement get together in the present day. Ray actually deserves to take pleasure in no matter goals he has for his journey. I really feel lucky to have been a small footnote to his success.
Eleven years in the past, I wrote a put up, Ray Altieri Turns into President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Public Insurance coverage Adjusters:
Time flies. It looks as if yesterday when Ray Altieri excitedly met me exterior the doorway to the December 1992 Nationwide Affiliation of Public Adjusters Mid-Yr Assembly. Ray is Italian and really enthusiastic about issues that matter to him–normally his household, work and the New York Yankees.
That morning, he was frightened and upset. He requested if I might do one thing to assist public adjusting in Florida, the place a consultant from Florida’s Division of Insurance coverage indicated that public adjusting could also be banned.
Ray ushered me into a gathering with various NAPIA’s Board of Administrators. Apparently, a number of non-member public adjusters, primarily from New York, had been arrested and have been accused of staging extra harm to property broken by Hurricane Andrew. This exercise was unsuitable and felony. It was performed by a number of unhealthy apples, and everyone knows how that lyric performs out.
Following the assembly, I referred to as various public adjusters who resided in Florida. We would have liked to arrange. Whereas there are lots of of public adjusters in Florida in the present day, the record of Florida resident public adjusters in late 1992 couldn’t have been greater than 100.
Doug Grose referred to as and requested if he might assist kind the group. With approval from Ray Altieri and Steve Lesser, we chosen the title. Utilizing NAPIA as a base, we named the group the Florida Affiliation of Public Insurance coverage Adjusters (FAPIA). Doug Grose filed the company papers. A graphic artist in my agency, Carol Bowels, designed the brand used on the first assembly in Orlando, 1993.
I felt that FAPIA wanted passionate and sincere management. From dealings with Ray and people with Adjusters Worldwide, I knew Ray Altieri was sincere, honest and wished to make public adjusting a life’s work that may make his spouse and kids proud. He was the plain alternative for FAPIA’s first President.
Why does time appear to fly quicker as we become older?
His agency web site humbly says this about Ray:
Ray moved to Florida in 1986 together with his spouse and two sons, as a property insurance coverage adjuster with The Hartford Insurance coverage Firm. By January 1, 1988, Ray opened for enterprise as a Florida Licensed Public Insurance coverage Adjuster. Competing with a number of different public adjusting companies on the time who have been established years forward of his arrival, Ray constructed his enterprise one declare at a time, using naturally realized abilities from his blue-collar dad and mom: work exhausting, shield your popularity, and be true to your phrase.
Throughout his profession, Mr. Altieri grew to become President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Public Insurance coverage Adjusters (NAPIA), from June 2011 to June 2012. He’s the one Public Adjuster from Florida to ever serve in that capability. NAPIA elected Mr. Altieri to the ‘Officer’s Ladder’ in 2004, the place he has held each Workplace throughout his rise to the Presidency. Ray has additionally served on NAPIA’s Board of Administrators since 1991. NAPIA was based in 1951 and stays the preeminent business group for public adjusters in the present day. Mr. Altieri has earned the revered designation of Licensed Skilled Public Adjuster (CPPA) from NAPIA and in December 2017, was honored by NAPIA as their ‘Particular person of the Yr.’
In early 1993, after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, the insurance coverage business and Florida Legislature have been shifting to get rid of public adjuster licenses in Florida. To fight that effort, Florida’s public adjusters fashioned a brand new group and voted Mr. Altieri because the founding President of the Florida Affiliation of Public Insurance coverage Adjusters (FAPIA). Ray led a contingent of public adjuster colleagues, attorneys, and lobbyists to Tallahassee to craft legislative oversight designed to reign in unseemly conduct and protect public adjuster licensing. His management within the Affiliation continued for the following 25+ years and has been instrumental within the group’s success the place he was honored by FAPIA in 2006 with its Distinguished Service Award. In 2002, Mr. Altieri was requested by FAPIA to function President for a second time period. Ray has served on FAPIA’s Board of Administrators since its inception in 1993.
As we speak, there appear to be many public adjusters who promote themselves on social media—however do they actually have the respect of their colleagues and the insurance coverage business? Ray has at all times tried to characterize himself and his occupation, so all people benefited from his work. He has set an instance as a public adjuster. I additionally know Ray personally, and he units an amazing instance of being a father and husband. His household is fortunate, and Ray has constructed luck from his household.
David Moore was his associate for various years. David had this to say about Ray:
From our days that we began organizing FAPIA with Chip Merlin and dealing collectively at Adjusters Worldwide, after which at our associate days at Altieri-Moore within the nineties, we laughed collectively and we’ve cried collectively over enterprise, children, and medical problems with mine. To today, I don’t know of a finer individual, adjuster, Father, Husband, good friend or mentor than Ray Altieri. A lot deserving of retirement .
In a day and age the place former companions say nothing good concerning the relationships that they had, David Moore’s feedback are putting about Ray. All of us ought to work to have these varieties of relationships that Ray has constructed through the years.
Others could cease me and take me away to the hereinafter whereas I’m passionately advocating for a policyholder in courtroom or in a speech, however I can not think about going out in a deliberate retirement.
Retirement from one’s work is a time for reflection. All of us ought to replicate on the journey we wish to have and the life we wish. This life we live collectively just isn’t a costume rehearsal.
For these of you who know me effectively, I really like competitors and being the winner, my sailboat racing, after which listening to Zep as my diversion. Whereas we ponder the retirement of a pacesetter and one to observe for instance in so some ways, I go away you with these Led Zeppelin lyrics:
Oh, let the solar beat down upon my face
And stars fill my dream
I’m a traveler of each time and house
To be the place I’ve been
To sit down with elders of the light race
This world has seldom seen
They discuss of days for which they sit and wait
All can be revealed
Oh, father of the 4 winds, fill my sails
Cross the ocean of years
With no provision however an open face
Alongside the straits of worry
Oh, once I need, once I’m on my means,
And my toes put on my fickle approach to keep
Ray—cheers! You’re an inspiration.
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Don’t dwell previously, don’t dream of the longer term, focus the thoughts on the current second.
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