Movie Claim Monday: where our insurance minds speculate whether certain incidents in the cinematic universe would in fact be considered a covered claim.*
This week’s movie claim Monday is on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast** (the new one), simply because the writer of this blog has a two year old and that is the only movie we have been watching for the past month. Disregarding the fact that this is taking place in revolution-era France, there are a few parts in this movie that the insurance agent in me kept noting:
-During the Gaston song, Gaston uses his gun and shoots the ceiling. Would the business insurance cover that? Maybe—it could be considered vandalism. But if he owns the tavern, as it seems that he might, then no, because he (the owner) is knowingly damaging his own property.
-In terms of homeowner’s insurance, would the castles crumbling walls be covered? Nope. Though it is due to magic, I still think it is wear and tear and that is never covered by any homeowner’s insurance.
-Lastly, would the enchanted objects need life insurance or would they just be considered personal property? Not like they’re constantly being destroyed or anything, but near the end Chip almost gets smashed to smithereens, and I just have to wonder if and how he would have been covered.
*Disclaimer: Each insurance policy is different, and while we speculate here for enjoyment purposes, you will need to discuss your insurance policy directly with your agent or CSR. Our speculations here are in no way an indication that a similar occurrence would in fact be covered.
**All characters described and mentioned are copyrighted by Disney
This month’s employee spotlight is on our lovely Katie Martin. Katie started with Brown & Brown about 2 years ago as our receptionist and has since moved up to small business technician. She and her husband Chris have been together for 11 years and are new parents to their baby boy Chase (who, in our opinion, is one of the cutest babies ever). Outside of being a mom, Katie says that her favorite things to do are go bowling, read Harry Potter, and relax with friends at breweries. Katie’s mom and grandpa were both in insurance long before she came to Brown & Brown, so she’s keeping the tradition alive. We are so happy to have her as part of our insurance family!
This month’s employee spotlight is on our fabulous producer Shane Neal. Shane has been in the insurance industry for 15 years, specializing in commercial insurance and contract bonds. He has been married to his beautiful wife Christa for 23 years, and they have 6 children. When he’s not working, Shane likes to fly fish, go backpacking, and do wood work.
We asked Shane for some interesting facts about himself and he did not disappoint. Shane has flown a plane, is an Eagle Scout, has a Welsh Corgi named Charlie (who is too cute for words!) and bred and trained quarter horses when he was younger. Shane is such a fun guy and we love having him on our team!
You just received your renewal for your auto policy. You skim down to find the new premium for the following year and you see it has increased by a couple hundred or more. Most auto policies take an annual rate increase otherwise known as an inflation guard. There are also other factors that could cause this increase.
Below is an article that gives insight into what determines your premium and what may increase your premium upon renewal. Keep in mind as your agents, we are here to review your policy if you ever have questions.
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This month’s employee spotlight is on the wonderful Karen Fournier in our Taos office. She has been with Brown & Brown for nearly 5 years, about as long as she has been in Taos. Karen and her husband Gary have been married for 32 years and have two sons and three grandkids. Karen also says that she loves to travel with her husband—they especially like cruising. For fun closer to home, Karen says that she and Gary love to downhill ski and golf (and Taos is perfect for both of those!). She is such a help to everyone in the Taos office and we all are so happy to have her as part of our team.