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For Immediate Release: Contact:
November 18, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Commissioner Goodwin Appoints New Members to FAIR, Beach Plan Boards
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the appointment of five new members to the N.C. Joint Underwriting Association and the N.C. Insurance Underwriting Association, better known as the FAIR and Beach plans, respectively.
"I'm proud to announce the new appointees to the FAIR and Beach plan boards, and to bring a new level of diversity and expertise to each board," said Commissioner Goodwin. "I'm confident that both the new and existing board members will serve the citizens of North Carolina well and provide new perspective."
The Commissioner of Insurance is responsible for naming seven public members for each 14-member board; the insurance industry names the remaining seven members on each board. The new appointees' terms run through November 2010.
The FAIR and Beach Plans provide property insurance to North Carolinians who are unable to purchase it through traditional insurance markets. The FAIR Plan provides throughout the state except for the barrier islands, and the Beach Plan covers 18 coastal counties and barrier islands. During the 2009 legislative session the N.C. General Assembly renamed the Beach Plan to the "Coastal Property Insurance Pool."
New member background information:
Jimmy Goins is the current owner and operator of North Carolina Insurance Services in Red Springs. He has more than 20 years experience in property and causality insurance to businesses and individuals in the rural eastern part of North Carolina. He plans to use his experience to ensure that FAIR Plan board continues to provide quality insurance products and services.
Richard Heckle, AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance), is currently the chairman of Dean, Heckle & Hill, Inc, an Independent Insurance Agency in Matthews. He served as president of Independent Insurance Agents of Charlotte/Mecklenburg from 1981-1982, served as a director for IIANC from 1983-1991, and was named North Carolina Independent Agent of the Year in 2006. Heckle is a graduate of the University of South Carolina the Insurance Executive Program at Appalachian State. Through his appointment to the FAIR Plan board, he strives to continue his service to the citizens of Matthews, Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina.
Murray White, III, is vice president of Murray M White Inc., an independent insurance agency in High Point. He is the past president of Professional Insurance Agents of North Carolina and the Triad Rotary Club, and White currently serves as the chairman of Crimestoppers of High Point. White holds two industry professional designations: CIC, or Certified Insurance Counselor, and the CPIA, or Certified Professional Insurance Agent. He looks forward to utilizing his experience as an independent agent to serve consumers during his time with the FAIR Plan board.
Melanie Cook is the executive director for the Coastal Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. in Wilmington where she describes her role as facilitating communication among development professionals and other public and private entities in order to sustain and promote economic development and environmental protection throughout the Cape Fear region. She previously worked with the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association as the director of governmental affairs. Cook earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and serves on several boards and committees including the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wilmington/New Hanover County Low Impact Development Advisory Committee.
Donald Hornstein is the Aubrey L. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. A former associate dean for faculty at the law school, he teaches courses in insurance law, administrative law, and environmental law. Professor Hornstein also served as a member of the N.C. General Assembly's Legislative Study Commission on Hurricanes and Coastal Insurance. At UNC, Professor Hornstein was the first law professor to be awarded the University's overall teaching prize for post-baccalaureate instruction, and he has won the law school's Outstanding Teacher Award a record seven times.
Rod Evans is the chief executive officer and senior partner of Evans & Associates Insurance Agency, an independent insurance agency with three locations throughout eastern North Carolina. Evans is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina and recipient of the 2002 Agent of the Year Award. Prior to his appointment to the Beach Plan board, Evans served for eight years on the FAIR Plan board.
FAIR Plan Public Members Beach Plan Public Members
*Jimmy Goins, Red Springs Don Evans, Shallotte
*Richard Heckle, Matthews Cherri Cheek, Sunset Beach
Elmer Midgett, Manteo *Donald Hornstein, Raleigh
*Murray White, III, High Point Gervas "Bo" Taylor, Nags Head
*Melanie Cook, Wilmington *Rod Evans, Kinston
Theresa Judge, Kitty Hawk John Hicks, Wilmington
Brad Lovin, Raleigh Fletcher Willey, Jr., Nags Head
* new appointee