October 2020
The Official Skinny From Truitt World HQ
Wow! Is it Halloween already? I am not sure how this is possible, but with all the craziness 2020 has provided us all (pandemic, insane politics, mask mandates, economy all over the place, hurricane, and now maybe the cruelest cut of all...Eddie Van Halen is gone) I am wondering where this year went. Hopefully, maybe some normalcy will sneak into the last 2 months so everyone can enjoy the holidays. I sure am keeping my fingers crossed and believe sunny days are ahead.
Tony Truitt, President
Congrats To:
Smith's Variety Toy & Gift Shoppe on celebrating their store's 70th Anniversary!
Progress Bank on the opening of their newest branch, this one located in beautiful Daphne, AL.
Mike Rogers and the team at Rogers & Willard in Mobile on finishing up the first WHATABURGER in the Mobile market. It will be popular.
Tahara England Evans Wood on being included in the recently announced 2020-2021 class of Leadership Hoover.
Shepard Ager of IronVest Partners on selling a bunch of stuff. Seems like not much real estate is selling around Southside Birmingham without Shepard being involved lately.
Leland Whaley, host of Leland Live on 99.5, on the birth of his first grand-baby, Joseph Beasley Whaley. Also, to Allen "AJ" Johnson and his wife on news they are expecting.
Brooks Corr of The Retail Companies on his big sale of the 36,000 sq ft building in Columbiana Crossing Shopping Center in Vestavia.
Joe Daniel and his team at STREAMLINE CXO on recently being recognized with a ClearlyRated's Best of HR Services® Award for providing remarkable service to their clients.
Our friends at M & A Electric Company on recently celebrating 100 years as a family-owned business. That is FANTASTIC!
Anoop Mishra for staying goal oriented with his running and hitting 1,000 miles in a year for the first time. Since he did it, I do not have to.
Ted's Lunch For A Year
I won the silent auction for the "free lunch at Ted's for a year" item during the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama virtual Gala and I am still happy about it! Swing by, say hello to Tasos & Beba and get you some good vittles some time soon. You will be happy you did.
Great Job, Everyone!
Truitt's Frankie Wade has been busy handing out dividend checks to our clients that are part of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers national insurance program. United Fire Group is the endorsed property-casualty carrier for the AASP which offers members specialty coverage, preferred pricing and the opportunity to be eligible for a safety group dividend. We had 20 clients recently receive checks back this year ranging up to $1,600 for being part of the program. Way to go everyone! Keep up the great work. You are doing a fantastic job running your business. If you are a garage owner, you need to be talking with Frankie to get you set up.
We Have Fantastic Options For Your
Home & Auto Insurance Needs!
Contact Brandon Baird, Debbie Reinagel in Birmingham.
Dolan Fannin in Tallassee or Connie Bengtson for Baldwin/Mobile.
Sad news as we have had to postpone the 25th Anniversary edition of our BOO Halloween Party held each year at B & A Warehouse due to COVID. The party will be back stronger than ever next year once again benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama so put it on the calendar for a classic.
The chicken breakfast biscuit at Foosackly's turned out to be just a rumor. I am still busted up about it but maybe one day. If you have not tried out the Mobile based chicken finger joint, do it. Now with locations in Auburn and soon to be Tuscaloosa.
Welcome to our New Clients
We are really excited to welcome our new clients that are coming to us from our recent purchase of accounts previously with Birmingham Insurance Group. We are looking forward to working with you. We think BIG things are ahead for our friends at Birmingham Insurance Group as well.
Birmingham Inspiration Home
We are proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Running Nov 5th - Nov 29th, the home is located at 3025 Firefighter Lane in Homewood. Click the link to purchase tickets and get more information.
Help Support the Alabama & Lyric Theatres
We were proud to have recently helped support the Alabama & Lyric Theatres during their struggle to survive the COVID pandemic. Without everyone pitching in, they may be goners. Both theaters have been closed since the beginning of the scare and are in serious need of everyone's assistance. Both of these places are absolute gems for our city. This is important so please consider donating if you can:
New Addition to Team Truitt
We are excited to welcome Ashley Dillon to TEAM TRUITT. Ashley joined us recently and is working as my executive assistant. She is doing a fantastic job and making a big impact keeping us moving forward. With her help, we are going to have some more good news to share before long.
If You Need Help With Your Work Comp, General Liability, Commercial Auto, Builders Risk or Other Business Insurance Needs,
Insurance News:
  • Nearly 30% of drivers admit to eating behind the wheel once or twice a week. 1 in 5 of us has had a near miss while driving because they were distracted while eating in the car with over 10% having an accident of less than $2,000 and 6% reporting damage of exceeding that amount.

  • The commercial umbrella market continues to harden due to increasing loss frequency and severity, adverse prior year development, social inflation, rising premiums and a reduction in overall capacity. Habitational risks, in particular, are seeing dramatic contraction.

  • According to a report by the Associated General Contractors, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the construction industry as 60% of construction firms reported they had projects either cancelled outright or postponed due to the virus.

  • Dog adoptions have been booming during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, dog bite claims causing bodily injury are expected to increase as well. One report shows 4,000,000 dog bites occur each year in the U.S. with associated liability claims totaling $797,000,000 in 2019 - an increase of 134% since 2003.

  • Hurricane Sally that hit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach on September 16th is estimated to have caused insured onshore property losses from wind damage, storm surge and inland flood to reach as much as $3,000,000,000.

  • Another $3,000,000,000 in losses can be attributed to that giant explosion in Beirut back on August 4th.
He Said It Best
Black bears rarely attack. But here's the thing. Sometimes they do.
All bears are agile, cunning and immensely strong, and they are always hungry. If they want to kill you and eat you, they can, and pretty much whenever they want.
That doesn't happen often, but - and here is the absolutely salient point - once would be enough.

Bill Bryson, one of my favorite authors,
  • Chicago recently named rattiest-city-in America once again. See the full list compiled by Orkin.

  • Not sure how I missed this but just found out Mr. Haney (the man with the funny voice) on Green Acres was from Alabama. Pat Buttram was born here, went to Mortimer Jordan, then on to Birmingham-Southern, and ended up being buried here as well. Was in a ton of movies, did voice work, and was friends with Ronald Reagan among other highlights. Pretty good life for an Alabama-boy. His last movie was Back to the Future III.

  • The new Circa Las Vegas opened earlier this week and it looks awesome. Their Stadium Swim on the rooftop is going to be a massive hit when people can get back to traveling. It is the first new casino opened in downtown Las Vegas in decades. Can't wait to get out there and check it out sometime. Here is the Circa website.
Contact Us:
Birmingham Office
3004 7th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Daphne Office
25935 Friendship Road
Suite D
Daphne, AL 36526
Tallassee Office
319 Barnett Boulevard
Tallassee, AL 36078
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