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CompWest Quarterly

Fourth Quarter 2017

CompWest Makes “Pay as You Go” Easier Than Ever

We’re excited to introduce AccuPremium, our payroll reporting process for workers’ compensation, which provides your clients a true “pay as you go” payment plan with no restrictions.

AccuPremium, available for all policies effective Jan. 1, 2018 and after, replaces the monthly self reporting process previously used to track payroll.

Benefits include:

  • Security deposit as low as 5% for policies over $150,000.
  • Better cash flow and expense planning — you pay premium based on actual payroll.
  • Fewer audit surprises — using actual reported payroll instead of estimates ensures minimal adjustments at final audit.
  • No restrictions or limitations on states, class codes, policy size, minimum premium or payroll vendors.
  • No administration fees.
  • No checks to write – automated EFT draft approximately one week after reporting.

For a list of all benefits, please review this marketing material and share it with your customers.

If you have additional questions, please contact your business development consultant or email

You’re Invited to Our Annual Agent Meetings
Our Annual Agent Meetings are just around the corner — beginning Jan. 22. We look forward to connecting and exchanging ideas with our valued partner agents and discussing 2018 goals and the momentum we’ve established thanks to your dedication.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, Jan. 22 Irvine, Calif. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 Universal City, Calif. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 McClellan, Calif. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25 Walnut Creek, Calif. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here to register for a meeting near you. If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact Kylie Olanowski. We look forward to seeing you soon!

We’ve Expanded Our Appetite
We’ve listened to your requests and appreciate your partnership in finding more opportunities to write business with us. Beginning immediately, partner agents will be able to write additional business in our construction, healthcare and landscaping segments. Here’s what’s new:

We’re building on opportunity in the construction segment with the addition of class codes and adjustments in minimum and maximum premium.

In addition to the already approved class codes, we are now your market for:

  • Carpentry NOC:                    5403/5432
  • Wallboard Application:       5446/5447
  • Glaziers:                                 5467/5470

Other add-ons include:

  • There is no experience modification cap for construction classes. This is now consistent with class codes for our other appetites.
  • Minimum premium has been reduced to $15,000.
  • Maximum Premium has been expanded to $500,000 ($300,000 in Utah).

To submit construction business, please remember that we are looking for established artisan contractors, not new ventures. We also require the construction supplemental to be completed, as well as a copy of the company’s fall protection program.

We have lowered our minimum premium to $25,000 for class codes 8823, 8829, 9070 and 9085.

We have adjusted our premium thresholds to accept accounts between $15,000 and $500,000 for class code 0042. Please note, Utah has a maximum premium of $300,000.

CompWest’s Top 10
Click here for a list of our top 10 written class codes during the past six months in both our Southern and Northern California regions.

Please contact your business development consultant with questions or to learn more.

AF Group Named No. 1 Large Employer on Best Places to Work List
We’re proud to announce that AF Group — which includes CompWest and our related brands (Accident Fund, Third Coast Underwriters, United Heartland and AF Specialty) — has been selected as a Best Place to Work in Insurance for 2017 by Business Insurance for the seventh year in a row. And even more exciting — this year, we earned FIRST PLACE in the large employer category!

Business Insurance launched the Best Places to Work in Insurance program in 2009 to identify and recognize high-quality employers in the commercial insurance industry and honor them for creating workplaces that encourage employees to thrive. AF Group and its brands have an excellent reputation for creating a positive workplace culture focused on open communication and a commitment to inclusion and innovation. This atmosphere encourages employees to work hard, and best serve our agents and policyholders.

We are excited to see some of our agency partners make the list as well. Congratulations to the following for their ‘Best Places to Work’ recognition:

  • Assurance Agency Ltd.
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates
  • NFP Property & Casualty Services Inc.

We are proud to once again be considered among the Best Places to Work in Insurance and pleased to share this recognition with our agency partners.

AF Group President Lisa Corless Named 2017 Women to Watch Honoree

We are very pleased to congratulate Lisa Corless, president of AF Group, for being named a “2017 Women to Watch” honoree by Business Insurance magazine in late September. This special award “celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry…and is aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance, risk management and related fields.”

“While I am truly honored to be recognized by Business Insurance, this award is a reflection upon our entire business. It demonstrates the amazing support from our valued agent partners who have sustained our collective success, along with the continued contributions of our outstanding team at AF Group,” said Corless.

Now in its 12th year, Business Insurance’s Women to Watch Awards & Leadership Conference is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. The program was created in 2006 to recognize leading women in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields, such as consulting and law.

Introducing AF Advantage

CompWest has launched its new mobile app, AF Advantage – a new tool that will make doing business with us easier by putting company resources at your fingertips.

AF Advantage provides our agents immediate access to dynamic information and tools, such as:

  • Class code lookup (find by class code/description)
  • Company contact information (Help Desk, Billing and two customizable contacts)
  • Marketing materials
  • Access to training opportunities
  • Social media content

The mobile app is now publicly available in the Apple and Google stores. We encourage you to download it — we’re certain you’ll find it very useful.