September 25, 2021

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 22:00:26 +0000
The number of independent medical reviews used to resolve California workers’ comp medical disputes hit a record low in the first half of 2021 as statewide unemployment remained stubbornly high, non-COVID job injury claims stayed below pre-pandemic lev...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:23:27 +0000
Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Friday and many others were on notice to be ready to flee as a destructive wildfire raged in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north. A woman suspected of starting the Fawn Fire …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:41:42 +0000
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Friday ordered the FAIR Plan to offer a homeowners policy, in addition to its current dwelling fire coverage, with more traditional homeowner features, such as coverage for water damage, theft, and loss...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:38:23 +0000
A Dallas-based trucking company violated federal law when it refused to hire applicant after learning he had taken medical leave at a previous job, according to a lawsuit filed by federal employment officials. Stevens Transport Inc., a refrigerated tra...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:31:56 +0000
The South Dakota Supreme Court, in an opinion released Sept. 23, agreed with a lower court ruling that two people on a motorcycle who were severely injured in a crash with a volunteer firefighting trainee cannot collect damages from the …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:23:24 +0000
A federal judge dismissed some of the biggest unsettled lawsuits over Ohio State’s failure to stop decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, saying it’s indisputable Strauss abused hundreds of young men but agreeing with OSU...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:10:36 +0000
Louisiana’s oyster farmers, crabbers, shrimpers and anglers are nothing if not adaptable, producing millions of pounds of seafood annually, often in water that was dry land a generation ago. They’ve fought off a devastating oil spill, floods, changing ...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:57:36 +0000
A recently released report from the state’s insurance department shows more claims and higher average claim costs resulting from the severe and prolonged winter storm that enveloped Texas in mid-February than were previously reported. In the report rel...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:40:47 +0000
A federal judge in Kansas City has cleared a restaurant group’s COVID-related business interruption claim for jury trial, finding that an 8th Circuit Court decision that found no coverage was owed in a separate case does not apply to a …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:31:34 +0000
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on last month’s gas line explosion in Coolidge, Ariz., that destroyed a home and killed a man and his 14-year-old daughter. NTSB investigators said a natural gas pipeline ruptured...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:29:10 +0000
Federal lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would change 19th century maritime liability rules in response to the 2019 boat fire off the coast of Southern California that killed 34 people. The bill would update the Limitation of Liability A...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:27:36 +0000
A former insurance broker is going to prison for defrauding insurance companies and individual investors out of more than $1 million. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Brian Bartz of Rochester, New York, who was convicted of wire …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:26:11 +0000
The U.S. government released projections Wednesday that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West. The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, w...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:14:21 +0000
Bolton Street Programs, a new Woodbury, New York-based program administrator that creates and administers affinity programs, is working to integrate insurtech, resinsurance, E&S options and loss control throughout its suite of programs. The announcemen...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:53:28 +0000
After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are n...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:19:48 +0000
Insurance company FWD Group Holdings Ltd., owned by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, made its filing for a stock market listing in the United States public on Thursday, revealing a jump in revenue last year. The insurer, which will list …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:11:09 +0000
The head of the U.S. cybersecurity enforcement agency “is a huge supporter” of bipartisan legislation to mandate that operators of critical infrastructure report data breaches to the government. Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastru...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:55:05 +0000
Two storms that raged across Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada in July and August caused C$120 million (US$94.5 million) in insured damage, while the August wildfire, in White Rock Lake, British Columbia, is now estimated to have caused damages of …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:50:26 +0000
Northwestern University has received the largest gift in its history, $480 million, from Patrick G. Ryan, founder and former long-time CEO of Aon Corp, and now chair of Ryan Specialty Group, and his wife, Shirley W. Ryan, co-founder and long-time …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:25:11 +0000
Deanne Criswell, the first woman to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in April took over a 20,000-person operation exhausted by managing responses to disasters linked to global warming: wildfires and the 2020 hurricane season, the most acti...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:13:30 +0000
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $15.7 million in cash to settle a class action lawsuit by investors who accused the largest U.S. bank of intentionally manipulating prices of U.S. Treasury futures and options. The settlement disclosed late Wednesday …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:56:19 +0000
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a bill that limits warehouse employers like Amazon.com Inc. from setting productivity quotas, the first legislation of its kind in the United States. The new provisions require all companies using wa...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:14:14 +0000
JBA Risk Management Ltd. announced its collaboration with Reinsurance Solutions Intermediary Services (RSIS), an African-based reinsurance broker that will use the JBA global flood modeling capability to provide flood risk analytics and catastrophe mod...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:40:13 +0000
SHANGHAI/BEIJING – As fears of contagion from any default by China Evergrande Group mounted this month, some Chinese banks, insurers, and shadow banks stopped offering new credit to property developers, and ran urgent checks on their exposure to the ...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:49:00 +0000
Italy’s Mediobanca SpA strengthened its grip over insurer Assicurazioni Generali SpA, boosting its stake to more than 17% just days before a board meeting that could decide the future of embattled Chief Executive Officer Philippe Donnet. The investment...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:29:50 +0000
European energy firms Centrica and Galp, food group Nestle and watchmaker Swatch are among 50 companies worldwide that are highly exposed to physical climate risks, investors with $10 trillion in assets said on Thursday. The companies, which are involv...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 08:50:26 +0000
This edition of International People Moves details appointments at UK insurer Aviva, broker Price Forbes Bermuda and the London Market Group. A summary of these new hires follows. Aviva Strengthens Exec Committee with Chief Risk Officer Montague and CI...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:55:03 +0000
Reinsurers’ estimates of their exposure to natural catastrophe risk could be underestimated by 33%-50%, according to a report published by S&P Global Ratings. “Unmodeled risks and the inherent difficulties in attributing extreme events to climate chang...
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 06:30:53 +0000
A man who was punched and kicked in the head by Georgia police officers during a traffic stop four years ago has filed a lawsuit alleging the stop was unjustified and the officers used excessive force against him. Gwinnett County …
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 06:00:43 +0000
A top Southern Baptist Convention committee agreed to fund a third-party investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations but held off on waiving its attorney-client privilege for the probe, delaying for the future a decision seen as a key …


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HISTORY OF GARBER ATLAS FRIES & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Garber Atlas Fries & Associates, Inc. (GAF) is an independent insurance agency founded in 1968 by Murray Garber and A. Arthur Strull.  Mr. Strull retired within a brief period of time and Murray Garber then took the reins, guiding the Agency through the ensuing years, firmly rooting its philosophy and guaranteeing its permanence through adherence to the highest standards of excellence.
 
Steven Garber joined the firm in 1983, contributing his singular knowledge and expertise and providing the essential ingredients of growth and perpetuation.  Steven has since received the industry’s “Certified Insurance Counselor” (CIC) designation and currently serves as President of GAF.  He is involved in the sales and service of the agency’s customers and continues to bring a creative approach to our clients.
 
In 1991, Atlas Brokerage, a company founded by David Hammerman in 1952, joined forces with the Garbers, and significantly expanded the agency. David Hammerman, as Vice President of GAF brings to the Company his many years of experience in the industry, as well as specialties in real estate, finance, and all phases of insurance.
 
In 1997, Stuart Fries and Justin Fries joined the organization. This father and son team brought with them a well-respected and established agency. Stuart Fries has been in the business over 60 years and has served in many capacities, including his current appointment by the New York Superintendent of Insurance and Department of Financial Services, as a “Public Member” of the NY Auto Insurance Plan Governing Committee.  Stuart is known in the industry as a “wealth of insurance knowledge” and continues to enjoy a stellar reputation amongst our clients, insurance carriers, and the general insurance marketplace.  Stuart has also achieved the “Certified Insurance Counselor” (CIC) designation.
 
Justin Fries, a graduate of Cornell University, has been in the business since 1988 and is now the third generation of Fries’ to continue the insurance tradition.  Justin currently serves as the “Chief Operating Officer” of GAF and is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Agency.  Like his father, Justin continues to volunteer his time and has served on the Board of Directors of many of the insurance trade groups.  He is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents Association, a current director of the Council of Insurance Brokers of Greater NY, and a director of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of NY. In addition, Justin has achieved the “Certified Insurance Counselor” (CIC) designation, along with the prestigious “Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter” (CPCU) designation, and the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation.
 
In late 2009, the Agency had an opportunity to expand again by acquisition.  On November 1, 2009, GAF purchased a seasoned agency known as Royal Associates Inc., owned by Arthur Morris, Mel Friedman, and Michael Mahoney.  Located in Manhattan, Royal presented an opportunity for GAF to expand its presence into the NYC market.  The further development of our NYC presence continued, as in 2016, GAF took on the management of a prior insurance agency known as All Risk Brokerage.  All Risk was formerly owned and operated by Harvey Goldfarb, a veteran in the insurance industry. 

At the end of 2016, GAF was presented with another opportunity to expand.  We welcomed to our team Alan and Michael Plafker, another father and son team.  The Plafkers previously managed Member Brokerage, the insurance agency operation within Melrose Credit Union in Queens NY.  Alan Plafker  has been active in the Insurance business almost 45 years and has served the industry  in many capacities, most recently as President of the NY Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA), and  has served on many other insurance industry Board of Directors and Agent Councils.  He started his career with his Dad, Phillip Plafker at Industrial Brokerage Corp after graduating Adelphi University, and continued his professional education achieving the “Certified Insurance Counselor” (CIC) designation, and the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation.  He is well respected in the industry and has joined the executive team as Vice President , bringing  valuable carrier and client relationships to the GAF organization.

 

Michael Plafker is the third generation in the family business.  He had the benefit of working with his Dad and Grandfather Phillip Plafker for many years gaining valuable wisdom and insight at a young age.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the NY Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA) as well as on the Board of the Council of Insurance Brokers of Greater NY.  In Addition, he is an active past President of the NY Young Insurance Professionals Association (YIP).   Michael is committed to professional development and has achieved the “Certified Insurance Counselor” (CIC) designation, and the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation.   He brings his successful young spirit and joined the executive team as Vice President.  His business networking accomplishments and client relationships will contribute to the future success and growth of the GAF organization.

 

In the spring of 2020, GAF welcomed in another seasoned insurance veteran, Helen Generowicz.  Helen was the principal of HG Insurance Agency, Inc, located in Cedarhurst NY, and has combined forces with GAF after 30 years of operation.  Helen continues to be an integral part of the transition of her clients into the unified larger operation.  Her expertise, knowledge, and tenacious attitude serves as a valuable asset to the firm.

 

Garber Atlas Fries and Associates Inc, remains as a highly respected independent insurance agency in the insurance community and enjoys an impeccable reputation for fine service, superior talent and unimpeachable integrity.