Faculty NameJerry Rhinehart
Jerry Rhinehart graduated from the University of West Florida in 1970 (College of Education). After teaching at the high school level for a brief time, he moved into the insurance industry. He worked for a property and casualty direct writer for several years. In 1983, he and his wife opened an independent insurance agency in Tallahassee, Florida. While there he focused primarily on the life, health, and financial services area. Additionally he began working in the Continuing Education field as a speaker and writer. The property and casualty division was sold in 1995. Today Jerry continues to operate Rhinehart & Associates located in Panama City, Florida, where he works with clients concerning life insurance, long-term care, and annuities.
Jerry serves on the National Faculty of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. He attained his CIC designation in 1986, CLU in 1987, ChFC in 1988, and RHU in 1997. He is a Director and Past President for the Tallahassee Chapter of CLU and ChFC. He also served as Director and Secretary/Treasurer for Professional Insurance Agents of Florida and is a past Agent of the Year for that organization. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (Austin, TX).
Since 1986 Jerry has conducted more than 1,500 programs to insurance, CPA, attorney, and Human Resource groups on topics that range from Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, Life Insurance, Annuities, Business Perpetuation, and Health Insurance. He frequently writes articles for various insurance trade magazines on the above topics. Additionally, he serves as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding life and health insurance matters.
Faculty NameCraig Stanovich
Craig Stanovich is co-founder and principal consultant of Austin & Stanovich Risk Managers, LLC, a risk management and insurance advisory consulting firm that does not sell insurance.
With over thirty-eight years of experience in the risk and insurance industry, including five years as an underwriter for a national insurer and fifteen years as an executive for a regional insurance broker, Craig specializes in most aspects of commercial insurance. He has practical, in-depth experience in several areas, including construction, transportation, and petroleum marketers risk management and insurance.
Craig is a regular contributor to various international, national, and local publications. He has served as an Expert Commentator for IRMI for General Liability since 2002. He continues to provide litigation support to the legal community as an expert witness or consultant in cases involving insurance custom and practice as well as complex insurance coverage issues.
Craig has served as president of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of CPCU and as past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in Austin, Texas. He is also a National Faculty member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and speaks throughout the country on various commercial insurance topics.
Craig graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS in Education and holds the Associate in Underwriting (AU), CPCU, CIC, and CRM professional designations. He is a Licensed Insurance Advisor in Massachusetts and also holds a producer's license in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as being a Certified Insurance Consultant in Connecticut. Craig is involved in his community and has served seven years on the Town of Holden Finance Committee and six years on the Holden Planning Board. He is involved with his St. Francis Church, Holden, MA, having served on the Vestry as well as Warden.
Faculty NameRichard Pitts
Richard S. Pitts is Vice President and General Counsel to Arlington/Roe & Co., Inc., an insurance brokerage and managing general agent headquartered in Indianapolis. Rick also serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc. As counsel to the "Big I," Rick speaks annually at the association's Agency Compliance Seminars and teaches various seminars on insurance and employment related matters. Rick has also presented continuing education seminars to insurance professionals nationally.
Rick is a 1983 graduate of Wabash College and a 1986 graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Patrick D. Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1986-87. Rick is admitted to practice before Indiana state and federal courts, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of local, state, and national bar associations. He has tried cases and participated in over seventy appeals.
Rick has served as a panelist and lecturer on a variety continuing education subjects, including cyber-related risks, the Americans with Disabilities Act, "Mold: Issues Under the Microscope" for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), and "Insurance Issues for Builders" for the Indiana Builders Association. Rick has also served as chair of several ICLEF seminars, including "Advanced Corporate Practice," "Privacy Law," and "Insurance Coverage Issues." Rick has also presented seminars on "Insuring Fiduciary Exposures," "Insurance Coverage Disputes," and "Agency Succession and Perpetuation." He has co-authored articles appearing in the Indiana Law Review.