Using Windows 10 Free Quick Video Creator

Video continues to be an essential tool to communicate with internal staff, carrier partners, clients and prospects. Yet, many people continue to be intimidated by the process of creating, editing, and publishing a video.

video creator

Microsoft offers a simple free video editing solution.

If you have Windows 10, you already have this video editor built in. It’s an easy way to create short videos quickly. The program includes a selection of background music and premade title templates. I decided to create a short video to show you how to use it.

Do You Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea?

With the holidays and 2020 fast approaching, do you need a gift idea for someone interested in business or organizational growth?

Gift idea

Send that special person a copy of The Bezos Letters, the book that will help them discover the surprising ways Jeff Bezos built Amazon and the connection between risk and growth for their business, non-profit, or organization.

The Bezos Letters


ACORD is Changing How You Access Forms

NOTE: As I anticipated there have been a number of updates to the information contained in this article. I have done my best to update where new information has been added or updated. If you read an early version of this article be sure to read to the end again for the latest information I have. 

ACORD license change

ACORD® (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) was created in 1970 as a non-profit organization by insurance carriers and agent organizations focused on streamlining policy applications and other industry forms. In the late 1970s, ACORD began developing data standards.

Every entity (agency, insurance company, and vendor) that uses ACORD forms or ACORD data standards is required to have a license to access and use ACORD forms. There are currently about 850 forms in the library. The current ACORD license agreement for vendors who provide ACORD forms in their platforms includes a sublicense for agency access to the forms in the platform. The vendor paid the license fee for their clients. This agreement expires on December 31, 2019.

Access to ACORD Forms is Changing

As of January 1, 2020, the vendor providing access to ACORD forms will no longer be able to provide access through sublicensing. Each organization will be required to obtain their license directly from ACORD.

Holiday Travel Tools and Tips

Some people would call me a road warrior. I started traveling for business 25 years ago as I began speaking for and consulting with a wide variety of organizations across the country. In 2019, I took 38 trips to 52 different cities and was away from home 110 days. I guess that gives me the qualifications to know something about how to best survive travel.

Travel tips

While most of you don’t travel to the extent that I do, I have learned some tips and tricks over the years that can help make your travel experience the best possible. I hope that a few of these items will help make your holiday travel as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

HazardHub Launches Desktop AgentRiskView™

Being able to obtain accurate property information is key to helping make sure you are providing the best combination of price and coverage.


Over the last few years, HazardHub has been developing a platform that provides consumers with geospatial risk data such as Distance to Fire Station, Distance to Hydrant, Distance to Shore, Elevation, and Flood Zone determination tools.

HazardHub has recently released a web-based tool for agents, underwriters, and anyone else interested in fast, accurate property hazard risk and property data called AgentRiskView™.