Episode 103 – April 25, 2014 – “Are You Covered? What You Need to Know About Insurance”
In this episode of Money $ense, host Anthony Contrucci sits down with Mark Bates, President of Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana, to talk about four areas of personal insurance: Auto, Homeowners, Personal Property, and Umbrella Policies. Bates discusses the basics of each category and also shares a few facts not commonly known, such as improving your credit score to lower your premium, what to do if your child’s vehicle is co-titled when they head off to college and take the vehicle with them, and several others. With an introduction by Larry Meyers, President, HIA Insurance.
Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana, Inc.
Mark A. Bates is a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a native of New Castle, Indiana. In 1989, he joined the agency as an Account Executive, concentrating in personal and commercial lines business. Today, his focus is primarily commercial lines sales in addition to being the managing partner of the operations. The agency was founded in 1942 with offices located in Crown Point and Hobart, Indiana respectively.
Mark is past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (IIAI) in 2003. In 2005 and 2013, he received the prestigious Harry P. Cooper Public Image Industry Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana. He is a past recipient of the Young Agent of the Year by the same association as well. In 1995, the agency was recognized as Agency of the Year of IIAI. This prestigious award is given to an agency that maintains high-standards of professionalism, ethics and growth within the insurance industry and for their local community involvement. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Professional insurance knowledge is evident by his commitment to obtaining professional insurance designations over the years. Each of these designations requires multiple rigorous exams and annual continuing-education to maintain the respective designations. They include, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC); Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) and Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI).
Mark is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Crown Point Community Foundation. He is a past President of the Southlake YMCA and Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a member of the St. Anthony Medical Center Community Council as well. Mark is an active member of the Executive Leadership Team which is the fund-raising arm for the annual Heart Gala sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Mark resides in Crown Point with his wife Lindsay and their two daughters Michele and Mollie. The family is members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Crown Point where Mark serves as a Lector and the family is actively involved in God’s Groceries Food Pantry sponsored by the Church. Mark’s hobbies include golf, travel and an avid college basketball fan. Mark also is an annual participant of Hustle up the Hancock sponsored by the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago.
Larry Meyers is President of HIA Insurance and has been with the agency since 1975. Throughout his career, he has been involved in industry and community organizations. He is an active member of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA), the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (IIAI) and served as President of the IIAI. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Calumet College of St. Joseph and a member of Hammond Rotary. In 1992, Larry was awarded the Harry P. Cooper, Jr. Public Image Award by the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (IIAI). He is a past President of Woodmar Country Club, Hammond Education Foundation and Hammond Rotary.