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Charles Tomlinson Charles Tomlinson edits SmartBrief newsletters on insurance, finance and legal matters. He served previously as a newspaper editor in South Carolina.

Alan Jay Kaufman is chairman, president and CEO of independent wholesale insurance brokerage Burns & Wilcox, as well as Kaufman Financial Group, its parent company. He recently answered SmartBrief’s questions about leadership, continuing education and other issues in insurance.

How would you describe your leadership style?

It is framed from a variety of experiences. I learned a great deal from my father, the late Herbert W.[…] Continue Reading »

Federal agencies’ use of geographic information systems is on display in 133 maps featured in a new book from Esri. The full-color maps demonstrate how the agencies and Congress, among others, employ Esri’s ArcGIS to tackle matters such as national security, transportation and the census.

The book, “Mapping the Nation: Pioneering a New Platform for Government,” aims to illustrate how the government and public frequently put ArcGIS to use for everyday matters along with major health and environmental issues, humanitarian aid, emergency management and more.[…] Continue Reading »

More than 3.8 million additional square miles of aerial imagery have been incorporated into the ArcGIS World Imagery Map, a service provided by Esri and DigitalGlobe. The update was announced this week during the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C.

“This is a breakthrough improvement thanks to our partnership with DigitalGlobe that allows our customers access [to] up-to-date and powerful global imagery,” Christophe Charpentier, Esri’s group product manager for ArcGIS content, said in a statement.[…] Continue Reading »

Dr. Susan B. Waters has been CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors since March 2010. NAIFA has a membership with a focus that includes annuities, life and health insurance, and financial advising. Waters has more than two decades of experience in professional association management. Prior to her leadership of NAIFA, she was president of Sextant Consulting and executive vice president of an insurance agency.[…] Continue Reading »

The Wall Street Journal says the money market industry “would be wise to work with” Securities and Exchange Commission officials on reporting floating values “before it suffers a worse fate” at the hands of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

High-frequency trading threatens markets with volatility, Roger Lowenstein writes in the The New York Times, arguing that such trades should face steep taxes and be considered “electronic errors” in some cases.[…] Continue Reading »