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ETCH Donation Drive Already Successful

By | Appalachian Underwriters, Bill Arowood | No Comments

The team at Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) is hard at work collecting items for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital this month. AUI chose the hospital as their Valentine and is holding donation drive through Friday, February 27.

“The generosity of these employees is amazing and humbling,” said Bill Arowood, president of AUI. “It’s obvious to me that this donation drive has touched our hearts.”

Items being collected include: Short- and long-sleeved onesies for ages 0-3 months and 3-6 months; new or used clean clothing from birth to 3T, especially sweatpants, shorts and T-shirts; coloring books and crayons; and DVDs rates PG or PG-13 for teens and older children.

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AUI Chooses Children’s Hospital to Be Their Valentine

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For the month of February, Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) has chosen East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as their Valentine.

All month long, AUI will hold a donation drive for the hospital through Friday, February 27, and collection bins will be located in Building A on all floors.

“All of us who have children in our lives have been touched by the incredible work of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” said Bill Arowood, president of AUI. “Our donation drive is a small way we can help meet the needs of the children served by the hospital.

Items being collected include: Short- and long-sleeved onesies for ages 0-3 months and 3-6 months; new or used clean clothing from birth to 3T, especially sweatpants, shorts and T-shirts; coloring books and crayons; and DVDs rates PG or PG-13 for teens and older children.

To learn more about Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., visit

Bill Arowood: Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. Announces New Hires for January 2015

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Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., (AUI) the fifth largest Managing General Agent in the nation with premiums in excess of $500 million, welcomed five new employees to the company during the month of January.

“We are pleased to have these employees join the various organizations of our enterprise,” said Bill Arowood, president of AUI. “Our successes are built around the quality employees throughout our organization who are collectively committed to excellence in customer service.”

The new employees are:

Shannon Bryant is the new accounts receivable analyst and comes to AUI with eight years of experience in collections. She worked at GMAC for three and a half years collecting car payments. She then worked at Frost-Arnett for four years, becoming the assistant manager. Shannon is married and has three children named Braydon, Ashley and Bentley.

Jason Herrman is an operations analyst for INVO PEO. He worked for Brinks Armored Car for 18 years, starting in 1996 as a supervisor for the production facility. In 2000 he became a route coordinator and in 2006 was promoted to Cash Logistics Manager. During this time he was responsible for the inventories and commercial deposits for 50 banks and the supervision of 100 employees. Jason has been enrolled part-time, online, at Fort Hays State in Fort Hays, Kansas for the last few years and hopes to graduate this summer with his associates in Business Management.

Christina Miller is a new payroll processor for INVO PEO. She has over seven years of payroll experience, more than half of that being spent at a PEO in Florida. Christina has been a stay at home mom for the past 10 years but has continued to involve herself in the payroll world through various work from home jobs. Christina and her family moved to Tennessee from Florida in September. She is looking forward to putting down roots in Tennessee, as well as INVO PEO.

Timothy Parker is the new Director of Data Services for Information Technology Partners in Columbia, South Carolina. Tim has been in management and technical leadership positions within the property and casualty insurance industry for the past eight years. He has served as the manager of the Data Warehouse Team and Data Architect at Seibels Insurance Technology and Services, Analytics Technical Consultant for Innovation Group, and Data Architect at EagleEye Analytics. Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems for Liberty University, and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Timothy also enjoys performing the guitar with the 246th Army Band in the South Carolina Army National Guard and at local churches and community events around Columbia.

Jennifer Weathers is the new collections specialist at AUI. She has worked in collections for nine years, six-and-a-half years of that being with Revenue Recovery Corp. She continued working in collections after leaving Revenue Recovery Corp, focusing mainly in medial bill collections. Jennifer was raised in Union County and continues to live there with her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

For more information about Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., visit

INVO PEO Sponsors Run For The Schools on February 28

By | Bill Arowood, INVO PEO | No Comments

INVO PEO has signed on as a sponsor for the Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools, set for Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville. The event features a 5K race and fun walk in the Knoxville Zoo and a 100-yard dash for children.

“We are proud and honored to support our region’s schools in such a tangible way,” said Bill Arowood, president of INVO PEO.

Funds raised by the race are distributed to individual public and private schools in Knox and surrounding counties based on each school’s participation in the event. In addition to a cash sponsorship, Arowood wants to encourage participation in the event by paying the registration fees for 25 participants who use the discount code INVOCARES. Simply go to the event web site, and click the link to register to get started.

Other sponsors for the event include Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union and z11 communications.

President Signs PEO Legislation

By | Bill Arowood, INVO PEO | No Comments

Late in December, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Efficient Act (SBEA) which clearly defines professional employer organizations (PEOs) in the federal tax code as well as a host of other items that will assist the PEO industry.

A key component of the new law is a voluntary certification program for PEOs with the IRS. This program will help consumers select PEOs that have undergone strict review of financial standards by the IRS. To meet those standards the PEO must satisfy reporting obligations, meet financial standards (including bonding and independent financial reviews) and meet other appropriate standards set by the IRS.

Once a PEO is certified, they would take the sole liability for the collection and remission of federal employment taxes for worksite employees. This makes it very clear for the clients of the PEO where the liability lies and removes some of the current ambiguity.

“INVO PEO is dedicated to providing the highest standards in financial stability. As this new program is launched, our company will be one of the first to pursue this certification,” stated Bill Arowood of INVO PEO concerning this new legislation.

Google to Enter Auto Insurance Market

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Since 2013 Google has been licensing its online shopping site to sell auto coverage in several states. Currently they active licenses in 26 states and have announced plans to begin rolling out a new auto coverage comparison site in four states. During the next three months Google will begin to offer the service in California and then later in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Google’s brand is powerful and will certainly have an impact, but Bill Arowood of Madison Insurance Group urges consumers to consider the value of working with a local agent. “Having someone you can call at 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon, someone that’s your neighbor, your friend; you can’t get that with a big box insurance broker solution.”

Arowood states that working with a local agent is very important to insurance consumers because of the level of personal service it affords you.  Arowood says that “your local agent is usually someone you know well or will certainly come to know as a friend. That’s a value that is hard to put into dollars and cents. It’s what insurance is all about. Having peace of mind.”

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