Posted By Fred on 13 Apr 2012 12:11 AM
Thank you, I appreciate the encouragement. I was not aware of the need for people in the next 5 years or so.
Fred, #7 in regard to losing the bulk of our experienced hands for the most part is my individual musings. It would be within the realm of normal flow to lose X amount of experience per year. However, again just my opine but with the advances in technology and the influx of newly licensed claims professionals coming from all industries, those experienced hands will be less inclined to be willing to put in the effort and hours days weeks necessary to do their job effectively in return for a rapidly diminishing fee schedule.
That is not necessarily a BAD thing, for example: early computers were massive and prohibitively expensive, nowadays, computers are exponentially more powerful, smaller (IE laptops) and dramatically cheaper as the technology has been refined over the years. A typical laptop has anywhere from 2 to 8 GB and will cost anywhere from $300.00 to $1,000.00. A computer with that kind of processor speed and memory in the 1960's would have been valued in the millions of dollars. The home computer that most CADO members are using to read this very thread is far more powerful and capable than that of the computer module that took Apollo astronauts to the moon and back in 1969.
So in a roundabout way so goes those old school adjusters who back in the day (far back before my day) could respond to a hail storm with x amount of adjusters in a zip code at midnight and by the following morning have set the reserves, in becoming...obsolete.
As technology is refined, the cost goes down and that is just the way it......is!
I personally feel that this very moment in our beloved industry is very exciting and I am in awe with the dramatic leaps and bounds with technology.
It is now time for the OLD GUARD (not me), the very best of the best the industry has created (IE Tom Toll, Ray Hall, Chuck Deaton,Older than dirt,Luke Durocher,Roy Cupps, Ron Adams,Shaun Polunski,OKLarryD and hundreds of others) to pass the torch on to the next generation of claims professionals as the industry evolves. For some of our newer CADO members, some of the aforementioned claims adjusters above are no longer with us (IE. Tom Toll, Ray Hall). However their words are forever archived right here on CADO and their legacy will continue to exist long into the future.
For the new folks, just devote a few hours and read these guys posts over the years, that is a learning experience unrivaled from any current certification or course.
"A good leader leads.....
..... but a great leader is followed !!"