CONSTRUCTION EXPERT CORNER


Meet our expert

Here at Acuity, we understand the challenges you face as a contractor. My focus is helping you overcome those challenges and find success in your industry by bringing my construction expertise to insurance. I am John L, Construction Business Segment Specialist at Acuity.


John L. is our Construction guru

I bring over 35 years of experience in the construction industry in both field and office positions to Acuity including carpentry, welding, project management, contract negotiation, and much more. Also, I founded my own commercial general contracting firm specializing in building grocery stores. Over the years I’ve worked closely with architects, civil engineers, and developers. I’ve found it instrumental to build solid relationships with all involved in the construction project, including insurance companies. This is why I am here, I want to help you the contractor better understand insurance and help Acuity to offer products and services that meet your unique needs. I feel a close connection to construction and with my background I feel that I can make sure contractors have a better insurance experience.

Business insurance for contractors

From the standard property, liability, and workers compensation coverages to the optional contractor specific coverages, Acuity has the right products to give you the peace of mind you deserve.


FAQs


Have questions? We have answers.


I’m helping to revolutionize the relationship between contractor and insurance company so both understand each other and can accomplish tasks together as a team.


There is no substitute for experience. Having worked as a carpenter all the way up to a business owner gives me a unique perspective of all aspects of construction. Teaching Acuity’s employees the processes of a construction company helps them better understand contractors, more accurately assess risk, and ensure they have the proper coverages and products to best serve the industry.


Many tradesmen start their own business because they are very skilled and confident in their abilities. On the business side, finding a good construction attorney to review your business practice can eliminate many problems. Let the attorney know how much money you can allocate to get started. Then,  set aside some funds for a business review each year. Get help managing the office if needed. Look for any weaknesses in your company and find the best person to put in that position.


To make Acuity the “go-to” insurance company for contractors—a place where employees, agents, and our insured contractors can continue to be educated on the industry. Understanding the processes and the heart of construction in simple ways can show we know more about the industry than simply writing policies.



RESOURCES


We know contractors. Our knowledge at your fingertips.

Videos

Watch our helpful, to-the-point construction videos featuring John, our industry specialist!

Loss control

Acuity offers an extensive library of loss control resources to help keep your employees and company operating safely

Glossary

Does insurance lingo sometimes leave you guessing? Check out our glossary!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Join us at one of these upcoming events.

17
Feb
ABC Supercon
Friday, February 17, 2017
Wisconsin's annual ABC Supercon will focus on technology and the changes impacting the construction industry. Join us in learning from one of the nations fastest growing construction trade associations.
5
Mar
Women in Construction Week
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Starting March 5 we will celebrate a week of women working in the construction industry, where we'll focus on highlighting women as a visible component of the construction industry.
11
Apr
BATC - Builders and Remodelers Show
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
We'll be in Minnesota at the annual builders and remodelers show where over 1k builders, remodelers, and interior designers all gather in one spot for an entire day, a great place to learn about what's going on in your industry.

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Get answers from our insurance experts.
    • In a very competitive industry, contractors are always looking for ways to stand out and have an upper hand over their competition. For some of us old timers who have been in the industry for many years, we look around and can’t believe how much things have changed! Our rulers, measuring wheels, and calculators have been set aside to make room for computer estimating software.
    • As you prepare to complete and post your OSHA 300A, providing a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, it’s a good time to think about the new OSHA requirements and how they will affect you. Four major updates are effective in 2017—electronic recordkeeping requirements, anti-retaliation protections, walking-working surfaces and fall protection, and beryllium exposure limit.
    • Tracking financial assets is an important part of running a successful business. As a contractor, one of my greatest investments was my equipment. The industry segment I was in required skid steers, trucks, and trailers with tens of thousands of dollars of tools. This was the equipment that made my company money, which also made it one of my most important assets.

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      Loss Control Specialist

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