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.


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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.



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    • For those who like to work and are self-motivated, starting your own construction company can be very satisfying. Yes, there are challenges—it is a lot of work and has its share of headaches—but the rewards can far outweigh those things.
    • Because construction projects are often in less controlled environments than other work places, it can require a greater awareness. Having a competent person on site who understands the dangers and is able to identify those situations can help younger employees and those new to the industry.
    • Last week, I was in Chicago with Steve Miller, one of our senior loss control representatives. Steve and I have been working on a small project we call “5-word safety messages.” Basically, because people tend to remember phrases or statements with five or fewer words, we decided to develop a list of simple safety messages that would be easy to remember.

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