Beware of Lender “One Size Fits All” Insurance Requirements

One of the stress points for lenders and their underwriters is the fear of a foreclosure due to substantial property damage and improper insurance held by a borrower.

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The latest Risk and Insurance News from around the world – Updated: October 2nd

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When Loss Ensues: Washington State Supreme Court Issues- Mixed Messages on Ensuing Loss Provisions in All-Risk Policies

All-risk property insurance policies generally provide coverage for any peril that causes property damage, except when the damage is caused by a risk specifically excluded in the policy. All-risk policies describe the scope of coverage by a list of exclusions.

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Adapting to Personal Technology

Who knew that there would come a time when you cannot go anywhere with a personal computer in your pocket?

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Turning Homeward: Fostering a New Direction

Kathy Bare, an Account Manager in our Commercial Department, started volunteering with PAWS as a high school student and she has continued to work closely with numerous groups, including PAWS and the Seattle Humane Society, ever since.


Kathy Bare, an Account Manager in our Commercial Department, started volunteering with PAWS as a high school student and she has continued to work closely with numerous groups, including PAWS and the Seattle Humane Society, ever since. For the past eight years, she has devoted most of her time and energy to the Homeward Pet Adoption Center, volunteering as an animal rescuer, foster care provider, shelter volunteer, and fundraiser.

Homeward Center, located in Woodinville, is one of the largest no-kill shelters in Washington. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for homeless animals and to give them a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption programs. Kathy works with Homeward Center because their mission mirrors her own strong commitment to caring for animals and because the non-profit organization offers a comprehensive, well-run program. In addition to providing shelter services for 1300 animals a year, Homeward facilitates the best possible adoption for each animal in their care.

Animals come from other shelters that euthanize, statewide rescue groups, and owners who can no longer care for pets. Every animal receives full medical care from Homeward Center’s on-site veterinary team, including spay or neuter, vaccination, and microchip prior to adoption. Many animals must be nursed back to health or socialized before they are ready for a forever home, usually through a network of foster care volunteers. Homeward Center is a good neighbor within the community, too, offering programs beyond their own shelter and adoption services. These include low-cost spay and neuter services for reduced income pet owners, and a food bank for pets.

Homeward Center’s ultimate goal is the best possible adoption for each pet and they will do whatever is necessary to make that happen. Potential owners are screened and interviewed, and Homeward Center recommends matches based on the needs and personalities of the animal as well as the adopting family. Staff will work with families post-adoption to help with transition issues. They also work with other agencies in the area when animals are better suited to a non-family adoption; Homeward has evaluated and placed dogs in service programs and K-9 units.

Kathy’s volunteer work with Homeward Center is as varied as the center’s work itself. You can find her behind the camera every year at their ‘Photos with Santa’ fundraiser sponsored by Petsmart. Each spring, she organizes and runs the popular egg hunt for dogs (and their people) at Camp Charlie’s off-leash park in Duvall. Her shelter work has run the gamut—walking dogs, socializing kittens, cleaning cages, feeding the animals, and doing the daily laundry. She has also conducted rescue transports throughout western Washington and, at one time, ran the Washington state standard poodle rescue group.

Kathy’s most important—and satisfying—work has been in the foster care program. She has cared for over 100 animals in her home (not all at the same time!), specializing in pregnant dogs from pre-delivery through mom’s recovery and weaning of the litter. Her favorite foster dog is the pit bull because she has found them to be the sweetest—and most misunderstood—dog. Kathy says that poor breeding creates the aggressive, unpredictable pit bulls that everyone knows about and that, unfortunately, the entire breed suffers from the prejudice and fear engendered by the behavior of a small number of the breed. Kathy’s most memorable foster experience is Nina, a pit bull that she rescued from a bad situation and then fostered for socialization. Nina is a success story, happily placed with a family, but Kathy still thinks about her—and wishes that she had adopted Nina herself.

Kathy is one of over 200 trained volunteers whose dedication and compassion make the Homeward Center possible. The center is a privately funded organization and receives no funds from local, state, or federal agencies. To learn more, get involved, or adopt a new pet, visit

The center’s main fundraiser, the annual Fur Ball Auction and Dinner (sounds yummy!) is May 19th. Check it out and, if you decide to attend, you’ll find Kathy in the middle of it all, helping to make another great year happen for the Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

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More Than Just Sheet Metal and Paint

In the recent Clint Eastwood film, ‘Gran Torino’, a car plays center stage in the story of a retired auto worker who is disillusioned with his life and with the changes in America and his Detroit neighborhood. The Gran Torino, produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, was a muscle car, and symbolic of a time in history when US auto production reined supreme and America was the acknowledged muscle of the manufacturing world.

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Raising the Flag

Parker, Smith & Feek employees gathered together on April 11th to raise the flag on a newly installed flagpole at our Bellevue office. The ceremony was especially significant because of the history of the flag itself. Todd Syvrud, an Account Manager in our Benefits department, spent six months on deployment at the New Kabul Compound in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Employee Spotlight: Sharon Hall – Pet Partners

Sharon Hall has dedicated her professional career to quality healthcare issues. Before joining Parker, Smith & Feek as our Healthcare Risk Management Specialist, she spent her early career as a nurse and then hospital risk manager.

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Our Clients Share the Same Values

Parker, Smith & Feek has always been a large supporter of local charities, and our clients are the same way. Our client Bartell Drugs and Warm 106.9 have partnered for the 2012 Teddy Bear Patrol.
From March 5 to April 1, you can drop off a new or gently used teddy bear, no larger than 12", at any Bartells location.

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Take a look at a few of the significant events in the History of Parker, Smith & Feek.

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Employee Spotlight: Jim Chesemore – Provail

Our COO, Jim Chesemore, is doubly committed to Provail, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people with disabilities fulfill their life choices. He first became involved with Provail through the Pacific Northwest Insurance Council (PNIC).

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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Parker, Smith & Feek

We are proud to celebrate 75 years of working every day to meet the increasingly complex needs of our clients and to continue to do it with the values system established so long ago.

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