Richard Spiers shares how the media manages to capture the greatest attention, including in cases surrounding police shootings. He also explains how many factors, such as community demographics and the timeliness in releasing footage of an incident, can influence public opinion. Richard also shares many stories through his years of experience, illustrating the severity of the media's influence on a case and a lawsuit’s outcome.
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Richard Spiers, CPCU, ARM, ARe, AIC
Claims and Risk Management Consultant, Spiers Consulting, LLC
Richard has been in the insurance industry since 1980 and was a claim executive in the reinsurance and excess marketplace since 1985. He was with Genesis Management and Insurance Services for over 20 twenty years. He is currently doing claim consulting work. Richard has extensive experience handling the wide array of claims faced by public entities, K-12 school districts and the higher education sector. Based in Chicago, he has also worked for Transamerica Insurance Group, Northbrook Excess and Surplus Insurance, CNA and Allstate Reinsurance. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, a member of the Society of CPCU, and holds associate designations in risk management, claims, and reinsurance. Richard has been developing and presenting insurance industry-related training sessions to a variety of client and industry groups for over 25 years.
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