Lester J. Shaw - Fire Loss Manager for the Great Lakes Insurance Company decided to form his own independent adjustment company and quite appropriately named it - L. J. Shaw and Company.
William G. Coppock, an employee, acquired the firm after Mr. Shaw's death. In addition to running the company he began to build a staff. In the ensuing 20 years Bill demonstrated a prolific ability as a compelling writer and lecturer, always an advocate of the industry.
In December, Carl F. Rank, Jr. left GAB to join the Shaw team which Bill Coppock had expanded to four adjusters.
Carl Rank, Jerry Healy, Bob Hall
In January, Bob Hall, who had worked with Carl Rank at the Railroad Claim Office at Western Adjustment and Inspection Company (later to become General Adjustment Bureau) chose to reunite with Carl Rank and joined L. J. Shaw and Company.
Jerry Healy resigned from GAB and joined L. J. Shaw and Company. Jerry joined the staff that consisted of Bill Coppock, Carl Rank, and Bob Hall.
In September, Bill Coppock got word of a bright young adjuster with GAB, whom he believed, would fit well into the L. J. Shaw and Company operation. Bill Hall was hired as a learning adjuster and has gone on to a distinguished career.
As 1972 drew to a close, Bill Coppock invited Carl Rank, Bob Hall and Jerry Healy to join him for lunch. After finishing their sandwiches, he said that he decided it was time for him to retire. All recall the shock as he offered the three adjusters the opportunity to purchase the firm. It took but a moment to accept. Bill Coppock remained a consultant. He continued to contribute many more pertinent articles for magazines, newspapers, and trade publications. Meanwhile, dividing up the duties, Bob Hall became President, Carl Rank, Treasurer, and Jerry Healy, Secretary. On January 1, 1973 a new era began.
While being interviewed by GAB in 1971, Bill Hall, had met with their Branch Manager in Jackson, Michigan. That manager was Steve Hastings. Steve had been instrumental in Bill being hired by GAB. In early 1972,Steve was elevated to Branch General Adjuster in Chicago. He was highly respected and his ability was quickly recognized. Within one year he was elevated to Regional General Adjuster.
At Bill Hall's urging a pitch was made to Steve. The endeavor was viewed as a long shot as it was believed Steve would not be interested in making a change. After three months of meetings, Steve came on board on May 16, He proved to be a cornerstone around which the organization could be strongly built. Steve would prove to be a superb technician, a willing mentor and an industry resource.
Tim Coppock, with Underwriters Adjustment Company was offered a position with L. J. Shaw. On March 5th he became the second Coppock to associate with L. J. Shaw and Company. Tim earned the designation of General Adjuster on December 1, 1991.
Sometime in 1976 Bill Hall needed some personal insurance and made contact with a tall salesman who, in the course of completing a life insurance application showed a great deal of interest in "claims adjusting"- whatever that was. Ever an opportunist, Bill Hall loaded Bill Jensen in his car, and looked at losses for a day. Jensen's appetite whetted, he applied to and was hired by GAB in 1977. Bill joined our team on January 26th. Bill has earned an AIC designation and became a General Adjuster in 1989.
Jerry Healy chose to take a very early retirement and the ownership remained with Carl Rank and Bob Hall.
It was determined that Bill Hall and Steve Hastings had become such integral members of the firm that they were invited to share in ownership. Bill became Vice President and Treasurer and Steve, Vice President and Secretary. Carl was elevated to Executive Vice President.
Steve Hastings, Bill Hall, Bob Hall
After maintaining offices in the Insurance Exchange Building in downtown Chicago since 1932 the business moved from the "Loop" to Oakbrook Terrace.
On March 12, 1984 Frank Martino joined our staff after seven plus years with GAB and CNA. He uses his accounting and business background in handling residential and commercial losses.
Larry Spanola began his tenure on January 7th after fifteen years with Chubb. The Board of Directors appointed Larry to the position of General Adjuster on February 15, 1997.
Bob Hall relinquished ownership and became Office Administrator. Steve Hastings became Chief Executive Officer and Bill Hall President of the firm.
Effective January 1, 1994 Bill Jensen accepted the office of Vice President and Secretary and Tim Coppock the office of Vice President and Treasurer. Both became owners and partners.
On March 29th we moved into our new facility at 1100 S. Main Street in Lombard, Illinois.
On January 8, we added Nino Berardi and his contribution to L. J. Shaw & Company has exceeded expectations.
On October 1,Randy Sevik. joined the staff. He spent 14 years with GAB and 9 years with General Accident Insurance Company. He has been a fine addition to our staff.
On July 1,Bob Hall retired. Due to his insight, expertise and integrity he continues to serve on the Board of Directors and as a consultant.
On June 15th Randy Ferrari accepted the position of office administrator. Randy is a twenty-five year veteran who has served in a variety of functions since he began with Safeco as a multi-line adjuster. Randy has broad based experience in both the company and independent arenas. Just before coming on board he was the national claim manager of CNA E&S. Randy was elected to the Board of Directors in December 1997.
On January 12th Paul VanDerHeyden, a highly regarded property specialist from Hanover Insurance joined L. J. Shaw. Paul's technical ability, enthusiasm and integrity make him a natural fit.
On September 17th seasoned veteran David Brinker joined the team. Dave's many quality years of handling a wide range of losses substantially enhances the Shaw roster.
We tip our hats to a most important segment of the L. J. Shaw team Dolores Shepherd, Hermine Moritti and Stacey Featherstone. Throughout our history we have had an exceptional clerical department. No challenge is too great. The product they put together is outstanding. We are fortunate to have their contribution.
Throughout its seventy-year history the firm has felt a strong commitment to our great industry. We have demonstrated that commitment by a continuing involvement in numerous insurance based organizations and associations.
Our people have accepted chairmanships and executive offices in the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters,
Seventy years! We hold dear the accomplishments of the past. But as our founder would have expected, we will always be focused on the future.
In August of our 70th year in business, we were pleased to add Kevin M. Young to our roster. Kevin, a University of Illinois graduate with a double major in history and communications, began his adjusting career in 1994 with State Farm. He served in a variety of positions including catastrophe operations, re-inspector trainer and large loss adjuster. Kevin brings integrity, expertise and enthusiasm consistent with our tradition.
In November we lost a true friend and insurance pro when Randy Sevik died. Randy was a soft spoken, no nonsense professional with whom we were proud to be associated.
At the end of the year we bade farewell to one of our GA's, Larry Spanola. Larry is a consummate professional the like of which is rarely seen. He has been an important member of our team since 1985. Larry has assured us he will not be a stranger and promises to visit often. We wish all the best to Larry and Lodene in their retirement.
Bill Hall became CEO of the firm and Bill Jensen assumes presidency.
As of September 1st Nino Berardi and Paul VanDerHeyden were elevated to the designation of General Adjuster. These two young lions have estabilshed themselves as "go to" professionals that are sought after for the prompt resolution of increasingly complex adjustments. This designation is meted out sparingly at L. J. Shaw & Company so everyone is gratified by Nino and Paul's achievement.
Niino Berardi and Paul VanDerHeyden became partners in the firm. These two gentelmen embody perfectly the L.J. Shaw legacy of technical expertise and impeccable ethics.
Speaking of legacies, in June T.R. Coppock became the third generation from the family to be added to the roster, T.R. follows in the estimable footsteps of his grandfather, Bill and father Tim.
A happy 35th anniversary is achieved by our clerical supervisor, Dolores Shepherd.
In 2007 L.J. Shaw celebrated its 75th year of providing superior property claim handling service to the insurance industry.
Randy Ferrari celebrates 10 years with LJS.
The owners and employees of L.J. Shaw & Company marked the diamond anniversary of the firm with celebratory dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. We were joined by many of our great friends and loyal supporters.
Mike Schwartz brings his estimable talents to the L.J. Shaw team.
Hermine Moritti, our typist extraordinaire, completed her 25th year with our company. She was presented with a watch by the owners to mark this great milestone.
With our solid roster of seasoned veterans and young talent we look forward to continuing for years to come.
Frank Martino celebrated his 25th year with L.J. Shaw. This is yet another example of the long term commitment of our staff.
Partner & V.P. Secretary, Paul VanDerheyden joined L.J. Shaw & Company 10 years ago this day.
Partner and Vice President Tim Coppock reaches 30 years as a key member of the L.J. Shaw family.
Steve Hastings, who continues to be a sought after resource to the industry racks up another milestone as he marks 35 years with our company.