Chris was born in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his BA in Secondary Education at Northeastern Illinois University in the same city. Following receipt of his degree, Chris was a substitute teacher in the Chicago School System for six months. It seemed that a promising career in education lay ahead.
Then insurance came into Chris’ life as a career option. Starting with Allstate as an Adjuster Trainee, he advanced to Property Adjuster before moving to an independent adjusting company in the same capacity. After a year in this position, Chris formed his own company to do fire remodeling and restoration. He was lured back to insurance and became a Home Office Property Claims Supervisor with Warner Insurance. It took only three years for Chris to be promoted to Southeast Regional Claim Manager of Florida. This was followed six years later by another venture in entrepreneurship as Chris and his wife opened Quality Adjustments, a firm that would continue on for thirty years and which merged with Voelpel Claims last year.
At this point you may be wondering about Chris’ interest in education. Clearly, insurance is a career that emphasizes – requires – continuing education. Chris combined his insurance and education interests by regular attendance at Property Loss Managers Conferences (1983 and 1986 through 2001), National Association of Independent Adjusters National Conferences (eight conferences between 1987 and 2013), Florida Advisory Council on Arson Prevention Conferences (1986 through 2001) as well as other regional conferences. Significant additional educational milestones were the attainment of a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1983 and a Master of Sciences in Insurance and Risk Management from LaSalle University in 1998.
What about becoming an educator? This never stopped being one of Chris’ goals and, over the years, he has been involved in a research project “Can Arson and Fraud be Defeated” which won a CPCU National Research Award. Since 1983 Chris has taught 22 CPCU courses on a variety of topics, five Associate in Claims courses, five Associate in Underwriting courses, and six General Principles of Insurance courses. Chris has also made 14 seminar presentations and received a Professional Leadership Scroll for his ongoing contributions to education.
Chris is an active member of the National and Central Florida Chapter of the Society of CPCU and served as Chapter President for the 2005-2006 year. He has been a member of the Orlando Claims Association since 1985, the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) since 1986, and a member of the National Association of Independent Adjusters (NAIIA) since 1987.
Chris Eirich is truly an exemplary prototype for the blending of insurance and education.