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Hawaii Flood Insurance Expert Earns National Designation

First Insurance Company of Hawaii’s (FICOH) Wesley Brum has earned the Associate in National Flood Insurance (ANFI™) designation, making him the only insurance professional with this level of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expertise in Hawaii.


Steve Tabussi, Sr. Vice President
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
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The ANFI™ designation is awarded after a candidate successfully passes a series of three exams developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that measure the applicant’s technical and practical knowledge of national flood insurance basics, specialized rating and insurance ethics.

As an NFIP Write Your Own (WYO) carrier, First Insurance is authorized to write and service national flood insurance policies in Hawaii, Guam, & American Samoa. Since Brum joined FICOH in 2011, the company’s National Flood Insurance market share in Hawaii has grown steadily from 35 percent to 44 percent.

“The only factors differentiating one WYO carrier from another are service and expertise,” said Jeff Shonka, First Insurance CEO. “Wes’ dedication to excellent service and continuous learning has contributed to FICOH’s reputation as the best and largest writer of federal flood insurance in the state.”“It is a true honor to have passed the rigorous examination process and be the only insurance associate to obtain the ANFI designation in Hawaii,” said Wesley Brum, Sr. Flood Underwriter.

“I hope to continue to be an expert resource on national flood insurance and to aid others in understanding the various elements of their flood insurance policies.”For more information on flood insurance, please visit 

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii
Founded on August 11, 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $639.9 million, liabilities of $365.0 million and policyholders’ surplus of $274.9 million as of December 31, 2015. First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. and has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies for six consecutive years. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 28 independent general agencies. It has claims personnel on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Follow First Insurance on Twitter (@FirstInsHI) and Facebook (