Over 80 Years of Excellence
The Fire, Casualty, & Surety Bulletins (FC&S) service was started in 1929 by Edward J. Wolgemuth, founder of The National Underwriter Company. FC&S exists to this day as the premier property and casualty information service.
For more than 80 years, FC&S has provided objective information—particularly in the area of insurance policy interpretation—to all types of insurance professionals.
The complete print service is comprised of eight volumes: Fire & Marine, Personal Lines, Casualty & Surety, Umbrella, Directors & Officers Liability, Guide to Policies I and II, and Companies & Coverages.
In keeping with its goal of providing quality information that is easy to use, FC&S was one of the first to offer information in a computer-based format. The first electronic version was developed in 1989, followed by various electronic iterations throughout the 1990s.
The current FC&S Online permits subscribers to retrieve over 5,000 documents through a state-of-the-art content management system and graphical user interface. Today's FC&S Online brings information and analysis to the desktops of thousands of insurance professionals throughout the world.
Meet the Staff
Christine G. Barlow, CPCU: 20 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Managing Editor, FC&S. Administration. Christine specializes in Homeowners and Personal Lines. Christine has experience in claims, underwriting, and training. Before joining FC&S, Christine worked as an Underwriting Supervisor for Maryland Auto Insurance Fund and as Senior Underwriter/Underwriter for companies Montgomery Mutual, Old American, Charter Group, and Nationwide.
David D. Thamann, J.D., ARM, CPCU: 36 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Managing Editor of FC&S, with specialties in Boiler & Machinery, Business Auto, Commercial General Liability, Garage, Personal Auto, Truckers Coverage, and Workers Compensation. Prior to joining FC&S, David worked as Claims Manager and Senior Underwriter for companies TransAmerica, Safeco, and CNA.
Susan L. Massmann, CPCU: 17 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Managing Editor, Electronic Publications. Susan specializes in Commercial Property and Business Income. Susan has a legal background, and prior to joining FC&S, worked as a court researcher.
Katherine S. Caudill, J.D.: 2 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE: Staff Writer for FC&S. Katherine specializes in Commercial General Liability, Cyber Liability and Personal Auto. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Donald S. Malecki, CPCU: 54 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE Consulting Editor to FC&S. President of Malecki Communications Company, the publisher of Malecki on Insurance. He began his writing career in 1966 when he joined the staff of the Fire, Casualty & Surety Bulletins, where he remained until 1977. Don is an author and co-author of eleven books, including Commercial General Liability Coverage Guide, published by Summit Business Media, and three textbooks that were used in the American Institute’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter curriculum.
Diana B. Reitz, CPCU, AAI: 29 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Consulting Editor to FC&S. Diana spent 15 years with a large regional brokerage before joining our staff.
Diane W. Richardson, CPCU: 33 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Consulting Editor to FC&S, specializing in Flood, Personal Auto, Homeowners, and General Personal Lines. Diane has both insurance company and agency experience and has written five books that are widely used in the insurance industry.
Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE: 42 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE Consulting Editor to FC&S, specializing in legal issues. He is a coverage attorney, consultant, and expert witness and has written several books on property and liability claims.
Karen Combs: 23 YEARS OF FC&S EXPERIENCE
Senior Editorial Assistant, FC&S. Karen assists the editors with production of FC&S and helps subscribers with general questions.