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Working Safely & Professionally through the Pandemic

Like everyone everywhere, MTI is continually adapting to the events of the day. For "Professional Attendance", we regularly attend 20 to 30 events per year. As we all slowly emerge from lock-down we will continue to monitor the attendance protocols for these events and will participate safely.

While we love visiting with you in person, we all know this might not be possible quite yet. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you now, whether by telephone, email, or virtual meeting.

If you do not currently have a MTI Account Manager, please Contact us. Our Director of Sales & Marketing will be happy to help you.

September 2016

Membership in Target Markets Program Administrators Association

MTI is pleased to announce that we are a member of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association. The Target Markets Program Administrators Association is an organization dedicated to the unique challenges of Program Specialists. The TMPAA defines Program Business as insurance products targeted to a particular niche market or class, generally representing a book of similar risks placed with one carrier. MTI has a long history of performing "program" work in the inspection, loss control, and premium audit areas. We are looking forward to developing new, and strengthening existing, working relationships.

HR Director Retires

Our long-time Director of Human Resources, Wendy Tarmon, is set to retire after 17+ years with MTI. Her tenure here caps a distinguished career spanning 30 years. She earned her professional designation (PHR) while presiding over the Human Resources Department for a National Medicaid Reimbursement law firm, and has maintained that Certification since 1990. As the Regional Employment Manager for a major National retailer, she had served on the Board of the ISCPA (Illinois Small College Placement Association). For many years she has been an active member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

In 1999, Wendy joined MTI as Manager of Human Resources where she handled all aspects of HR including: Recruitment, Hiring, Orientation, Benefit Administration, Payroll, Legal Compliance, Performance Appraisals, and Management Training and Employee Relations. She has been instrumental in defining and developing MTI's human resources. Wendy was brought on board to coalesce the existing HR responsibilities, which at the time, were spread among various top level managers; and then take these responsibilities to the next professional level.

While retired she will continue assisting MTI's growth and development as a consultant on certain special projects. Her day-to-day duties will be capably handled by Nicole McNulty - Manager of Human Resources. Wendy and Nicole have worked closely together for the past year and a half in anticipation of this transition. The MTI family wish Wendy and her family much happiness in her continued endeavors. We will miss her professionalism and dedication to MTI and, of course, her unrelenting positive attitude.

June 2016

Community Involvement

Two of our Directors were able to volunteer with the DuPage Habitat for Humanity in a giveback program coordinated by the Society of Casualty Safety Engineers (SCSE). John McCluskey, Director of Sales & Marketing, current board member and recent past President of SCSE, and Steven Knych, Director of Operations and current President of SCSE, joined their peers in making a difference. DuPage Habitat homes are not given away, nor are they earned solely through "sweat equity". Homes are built by volunteers and partner families and then sold to the families on the basis of need, ability to re-pay a 30-year mortgage, and a willingness to invest 250 hours of "sweat equity" in Habitat's work in the community. Habitat International was founded in 1976 and has built over 800,000 homes since their inception. The DuPage chapter was started in 1995 and has constructed over 80 homes locally to date. The opportunity is very rewarding because you are helping out a local family in need of help and the legacy of what you have provided will continue to provide for future generations.

February 2016

Webinar Training Schedule for Q1 - 2016

Here is our current webinar training class schedule through March. Remember, all training modules include our Safety Net 800 service and CEU's are available for most of our courses. All classes are loaded with real-world examples and photos to get you as close to the action as possible without being there! Classes are perfect for underwriters and field reps. It is a "Learn & Confirm" environment in that even the most experienced student will learn something and confirm their current knowledge.

  • Advanced Diagramming -
    02/17/2016 and 03/16/2016

    Measuring techniques and strategies for irregular shaped buildings. Labeling and notations for fire divisions, sprinkler coverage, etc. Plot-plan layouts and formats for large multi-building complexes including farms, apartments, business parks, and manufacturing facilities.

  • Commercial Lines 101 -
    02/18/2016 and 03/17/2016

    Train Underwriters and Field Representatives on the most common, real-world exposures for various types of risks including restaurant, garage / repair, and habitational.

  • Electrical & Heating -

    Elements for electrical, heating, and plumbing components. Definitions and live examples of the various types of residential components along with some of their advantages and disadvantages.

  • ISO Construction / Fire Protection 101 -

    Discuss the six classes of construction along with definitions and examples of each. Learn what to look for in order to correctly classify a commercial building.

  • Personal Lines 101 -

    Discuss and work through various personal lines risks and exposures from fire (e.g. cooking, flammables) to liability (e.g. pools, dogs). Class of construction including age and additions and translation of findings into valuations.

  • Residential Valuations -

    Discuss differences between major valuation platforms and data differences and requirements for standard versus high value structures. Learn best practices for the most accurate valuations (e.g. when do you use living area versus ground floor square footage).

  • Roof Inspections -

    Learn the procedures for inspecting residential and commercial roofs. Identify the various shapes and materials associated with roofing. Identify several potential roofing hazards.

  • Wood Burning Stoves -

    Examples of different kinds of stoves, thimbles, and chimneys. Learn the various clearances required from stoves to combustibles and whether measurement is against NFPA 211 or listed clearances. Discuss acceptable protection materials and associated hazards.

  • Workers Compensation -
    02/03/2016 and 03/31/2016

    Identify potential hazards and learn how to control them. Identify types of equipment and controls for various operations.
These scheduled classes do not include all of our offerings. We are happy to schedule our other classes upon request. For additional information regarding our training programs, including registration, please visit our Training home page or contact us via .

January 2016

Introducing GISA Secure Documents Portal

MTI has launched our new GISA – Secure Documents Portal. This represents a significant upgrade to our already robust data security protocols that ensure the secure transfer of all sensitive documentation obtained during the audit process. This new feature allows audited insureds to link to a secure portal and “post” their required documentation without the fear of the information falling into the wrong hands. Once the information is posted, it remains on our secure servers until the audit process is concluded. After 30 days, the documentation is permanently deleted from our system.

In the past, documentation was commonly sent via email or fax to the auditor so they could review while completing the audit. These transfer processes are difficult to secure and can be unreliable as there is no guarantee the “receiver” has actually retrieved the information. Additionally, both of these older methods of document transfers often result in a printed “hard” copy of the documentation which creates additional data security concerns. Our Secure Documents Portal is tied into our GISA Security module which limits document access to the auditor and quality control personnel who need to view these documents.

As much of the audit and inspection industry continues to rely more heavily on the successful movement of information via electronic means, keeping this data secure has become a major concern for many of our clients. As a leading provider of Risk Management / Loss Control Services, MTI understands the importance of mitigating exposure and will continue to develop new ways to ensure this data is secure within our care and custody. MTI features this same process, and level of security, on all data transfers within our inspection operation.

If you would like to learn more about our GISA – Secure Documents Portal, please visit our Premium Audit Services home page.

March 2015

Introducing Robert Marik Jr. As Premium Audit Manager

We are pleased to introduce Robert Marik Jr. as MTI's Premium Audit Manager.

Robert received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Loyola University. He started his career as a Premium Auditor completing worker’s compensation and liability audits. Throughout his 20 plus year career, Robert has served in a variety of positions including Regional Audit Manager for Charles E. Hock Associates and most recently National Audit Manager for Mitsui Sumitomo Marina Management USA. In 2015, Robert joined MTI as a Premium Audit Manager assisting with the audit operations, training of auditor field staff and review of specialty accounts. Robert is also an active member of the PAAS Worker’s Compensation Advisory Panel.

November 2014

MTI Attends Grain Safety Conference

Training Recently, four representatives from MTI were able to attend a Grain Safety Conference at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, IL. The conference was hosted by Country Financial and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition in an effort to help educate farmers on preventing accidents associated with grain operations. MTI sent representatives from both our Account Management and Quality Control & Training departments, so that the educational information could be shared with our field and review staff, as well as with our customers.

The conference was unique in that it included not only PowerPoint programs and topics presented by long termed industry professionals, but it also had several hands on demonstrations and simulations. These included a grain bin simulation, auger entanglement program, and a grain dust explosion demonstration.

The Asmark Agricenter is a state of the art facility that is doing a great job of trying to disseminate information to all facets of the agricultural industry with the goal of reducing or eliminating injuries and fatalities. Click here for more information on training through the Grain Handling Safety Coalition GHSC).

August 2014

New Risk Assessment Program Released

Our MTSC Division is offering a new Risk Assessment Program that utilizes our staff of qualified Safety Consultants and Field Representatives. We will provide you with Loss Analysis and Exposure Development, a site visit and first hand observations, results focused recommendations and a closing conference for additional information and advice. We will also re-visit the site after a suitable amount of time, and report on recommendation compliance and improvements.

For more details, please contact your account manager or email our staff.
for more information.

May 2014

MTI Presents at NAMIC Personal Lines Conference

NAMIC held their National Personal Lines Conference in downtown Chicago March 19-21. MTI was honored to be a part of the very popular conference. Doug Bennet was given the opportunity to present "The Move from RCV to ACV for Roof Coverage" in one of the breakout sessions. He spoke for one hour about roof inspections and their importance in calculating depreciation of a roof.

August 2013

MTI Announces New MSB Product Options!

MTI is a full service MSB replacement cost valuation provider that is also FIT enabled.
MTI offers the following products for all your valuation needs:

  • Commercial Lines
  • Agribusiness
  • Personal Lines: FIT Enabled
    • Replacement cost (standard / mid-range dwelling) $100k-649k
    • Replacement cost (high value dwelling) $650k and up
    • Replacement cost (mobile home)

January 2013

MTI's 25th Year Anniversary!

A Letter from the President:

I am pleased to announce that MTI has reached a milestone. We have just completed our 25th year in business and are now looking ahead to the next 25 years! I am very proud of our accomplishments over the past 25 years. From very humble beginnings, we have built our company into a well-respected National Inspection and Loss Control Company.

We have been successful through the years by providing excellent quality and service. Our company motto "Quality, Service, and You" is not just idle words. We also believe in our corporate philosophy, which simply put is the Golden Rule. This motto and philosophy has served us well over the past 25 years.

We have had a tremendous group of associates through the years that has made us successful. I believe we would not be where we are today without the dedication and service of everyone connected with MTI.

Our customers have been very loyal to us. Many of our original customers from day one are still with us today. We have built lasting relationships with our customers by providing the service and quality that they require, by exceeding their expectations and by treating them as we would want to be treated.

As we look forward to the future, we look forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead. We will continue to follow the philosophy that has served us well for the past 25 years and look forward to earning the business of our current and future customers.

- Bob Carr, Sr.

May 2012

Additional 4 Training courses receive accreditation through NIU

Northern Illinois University has approved 4 additional training courses for awarding continuing education credits.  The four courses are:

  • Confinement Farming - 1 hour
  • Roof Inspections 101 - 1 hour
  • Workers Compensation - 2 hours
  • Contractors Liability - 1 hour
These courses meet NIU's standards for curriculum content and join a continuously growing list of courses offered by MTI including Commercial Lines 101, Garage Liability, Cooking Exposures, Solid Fuel Burning Devices, etc., for which CEUs can be obtained.  Click here for more information on our training courses, course times, and registration information.