Over three years ago JW Bond Consultants launched the Surety Bond Forums (http://www.suretyforums.org). The forums were originally created with the intent of answering our clients’ questions. Since the start, the forums have helped to answer literally thousands of questions. However, most questions came from forum members that were not actually JW Bond clients. In other words, we were doing more of a public service rather than assisting our clients as originally intended.
As of this week, we have decided to go in a new direction with the forums. Going forward the forums will have two purposes:
1) A place where anyone can ask surety related questions (as it has been all along).
As stated above, most of the questions posted over the years have come from people that are not our clients. However, we will now try to target the general public rather than simply our clients. In other words, not much has changed here other than the fact that our agency has acknowledged that the forum’s purpose is now for the surety industry as a whole rather than JW Bond clientele.
2) A forum for industry professionals to network online.
The forums have enabled many industry professionals to have a meeting of the minds. We currently have several underwriters from top sureties, surety claim experts, attorneys specializing in suretyship, engineers, and experts from various other fields pertaining to surety bonding. We would like to drastically increase the involvement of the industry to allow professionals to meet up with old friends, make new friends, discuss suretyship, post job listings, post resumes, and much more.
The surety industry is small and most people seem to know each other through one another. When it comes to the surety industry there seems to be 2 degrees of separation rather than 6. That is why we created a private “Professionals Only” section of the forums. The section is password protected, but anyone within the industry will be granted access. If you are a surety professional and would like access to the private section simply use the contact form to let us know your industry experience.
To further separate the forums from our agency’s site we changed the look of the forums, took away navigation links from the forums to our site, and registered a new web address. You can now find the Surety Bond Forums at: http://www.suretyforums.org. The sites are completely separate from one another now.
If you have questions about surety bonding, drop in and post it! If you are a surety professional, be sure to tell others and create your free membership now.