Dick Clark Theatre Leaping Back Into Business After Tornado
One month and two weeks after the 2012 Leap Day Tornado danced through Branson, the Dick Clark Theatre on West Highway 76 will be swinging wide their doors April 13 for the spring tourist season.
Morris Properties General Manager Jerry Carroll credits their speedy recovery to local risk management/insurance provider Akers & Arney Insurance and The Cincinnati Insurance Company. According to Carroll, within two hours after the tornado handed him a more than five million dollar disaster, Charlie LeMoine, Akers & Arney Corporate Sales Executive was bringing comfort and direction. “We always hope our clients never need it, but when they do, we want to make sure insurance coverage works to their benefit,” said LeMoine.
Carroll said the day after the tornado, representatives of The Cincinnati Insurance Company were handing him the first check to jumpstart restoration. “You could tell they were professionals,” said Carroll. “They were truly representing us and their company to make sure we were immediately taken care of.” Carroll said The Cincinnati Insurance Company’s claims representative has been overseeing the operation by working 24/7.
“We have a lot of real estate,” said Carroll. “We have never had anyone respond like Akers & Arney, Cincinnati Insurance and their claims rep.”
“It made me feel so comforted,” said Carroll.
Carroll said the tornado ripped the roof off the Dick Clark Theatre, damaged air conditioners and sound equipment at The Rowdy Beaver and tore all the roofs off the Ramada Inn. “We lost one complete building,” he said. The Ramada Inn was down about five days, but they now have 100 rooms open, Carroll said. The Rowdy Beaver was closed about three days.
Carroll says a few hours made all the difference. “Two hours earlier we had over 700 people in the Dick Clark Theatre. When I saw how the tornado hit…well, it’s still hard to talk about.”
Carroll said he had been watching the path of the tornado on the television when he told his wife “I don’t like the looks of that.” He said he was in his car driving past Akers & Arney’s office building when the tornado hit. It took him four tries to find a way through the debris and to the property. “I was amazed when Charlie showed up. He assured me he would be with me every step of the way. I cannot say enough good things about them.”
LeMoine said his actions were just in keeping with his company’s mission to be trusted advisors working on behalf of their clients. “It means everything to see this come to fruition,” he said.
“All in all, it’s been good. I don’t know how it could be so good after such an event, but it has been,” said Carroll.
Akers & Arney is Branson’s oldest risk management/insurance firm, established in 1952 by Branson native Elven Akers. Akers wanted residents to receive good advice on how to best insure their properties and he wanted to see that their claims were handled professionally and in a timely fashion. In 2000, Akers & Arney became one of the prestigious Sitkins International, a collection of over 100 leading insurance agencies in North America, Canada and South America.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 from left to right: Jerry Carroll – General Manager Morris Properties (Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre & Ramada Resort and Conference Center), Paul Bush, CPCU, AIC, AIM – Cincinnati’s Regional Field Claims Manager, Derek Yeary, AIC – Cincinnati’s Senior Claims Specialist, Jim Morris – Owner Morris Properties (Dick Clarke Theatre & Ramada Resort and Conference Center), Lance Watson – Controller Morris Properties (Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre & Ramada Resort and Conference Center), and Charlie LeMoine – Akers & Arney Corporate Sales Executive
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