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Citadel News Service
4 Mar 2010

BOV member named to new position in home safety industry

Tampa, Fla. – The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) announced today that Allison Dean Love has joined the organization as external relations consultant.

Love is a graduated of The Citadel Graduate College and a member of the college's Board of Visitors. She brings to her new position nearly 20 years experience in media relations, public relations and communications. Love comes to IBHS from the South Carolina Insurance News Service, where she served as executive director for the past 14 years.


Allison Dean Love

Love’s primary responsibility is to expand public awareness of IBHS' new disaster safety Research Center in Chester County, South Carolina. Unique in all the world, the lab will have the ability to subject full-sized, 2,000-square-foot homes, light commercial construction and agricultural buildings to a variety of hazards, including realistic Category 3 hurricanes, hailstorms and wind-blown fire (mimicking wildfire embers).

Construction of the IBHS Research Center will be completed later this spring. The purpose of this world-class, multi-peril research facility, funded entirely by the property insurance industry, is to identify effective methods of minimizing risk and loss to homes, businesses, and communities resulting from natural disasters.

“This research facility represents a quantum leap forward for building science,” notes Julie Rochman, IBHS President and CEO. “Allison will play an important role in communicating the results of our vital research to the media and consumers. Allison's extensive media relations experience, along with her knowledge of insurance, will be great assets to us and the various audiences we serve.”

IBHS will use the new lab to recreate a variety of realistic natural catastrophes in a very controlled, repeatable environment. They will identify and evaluate various building material, construction techniques and systems. “We will use objective data to improve the ways that residential and commercial properties are designed and built for generations to come" stated Rochman.
All IBHS research will be made publicly available, so consumers and builders will know which products and systems provide the best protection against wind, hail, water and fire. This will be done by creation of written reports, and via high-speed, high-definition video of the tests that will be shared with media and on the Web.

Love graduated with a master of business administration degree from The Citadel, where she has served on the Board of Visitors for the past 13 years. She has a bachelor of business administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She also has received the Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designation.

For more information on the IBHS Research Center and to view a Web camera installed at the construction site, link to

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices. 




Reprinted with permission of IBHS

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