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2003 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec.15 - Cliston L. Brown has been named manager of public affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 2 - This holiday season more than 47 million Americans will be hosting parties in their homes at which they will be serving alcohol, but most are in denial about the liability they could face if a guest is involved in an accident on the way home, a new independent consumer survey conducted for IIABA has determined.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20 - IIABA is praising members of the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the next five years.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 - The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has published phase one of a new multi-part report to help independent agents and brokers build a disciplined, sales-driven agency culture that positions the agency to take advantage of technologies that enhance its marketing, sales, and sales management processes.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 5 - Former IIABA President Tom Ahart and Ronnie Tubertini, chairman of IIABA's Government Affairs Committee, today provided their perspectives on the current framework of insurance regulation to a House panel and urged members of Congress to embrace a pragmatic course for reform.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 29 - Two Japanese brokers are the first international insurance professionals to join IIABA by taking advantage of the association's new associate membership category.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 22 - There is a vital role for Congress to play in reforming the state insurance regulatory system, but such an effort need not replace or duplicate at the federal level what is already in place at the state level, IIABA testified before a Senate panel today.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 15 - Fireman's Fund Insurance Company is the newest partner in the Big 'I' Affluent Package Program that is accessible through Big 'I' Markets, the premier online market-access program developed by IIABA for its members.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6 - A U.S. district court's decision that two Florida laws denying equal treatment to nonresident Florida-licensed agents are unconstitutional will result in an additional breakdown of artificial barriers to licensing and regulatory uniformity in the states, says IIABA.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1 - Bank subsidiaries must remain bound by all state insurance laws, including anti-rebating laws, IIABA told the Federal Reserve Board in response to the federal agency's proposed interpretation of the anti-tying restrictions in the Bank Holding Company Act Amendments.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 30 - The best brands take time to build, requiring patience and perseverance by dedicated owners and employees, said the former CEO of Southwest Airlines in keynote remarks at IIABA's Convention & InfoXchange in Las Vegas last week.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 - Louise 'BeBe' Canter, the new president of IIABA, said today that she is prepared to address the changing reality of independent agencies and brokerage firms and meet new industry challenges through such dynamic Big 'I' programs as InVEST and the Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 - Louise 'BeBe' Canter was inaugurated today as the new president of IIABA and C. Brett Nilsson, CIC was elected to the association's Executive Committee.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 - An InfoXchange panel of leading experts in insurance industry trends today told independent agents and brokers that they need to exercise caution in selecting insurers during the hard market, expand their agency technology capabilities, and make smart agency management decisions in order to conquer the competition.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 23 - A new, cutting-edge workbook designed to assist agents and brokers in implementing effective electronic information management solutions was unveiled today by IIABA at its Convention & InfoXchange in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22 - In an intensive seminar today, IIABA explained the critical recent developments in mold exposures and litigation and broke down the finer points of insurance coverage of mold for independent agents and brokers attending the association's Convention & InfoXchange in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22 - W. Cloyce Anders, the outgoing president of IIABA, today outlined the significant progress and achievements of the past year during the opening general session of the association's Convention & InfoXchange.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22 - The property and casualty insurance business will continue to feel pressure from general market conditions, the growing threat of asbestos liabilities and continued regulatory and legislative initiatives, said a group of CEOs during a panel discussion at IIABA's Convention & InfoXchange.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21 - While challenges persist in the property and casualty insurance arena, industry leaders expressed enthusiasm about the market and a commitment to bring tools and expertise needed to help young agents to thrive now and in the future.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21 - Safeco Insurance and Travelers Property and Casualty are recipients of the 2003 Best Practices Awards of Excellence, an honor IIABA annually bestows upon the companies that put forth the most outstanding efforts in promoting and marketing the tools, seminars and philosophies of the association's Best Practices initiative.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21 - Independent insurance agent associations in Alabama, New Mexico and New York were recognized today for their outstanding educational programs as the IIABA presented each of them with a L.P. McCord National Education Award.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21 - The Agents & Brokers Roundtable of IIABA today hosted a special 'Large Agent & Broker Technology Summit' that brought together agency management system vendor presidents, CEOs and chief technology officers (CTOs) of eight major carriers, and large agent and broker CEOs and CTOs to address critical technology and workflow issues facing large agents and brokers.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20 - The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today presented its most prestigious annual award to the Young Agents Committee of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (PIIAI).
ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 15 - With severe weather from Hurricane Isabel headed toward the East Coast, IIABA advises consumers to avert disaster by taking safety precautions that will help protect them and their possessions now and at any time during the year.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12 - IIABA says a just-introduced Senate bill would make homeowners insurance more available and affordable in disaster-prone communities around the country.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 10 - IIABA's Diversity Task Force will be hosting a luncheon later this month to preview the launch of its pilot professional development program and discuss with agents and companies the challenges and opportunities that exist in emerging urban markets.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 4 - Big 'I' Advantage - the products and services arm of IIABA - has renewed its agreement with Caliper to continue serving the human resource needs of independent agencies and brokerages, announces Paul A. Buse, CPCU, ARM, president of the Association’s for-profit operation.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 19 - A new independent consumer survey conducted for IIABA has found that nearly two-thirds of those living in U.S. rental properties are currently risking severe financial loss by going without renters insurance.
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19 - IIABA is calling yesterday's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to delay implementation of a contentious provision of its 'Do Not Fax' rule a 'significant victory' for business owners and associations.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 14 - IIABA will unveil in October its highly anticipated diversity professional development training program that will provide independent agency owners, producers and managers who serve emerging urban and minority communities the knowledge necessary to build successful operations.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 6 - Zurich North America CEO John Amore and Progressive Insurance CEO Glenn Renwick have been added to a highly regarded panel of insurance leaders who will discuss the state of the industry and its future during a roundtable discussion at the opening session of the IIABA's Las Vegas InfoXchange.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 30 - Dave Gregory, an independent insurance agent and coveted motivational speaker on the national circuit, will share with young agents his expertise in developing critical sales skills and providing top-notch customer service during IIABA's upcoming 28th Annual Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 25 - Four successful and well-respected insurance industry leaders will participate in a CEO roundtable discussion during the opening session of the IIABA Las Vegas InfoXchange.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24 - IIABA is applauding approval of flood insurance reform legislation by a House committee that will extend the program for five years and institute mitigation activities for the worst repetitive-loss properties.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16 - IIABA is strenuously opposing recently introduced Senate legislation that would establish onerous, full-blown federal regulation for insurance, says Association CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 14 - The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has published a new report to help independent agents and brokers assess the benefits of using an application service provider (ASP) and analyze the issues that should be addressed to ensure that the ASP provides the agency with the secure, dependable and responsive solution it is seeking.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 11 - A highly respected panel of insurance industry leaders will share their insights on critical issues affecting the future of the independent agency system with young agents during IIABA's 28th Annual Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference held in conjunction with the association's InfoXchange in Las Vegas.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10 - A tax reform proposal unveiled in the Senate will bring needed market-based reform to the tax code by implementing a fairer depreciation schedule for intangible assets held by small businesses, says IIABA CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 7 - There are many potential benefits for the independent agency system as many carriers begin to 'turn off' the paper traditionally sent to agents and replace it with electronic information. However, carriers, agencies and vendors must communicate with one another and carry out their own responsibilities during the conversion process, the Agents Council for Technology (ACT) says in a new report issued this week.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 30 - Business and motivational speaker Howard Putnam, the former CEO credited with resurrecting now highly profitable Southwest Airlines, will share his considerable and respected insight on the topic of branding with attendees at IIABA's upcoming InfoXchange in Las Vegas.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 26 - Tammy L. Artusa, a customer service representative with Seely & Durland Inc. in Warwick, N.Y., has been named the 2002 National Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) of the Year by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is hailing House passage of a measure to permanently repeal estate taxes, but also is saying that compromise will be necessary to get reform legislation approved by the divided Senate.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23 - Eight of the regional and specialty companies of Liberty Regional Agency Markets (RAM) have simultaneously joined Trusted Choice - the fast-growing national branding initiative created by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and its company partners.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is calling the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) decision to pull approval for the Converium-Crop 1 Insurance Company's Premium Discount Plan (PDP) pilot program the 'right decision that will safeguard the integrity and long-term success of the Federal Crop Insurance Program,' says IIABA Senior Vice President of Federal Government Affairs Maria L. Berthoud.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16 - Independent agents and brokers believe a class action reform bill approved late last week by the House of Representatives will help return a sense of normalcy to interstate class-status lawsuits and protect the rights of consumers and defendants, says the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29 - Calling it a common-sense approach to fixing an out-of-control asbestos litigation system, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is advocating legislation recently introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that would create much-needed national medical standards for asbestos claims.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is hailing today's enactment by President Bush of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, which provides independent agents and brokers several tax breaks that will help boost the performance of their businesses and provide a shot in the arm to the national economy, says CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 19 - Seeking to capitalize on the positive energies of its two industry-leading events, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) will hold its annual meeting - the InfoXchange - and its National Legislative Conference together in Washington, D.C. beginning in 2006, announces IIABA CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt today.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 13 - A new first-of-its-kind independent consumer survey conducted for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) confirms that non-renewals and premium increases are becoming more common in the current homeowners insurance market. However, there are significant steps that homeowners can take to protect themselves in spite of these circumstances, says IIABA and its Trusted Choice agencies.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in which the lower court ruled that West Virginia insurance consumer protection laws are preempted by regulatory interpretation of federal statutes.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 - A Trusted ChoiceSM television advertising campaign that will feature more than 300 spots on such national networks as NBC, CNN and ESPN is scheduled to begin June 9 and continue through June 29, announces Trusted Choice epresentative Larry Acord.
FARMINGTON, Conn., May 2 - As it marks its second anniversary, InsurBanc continues to finely tune its operations to become the preeminent financial partner for independent insurance agents and brokers seeking financial backing for their business plans, says InsurBanc President and CEO Michael Herlihy.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 14 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is unveiling its first national offering of the highly successful Elite Force Sales Training Program that has a proven history of taking newer producers with a basic understanding of the sales process and dramatically increasing their sales production.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10 - Big 'I' Markets, the premier online market-access program developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), has launched a nationwide expansion of three flagship product lines that provide member agents and brokers an opportunity to expand their offerings through a major carrier without volume commitments.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) National Board of State Directors confirmed Thomas A. Grau, CPCU as the association's president-elect and elected William G. Stiglitz III as vice president.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4 - Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) outlined tax reforms that could boost economic security and praised American troops fighting to preserve our national security during a speech today to more than 800 independent insurance agents and brokers visiting Washington from throughout the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3 - The Insurance Agents & Brokers of Pennsylvania (IABP) was presented the prestigious Maurice G. Herndon National Legislative Award today in recognition of its outstanding government affairs achievements last year.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3 - Robert E. Fulwider, the immediate past chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) Government Affairs Committee and a current Executive Committee member, today was presented the Association's highest individual government affairs honor: the Sidney O. Smith Award.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3 - Donald C. Evans of Ash, N.C., was honored today with the Bernard J. Burns Award, bestowed annually upon the agent or broker making the most significant impact on fundraising efforts for InsurPac - the political action committee (PAC) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3 - Addressing more than 800 independent insurance agents and brokers from cities and towns throughout the country today, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) each praised American troops fighting in Iraq and outlined other issues ranging from medical liability reform to tax provisions for small businesses.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - Speaking before a joint gathering of young agents and state InsurPac chairmen at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) National Legislative Conference today, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) told young agents that the future of their business depends upon their political involvement.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) was presented the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) 2002 Gerald Solomon Legislator of the Year Award today during the Association's 27th Annual National Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1 - Expressing strong support for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and presenting five principles that should be the focus of reform efforts, J. Fletcher Willey, CPCU, AAI, testified on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today before the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 27 - The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) Download Work Group affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has issued a report to encourage carriers, vendors, and agents and brokers to make refinements in their downloading procedures and processes in order to resolve ongoing agency concerns, particularly in the commercial lines area.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26 - Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) will be among the prominent speakers addressing more than 800 independent insurance agents and brokers during the 27th Annual National Legislative Conference of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) next week.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 20 - Consumers Insurance, a well-respected regional insurance company based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is the newest company partner of Trusted Choice: the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) national branding initiative that highlights the benefits offered by independent agents and brokers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18 - National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) will address a joint gathering of young agents and state InsurPac chairmen April 2 during the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) National Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13 - Calling it a significant step toward fixing a medical liability system that unnecessarily restricts health care access and delivery, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is applauding the House for approving the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health Care (HEALTH) Act (H.R. 5) today.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12 - A tax reform proposal unveiled today by two House Ways and Means Committee members will bring some needed marketplace-based reform to the tax code by implementing a fair depreciation schedule for small businesses comprised largely of intangible assets, such as customer lists, says Robert A. Rusbuldt, CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6 - Kevin B. Hutchinson, CIC, CRM , a producer with C. J. Thomas Company in St. Louis, is the inaugural recipient of the Maurice Herndon scholarship established by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) to help a young agent attend the association's National Legislative Conference for the first time.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4 - Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) will be among the prominent speakers addressing more than 800 independent insurance agents and brokers during the 27th Annual National Legislative Conference of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) next month.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is praising much-needed legislation introduced by Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) that will halt the onslaught of asbestos litigation overwhelming the courts and put truly sick people at the front of the compensation line.
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 20 - Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, will be a keynote speaker at the 27th Annual National Legislative Conference of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) in April, speaking to nearly 800 independent insurance agents and brokers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 - The Big 'I' Virtual University (VU) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is now offering Richardson QuickSkills: a four-star rated portfolio of online sales skills programs designed to further enhance its 300,000 member agents and brokers' abilities to meet clients' needs and communicate with prospective customers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 30 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is praising President Bush for calling for tax and legal liability reforms during his State of the Union address to Congress this week, says IIABA CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 - Trusted ChoiceSM further asserts itself as the consumer marketing brand of the agency system next month when its television commercials first hit the national airwaves on CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, CNBC and FOX News Channel.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is commending the responsiveness of Congress and President Bush for approving legislation that reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 8 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today praised members of the House of Representatives for quick approval of legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that has been on hiatus in the New Year.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 6 - With the much-anticipated 108th Congress set to convene tomorrow, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is prepared to wage a proactive lobbying effort on behalf of independent agents and brokers in 2003.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 2 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA's) 27th Annual National Legislative Conference, the insurance industry’s largest and most effective legislative gathering, will be held April 2-4 at The Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C.