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2004 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 29 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), the nation's largest agents and brokers group, today credited the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for its hard work on a compensation disclosure model law, but called for further discussion of several outstanding issues.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20 - Brendan T. Reilly, a leading staffer on the House Committee on Financial Services, has been named director of federal government affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), effective Jan. 1, 2005.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec 13 - Independent agents and brokers looking for answers to their most pressing insurance and financial services questions can turn to the Virtual University (VU)'s 'Ask an Expert' service for advice from the industry's leading insurance experts.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), the nation's largest agents and brokers group, supports the stated goals and objectives of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) compensation disclosure amendment, and hopes for the emergence of a focused proposal that targets only the types of transactions in which wrongdoing has been alleged.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 7 - As Americans become increasingly concerned about the privacy of their health and personal information, independent insurance agents and brokers must make safeguarding private client information a specific focus within their businesses, according to Safeguarding Non-Public Personal Information, a new report from the Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 2 - While this winter season will offer numerous opportunities for celebration and fun, lack of proper safety precautions in the midst of snow, ice and freezing temperatures can lead to injury, property damage and severe financial liability, warns the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22 - American farmers and independent insurance agents selling crop insurance scored an important victory late Friday, when the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. (FCIC) Board put the brakes on the proliferation of Premium Reduction Plans (PRPs) pending further review.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') testified today before a Senate subcommittee in support of broker disclosure of incentive compensation arrangements, the continued use of legal, longstanding sales incentives, and the need to preserve, but reform and modernize, the state-based insurance regulatory system.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 11 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's Diversity Task Force held a Diversity Luncheon at the recent Big 'I' Convention in Orlando to help advance the goal of fostering a profitable independent agency force that reflects, represents and capitalizes on the opportunities of the diverse U.S. population.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Nov. 10 - Allied Insurance, a property and casualty insurer that currently conducts business in 27 states, is the newest company partner of Trusted Choice -the national marketing brand that informs consumers about the benefits of using independent insurance agents and brokers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 4 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') congratulates President George W. Bush and all of the winners in House and Senate races on Tuesday, and looks forward to working with all of the nation's elected leaders in the coming years on the salient issues facing our industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 28 - In the wake of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigation into alleged illegal bid-rigging by Marsh & McLennan and Marsh Inc., the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), the nation's largest agents and brokers group, is addressing the growing mischaracterizations being disseminated about insurance agents' business practices, including incentive compensation.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 20 - Children from an estimated 25 million households will be allowed to trick-or-treat this Halloween. While trick-or-treating can be a safe activity, adults can do more to provide a secure environment for children as well as protect themselves against potential liability in the event of an accident, a new survey commissioned by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has found.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 15 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), the nation's largest agents and brokers group, today condemned bid-rigging and steering, and called for disclosure by brokers of placement service agreements.

ORLANDO, Oct. 11 - When it comes to elevating independent insurance agents and brokers over their larger competitors, the key is establishing customer relationships based on personal service and individual trust. That was the message at an intensive seminar, 'The New Game of Insurance Distribution: Ten Ways Independent Agents Can Crush Alternative Distribution Channels,' held today at the Big 'I' Convention.

ORLANDO, Oct. 11 - Two top consultants discussed strategies for independent agencies to retain customers and employees, as well preserve and enhance agency value, at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (the Big 'I') Best Practices Symposium late Sunday.The symposium was a featured event at the Big 'I' Convention taking place here through Oct. 12.

ORLANDO, Oct. 11 - In his inaugural speech as the 100th president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Thomas A. Grau, CPCU, pledged to redouble his association's branding efforts, its lobbying and grassroots work, its technological endeavors and its product development in the coming year.

ORLANDO, Oct. 11 - Thomas Grau, CPCU, today was inaugurated as the new president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') and J. David Daniel was elected an at-large member to the association's Executive Committee.

ORLANDO, Oct. 11 - Louisville resident and independent insurance agent William G. Stiglitz was inaugurated the 100th president- elect of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') during the organization's annual convention here.

ORLANDO, Oct. 10 - Louise 'BeBe' Canter, CPCU, ARM, the outgoing president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') and the first woman to hold the association's top leadership post, today outlined the association's significant progress and achievements of the past year.

ORLANDO, Oct. 10 - Thomas 'Tommy' J. Dietz, CPCU, today received the most distinguished honor the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') bestows upon an individual when he was presented the Woodworth Memorial Award during the opening session of the association's 2004 Big 'I' Convention.

ORLANDO, Oct. 10 - Legislative issues, including tort reform, as well as pricing and competition issues and attracting top young talent to the independent agency system, took center stage Sunday at a high-powered CEO panel held at the opening general session of the Big 'I' Convention here.

ORLANDO, Oct. 10 - Independent agents and brokers today got answers to some of the most commonly asked insurance questions during an informative seminar at the Big 'I' Convention. The seminar, titled the 'VU Top 20 Countdown,' posed and answered 20 of the leading questions received through the Big 'I' Virtual University's 'Ask an Expert' service.

ORLANDO, Oct. 10 - Four national insurance companies today were presented the prestigious 'Best Practices Award of Excellence' at the 2004 Big 'I' Convention here. Honorees were St. Paul Travelers, Safeco Insurance, Zurich North America-Small Business and MetLife Auto & Home. The award recognizes those companies that have made imaginative, outstanding and unique contributions in advocating Best Practices philosophies that enhance the independent agency system.

ORLANDO, Oct 9 - The Big 'I' state associations in New Mexico, Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan were recognized for their outstanding commitment to education as the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big 'I') presented the four state associations with the L.P. McCord National Education Award.

ORLANDO, Oct. 9 - Several prominent insurance industry leaders discussed current industry trends, including technology, credit scoring, homeowners' insurance and crucial regulatory legislation, during an informative panel discussion at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference, being held in conjunction with the Big 'I' Convention.

ORLANDO, Oct. 8 - The Young Agents Committee (YAC) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today presented its most prestigious annual award to the Young Agents Committee of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (PIIAI).
Alexandria, VA, Oct. 6 - While independent agents and brokers cannot prevent carrier insolvency, a report issued by the Big 'I' Virtual University (VU) offers ways for them to monitor carriers for financial distress indicators on an ongoing basis.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 5 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (The Big 'I') is applauding continuing efforts by state policymakers and federal courts to eliminate countersignature laws. The abolition of countersignature laws and similar roadblocks is a key public policy objective for the Association, which has led a highly successful effort against these laws over the last decade.
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today praised House of Representatives passage of the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act (H.R. 5011). The bill, which the Big 'I' strongly supports, would help stop questionable life insurance sales practices aimed at members of our nation's armed forces.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 29 - It's not too late to register for what promises to be one of the most spectacular and meaningful Big 'I' meetings on record as thousands of independent insurance agents and brokers and other industry professionals prepare to descend on Orlando, Fla., for the 2004 Big 'I' Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), the nation's largest agents and brokers group, today hailed House Financial Services Committee passage of H.R. 4634, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Backstop Extension Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today praised the House Financial Services Committee for its quick approval of H.R. 5011, the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 23 - Independent agents and brokers can network with leading insurance company representatives and a wide array of vendors, as well as learn about new products and services in the industry's largest exhibit hall during the 2004 Big 'I' Convention, announces Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big 'I') Vice President of Special Events Jeffrey A. Etzkin.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') used today's Senate Banking Committee hearing to strongly endorse enactment of 'targeted' congressional legislation to affect reform and modernization of the state-based insurance regulatory system.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 16 - Jeffrey A. Myers, a 15 year industry communications veteran with extensive experience at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') and in the industry, is the new executive director of Trusted Choice, announces Big 'I' CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt today.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 13 - While the recent hard market has created a homeowners' insurance affordability problem for many consumers, a new report issued by the Big 'I' Virtual University (VU) offers several suggestions for alleviating this burgeoning problem.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 7 - Agents and brokers can learn about the latest real-time interface technology breakthroughs and security safeguards at Breaking Through to SEMCI While Protecting Agency Security, a workshop that will be presented at the Big 'I' Convention next month by the Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 2 - Severe weather from Hurricane Frances is headed toward Florida. Current weather reports predict the dangerous Category 4 hurricane could hit the state as early as Friday night. The area is expected to experience high winds, sudden power outages and pounding rains.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 30 - Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 1, the research and reference services of the Big 'I' Virtual University (VU), the highly-acclaimed online insurance educational and informational resource program, will be available only to non-Association members through paid subscriptions.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 26 - Insurance agents and brokers can become certified disaster mitigation experts by participating in the FEMA/NFIP Disaster Mitigation Certification Workshop, a course that will be offered by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') as part of its upcoming convention.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 13 - Severe weather from Hurricane Charley is headed toward Florida. The area is expected to experience sudden power outages, pounding rains and harsh winds. Dangerous storms leave behind paths of damage. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) advise consumers to avert disaster by taking safety precautions that will help protect themselves, their families and their possessions.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 12 - Young agents seeking to enhance their leadership and sales skills and take their careers to the next level can learn from the industry's best and brightest at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference Oct. 8 through 10 in Orlando, Fla.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 10 - Starting September 1, the Big 'I' Virtual University (VU), the highly-acclaimed, state-of-the art online insurance educational and informational resource program developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), will offer non-Association members the option to purchase subscriptions to the university’s research and reference services.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 5 - After four days of intense play and weather delays at Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore, Okla., the 36th annual Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic (IIAJC) concluded in thrilling fashion for newly crowned champions, Alina Lee, 14, of Evans, Ga., and Ji Ho Moon, 15, of Ellicott City, Md.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 3 - Kemper Auto and Home, Unitrin Multi Lines Insurance and Unitrin Specialty Lines Insurance have joined a growing number of leading insurance carriers that have become members of Trusted Choice® - the national brand created to educate consumers about the benefits of using independent insurance agents and brokers.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 29 - Trusted Choice television ads return to the national airwaves next month when the fourth of six advertising flights in 2004 kicks off Aug. 9, announces Trusted Choice Board Chairman Ronald A. Smith, CPCU, president of Smith Sawyer Smith Insurance in Rochester, Ind., today.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 28 - Heather Philbin, a seasoned expert in branding, with substantial experience in marketing and communications, is the new executive director of Trusted Choice, announces Big 'I' Executive Vice President Debra L. Perkins today.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 20 - Increasing profits, maintaining revenue growth in a challenging market, and sustaining a competitive advantage are the focal points of workshops at the upcoming Best Practices Business Symposium.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 14 - As carriers 'turn off' paper documentation and replace it with electronic information, agents and brokers are confronted with a new set of workflow challenges that can set back agency efficiency significantly unless carriers take specific steps with regard to the electronic information they provide to their sales forces.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today testified before the Senate Banking Committee that the landmark 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) has not fundamentally altered the insurance landscape for consumers, and that it clearly points to state-based regulation of insurance.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 8 - The spectacular and well-situated Swan and Dolphin Hotel, located close to the heart of the world-famous Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Fla., will host the 2004 Big 'I' Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today hailed President Bush's signature of the Flood Insurance Reform Act (S. 2238), with IIABA CEO Bob Rusbuldt calling the reform measure 'a new era for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).'
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 29 - Jacqueline L. Adkins, a claims management specialist with Norfolk, Va.-based Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs Company, has been named the 2003 National Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) of the Year by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25 - After a year of aggressive education and lobbying by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') and others, a bill to exempt existing business relationships from anti-fax laws has advanced in the House and has been introduced in the Senate.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 24 - If you need continuing education (CE) credits to meet your state's insurance licensing requirements, then the 2004 Big 'I' Convention this October at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel near Orlando is the place to be.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (The Big 'I') today praised four members of the House of Representatives for their plans to introduce a bill extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 17 - Agents and brokers looking to increase agency revenue and profits can gain valuable insight and receive practical tips and advice by attending 'The Power of the 1 Percenter' and 'Employee Benefits: Selling Life, Health & Other Benefits,' two of the informative events that will be held this October during the Best Practices Business Symposium.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (The Big 'I') today hailed the Senate's passage last night of the Flood Insurance Reform Act (S. 2238), a bill to renew the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 2009.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 8 - A panel of highly respected insurance industry leaders will share with young agents their insights on critical issues affecting the future of the independent agency system during the Big 'I' 29th Annual Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference in October.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 26-Branding strategies and perpetuation issues for independent agencies will be among many top issues to be examined during the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (the Big 'I') Best Practices Business Symposium, to be held October 10 and 11 in conjunction with the Big 'I' Convention in Orlando, Fla.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 26 - To help young adults understand their insurance needs, Trusted Choice agents are offering The Trusted Choice Graduate's Guide to Insurance. The free guide, available at www.TrustedChoice.com, helps graduates by answering their most basic questions about insurance.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 25-Balboa Life & Casualty Group and Big 'I' Markets, the online insurance markets-access program of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), today announced Balboa's renters insurance program is available to independent agents and brokers in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 24-The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) is announcing ACTtech, a new Web-based service that enables independent agents and brokers to assess the latest real-time interface technology solutions that vendors and carriers are offering or developing.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 20 - The Trusted Choice consumer marketing brand for independent agents and brokers will get more national exposure with a two-week advertising flight in June, announces Trusted ChoiceSM Board Chairman Ronald A. Smith, CPCU, president of Smith Sawyer Smith Insurance in Rochester, Ind., today.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 20 - The Trusted Choice consumer marketing brand for independent agents and brokers will get more national exposure with a two-week advertising flight in June, announces Trusted ChoiceSM Board Chairman Ronald A. Smith, CPCU, president of Smith Sawyer Smith Insurance in Rochester, Ind., today.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 18 - Five well-respected insurance industry leaders will participate in a CEO panel discussion during the opening session of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) Convention in Orlando, announces Big 'I' CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt today.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 13 - The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America's (the Big 'I') Young Agents Committee will hold its Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference Oct. 8 through 10 in Orlando, Fla.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 11 - The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has published Guidelines for Effective Agent-Carrier Technology Agreements, a comprehensive report that will help independent agents and brokers as well as carriers apply key principles to identify issues to address in technology agreements.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 5 - Insurance industry professionals and business partners can enhance their sales and agency management skills during the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) Best Practices Business Symposium, to be held Oct. 10 through 11 in conjunction with the Big 'I' Convention in Orlando, Fla.
FARMINGTON, Conn., May 5 - As it marks its third anniversary, InsurBanc has established itself as the preeminent financial partner for independent insurance agents and brokers across the country, says InsurBanc President and CEO Michael Herlihy.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 29 - Out of more than 75 million American homeowners, one out of four never checks for electrical hazards and thus is vulnerable to electrical home-structure fires and other incidents that can cause significant personal and financial losses, a new survey commissioned by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has found.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (the Big 'I') National Board of State Directors has nominated William G. Stiglitz III as the association's president-elect and has elected Alex Soto, CPCU, ARM as the Association's next vice president.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23 - Ernest Jeffrey Thomas of LaGrange, N.C., was honored today with the InsurPac Young Agent Recognition Award bestowed annually upon the young 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23 - Marietta McCain of San Antonio, Texas, was honored 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23 - Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) expressed his support today for state-based insurance regulation in remarks to 900 members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) during a breakfast session at their National Legislative Conference taking place in Washington.
Washington, D.C., April 22 - Ronald Tubertini, the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) Government Affairs Committee, today was presented the Association's highest individual government affairs honor -the Sidney O. Smith Award.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey, Inc. (IIANJ) 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 22 -- Rep. Richard Baker (R-La.) and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) today spoke to 900 members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America about the future of important insurance legislation, including regulatory and tort reform.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) was presented the 2003 Gerald Solomon Legislator of the Year Award today by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) during the Association's 28th annual National Legislative Conference.

ALEXANDRIA, VA April 13 - Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw will be the keynote speaker for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) upcoming Big 'I' Convention in Orlando, Fla. this October.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today joined five other insurance associations to call for timely congressional action to renew the federal government's terrorism reinsurance program.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 8 - Independent agents and brokers looking for ways to increase their sales, effectiveness and efficiency need look no further than the Big 'I' Virtual University (VU), a state-of-the-art, online insurance educational and informational resource program offered by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 7 - Big 'I' Markets, the premier online market access program developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), today announced an expansion of its partnership with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company that will empower member agents and brokers to expand coverage offerings through this major carrier.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5 - Ken Mehlman, Bush-Cheney re-election campaign manager and one of the foremost political experts in the nation, will speak to young agents from nearly all 50 states, along with the state and national InsurPac leaders at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's 28th annual National Legislative Conference. Separately, Christie Mann of Roswell, N.M.-based Taylor & Associates, Inc. is the recipient of the 2004 Maurice Herndon scholarship.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 1 - Maine Mutual Group Insurance Company, a regional provider with operations in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, is joining a growing number of companies that are partnering with Trusted Choice - the national branding initiative created to educate consumers about the benefits of using independent insurance agents and brokers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31 - In testimony to the House Financial Services Committee today, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) voiced its strong support for the insurance regulation 'road map' proposed by committee Chairman Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) and subcommittee Chairman Richard Baker (R-La.).
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30 - Congressman Richard H. Baker (R-La.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee subcommittee with jurisdiction over insurance issues, will speak to members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') during their National Legislative Conference next month.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today expressed strong support for Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) and Rep. Richard Baker's (R-La.) 'road map' on insurance regulatory reform in a letter sent to the lawmakers today.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 26 - Following nine months of development, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), also known as the Big 'I,' and its Big 'I' Advantage member products team have released an upgraded version of the Big 'I' Markets software to their more than 3,500 participating agencies (8,000 registered users).
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25 - The Independent Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) made a strong case for renewal and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in testimony before a Senate committee. Bill Stiglitz, an agent with Hyland, Block, Hyland Insurance of Louisville, Ky. and an IIABA elected national officer, testified before the Senate Banking Committee.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 22, 2004 - Markel Insurance Company, a leading provider of specialty insurance products and programs, is the newest company partner of Trusted Choice - the national branding initiative created for independent agents and brokers that highlights the benefits they offer to consumers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 17, 2004 - Independent agents and brokers continue to dominate commercial lines and experienced steady growth in personal lines, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) 2002 market share study results confirmed today.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is giving its strong support to a proposal presented by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael G. Oxley (R-Ohio) on comprehensive insurance regulatory reform, says Big 'I' CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10 - Senator George Allen (R-Va.) will speak to members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') during their National Legislative Conference in April.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 9 - Big 'I' Markets, the premier online market-access program developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), today announces that National Interstate Insurance Company is providing Big 'I' member agents and brokers access to its elite recreational vehicle (RV) policy.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4 - Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, will speak to members of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) during their National Legislative Conference next month.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 2 - The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has published The Real-Time Revolution: Redefining How We Work, a comprehensive report to help independent agents and brokers and carriers better use real-time technology to improve workflows, customer service and sales, and understand the broad reach technology is likely to have in the industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. February 25 - Independent agents are strongly opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approval of a 'Premium Discount Plan' (PDP) submitted by Occidental Fire and Casualty Company of North Carolina, announces the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) today.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 - Most of America's 11 million home-based businesses are vulnerable to significant financial losses because they do not have the proper business insurance coverage, a new survey commissioned by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has found.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 23 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) today announced the dates for its annual convention and Young Agent Sales & Leadership Conference, both of which will take place at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel, located on the world-famous Walt Disney World property in Orlando, Fla.
Washington, D.C., Feb. 17 - Charles E. Symington Jr., a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran with solid insurance experience, is the new head of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) federal government affairs program, announces Big 'I' CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11 - Lisa Williams, InVEST graduate and 1999 scholarship winner, has been hired as InVEST Coordinator for the national office, announces Barbara Miller-Richards, the program's executive director.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5 - A number of scholarships are available to help young agents and brokers attend the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America's (IIABA) National Legislative Conference - taking place April 21 through 23 at The Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C, Jan. 29 - Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), who is spearheading the fight for common-sense asbestos litigation reform in the Senate, will speak to national leaders of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) during the association's annual Insiders' Luncheon on Capitol Hill.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 - Rain and Hail L.L.C., a leading national crop insurance underwriter, is the newest company partner of Trusted Choice - the national branding initiative created for independent agents and brokers that highlights the benefits they offer to consumers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 20 - Continuing its efforts to help independent agents and brokers monitor the financial status of the insurance companies with which they do business, Big 'I' Advantage - the products and services arm of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) - has reached an agreement with A.M. Best Company to offer Big 'I' members a 25 percent discount on the purchase of either the property/casualty or life/health edition of Best's Key Rating Guide for insurance companies.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 - Jemarion Jones is the new manager of media relations for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), announces Jeffrey A. Myers, the association's vice president of communications.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 14 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has scheduled its 28th annual National Legislative Conference, the industry's largest and most effective legislative gathering, for April 21-23 at The Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12 - With the start of the New Year and the beginning of a new session of Congress only a few weeks away, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) is rolling out its legislative agenda for 2004.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 - Consumers throughout the country will become more familiar with the benefits of using a Trusted Choice agency and the new brand identity when new Trusted Choice television commercials hit the national airwaves in March, says Trusted Choice Board Chairman Ronald A. Smith, CPCU, president of Smith Sawyer Smith Insurance in Rochester, Ind.