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2010 Press Releases

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently appointed Peter Miller and Loren P. Shoemaker to its national board. Miller is president and CEO of The Institutes, and Shoemaker is The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company senior vice president and chief operating officer.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 22, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America Big 'I' Markets today announced a new insurance policy option with American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC (ARMR.NET) for above and below ground storage tank coverage. Members can now provide their clients with a new source of insurance for required AST and UST financial responsibility while at the same time providing coverage options for non-tank related premises and operations pollution liability insurance at an affordable price.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax rates for two years and for reforming the estate tax. The Senate passed the same bill earlier this week and now it heads to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 15, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commended the United States Senate for passing legislation to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax rates for two years.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 - Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers, has presented the Neefus-Stype Agency (NSA) headquartered in Aquebogue, N.Y., with the Trusted Choice®/Dan Fulwider Agency of the Month.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today congratulated Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) for being named the next chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today commended President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress for their agreement in principle extending the 2001 and 2003 tax rates for two years.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 6, 2010 - The number of independent agencies has stabilized---that's one of the key findings of the 2010 Agency Universe Study (AUS). Future One, a collaboration of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') and leading independent agency companies, has released key findings from the recently completed study, hailed as the most comprehensive look at the independent agency system.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 1, 2010 - The holiday season often includes images of cute puppies under a Christmas tree or a kitten with a sparkly ribbon around its neck. But before you do your holiday shopping at the pet shop, Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents and brokers recommend considering the risks and liabilities you may also be bringing home.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 30, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today issued the following statement in support of efforts in the United States Senate to repeal a provision in the new health care law that will require all businesses to file a Form 1099 for any business-to-business transaction for goods or services over $600 (cumulative throughout the tax year) starting in 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') expressed disappointment with the interim final rule on Medical Loss Ratios (MLRs) released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today. The rule includes agent and broker commissions as 'non-claims costs' when calculating an insurer's MLR as part of the new health care reform law.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 17, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today announced that the Big 'I' Virtual University will once again present a webinar titled 'Certificates of Insurance and Marketplace Pushback' on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 4, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) today announced they will be hosting a webinar titled "The Social Web and Insurance - Finding Success & Lessons Learned" on Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 3, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today announced that its political action committee, InsurPac, distributed more than $1.7 million in the 2010 campaign cycle resulting in a 93% congressional victory rate.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 28, 2010 - The Foremost Insurance Group is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Foremost, headquartered in Michigan, is a leading provider for property and casualty insurance products in the United States. They join 57 other leading insurance companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 21, 2010 - Halloween is just around the corner and many consumers may not realize how scary this ghoulish night might really be for their personal safety, their property....or their pocketbooks. Trusted Choice® agents and spokespeople can help families better prepare for Halloween hazards that may come in disguise or under the cloak of dark.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') expressed disappointment with the adoption of a model regulation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) that recommends to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) how to implement the medical loss ratio (MLR) provisions of the new health care reform law. The NAIC today approved its recommendations without having a vote on a critical amendment for the agent and broker community.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 20, 2010 - Union Mutual of Vermont is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Union, headquartered in Montpelier, Vt., has joined 56 other leading insurance companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 18, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today announced that the Big 'I' Virtual University will be presenting a webinar titled 'Certificates of Insurance and Marketplace Pushback' on Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 13, 2010 - The National Young Agents Committee (YAC) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') presented the second annual Young Agents State Liaison of the Year award to Steve Duff, Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc. (IIAI) vice president of government affairs and Young Agents Committee state liaison.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 11, 2010 - Future One, a collaboration of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') and leading independent agency companies, announced that Westfield Insurance has joined the coalition.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 8, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') has honored Cindy Webster, Jack Rice Insurance president and CEO, with the Spirit of Education award.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 7, 2010 - Michael 'Mike' R. Donohoe of Mankato, Minn. was installed as the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') chairman elect at the conclusion of the Big 'I' Leadership Conference Sept. 24-25 in San Francisco.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 6, 2010 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') presented insurance carriers Central Insurance Companies and Travelers with the prestigious Best Practices Award of Excellence at the recent education convocation in San Francisco.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 5, 2010 - Independent insurance agent associations in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia were recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') for their outstanding Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Awards at the recent education convocation in San Francisco.
Alexandria, Va., Oct. 4, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom to career education program, hit a huge milestone this year as it celebrates 40 years since its inception.
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Oct. 1, 2010 - J. Michael 'Mike' Miley of Gibson Insurance Group was installed as the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') at the conclusion of the Big 'I' Leadership Conference this weekend in San Francisco.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 30, 2010 – The nrg::seattle (nrg) Agency, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., has been named the Trusted Choice® Agency of the Month by Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 30, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') has announced that Randy Lanoix of Donaldsonville, La. has been installed as the newest member of the association's executive committee.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 30, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commended President Barack Obama for signing S. 3814, the 'Flood Insurance Extension Act of 2010' which extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Sept. 30, 2011, into law. The NFIP was set to expire today at midnight.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 29, 2010 - The National Young Agents Committee (YAC) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') presented its most prestigious annual award to the Young Agents Council of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, Inc.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 29, 2010 - Six insurance firms from across the country have been recognized as 'Top Performing Agencies' and enjoy the distinction of being included in the recently released Best Practices Study by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm.
Alexandria, Va., Sept. 28, 2010 - The recession isn't over, but independent agents and brokers are well positioned to take advantage of market shifts. That's the message a panel of presidents from leading industry carriers shared with young agent leaders from around the country on Saturday.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 27, 2010 - J. Michael 'Mike' Miley has been inaugurated as the new chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), with Mike Donohoe as chairman elect, Bobby Bramlett as vice chairman and Randy Lanoix as the new executive committee member. The new officers began their terms at the conclusion of the Big “I” Leadership Conference this weekend in San Francisco.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 24, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) announced the 224 independent insurance agencies from across the country that have been selected for the 2010 Best Practices Study.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 23, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing S. 3814, the "Flood Insurance Extension Act of 2010," which extends the program through Sept. 30, 2011. The bill previously passed in the Senate by unanimous consent late Tuesday night. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law before Sept. 30, 2010, when the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is currently set to expire.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 22, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commended the United States Senate for passing S. 3814, the 'Flood Insurance Extension Act of 2010' which extends the program through Sept. 30, 2011. The bill is sponsored and was championed through the Senate by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 16, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has released a prototype agency information security plan to assist agencies and brokers in creating their own written security plans to safeguard the private information of a agency's clients and employees, the agency's proprietary and confidential information, the physical security of the agency's premises and the integrity of electronic systems so that they function smoothly without interruption.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 9, 2010 - Disaster has no schedule. Nothing tests an insurance agent's ability to meet a client’s needs like an unforeseen disaster, occurring without warning and creating unpredictable damage. Today, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') announced its endorsement of Agility Recovery Solutions to help independent agents prepare and recover from these unexpected events.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 8, 2010 - Majestic Insurance Company is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Majestic, headquartered in San Francisco, is a leading provider of specialty workers' compensation insurance in the United States.
Alexandria, Va., Sept. 2, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom to career education program, recently announced the following three new members to its national board.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 1, 2010 - Severe weather from Hurricane Earl is headed toward the East Coast of the United States. Dangerous weather leaves behind paths of destruction and experts say harsh conditions from this storm are likely from the Carolinas to New England. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') and Trusted Choice® advise consumers to avert disaster by taking safety precautions that will help protect them and their possessions this season and any time of year.
Alexandria, Va, Aug. 24, 2010 - The five year anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster is approaching while the nation still assesses the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf region. Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents can discuss how the business and homeowners climate have changed in the wake of these disasters and how prepared the area is for future catastrophes. Additionally, they can outline what consumers need to know about dealing with unpredictable storms and the impact of the oil spill.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 17, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') has announced the insurance carrier panel of presidents and executives for the annual Young Agents Big 'I' Leadership Institute.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 12, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging the repeal of a provision in the new health care law that will require all businesses to file a Form 1099 for any business-to-business transaction for goods or services over $600 (cumulative throughout the tax year) starting in 2012.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 11, 2010 - The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company has accepted an invitation to join the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Beacon, a mutual insurance company chartered by the State of Rhode Island, is the largest writer of workers' compensation insurance in the state.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 30, 2010 - Trusted Choice® announced that Greg Bunner of Cherryville, N.C. and Kuriko Tsukiyama of Bogota, N.J., won the boys and girls divisions, respectively, at the recent 42nd Annual Trusted Choice® Big 'I' National Championship in Chesterfield, N.J.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 28, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Big 'I' Markets program today announced access to new stand-alone fine arts and valuable articles policies. The new program offers tailored products and services for personal and commercial fine art and floater risks.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management in a hearing regarding the current state of the federal crop insurance program.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 21, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commented on President Barack Obama's signing of the 'Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act' into law. The new law makes significant changes to financial services regulation and was drafted in response to the recent financial crisis.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") today announced that the Big "I" Virtual University will present a webinar on 'De-Mystifying Agency Valuation' Aug. 5, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today announced that John F. Dalton, president of Midwest Insurance Associates LLC and the Agri-Land Insurance Agency in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Big 'I' Crop Insurance Task Force member, has been invited to testify before Congress in a hearing 'to review the state of crop insurance industry.'
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 5114, the 'Flood Insurance Reform Priorities Act of 2010' which extends the program for five years and includes needed reforms to the NFIP that the Big 'I' supports.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I'), today commended United States Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for introducing an amendment to H.R. 5297, the 'Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010' that would permanently reform the federal estate tax.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commented on the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) final version of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) which determines the terms and conditions for the Administrative and Operating (A&O) reimbursements and underwriting gains for crop insurance companies.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commented on the U.S. House of Representative's passage of the 'Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act' conference report to reform financial services regulation. The legislation was drafted in response to the recent financial crisis.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 29, 2010 - An estimated 32 million people across the U.S. plan to host parties or gatherings near water this summer, according to new research by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I'), yet they may not be aware of all the risks or prepared in case of an accident.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I') today commented on the U.S. House of Representative's passage of H.R. 5569, the 'National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010' sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), which extends the currently expired National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Sept. 30, 2010.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2010 - Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today issued the following statement regarding developments in the Senate and House reconciling of S. 3217, the "Restoring American Financial Stability Act' and H.R. 4173, the 'Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009," their respective financial services regulatory reform bills through the conference committee process.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2010 - Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today issued the following statement regarding developments in the conference committee negotiations of the financial services regulatory reform bill.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 15, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom to career education program, has awarded $56,500 in scholarships to 58 college-bound students pursuing insurance-related degrees.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') commented on the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) third and final draft of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) which determines the terms and conditions for the Administrative and Operating (A&O) reimbursements and underwriting gains for crop insurance companies.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 10, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom to career education program, recently appointed Courtney Abraham, The Hanover Insurance Group assistant vice president of human resources, to its national board.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2010 - In its continuing efforts to advocate for an immediate reauthorization of the expired program, as well as a long-term extension, yesterday the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') sent a pointed letter to the leadership of the United State Congress urging 'Congress to immediately pass a reauthorization of the NFIP with retroactivity to June 1, 2010.'
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 9, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Big “I” Markets program today announced a partnership with the American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC (ARMR.NET) to provide Big “I” members access to the environmental insurance market place plus world class subject matter expertise in environmental risk management.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8, 2010 - The Retail Agent E&S Initiative (a collaboration of the Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT), the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) and the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD)) today announced that Lloyd's of London has joined the group.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 7, 2010 - The Hill County Insurance Agency, located in Hillsboro, Texas, has been named the Trusted Choice® Agency of the Month by Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today commented on the most recent expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which expired at 12:01 a.m. today after Congress left town for Memorial Day recess without acting on legislation that would extend the program.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 24, 2010 - Most Americans are not fully prepared in the event of a natural disaster, according to a new national survey by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big 'I').
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big 'I') today commented on the U.S. Senate's passage of S. 3217, the 'Restoring America's Financial Stability Act.' The legislation is meant to address the issues that caused the recent financial crisis. The Big 'I' has long supported improving financial services regulation to prevent systemic risk, protect consumers and promote market efficiency.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 17, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Successful Agency Techniques to Build, Integrate and Manage your Blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube," on Thursday, June 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 13, 2010 - The InVEST program awarded Lindsey Shank, CIC, with the Dach Award. The Dach Award honors an insurance industry volunteer who has made tremendous contributions in fostering the growth and development of InVEST.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 7, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom to career education program, recently participated in Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 3, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Protecting Independent Agent Clients with Secure E-mail Using TLS (Transport Layer Security)," on Thursday, May 13 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 29, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Agency E&O Considerations when Social Networking," on Thursday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Committee for passing H.R. 5114, the "Flood Insurance Reform Priorities Act of 2010."
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today submitted official testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity hearing titled, "Legislative Proposals to Reform the National Flood Insurance Program."
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today commented on the latest short term extension, until May 31, 2010, of several programs including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 14, 2010 - Future One, a collaboration of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") and leading independent agency companies, announced that Erie Insurance has joined the coalition.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 13, 2010 - The Retail Agent - E&S Market Initiative (a collaboration of the Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT), the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) and the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD)) will host a free webinar titled "Industry Initiatives to Improve the Efficiency of the E&S Market Make Progress," on Monday, April 19 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 12, 2010 - The Travelers Companies, Inc. has joined the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. A leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business, Travelers is one of the largest independent agency insurance companies in the U.S. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, and built its success by providing innovative insurance and risk protection products and services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 8, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") announced that Ryan Young has joined the team as senior director of federal government affairs.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 31, 2010 - The Hare & Rathke Insurance Group, headquartered in Humble, Texas, has been named the Trusted Choice® Agency of the Month by Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 25, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Protecting Independent Agent Clients with Secure E-mail Using TLS (Transport Layer Security)," on Thursday, April 8 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 23, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Introduction to the Social Web - A New Way to Connect," on Wednesday, April 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") today thanked the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for including an extremely important amendment for insurance agents and brokers during the committee's consideration of a manager's amendment to the "Restoring America's Financial Stability Act." The amendment, filed by Senator Tester (D-Mont.), clarifies that the definition of "insurer" for mandatory data collection does not include insurance agents and agencies.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I"), today expressed their disappointment with the health care reform bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The House approved the Senate-passed bill and also approved a "reconciliation" bill that made changes agreed to by President Obama and Democrats in both the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today released the following statement from Charles Symington, Big "I" senior vice president of government affairs, regarding Sen. Christopher Dodd's (D-Conn.) proposed overhaul of the U.S. financial regulatory system:
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 11, 2010 - Trusted Choice® has awarded the annual Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Craig and Melanie Moon of the Moon & Adrion Insurance Agency in Middletown, Ohio. In the spirit of and to honor Dan Fulwider who recently passed away after a valiant fight with cancer, the award recognizes Trusted Choice® member agents for going above and beyond in volunteering time and enthusiasm to causes close to their heart.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2010 - The Big "I" today commended the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises for holding a joint hearing titled "Approaches to Mitigating and Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk: H.R. 2555, The Homeowners' Defense Act."
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2010 - A lackluster economy, shrinking commercial premiums, inefficient regulation and the health care debate in Congress were among the many industry challenges discussed during Friday's CEO Panel at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (the Big “I”) Legislative Conference & Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big "I") yesterday awarded Ronnie Tubertini with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members, at the Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") recognized Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) as the Gerald Solomon-IIABA Legislator of the Year for 2009. The award was presented yesterday during the annual Leadership Luncheon, just prior to the Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention, and Rep. Ross presented the keynote address.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2010 - Yesterday, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) expressed his opposition to crop insurance program cuts and federal regulation of insurance during his remarks to the Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for their passage of the bipartisan insurance agent licensing reform legislation, H.R. 2554, the 'National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2009.'
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") announced that Phil Martin, U.S. Department of Education assistant for financial education and student aid, will address the National InVEST Teacher Dinner at the Big "I" National Legislative Conference & Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") announced that Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) will address the Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the Big "I" National Legislative Conference & Convention.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 24, 2010 - Today marks the annual ACSR Tribute Day in honor of the graduates of the Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) program, a joint effort of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), the American Institutes for CPCU (AICPCU) and the Insurance Institute of America (IIA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 24, 2010 - Today the Big "I" expressed concern over House passage of H.R. 4626, the "Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act." This legislation would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 24, 2010 - Today, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") along with other agent groups sent a letter to USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services James Miller and Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator William Murphy expressing the association's opposition to the proposed agent commission soft caps and profit sharing proposals introduced in the second draft of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA).
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 23, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America Big “I” Markets program today announced a partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to provide Big “I” members with exclusive access to the ACEC Business Insurance Program.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 19, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big "I") today announced that Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y), Democratic Chief Deputy Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, will address the association's membership on March 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big "I") today announced that Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States Senate, will address the association's membership on March 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") announced that Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) will address the annual Leadership Luncheon, just prior to the Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today announced that Harold L. Morrison, Jr., Chubb executive vice president and chief global field officer, will address the Diversity Luncheon held during the association's Legislative Conference & Convention on Friday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 3, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Protecting Independent Agent Clients with Secure E-mail Using TLS (Transport Layer Security)," on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled "Formulating a Social Web Strategy & Policy for Your Agency," on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28, 2010 - The Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund created a matching fund for Big "I" employees who want to donate to money dedicated exclusively to providing assistance to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 27, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today announced that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, will address the association's Large Agent/Broker and CEO dinner on March 5 during the Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21, 2010 - The Bramlett Agency headquartered in Armdore, Okla. has been named the Trusted Choice® Agency of the Month by Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today announced the insurance carrier CEO panelists for their annual Legislative Conference & Convention.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big "I") today announced that its political action committee, InsurPac, raised a total of $1,006,970.50 during the 2009 calendar year setting a new record for receipts in a calendar year and breaking the one million dollar mark for the first time in one year since its inception.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4, 2010 - The Independent Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has released a report titled "Creating a Social Web Policy for Your Independent Agency."