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Big “I” Names Kneeland Acting General Counsel
Veteran Big “I” staffer passes baton.
ScottKneeland072013.jpgALEXANDRIA, Va., July 16, 2013 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Kneeland to the role of Big “I” acting general counsel, after having served as senior counsel for the past four years. He steps into this position following the decision by Debra Perkins, IIABA’s executive vice president and general counsel, to pursue other opportunities and interests after a long tenure on the Big “I” staff. 
 
“Scott has been a great member of our team and I am pleased to promote him to succeed Debra to lead our legal department,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The IIABA general counsel position is crucial for our membership, association, and in many respects for our industry.”
 
Before joining the Big “I” staff in 2009, Kneeland worked for Arent Fox, a national law firm based in Washington, D.C. with about 350 attorneys, where he handled a wide array of sophisticated corporate and real estate transactional work, including work for several national trade associations. Prior to that, Kneeland was a journalist for The Gainesville Sun, then part of the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his law degree at The George Washington University. 
 
“Debra has been an integral and valued member of our executive management and legal teams for nearly 17 years,” Rusbuldt says. “Her unique ability to blend business savvy with legal expertise has made her an exceptional resource. The IIABA is very grateful for all her contributions. We are very pleased she has agreed to continue on as a consultant for the Big ’I’ through the fall, and we wish her every success with her future endeavors.”  
 
Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
           
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