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Rep. Steve Stivers to Address Big “I” Young Agents & InsurPac Leadership
Ohio Republican to deliver remarks at annual Legislative Conference event on April 9.
Stivers.JPGWASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 23, 2014 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) will address the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
 
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 12:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. and will also feature the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards.
 
“Rep. Stivers is well known and respected for his leadership on financial services issues in the House,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “His experience at the state and national level on insurance related topics is of great value to our industry and we’re excited that he will be joining us for one of our most important events of the year to address our young agents and InsurPac leadership teams.”
 
Rep. Stivers was elected to the House in 2010 and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District which includes 12 counties in the state’s south central region. In addition to serving as a member of Congress, Rep. Stivers serves a colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard. Prior to being elected to the House, Rep. Stivers was a member of the Ohio State Senate. Stivers earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from The Ohio University.
 
“InsurPac is the largest p/c political action committee in the country, largely due to the leadership of our state chairs, and Big ‘I’ young agents are the next generation of independent agency leaders,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “These two forces are among the most influential in the industry and will greatly benefit from Rep. Stivers’s expertise. We look forward to continuing to increase our young agents’ activism in the political process to secure the future of the independent agency system.”
 
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
 
The legislative conference is an opportunity for Big “I” agents and brokers to discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include: terrorism risk insurance, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), agent licensing reform, health insurance, insurance regulatory reform, the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP), tax reform and other economic challenges facing independent insurance agents and the industry. 
 
Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress.
 
Journalists interested in attending, please send an email to margarita.tapia@iiaba.net or call (703) 706-5473 for media registration.
 
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” 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, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
 
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