WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2014 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America National Young Agents Committee (YAC) welcomes Louisiana young agent Bryan L. Fontenot, AAI, CRIS, recipient of the 2014 Maurice Herndon Scholarship award, to Washington, D.C. this week for the Big “I” Legislative Conference. Fontenot is a corporate account executive with Brown & Brown of Baton Rouge.
The award is presented to one first-time young agent attendee of the Big “I” Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
“The national Young Agents Committee is proud to provide Bryan with a scholarship so he can join us this week for his first national Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference,” says Quincy Branch, national Young Agents Committee chairman and president & CEO of Branch Benefits Consultants in Las Vegas. “Bryan’s dedication and enthusiasm for the industry are infectious and we look forward to working with him at the national level.”
Fontenot earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is an active member of the Young Agents of Louisiana and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL). Fontenot is also involved in numerous civic and business organizations in Baton Rouge and serves on several non-profit boards including the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, which provides refurbished computers to low-income families.
“It is wonderful to have Bryan come to Washington, D.C. with the Louisiana Big ‘I’ delegation,” says Randy Lanoix, Big “I” vice chairman and president of Lanoix Insurance Agency in Lutcher and Brusly, La. “He is an outstanding example to our young agents and we are excited to have him in our corner encouraging more young people in Louisiana to join our industry.”
The $1,000 scholarship award is presented in honor of Maurice Herndon, who led the Big “I” Washington D.C. office in 1949.
“Young agents like Bryan are the future of our industry and their participation in the Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. is important,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The annual legislative conference is a valuable opportunity for our young agents to network and interact with agents from across the country, top insurance carriers, other industry leaders and their representatives in Congress.”
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.