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2016 Press Releases

 

 
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 21, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) announced that Jennifer McPhillips has been promoted to Big “I” vice president for federal government affairs.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 20, 2016 – Monique Colizzi, who taught InVEST insurance courses at Charlotte High School (CHS) in Charlotte, Michigan, is the 2016 InVEST Teacher of the Year Award recipient. The program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 20, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 12 other national trade associations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) to halt its recently promulgated overtime rule. A coalition of 21 states also filed a separate challenge to the rule.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 15, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) installed John Costello of Rochester, New York, as the newest member of the association’s executive committee at the recent Big “I” Leadership Conference in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 15, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today honored Susan Scott, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington (IIABW) senior vice president of education, with the Spirit of Education award.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 14, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) installed Joseph “Joe” P. Leahy of Northampton, Massachusetts, as the association’s vice chairman at the recent Big “I” Leadership Conference in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 14, 2016 —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 today to the Young Agents Council of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents during the annual Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 13, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) installed Vaughn Graham, CPCU, CIC, AFSB, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the association’s chairman-elect at the recent Big “I” Leadership Conference in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 12, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) installed Spencer M. Houldin of Roxbury, Connecticut, as the association’s chairman at its Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 12, 2016 – The InVEST program awarded Tammy Land, CIC, Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas (IIAD) executive director, with the Dach Award which honors an insurance industry volunteer who has made tremendous contributions in fostering the growth and development of InVEST. The InVEST program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 10, 2016 — Spencer Houldin was inaugurated today as the new chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), with Vaughn Graham as chairman-elect and Joe Leahy as vice chairman. Earlier in the day, John Costello was elected by IIABA’s board as an at-large executive committee member. The new officers and at-large member begin their terms at the conclusion of the board meeting held in conjunction with the Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference this weekend in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 9, 2016—Big “I” independent insurance agent associations in 29 states were recently recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) with Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Awards at the association’s Education Convocation in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 8, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) will hold the following events Sept. 9-10, 2016 in Chicago as part of the association’s annual Leadership Conference.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 7, 2016—Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers, exceeded its goal of 15,000 Facebook “shares” during the month of August in its sixth annual social media campaign to raise money for Make-A-Wish.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 6, 2016—The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) Small Commercial Rating work group has released “Carrier Bridging Best Practices” recommendations. This project’s intention is to assist with increased Bridging adoption among agents in using carrier portals and ultimately help carriers become the ‘carrier of choice’ of their agents.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 1, 2016–Mutual Benefit Group is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Mutual Benefit Group, headquartered in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, has joined 70 other leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 1, 2016— As Hurricane Hermine batters Florida and the Southeast, disaster experts from Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) can discuss what consumers need to know about dealing with this storm and recovering from its wrath. Agents can explain flood insurance coverage, preparedness efforts, disaster-related claims, and can help sort through the confusion of differing insurance policies and types of coverage.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 26, 2016—In the wake of the flooding that has devastated southern Louisiana, Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), offer the following tips for recovering in the aftermath of the disaster.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2016—The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) ‘Changing Nature of Risk’ work group discusses drones, Peer-to-Peer and other critical trends in the first of six ‘Risk Advisories’ designed to evaluate the independent insurance agency system’s “Changing Nature of Risk: Moving from trends to critical action.”
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2016—As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), reveals that many homeowners lack adequate insurance coverage, do not fully understand their homeowners policies and do not have enough savings to support their households in the event of a disaster.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2016–InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently announced that Lindsey Shank, CIC, has returned to its national board as an agent member. Shank was elected to the board as an agent representative and is BB&T Insurance regional agency operations manager in St. Petersburg, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 6, 2016 – Emilee Hoffman of Folsom, California, and Jacob Bergeron of Slidell, Louisiana, won the girls and boys divisions, respectively, at the 48th annual Trusted Choice® Big 'I' National Championship in Sacramento, California.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 3, 2016—MyInsuranceVideos.com is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 2, 2016–Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers, is proud to announce its sixth annual summer social media campaign to raise money for Make-A-Wish®. During the month of August, Trusted Choice® will donate $10 to the wish granting organization for each post “shared” from the Trusted Choice® Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TrustedChoice).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to 24 high school students from the Orlando, Florida, area. The students are from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs and William R. Boone High School in Orlando.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to four students from Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to six students from Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida, and Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $500 scholarship to Alison Simbana from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Tyler Sheradsky from Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 22, 2016–-InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to five students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 20, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to seven students from Groton High School in Groton, New York, and Dryden High School in Dryden, New York.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 20, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to 12 students from Hamburg High School in Hamburg, New York.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 20, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kelsey Eggleston from Lake Shore High School in Angola, New York.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 20, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kimberly Horner from McGraw High School in McGraw, New York.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 18, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Karli Turnwald from Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 15, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $500 scholarship to Katelyn Ercolani from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 14, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $500 scholarship to Phillip Hawes from Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. The scholarship program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry which will have an estimated 400,000 open positions by 2020 and faces a critical workforce gap.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 14, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $500 scholarship to Justin Maidlow from Easton RESA in Lansing, Michigan. The scholarship program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry which will have an estimated 400,000 open positions by 2020 and faces a critical workforce gap.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 6, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to four students from B.E.S.T. Academy High School in Atlanta, Georgia.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 7, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to three students from Connecticut.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 6, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded scholarships to five students from Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California. The scholarship program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry which will have an estimated 400,000 open positions by 2020 and faces a critical workforce gap.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 5, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Ciara Gibbs from Zachary High School in Zachary, Louisiana.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 1, 2016—InVEST and Independent Agent (IA) magazine are recipients of Annual Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) Showcase Awards. IMCA’s Showcase Awards recognize outstanding marketing and communication work in the insurance industry that promote higher standards of excellence.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 28, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded $73,500 in scholarships to 79 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. The program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 21, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Bridgeen Policarpio is the newest member of its board. Policarpio is head of The Hartford School of Insurance.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today praises the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services for reporting H.R. 5143, the “Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016,” by Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) to the full House for consideration.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 26, 2016—The persistent rain that has recently saturated most of the East Coast can create property damage, flooding and other hazards that may not be covered under standard homeowners insurance policies. Many consumers will be surprised to learn that common problems resulting from the spring weather may drain their wallets.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 25, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Amanda Taylor is the newest member of its board. Taylor is QBE North America vice president of strategic initiatives for the company’s Standard Lines – Property & Casualty Division. QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group, Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) praises the U.S. Senate for passing H.J. Res. 88, sponsored by Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee). The resolution is part of an effort to block the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule under the Congressional Review Act. H.J. Res 88 previously passed the House of Representatives in April.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 16, 2016—Red Barn Consulting, LLC, is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 2, 2016—Angela Adams Consulting Services, Inc., is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) praises the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.J. Res. 88, sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tennessee), Charles Boustany (R-Louisiana) and Ann Wagner (R-Missouri). The resolution is part of an effort to halt a recently released Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule under the Congressional Review Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2901, the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act,” by Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Florida) and Patrick Murphy (D-Florida) by a 419-0 vote.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 25, 2016 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Young Agents Committee (YAC) raised more than $47,000 this year for InVEST, a one-of-a-kind financial literacy program that educates high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (IIABA or the Big “I”) has awarded Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM, with the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor the association bestows on a non-agent, for a lifetime of work in the independent agency system.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (IIABA or the Big “I”) has awarded Tom Minkler, CIC, with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) presented Applied Systems, Central Insurance Companies, EMC, Preferred Mutual Insurance Companies, Travelers and Westfield Insurance with the prestigious Best Practices Award of Excellence at the recent Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2016—U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), a former insurance agent, delivered a keynote address to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) membership at its annual Legislative Conference breakfast, which occurs just prior to the association’s annual day on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2016—Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) delivered a keynote address to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) membership at its annual Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2016—Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) addressed the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon yesterday during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today presented numerous awards at the Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) has bestowed three prestigious agent awards at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2016—Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, is the Gerald Solomon-Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Legislator of the Year for 2015.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 11, 2016 –Trusted Choice® and the Big “I” Young Agents Committee, in conjunction with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, will host the official send-off party for Wish Kid Justin, 13, on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 29, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Virtual University (VU) will continue its free webinar series titled, “First Monday LIVE” Monday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The series airs every first Monday of the month, except July 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever will address the association’s Diversity Task Force, leadership and members at a special event during the annual Legislative Conference on Friday, April 15, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 22, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is launching a free webinar series based on key operational elements from its Best Practices Study on Wednesday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today expressed support for the introduction of legislation that would nullify a proposal by the Department of Labor (DOL) governing the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime compensation requirements that exist under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 17, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Deborah M. Pickford has joined the program’s team as executive director. Pickford previously served as Allstate Insurance Company’s senior field corporate relations manager.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that United States Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 4, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, is promoting March as InVEST Awareness Month with a series of events and social media campaigns.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 3, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Virtual University (VU) will continue its free webinar series titled, “First Monday LIVE” Monday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The series will air every first Monday of the month, except July 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services for reporting H.R. 2901, the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act,” by Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Florida) and Patrick Murphy (D-Florida), to the full House for consideration.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 29, 2016— Before a North Carolina forum, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) president & CEO, Robert Rusbuldt, discussed the independent agency system.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) will address the association’s Large Agent/Broker and CEO dinner on April 14 during the Big “I” Legislative Conference.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 23, 2016— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today issued the following statement from Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO:
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) will address the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 9, 2016—The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) Strategic Future Issues Work Group has released the first phase of an initiative to identify key trends that affect the future of the independent insurance agency system.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 3, 2016—North American Software Associates, Inc. (NASA), headquartered in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, is the newest company partner of the Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 2, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee for passing H.R. 4294, the “Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support Act,” spearheaded by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois), and H.R. 4293, the “Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act,” led by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tennessee). The bills help ensure that the investment marketplace will continue to be widely available and affordable to all types of investors.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 26, 2016 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Virtual University (VU) will kick off 2016 by hosting a free webinar series titled, “First Monday LIVE.” The series premiers on Monday, Feb. 1, at 2:00 p.m. ET and will air every first Monday of the month, except July 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12, 2016—Today, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) testified at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges Facing the National Flood Insurance Program.” Chris Heidrick, CPCU, ANFI, CFP®, the principal of Heidrick & Company Insurance and Risk Management Services in Sanibel, Florida, and Big “I” Flood Insurance Task Force chairman, testified on behalf of the association.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 11, 2016—Columbia Insurance Group, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 2, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) mourns the passing of longtime friend and Congressman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio).