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.
“InVEST is pleased to announce that Amanda Taylor will serve on its board of directors,” says Cindy Hower, InVEST board chair and president of Kellerman Insurance, an independent agency in Holton, Kansas. “Amanda brings a unique perspective and expertise to the InVEST leadership. We look forward to working with her to advance and expand the InVEST program.”
Taylor has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate strategy and marketing. In her current role, she is part of the division’s leadership team, and drives strategic and operational initiatives focused on growth and customer engagement. Prior to this role, Taylor served as the carrier’s vice president of internal communications in North America, with responsibility for the messaging and positioning of the organization. Taylor began her career at LendingTree, LLC where she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and corporate communications. Taylor is a graduate of Wake Forest University and earned an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte.
“InVEST is vitally important for the future of the independent agency system and the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) president & CEO. “Educators, volunteers and independent agency leaders, like Amanda Taylor, are key to the success of this program as it continues to grow and expand into more schools. We applaud and thank her for her commitment to this critical endeavor.”
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
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.