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2018 Press Releases

 

 
Alexandria, VA – Oct. 17, 2018 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Applied Systems has donated $35,000 to the program. Reid French, CEO of Applied, announced the donation during a keynote presentation at this week's Applied Net 2018, the flagship conference for Applied software users and the largest gathering of independent insurance professionals in the world.
Alexandria, VA – September 19, 2018 – InVEST has awarded the 2018 InVEST Teacher of the Year Award to Linda Bruno, a business teacher at Dryden High School in upstate New York and the 2018 InVEST Volunteer of the Year award to John Scheck, a claims representative at Insurance Planning Inc. in Hays, Kansas.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 18, 2018— Sadly, the biggest mistake people make in protecting themselves against hurricanes such as Florence is not buying flood insurance in the first place. According to a 2016 study commissioned by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), at least 73% of survey respondents didn’t have a flood insurance policy that is separate from their homeowners coverage, leaving them with no coverage for damage due to rising water and vulnerable to potentially catastrophic financial loss. However, even those consumers with flood insurance can make mistakes in the storm recovery process that can cost them big bucks.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 17, 2018— As residents of states affected by Hurricane Florence assess the damage in the coming days, Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) advise consumers to take the following steps when it is safe to return to their homes.
Alexandria, VA – Sept. 13, 2018 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, has appointed Lindsey Shank, CIC, as the new chair of its national board. She is vice president and regional agency operations manager for McGriff Insurance Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings) in St. Petersburg, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 10, 2018— As Hurricane Florence threatens the East Coast, Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) suggest taking the following steps to prepare for the storm.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 21, 2018—Grange Insurance is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 1, 2018— Dave Evans CFP, AIFA, has rejoined the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) as senior vice president, Big I Advantage Life & Retirement Solutions. Evans previously spent two decades at the Big “I” managing a variety of key areas for the association prior to co-founding 401ksleuth LLC. Evans will now focus on growing the Big “I” MEP 401(k) plan and launch of the Big “I” lifetime income initiative, which is aimed at helping members and their clients manage longevity risk.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2018 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) praises the U.S. Senate for passing a measure to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Nov. 30.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 24, 2018 — Trusted Choice® welcomes Swyfft as the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers. The New Jersey-based homeowner’s insurance company joins over 60 other leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2018 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a measure to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Nov. 30.
Alexandria, VA – July 11, 2018 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, announced today that it has awarded $62,500 in scholarships to 46 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. A non-profit organization, InVEST works in high school and college classrooms across the U.S. to educate, train and attract the next generation of insurance professionals to the industry which is estimated to need over 400,000 workers by 2020.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2018 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 4537, the “International Insurance Standard Act of 2018,” by Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) and Denny Heck (D-Washington).
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2018 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I') today released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I' senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs, on the passage of a Farm Bill that supports the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP):
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 28, 2018— The Agents Council for Technology has launched a new Customer Experience Planning Website. This interactive online resource is designed to help agents understand the customer experience lifecycle and leverage technology to achieve the ease of doing business consumers expect.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2018 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today applauds the House’s support of a strong Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) in passing H.R. 2, the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2018 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs, on the failure of a Farm Bill amendment that would have effectively phased out the Federal Crop Insurance Program.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 7, 2018–Trusted Choice® has awarded the annual Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Alliance Financial & Insurance in Lowell, Michigan.
Joseph Cortina has joined the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Capitol Hill team as director of federal government affairs. He joins the association’s bipartisan lobbying team primarily as a liaison to Democrat congressional offices.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 20, 2018–Community Mutual Insurance Company is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Community Mutual, based in New York, joins 61 other leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 7, 2018–SES Insurance Brokerage Services is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. SES Insurance Brokerage Services, based in Santa Ana, Calif., joins 71 other leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 23, 2018—XDimensional Technologies is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 22, 2018—Neilson Marketing Services is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 21, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) announced that Aimee Fawns and Christine Munoz have been promoted to assistant vice presidents of Big I Advantage.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 14, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York) will address the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 2, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that FOX News Channel’s Bret Baier be will be a featured speaker at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 30, 2018—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT), in conjunction with the Big “I” Office of the General Counsel, has released a sample text messaging opt-in form and sample terms and conditions to help agents meet the requirements of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released the following statement from Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs, on the two-year delay of “Cadillac” tax.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2018—Xanatek is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2018—InsureZone is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).