During the Young Agents Leadership Institute in Chicago, the Big "I" National Young Agents Committee presented awards to outstanding state young agents groups around the country. Here's a rundown of the winners:
Outstanding Young Agents Committee of the Year: the Young Agents Council of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, which focused on making a difference in the lives of young people. The group connected with more high schools and colleges using the InVEST® curriculum and raised $16,000 for Make-A-Wish. Michigan also hosted its largest conference since 2010, with a record number of 18 new young agents in attendance.
Outstanding Membership Development Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, which worked to provide education, leadership skills, service opportunities and connections young agents want. This shift created a larger, more engaged young agents community in Virginia.
Outstanding Membership Development Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA), which engaged young agents in person, on social media and via newsletters. MAIA's CEO spoke about the importance of the Young Agents program as a tool for recruiting and developing young professionals at member forums across the state.
Outstanding Community Service Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois for launching a Day of Giving which boasted 516 participants, 771 volunteer hours, $14,700 in donations, and 26 agencies and companies helping 16 charities.
Outstanding Young Agents Meeting Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents, for hosting the Alabama YAC Conference for the Ages in Pensacola. The event attracted more than 220 attendees and 2,100 online viewers, with content focused on technology and sales skills.
Outstanding Political Involvement Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky, which created advocacy awareness for state and national political action committees by raising more than $19,000 at their Pitching for PAC event.
Outstanding InVEST Supporter Award: the Young Agents Committee of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, for enhancing their relationship with Florida State University by bringing more talent and volunteers to the program. Florida has 30 InVEST schools with more than 80 agency volunteers and nearly 50 company volunteers.
Young Agents State Liaison of the Year: Rita LaMoreaux, who has gone above and beyond in her work with the Young Agents Council of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents. Michigan has earned national recognition as the Outstanding Young Agent Committee of the Year on multiple occasions during her tenure.
Young Agent of the Year: Ryan Teubner of Rich & Cartmill in Oklahoma City, whose relationships with his clients and fellow agents are the top priority. He's a mentor, heavy hitter and huge advocate for young agents nationwide. Teubner is past chair of Oklahoma's young agents committee and also serves on the InVEST Board of Directors.