Yesterday, the Big “I" presented a slew of awards at the annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon during the 2018 Big “I" Legislative Conference.
The event featured a keynote address by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York) and the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship and Eagle awards, as well as the Young Agent of the Year.
This year's winners include:
InsurPac National Championship Award: Massachusetts. This award goes to the state whose agents contribute the most money for InsurPac in a calendar year.
Young Agent National Championship Award: Florida. This award honors the state whose young agents donate the most money to InsurPac. Out of more than $129,000 raised by young agents around the country in 2017, Florida young agents contributed $15,000.
InsurPac Eagle Awards: North Dakota, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Arkansas, Nevada, Maryland, New Hampshire and Idaho. A record of 11 states earned the award, which recognizes those that surpass a fundraising average of $100 per member agency.
InsurPac Catalyst Award: Missouri. This award recognizes the state that shows the most progress in areas of InsurPac innovation and participation. Over the past several years, the Missouri association significantly increased InsurPac awareness and publicity through their magazine, e-newsletter and a strong PAC presence at every membership gathering, resulting in 42 new donors in 2017 who had not contributed the previous year.
2017 InsurPac Young Agent Award: Jesse Konold of South Dakota. Konold is producer/partner at Key Insurance, Inc. and also serves as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota.
“In addition to increasing InsurPac participation in his state, he took a step further and worked on the federal level to implement a more user-friendly e-commerce system, which resulted in significant dividends," said Ray Gallant, chair of the InsurPac Board of Trustees, when presenting the award. “He also led by example to become an InsurPac major donor himself."
Robbie Moore, member of the Big “I" national Young Agents Committee, noted that if every agency owner in the country contributed $10 a month to InsurPac, it would be a $5-million PAC. “The people who don't give to InsurPac—it's not because you called them and asked, and they told you no. It's because they don't know. They don't understand why they should give," he pointed out. “We have to get that message out to our states."
“InsurPac is the nutrient that feeds our association," Gallant agreed. “When our PAC is strong, we all win."