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The Big "I" Diversity Council works to engage and develop a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers, and industry affinity groups. The council is a cooperative industry group comprised of multicultural Big I member agents in addition to leading insurance company executives from Allstate, Amerisure, Applied Systems, Chubb, Church Mutual, CNA, EMC, Grange, Foremost, Hanover, Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), The Hartford, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MetLife, National General, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Selective, Travelers, Vertafore, and Westfield Insurance. 

The council seeks to spread awareness of the opportunities and benefits available by embracing diversity and encouraging the necessary change for the independent agency system to survive and flourish. 


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Diversity Council Members

Chairman 

FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

 
Agent Members 
Shepard Walton King Insurance Group

 InsureGood LLC

J. Morey Company, Inc 
 
Jack Rice Insurance 

Company Members 

Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Progressive Insurance  

Vice President of Product Design
Vertafore

Rhonda Burns
Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Nationwide Insurance

 
Bruce Carter
AVP, Diversity and Inclusion
Church Mutual Insurance
 
 
President, Southeast Region 
Travelers 
 
Distribution Strategies Manager
Selective Insurance
 
Director, Brand Management & Communications
Amerisure
 
 
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
EMC 

Gloria Ellis
AVP, DEI & Employee Engagement
Selective

Vice President, Human Resources 
Hanover

Cedric (Greg) Francis
VP, Commercial Underwriting Officer
CNA 

Jani Groza
Corporate Responsibility and Development Officer
Westfield Insurance 

Priscilla Hammonds
AVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations
Grange

Monica Jenkins
Senior Commercial Business Consultant
Allstate

Britani Jones 
Program Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity
Hanover Insurance 

Agency Relations Manager, Global Retail Markets, Liberty Mutual 

Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Consultant
Grange

Ricky Jones
Regional President, Enterprise Distribution 
Travelers 

Valencia B. Jones
Associate Vice President, Sales
Nationwide  

Carla Laracuente
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
The Hartford 

Victoria Learned-Fenty 
Learning Facilitation Specialist 
Chubb

Clive McCarthy
Branch Manager
Liberty Mutual

Kristin Nease
Vice President of Human Resources 

Vertafore  

Alexandra Oles
Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion 
Church Mutual Insurance 


Kate Proxmire
Director of Agency Innovation
Foremost

Carrie Poindexter
Commercial Lines Sales Manager 
Progressive

Courtney Rains
Vice President, Marketing
Applied Systems 

Vice President, Agency Development
Selective Insurance

Soraya Regalado
Business Development Manager 
National General Insurance


Ann Roemer
Senior SME Client Manager 
Hartford Steam Boiler


Gretchen Snediker
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant
Progressive


Marisa Stellema
Regional Agency Sales Manager
Foremost

Carlos (Eddie) Riveiro

Vice President & Marketing Strategy Leader
Westfield Insurance 


John Tribble

Customer Relationship & Business Development
Church Mutual Insurance  


Kyle Welch
AVP, Sales Strategy & Operations
Grange

Bronwyn Williams
Director, Strategic Partnership Group - Mobility
Liberty Mutual


 

Association Leadership 


Bryan Bernier
State Executive Liaison
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado

Whitnee Dillard
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Madelyn Flannagan
Vice President, Agent Development, Education & Research
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Angela Ripley
IIABA Executive Committee Liaison
VW Brown Insurance

Dr. Leroy Nunery
Big "I" Diversity Council Executive Consultant
Founder and CEO, Plus Ultre LLC


Contact Us 

Whitnee Dillard
703-706-5395
Director, Diversity and Inclusion 

Madelyn Flannagan
800-221-7917
Vice President, Agent Development, Education & Research 
             

  

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​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556
email: info@iiaba.net

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