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2021 Press Releases

Big "I" provides numerous resources to assist consumer and general business writers, editors, and producers with insurance-related or small business-related stories. The Big "I" has knowledgeable staff sources as well as hundreds of local agent spokespeople located in communities across the nation who are available to answer questions from reporters and serve as news sources on insurance-related consumer issues.


Below are just a few of the topics that Big "I" experts have addressed in recent media interviews:

  • Auto Insurance
  • Choosing the Right Insurance
  • College Students/Graduates and Insurance
  • Finding the Right Insurance Agent
  • Holiday Safety Issues
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Home-Based Business Insurance
  • Insuring Jewelry and Collectibles Life Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Renters Insurance
  • Small Business Insurance Needs
  • Teen Drivers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Umbrella Liability Policies
  • Wedding Insurance
To speak to an Big "I" source or locate an independent agent to interview in your local area, contact IIABAs Media Relations Department at (800) 221-7917 or by email:


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ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 2, 2021— TEKRiSQ is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). TEKRiSQ is a cybersecurity company that serves small and midsize businesses and helps independent insurance agents quickly diagnose risk, streamline account marketing and deliver any required risk mitigation for their clients.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 31, 2021—LegacyArmour is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). LegacyArmour partners with independent insurance agencies to protect client information and provide digital legacy planning facilitation.
Alexandria, VA, August 12, 2021— Invest™, the insurance industry's premier classroom-to-career education program, has appointed Juan Padron, partner at SafeGuard Insurance Agency in McAllen, Texas, as the new chair of the national Invest board.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2021 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today applauded Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Florida) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) for introducing H.R. 4699, the “Continuous Coverage for Flood Insurance Act.” The legislation would allow for private flood insurance to satisfy National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) continuous coverage requirements.
Alexandria, VA, June 14, 2021— First Choice Agents Alliance (FCAA), one of the largest insurance networks in the U.S., donated $10,000 to Invest™, a nonprofit organization administered by the Big “I.” Invest educates high school and community college students about insurance and encourages them to pursue careers with independent agents and brokers.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 25, 2021—The Big “I” Agents Council for Technology has released the Agency Cyber-Readiness Self-Assessment, now available online as a supplement to the Agency Cyber Guide 3.0.
Alexandria, VA, May 11, 2021—Invest SM, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, today announced that Nicole Riegl, president of the Agent & Broker Group at The Institutes, has joined the Invest Board of Trustees. Based in Pennsylvania, The Institutes are a leading provider of risk management and insurance knowledge solutions, including professional designations such as the CPCU® program; continuing education courses; and industry conferences, publications, and associations.
Alexandria, VA, April 29, 2021—Invest SM, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, today announced that Diane Wagner, the chief operations officer of First Choice Agents Alliance (FCAA), has joined the Invest Board. Based in North Carolina, FCAA is one of the largest insurance agency networks in the country.
WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2021— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1996, the “Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act” in a strong bipartisan fashion. The legislation would protect agents and brokers who write insurance coverage for legitimate cannabis-related businesses from criminal prosecution and civil liability.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 6, 2021—The Big “I” and Trusted Choice® are excited to announce the launch of Trusted Choice’s redesigned website with an improved user experience and easier access for Big “I” members to free marketing resources and programs.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 30, 2021—Agency Revolution is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). Agency Revolution provides independent insurance agencies with technology-driven marketing solutions.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 29, 2021—The number of independent insurance agencies has remained stable and business conditions continue to improve, although at a slower rate than 2018, according to the 2020 Agency Universe Study.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 29, 2021—One-quarter of independent insurance agencies report COVID-19 had a significant impact on their operations, revenue and commercial lines customer base, according to the 2020 Agency Universe Study COVID-19 Impact Summary.
WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2021— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) commends Congress for passing H.R. 1799, the “Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act,” which would provide small businesses with an additional two months to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 18, 2021—The Big “I” Agents Council for Technology has updated its Customer Experience (CX) Journey webpage to debut a free online independent agency CX self-assessment.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2021— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is grateful for the reintroduction of the “Main Street Tax Certainty Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Jason Smith (R-Missouri) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana). The legislation would make permanent a 20% deduction on qualified business income for some owners and shareholders of pass-through businesses.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 18, 2021—The Big “I” is proud to announce that Amanda H. Juratovic has been promoted to assistant vice president of errors & omissions operations at Big I Advantage®. Juratovic will lead the Big “I” Professional Liability program, which offers exclusive, member-only agency E&O coverage with endorsed carrier Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and a host of other providers.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 4, 2021—Trusted Choice® presented Black Hills Insurance in Rapid City, South Dakota, with the 2020 Dan Fulwider Award for Community Service at the Big “I” virtual Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 29.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 2, 2021—The Big “I” presented William “Bill” E. Harrison Jr., chairman of the Big “I” Reinsurance Company, with the Woodworth Memorial Award at the Big “I” virtual Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 28.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 1, 2021—The Big “I” presented Greg Murphy, executive chairman of the board of directors for Selective Insurance Group, Inc., with the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big “I” virtual Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 29.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 14, 2021—SimplePin is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). SimplePin is a cloud-based financial technology provider that enables the insurance industry to eliminate friction from the payments experience, both for staff and customers.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 12, 2021—GloveBox is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). Through the GloveBox platform, independent agents can provide clients a seamless, self-service mobile and web platform connecting them to their agency and carriers.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2021— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today released the following statement by Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO.
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