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IIABA Announces 2002-2003 Executive Committee

Anders Becomes New IIABA President; Fulwider Elected as New At-Large Member

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 24 - W. Cloyce Anders was inaugurated as the new president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Bob Fulwider was elected to the association’s Executive Committee today at the New Orleans InfoXchange.


Anders, president of VFIS of North Carolina in Raleigh; C.H. Stith, Inc. in New Bern, N.C.; and Bayboro, N.C.-based Pamlico Insurance Services, becomes IIABA’s 98th president. Outgoing president Thomas B. Ahart (CPCU, AAI), president of Ahart, Frinzi & Smith in Phillipsburg, N.J., remains on the Executive Committee as immediate past president.


Fulwider previously served as chairman of IIABA’s Government Affairs Committee, a position he had held since September 2000. He is principal and executive vice president of the Ray Wuestenberg Agency, Inc., of West Liberty, Iowa, and principal and executive vice president of the Fulwider Agency, Inc., of West Branch, Iowa. He also is president of Bob Fulwider and Associates, a life and health financial planning agency in Eastern Iowa.


Assuming their new posts of president-elect and vice president, respectively, today were Louise “Bebe” Canter, senior vice president of Patterson/Smith Associates in Falls Church, Va., and Thomas A. Grau, a sales executive with Payne Financial Group in Billings, Mont. IIABA’s National Board of State Directors confirmed Canter and Grau to the positions at its mid-year meeting in April 2002. Canter will become the association’s first female president when she is inaugurated at the 2003 InfoXchange in Las Vegas.


2002-2003 Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America(IIABA) Executive Committee:



President - W. Cloyce Anders, Raleigh, N.C.

President-Elect - Louise “Bebe” Canter, CPCU, ARM, Falls Church, Va.

Vice President - Thomas A. Grau, CPCU, Great Falls, Mont.


William G. Stiglitz III, Lousville, Ky.

Alex Soto, ARM, CPCU, Miami, Fla.

Bob Fulwider, West Branch, Iowa

Immediate Past President - Thomas B. Ahart, CPCU, AAI, Phillipsburg, N.J.


The New Orleans InfoXchange, IIABA’s showcase meeting, featured an exclusive reception and lunch for Trusted ChoiceSM agencies and company/strategic partners; a compelling company CEO panel; a wide variety of innovative continuing-education (CE) classes offering 19 CE credits; several prominent guest speakers; one of the largest exhibit halls in the insurance industry; numerous networking opportunities; and many other exciting events.


Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:



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