WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s (IIABA) National Board of State Directors confirmed Thomas A. Grau, CPCU as the association’s president-elect and elected William G. Stiglitz III as vice president.
The Board nominated Grau and Stiglitz, members of IIABA’s Executive Committee, at its mid-year meeting last week.
Grau, a sales executive with Payne Financial Group in Billings, Mont., was elected to the Executive Committee in September 1999.
Stiglitz is an independent insurance agent with the firm of Hyland, Block & Hyland, Inc., in Louisville, Ky. He was elected to the Executive Committee in October 2000.
Grau, after receiving approval of the membership, and Stiglitz will assume their new posts at IIABA’s Las Vegas InfoXchange Sept. 21-24. Grau and current IIABA President-Elect Louise “Bebe” Canter, CPCU, ARM are to be sworn in as president-elect and president, respectively, during the Las Vegas InfoXchange’s closing general session.
Grau has been active on the local, state, regional and national levels of the association. He served Montana as Technical Affairs Committee chairman, state national director and president. He was chairman of IIABA’s Finance Committee and served on the Audit and Direction and Resource Coordination Committees. On the local level, Grau twice served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Great Falls. He also was chairman of the Far West Agents Conference. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University and lives in Great Falls, Mont. with his wife, Cheryl, and two children.
Stiglitz also has been active on all levels of IIABA member organizations during his 33-year career as an independent insurance agent. A past president and state national director for the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), Stiglitz served on the state’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee and also as chairman of the Awards and Recognition Committee. He is a past president of the Louisville Board of Independent Insurance Agents. Nationally he served as planning liaison to the Executive Committee. He and Pat, his wife of 31 years, have two adult children and reside in Louisville.
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: www.independentagent.com.