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Big "I" Announces All-Star CEO Panel for Convention


Industry leaders will discuss major issues during April event


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21, 2006—Five top insurance industry leaders will participate in a CEO panel discussion during the closing general session on Friday, April 28, at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s National Legislative Conference & Convention in Washington, D.C.,


CEOs participating as panelists are: Edward M. Liddy, Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation; Ramani Ayer, Chairman and CEO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.; Paula Rosput Reynolds, President and CEO, Safeco Corporation; Gary R. Gregg, President and CEO, Liberty Mutual Agency Markets; and Michael Browne, President and CEO, Harleysville Insurance.


Big “I” CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt will moderate the discussion, which will tackle a variety of major issues affecting the independent agency system and the insurance industry. Panelists will discuss insurance industry trends, challenges facing the industry, agency issues, natural disaster issues, insurance regulatory reform, asbestos reform, the future of TRIA, and more.


“The CEO Panel at the Big ‘I’ Convention always has top industry leaders participating—the real movers and shakers,” Rusbuldt says. “This year’s all-star lineup will once again provide valuable insights to those agents and brokers attending. It’s a great opportunity for agents and brokers to gain insight into the thinking, ideas, concerns and vision of the company CEOs.”


The Big “I” National Legislative Conference & Convention is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 26 through 28 at the Grand Hyatt Washington and the Washington Convention Center.


Highlights of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference & Convention will include an address  by former Secretary of State and General Colin Powell, immediately following the CEO panel; an in-depth issues briefing session; the annual Big “I” congressional reception on Capitol Hill; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers in Washington, D.C.; hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress; and the industry’s largest and best-attended trade show.


To register online and make hotel reservations go to and select the “Events and Conferences” link.


Founded in 1896, the Big “I” 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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