WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2007—The Big “I” state associations in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Alabama were recognized for their outstanding commitment to education as the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”) presented the four state associations with the L.P. McCord National Education Award.
The award, presented during the Big “I” National Board of State Directors (NBSD) meeting held prior to the Big “I” Convention in Washington, DC, is annually bestowed upon the state associations, in four size categories, that have provided their members with the best opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the insurance profession. The state associations are evaluated according to innovation in education, single-best seminar and non-seminar education services.
In the category of “Less Than 250 Members,” the honor went to the Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland (IIAM). Maryland continues to be the leading provider of insurance education in the state. IIAM set itself apart by effectively presenting a wide variety of diverse educational topics designed to meet the needs of member agencies.
In the “Less Than 460 Members” category, the award was presented to the Alabama Independent Agents Inc. Alabama was recognized for its wide range of curriculum designed for a variety of experience levels as well as its ability to offer a wide range of continuing-education credits.
In the “Less Than 1,000 Members” category, the award was bestowed upon the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia (IIAV). Virginia was honored for its impressive and comprehensive curriculum design.
In the “More Than 1,000 Members” category, the honor was awarded to the Independent Agents and Brokers of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania distinguished itself by offering a wide array of educational programs for all levels of agency employees, as well as by offering specialized training to help employees become familiar with the workings of insurance and independent agencies.
Founded in 1896, the 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.