WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 18, 2007—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) has honored Diane Mattis, CPCU, AIAM, AFIS, Director of Education and Technical Affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents (IIA) of Virginia, with the Sprit of Education award.
“On behalf of the Big “I”, I congratulate Diane on receiving this award,” said Madelyn Flanagan, vice president for education and research. “Diane genuinely embodies the meaning and purpose of this award and I thank her for the important work she does in her state and for the national organization.”
The Spirit of Education Award was created by IIABA’s Education and Research Department to recognize a person or organization working closely with the national organization to deliver quality education to IIABA members across a variety of platforms. The award was developed as a way to acknowledge the very generous contribution of time, energy, expertise and patience necessary to make an education program or offering successful.
Diane Mattis was selected because of her dedication to helping fellow state association and education directors expand their programs in their state into ones like that IIA of Virginia provides. Diane also takes the time to share her knowledge with other state associations and education directors and help new education directors understand their important role. Diane has mentored education directors that are new to their role and shares freely her marketing materials, ideas, outlines, seminars with other state associations and education directors in order to educate independent agents and brokers.
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: www.independentagent.com.