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Top Insurance Carrier CEOs to Address Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention

The Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Progressive and State Auto to participate

(WASHINGTON – Jan. 27, 2009) – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today announced the insurance carrier CEO panelists for their annual National Legislative Conference & Convention.


Ramani Ayer, CEO, The Hartford
Ted Kelly, CEO, Liberty Mutual
Glenn Renwick, CEO, Progressive
Bob Restrepo, CEO, State Auto

MODERATOR:   Robert Rusbuldt, president & CEO, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

DATE:   May 1, 2009

TIME:   3:00 p.m. Eastern

“The Big ‘I’ will host a panel of CEOs from some of the top insurance carriers in the country,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “We look forward to hearing insights from some of the top experts in the insurance industry on our all-star carrier panel.”

The insurance carrier CEO panel, which will take place in a general session, will allow the Big “I” membership to hear and participate in a discussion of some of the most important issues pressing independent insurance agents and the industry including: the state of our national economy, the economic challenges facing insurance carriers and the industry, the property-casualty insurance cycle, the TARP program, insurance regulatory reform, and other challenges and opportunities facing the independent agency system. The session will also include a state of the association address by Big “I” chairman Brett Nilsson and a speech by “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner.

The Big “I” annual Legislative Conference & Convention is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative event of its kind. The events will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Highlights of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference will include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers; and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress.

For registration and hotel information, go to and select the “Events and Conferences” link. Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (800) 221-7917 or for media registration.

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, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:


​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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