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Top Insurance Leaders to Address Big "I" Legislative Conference & Convention

Westfield, Liberty Mutual, CNA and Chubb Group to participate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 19, 2009 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today announced the Young Agents Breakfast & Presidents' Panel with Big "I" Leadership at the National Legislative Conference & Convention.

• C. Brett Nilsson, CIC, Chairman, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America
• Jim Clay, President, Westfield Insurance
• Scott Goodby, President of Regional Companies Group Liberty Mutual Agency Markets
• John Hennessy, Senior Vice President of Distribution Management, CNA
• Harold Morrison, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Field Officer, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

DATE: May 1, 2009

TIME:  8:00 a.m. Eastern

“The Big ‘I’ National Young Agents Committee (YAC) encourages young agents – those under 40 years of age or with less than 5 years experience in the industry – to network, learn and get involved at all levels of the independent agency system,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “We are honored to have such a distinguished panel address our Young Agents and look forward to a healthy discussion on a multitude of issues.”

The panel is expected 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, technology, the need for new talent in our industry, insurance regulatory reform, and other challenges and opportunities facing the independent agency system. This event is open to Young Agent attendees.

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.

Additional highlights of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions, a panel discussion with top insurance carrier CEOs, a state of the association address by Big “I” chairman Brett Nilsson, a speech by “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner, appearances by numerous high-profile industry speakers, 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:


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Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
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