ALEXANDRIA, VA - Sept. 17, 2009 — J. David Daniel was inaugurated as the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) at the recent Big “I” Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La.
Daniel is president of Daniel & Eustis Insurance in Baton Rouge, La.
“David’s commitment to our industry has earned him the respect of agents across the country,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The Big ‘I’ is proud to announce that he will lead the organization as chairman for the 2009-2010 term.”
Prior to his election to the Executive Committee by IIABA’s national Board of Directors in 2004, Daniel served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL) for eight years and became president in 1997. During his tenure on the IIABL board, he was chairman of the Commercial Lines Committee and a member of both the Legislative Affairs and Education Committees. Daniel served as on the national Board as the Director from Louisiana since 1998 and has acted as the state association’s representative to the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission. For his commitment to the state association, Daniel received IIABL’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Outstanding Committee Chairman Award.
On the national level, Daniel has also served on IIABA’s Technical Affairs Committee and was chairman of the Big “I” Governance and Communications Task Force.
Daniel has been praised for his commitment to the community as well as the insurance industry. He has been a member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club for 28 years and was awarded the prestigious George R. Hixson award for community service. As a pioneering member of the Christmas on the River Committee, Daniel worked to revitalize the riverfront area in Baton Rouge. He has been a volunteer youth basketball coach for the YMCA and is a founding member of the Vision 21 Foundation, an organization that collects and distributes grant money to non-profit groups in the Baton Rouge area.
Daniel is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Janet, have two children, Mary Rose and John. The Daniel family belongs to St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.
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: www.independentagent.com.