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Ronnie Tubertini Receives Highest Individual Big "I" Honor

Mississippi Agent is president & CEO of SouthGroup Insurance Services in Jackson, Miss.



WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2010 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big “I”) yesterday awarded Ronnie Tubertini with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members, at the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention.

The Woodworth Memorial Award recognizes the meritorious and outstanding contributions of an independent agent or broker to the national association, to his or her Big “I” colleagues and to the insurance industry.

“Ronnie Tubertini has a long and distinguished record of service with the national association,” said David Daniel, Big “I” chairman who presented the award. “Woodworth Memorial winners have one element in common---an uncommon dedication to the industry and to the association. Ronnie Tubertini has served in almost every possible leadership position with the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi, and he has continued that tradition of service at the national association.”

In addition to serving two terms on the Big “I” National Board of Directors, he was chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and is currently serving his fourth year as chairman of the Professional Liability Committee. He has also served on the Agents & Brokers Roundtable, the Agents Advocacy Fund Committee and the Governance and Communications Task Forces.

“Ronnie’s lifetime of outstanding service and dedication to the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America make him eminently qualified for this award,” says Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi President Clinton Graham. “He is truly one of the most distinguished and respected leaders in the history of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi.”

Tubertini has played an active role in the insurance industry, both at the state and national level. He has testified numerous times on behalf of independent agents before Congress and his state legislature. An advocate for recruiting new talent into the industry, Tubertini has served as chairman of the Ole Miss Insurance Advisory Board. And he has been a voice for agents in industry boardrooms, including on the board of the Brierfield Insurance Company, the Mississippi Insurance Managers and the Associated Insurors of Mississippi. For his outstanding contributions to the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi and the Mississippi insurance industry, he received the J.H. Johnson Award, the state association’s highest honor.

In Mississippi, Tubertini has served as chairman of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee and on the boards of the Mississippi Economic Council, Delta State University Foundation and the Mississippi affiliate of the American Diabetes Association.  In his local community, he has been president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Community Development Foundation and the Rotary Club and served on the boards of many other organizations.

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.

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