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Top Insurance Industry Executives to Address Young Agents Big "I" Leadership Institute Presidents' Panel

Fireman's Fund, The Hartford, MetLife and Progressive Insurance to participate.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 17, 2010 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) has announced the insurance carrier panel of presidents and executives for the annual Young Agents Big “I” Leadership Institute.


Darryl Page, Fireman’s Fund senior vice president and president of personal insurance
Andrew Robinson, The Hanover Insurance Group president of specialty casualty businesses and senior vice president of corporate development and strategy
Paul Lonnemann, MetLife Auto & Home sales distribution senior vice president
Karen Barone, Progressive national agency distribution leader
David Daniel, Big “I” chairman, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America
MODERATOR:        Jason Cass, national young agent committee member, owner JDC Insurance Group

DATE:                        Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

TIME:                         7:30 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m., PACIFIC

LOCATION:             The Fairmont San Francisco
San Francisco
“The Young Agents Big ‘I’ Leadership Institute presidents’ panel is a unique opportunity for some of the top insurance carriers in the country and young agents to interact and discuss the state, challenges and future of the industry,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “This distinguished panel is poised to provide our young agents with plenty of food for thought in a healthy discussion on a multitude of issues they are currently confronting and will be expected to navigate in the coming years.”

The panel discussion is an opportunity for some of the top industry leaders to interact and in a discussion with the future leaders of the independent agency system. The panel is expected to address some of the most important issues pressing independent insurance agents and the industry including technology, the economy, industry perpetuation, growing market share and more.

The Young Agents Big “I” Leadership Institute takes place during the annual Big "I" Fall Leadership Conference. For registration and hotel information, go to and select the “Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference” link. Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia (, director of public affairs, at (800) 221-7917 for media registration.

The Big “I” National Young Agents Committee (YAC) encourages young agents – those under 40 years of age or with less than five years experience in the industry—to network, learn and get involved at all levels of the independent agency system.

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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