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Big "I" to Conduct Countrywide Certificates of Insurance Webinar Oct. 27

Virtual University to continue certificates of insurance education effort and discuss marketplace pushback.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 18, 2010 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) today announced that the Big “I” Virtual University will be presenting a webinar titled “Certificates of Insurance and Marketplace Pushback” on Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

“The independent agency system has been negatively impacted by unreasonable and too often onerous requests for certificates of insurance and related documentation,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “Owners, general contractors, lenders, landlords and others are making demands that agents and insurers simply cannot comply with—legally or practically. Continuing education efforts, such as the Virtual University webinars, are key to preventing many of the risks.”

TITLE:             Certificates of Insurance and Marketplace Pushback Webinar
   Bill Wilson, Big “I” associate vice president and Virtual University director
   Stuart Powell, Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) vice president of insurance operations & technical affairs
   Bill Perkins, Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) education instructor (moderator)
DATE:                         Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010
TIME:                          1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION:       Click HERE or go to 

“Although they obviously serve an important function, certificates of insurance typically generate little or no revenue while creating significant labor and monetary costs for agencies,” says Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, Big “I” associate vice president and Virtual University director. “To complicate matters, ACORD's licensing agreement compels agents to discontinue use of pre-September 2009 editions of the ACORD 24/25. This webinar will focus on the most critical issues involving certificates and provide an update on ‘pushback’ developments.”

“The Big ‘I’ is committed to the education and professional development of those who choose careers in the independent agency system or simply want more information,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “We continue to cultivate interest and education in the industry through programs like the Virtual University, the Diversity Program, InVEST and other continuing education (CE) resources.”

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 and health—as well as 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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