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Young Agents to Host Carrier Presidents’ Panel

Sept. 16 event will also include Big "I" leadership.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 27, 2011 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America National Young Agents Committee (YAC) today announced the insurance carrier presidents’ panel that will take place as part of the Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

  Ken Branch, Encompass vice president
  Clyde H. Fitch, State Auto senior vice president and chief sales officer
  Patrick Kinney, Travelers president of field management
  Jeff Rommel, Allied Insurance senior vice president of field operations, independent channel
  Mike Miley, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America chairman
  Clint Ivy, YAC committee member and Fleming Insurance Agency vice president

DATE: Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

TIME:  7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Central

  Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
  Greenway C-H Ballroom, Second Level
  1300 Nicollet Mall
  Minneapolis, Minn.
“The Young Agents Big ‘I’ Leadership Institute presidents’ panel is a unique and excellent opportunity for some of the top insurance carriers in the country and young agents to interact face to face,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “This distinguished panel is set to provide our young agents with a cornucopia of ‘food for thought’ as they discuss the state, challenges and future 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.

Other highlights of the Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions; association leadership and committee meetings; and appearances by numerous other high-profile speakers discussing important trends, challenges and opportunities confronting agents and brokers. The events will take place Sept. 13-17 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn.

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.

The Big “I” National Young Agents Committee (YAC) encourages young agents – those under 40 years of age or with less than five years of 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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