ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 2, 2012 — Thomas J. Minkler, CIC, was installed as chairman-elect of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) at the association’s recent Leadership Conference in Atlanta.
Minkler is president of the Clark-Mortenson Agency in Keene, N.H.
“Tom has long been a national voice for the independent agency system,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “He has testified before Congress on a number of issues and his commitment to his clients and fellow agents is second to none. In recent years, Tom has played a big role in the development of the Consumer Agent Portal, formed by IIABA with six leading insurance companies to develop the digital marketing platforms, programs, systems and services to build their brands and advance their presence to better relate to today’s online consumer. We are proud to a have him continue to serve in the association’s leadership team as chairman-elect.”
As president of the Clark-Mortenson Agency, Inc., Minkler is responsible for the overall operation of three divisions (personal lines, commercial lines and financial services) in eight office locations with 60 employees in New Hampshire and Vermont. Additionally, Minkler oversees all activity associated with mergers and acquisitions, carrier relations and sales. He has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry and holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor.
Minkler is a past chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Hampshire, past New Hampshire director on the Big “I” Board of Directors and past president of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents.
At the national association level, in addition to his work on the Consumer Agent Portal, Minkler currently serves on IIABA’s Finance Committee and is a past chairman of the Government Affairs Committee. He has served on various other Big “I” committees including the Professional Liability Committee and the Agents Advocacy Fund. He is a frequent speaker for the insurance industry and has testified before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the Big “I” on a variety of topics. In 2007, Minkler received the highest IIABA Government Affairs award, the Sydney O. Smith National Legislative Award, and in 2006, 2010 and 2012, he was recognized for his outstanding service to the insurance industry with an IIABA Chairman’s Citation.
Minkler is active in his community and has served on numerous charitable organizations and civic boards. He resides in Keene, N.H. and he and his wife Heather have four grown children.
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 approximately a quarter of a million 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.