WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2013 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), yesterday presented numerous awards at the Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Legislative Conference.
The event featured a keynote speech by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) and the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards. The 2012 winners are:
InsurPac National Championship Award – North Carolina: This award goes to the state whose agents contribute the most money for InsurPac in a calendar year. North Carolina agents contributed almost $59,000.
Young Agent National Championship Award – North Carolina: This recognition honors the state whose young agents donate the most money to InsurPac. Young Agents from North Carolina contributed almost $12,000.
InsurPac Young Agent Award: The 2012 winner is Scott Schellin of Nevada.
“Scott maximized InsurPac contributions by helping organize local fundraising events for Members of Congress from Nevada,” said Mike Larges, InsurPac committee chair, who presented the award. “Scott also chairs his state association’s legislative committee and has been a regular attendee to the national Big ’I’ Legislative Conference. His dedication to raising InsurPac money and passion for political involvement will inspire Nevada’s young agent program for years to come.”
InsurPac Eagle Awards: This award is given annually to states that surpass a fundraising average of $100 per member agency. The 2012 recipients are Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Carolina.
“InsurPac is the largest agent property-casualty political action committee in the country and Big ‘I’ young agents are the next generation of independent agency leaders,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “These two forces are among the most influential in the industry.” 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.