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MEDIA ADVISORY: Big “I” to Hold Leadership Conference in New Orleans

Louisiana native to be installed as association chairman; Top industry leaders to led informative presentations.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2015 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) will hold the following events Oct. 2-3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of the association’s annual Leadership Conference.
 
 The Big “I” will hold a special sessions on cyber security, presentations on leadership, a carrier panel, install its new leadership team, and much more. The following events are open to the media.
 
WHAT:          “Cybercrime and Cyberhealth” 
WHO:             Paul Viollis, Viollis Group International CEO
DATE:            Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
TIME:            9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CENTRAL
WHERE:        The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
                        Crescent City Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
                        130 Roosevelt Way
                        New Orleans, LA 70112
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WHAT: “Lead Successfully Through the Unexpected”
WHO:  Nick Popaditch, Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (retired)
DATE: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
TIME: 2:30 p.m. CENTRAL
WHERE: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  Chambers 2 & 4 Room, Mayor’s Suite Level
  130 Roosevelt Way  
  New Orleans, LA 70112

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WHAT: “Technology Tomorrowland: Young Agents Carrier Panel with Big “I” Leadership”
WHO:  David Walker, Big “I” chairman; Hartland Insurance Agency president
  Jason Gross, Nationwide Insurance director/sr. consultant, corporate strategy
  Jonathan Kolbo, EZLynx product manager
  Dale Steinke, Safeco Insurance digital marketing manager, Bricks & Clicks Program 
  Moderator: Joe Hamilton, Doug Fairbanks
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
TIME:  7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CENTRAL
WHERE: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
 Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
 130 Roosevelt Way 
 New Orleans, LA 70112
 
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WHAT: “Tactical Leadership Take-A-Ways”
WHO:  Brandie Hinen, Powerhouse Learning founder
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
TIME: 9:30 a.m. CENTRAL
WHERE: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
 130 Roosevelt Way 
 New Orleans, LA 70112
 Orpheum Room, Second Level 
 
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WHAT: Big “I” Installs New Executive Committee Officers
WHO: Randy Lanoix of Louisiana will be installed as chairman
 Spencer Houldin of Connecticut will be installed as chairman-elect
 Vaughn Graham of Oklahoma will be installed as vice-chairman
 Bob Fee of Kansas will be installed as a new member of the committee
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
WHEN:  12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CENTRAL
WHERE: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  Crescent City Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
  130 Roosevelt Way  
  New Orleans, LA 70112
 
NOTE: RSVP is appreciated, but not required; Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (703) 730-9090 or margarita.tapia@iiaba.net for media registration.
 
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 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.
 
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