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Big “I” Issues 2015 Excellence in Insurance Education Awards

Impressive 22 state associations honored for outstanding commitment to education programs.

tc logo.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2015—Big “I” independent insurance agent associations in 22 states were recently recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) with Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Awards at the association’s Education Convocation in New Orleans.
“The Big ‘I’ Excellence in Insurance Education awards honor the outstanding contributions by Big ‘I’ state associations through extraordinary efforts in education,” says Sue Knobeloch, chair of the Big “I” Virtual University curriculum and research committee and executive director of Association of Risk Managers Northwest in Tacoma, Washington. “We are honored to recognize so many state associations that have taken on the challenge of providing quality education programs to our member agents.” 
The EIE awards celebrate and recognize state associations and staff who have made significant contributions to education for their members and the industry in the key area of class offerings, continuing education (CE), professionalism, designation offerings, industry collaboration, planning goals, marketing, resources and more. Each entrant is scored based on a state’s overall educational offerings in a variety of areas and a short essay detailing its overall education programs. The 2015 EIE awards were presented as follows:
• Florida Association of Insurance Agents
• Kansas Association of Insurance Agents
• Maine Insurance Agents Association
• Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents
• Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
• New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York
• Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina
• Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of South Carolina
• Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington
• Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin 
• Insurance Agents & Brokers of Delaware
• Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana
• Michigan Association of Insurance Agents
• Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico
• Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio
• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Oregon
• Insurance Agents & Brokers of Pennsylvania
No 2015 winners in the category
“The Big ‘I’ greatly appreciates the hard work by our state associations to develop, promote and implement so many wonderful education programs,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “These continuing education programs are critical to our independent agents, brokers and the clients they serve.”
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, 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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