ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 2, 2015 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that David Hale has been appointed to its national board. Hale is president, founder and owner of Hale & Associates, Inc., a Trusted Choice® independent insurance agency in Fairbanks, Alaska.
“InVEST is pleased to announce that David Hale has been selected by the Big ‘I’ executive committee for its board of directors,” says Robert G. Slocum, CPCU, CIC, InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency, Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, Rhode Island. “David brings almost 30 years of experience as an independent insurance agent, company executive and association leader to the InVEST leadership. We look forward to continuing to work with him to develop InVEST in Alaska and across the country.”
Hale joined an insurance company team in 1986 that would later become Willis of Alaska. He rose through the ranks to president/CEO and when Willis left Alaska in 2007, Hale founded Hale & Associates. He has served as president of the Alaska Independent Agents & Brokers for two separate terms and is the Big “I” national state director from the Last Frontier state. He’s an active business, civic and community leader who was the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, School of Management 2013 Business Leader of the Year. Hale is active in the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and various trade associations. He also generously gives time and financial support to youth sports, coaches basketball at North Pole High School, co-chairs the School Bond committee, co-chairs the Breast Cancer Detection Center and numerous other projects.
“InVEST is vitally important for the future of the independent agency system and the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) president & CEO.
“Educators, volunteers and independent agency leaders, like David Hale, are key to the success of this program as it continues to grow and expand into more schools and communities. We applaud and thank him for his commitment to this critical program and the industry.”
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
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.