ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 30, 2015 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Bryan Bernier has been appointed to its national board. Bernier is senior account executive at Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.
“InVEST is pleased to announce that Bryan Bernier has been selected by the Big ‘I’ executive committee for its board of directors as an agent representative,” says Cindy Hower, InVEST board chair and president of Kellerman Insurance, an independent agency in Holton, Kansas. “Bryan brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise to the InVEST leadership. We look forward to working with him and drawing from his insight.”
Bernier brings more than 18 years of industry experience to the board. He previously served his as New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents (NHAIA) chairman of the board, NHAIA Young Agents chair and the New Hampshire InVEST Taskforce. Bernier serves on the New Hampshire Board for the Jumpstart Coalition and is member of his local Rotary Club.
“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 Bryan Bernier, are key to the success of this program as it continues to grow and expand into more schools. We applaud and thank him for his commitment to this critical program.”
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.