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MEDIA ADVISORY: IIABA to Hold Leadership Conference in Chicago

Connecticut native to be installed as association chairman; Top industry leaders to lead informative presentations.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 8, 2016 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) will hold the following events Sept. 9-10, 2016 in Chicago as part of the association’s annual Leadership Conference. 

The Big “I” will hold a special sessions on numerous key issues, presentations on leadership, a carrier panel, install its new leadership team, and much more. The following events are open to the media.

WHAT:          “Designing Your Future”
WHO:            Roger Sitkins, CEO of Sitkins Group, Inc.
DATE:            Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
TIME:            2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CENTRAL
WHERE:        Hyatt Regency Chicago
      Regency Ballroom C, Gold Level, West Tower
      151 East Wacker Drive 
      Chicago, Illinois 60601

NOTES: Most Young Agents have 20 or more years to build their careers – what they do starting tomorrow could define their future. In this session, Sitkins will help agents design and immediately begin implementing both the strategies and behaviors that make success predictable and, in fact, guaranteed.


WHAT: Young Agents Carrier Panel with Big “I” Leadership

WHO: Randy Lanoix, Big “I” chairman; Lanoix Insurance Agency president
Paul Krump, Chubb Group executive vice president and North America Commercial and Personal Insurance president
Pat Macellaro, Encompass Insurance president
Rocco Orlando, CNA senior vice president of sales and distribution
Moderator: Joe Hamilton, Young Agent Committee chair and Hal Rakowski Insurance Agency agent 

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

TIME: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CENTRAL

WHERE:        Hyatt Regency Chicago
Regency Ballroom B, Gold Level, West Tower
151 East Wacker Drive 
Chicago, Illinois 60601

NOTES: Carrier executives and an agency principal will share their perspective on the future of the independent agency system. The session will provide their take on what makes a good leader, how technology is influencing coverages and the importance of having the right people on a team.


WHAT: Big “I” Installs New Executive Committee Officers

WHO: Spencer Houldin of Connecticut will be installed as chairman
Vaughn Graham of Oklahoma will be installed as chairman-elect
Joe Leahy of Massachusetts will be installed as vice-chairman
A new member of the committee will be announced

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CENTRAL

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Crystal Ballroom AB, Green Level, West Tower
151 East Wacker Drive 
Chicago, Illinois 60601
NOTE: RSVP is appreciated, but not required; Journalists interested in attending, please contact Katie Butler, vice president of communications, at (703) 217-6791or Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (703) 706-5473 or for media registration.

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or 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: 

​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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