ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 1, 2016–InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently announced that Neil Lenane has joined its national board. Lenane is Progressive Insurance business leader for talent acquisition.
“InVEST is pleased to announce Neil Lenane has joined its distinguished board of directors,” says Cindy Hower, InVEST board chair and president of Kellerman Insurance, an independent agency in Holton, Kansas. “Neil brings a wealth of experience and talents to the InVEST board of directors and we look forward to continuing to work with him to improve the program.”
Lenane has been on the Progressive team for 26 years in various operational and human resource roles including business leader talent management, human resources director, human resources manager and regional claims director. He also currently leads the Progressive Senior Diversity Council and is the business sponsor for the company’s STEM initiatives. Prior to joining the Progressive team, he was with Aetna L&C for three years as a litigation representative. Lenane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Georgia and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
“InVEST is vital to the perpetuation of the independent agency system and the success of 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 and industry leaders, like Neil Lenane, are key to the success of this program as it continues to develop and expand. We applaud Neil and thank him for him commitment to this critical endeavor.”
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, Virginia, 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.