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Top Insurance Industry CEOs to Address Big “I” Members

EMC Insurance Companies, Nationwide Property & Casualty, Progressive, and Selective Insurance Group, Inc. to participate in CEO panel.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 6, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced the participants for a top insurance carrier CEO panel discussion that will occur on Friday, May 5, during its annual Legislative Conference.

Mark Berven, President and COO of Nationwide Property & Casualty
Tricia Griffith, Progressive President & CEO
Gregory Murphy, Selective Insurance Group, Inc., Chairman & CEO
Bruce Kelley, EMC Insurance Companies President, CEO & Treasurer

MODERATOR: Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO

DATE:  Friday, May 5, 2017

TIME:   8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-9000

Journalists interested in attending, please register online, send an email to or call (703) 706-5473 for media registration.
“The Big ‘I’ CEO panel is a unique opportunity for some of the top insurance CEOs to interact with our agents and brokers,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “We look forward to hearing their perspectives on a myriad of issues that directly impact the independent agency system, America’s businesses and insurance consumers.”

The insurance carrier CEO panel, which will take place during Friday’s general session breakfast, will give Big “I” members a chance to participate in a discussion covering some of the most important issues pressing independent insurance agents and the industry, including: talent recruitment and retention, technology, competition from new sources such as so-called disrupters, how to increase personal lines market share, the property-casualty market, trends in commercial lines, M&A activity for agencies and companies, digital marketing, emerging consumer trends in insurance, agency perpetuation, insurance regulation, health insurance reform, tax reform, and other challenges and opportunities.

The session will also include a state of the association address by Spencer Houldin, Big “I” chairman.

The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place May 3-5 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel.

Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers; and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in Congress.

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 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:


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