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Big “I” Announces Leadership Changes

Charles Symington to also head industry relations.

Charles Symington 2017 smaller file.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 13, 2017–The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) announces that Charles E. Symington Jr. will now serve as the association’s senior vice president for external, industry and government affairs.

“The Big ‘I’ is proud to announce that Charles Symington’s responsibilities have been expanded to include industry relations,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Charles’ leadership is imperative on our team and will be instrumental as we continue to develop and expand our relationships with our industry partners.”

Symington joined the Big “I” team in 2004 as vice president of federal government affairs and has risen through the ranks. In addition to his new duties, he oversees federal and state government affairs, political affairs, grassroots, public relations and communications for the association.

Previously, Symington served as a senior counsel to the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services from 2000 to 2003 where he was responsible for insurance issues. He also served as majority counsel for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce as where he concentrated on health care policy and oversight. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Symington was an attorney with the law firms of Matricardi & Moylan in Springfield, Virginia, and Drew, Eckl & Farnham in Atlanta, where he specialized in insurance defense litigation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, School of Law in Atlanta. Symington also serves on the board of the National Down Syndrome Society.
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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