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Feb 08
Who’s Engaging the Next Generation?

The Big “I" is engaging young agents nationwide by creating community, education and leadership opportunities for young insurance professionals. The mission of the national young agents committee is to help perpetuate the independent agency system by being a resource to state young agent groups. Currently, there are 48 young agent programs nationwide hosting conferences, networking functions and community service activities  

How does it work?: The Big “I" national Young Agent Committee (YAC) provides hands-on guidance to our state association young professionals groups to cultivate the next generation of agency leaders by providing best practices for communications, events, community involvement, political involvement and more. Through their research and experience the Big “I" YAC has created “A Guide to Starting and Revitalizing a Young Agents Program." Download the guide here.

Relationships: The national YAC members—Joe Hamilton, Hal Rakowski Insurance, California; Caroline Pintabone, Ahart, Frinzi & Smith, New Jersey; Robbie Moore, Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency, Georgia; Jared Blackwood, Bain Agency, Inc., North Dakota; and Jana Foster, Nevada Insurance Agency, Nevada—represents regions, offer small group discussions and webinars and most importantly lead the Big “I" Young Agents Leadership Institute. This event, held in conjunction with the Big “I" Fall Leadership Conference, is designed to attract the best and brightest young professionals in the industry and provide them with leadership skills and relationships to excel in their agency and association work.  Partners of the Big “I" young agents program gain exclusive invites to meet and greet with young agents.  

The Results? Through this community, young agents connect via social media, text, and phone year-round. This framework brings together the future leaders and offers the Big “I" and our carrier partners a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the future of the industry.

Why is this important to you?: The industry workforce is shifting as boomers retire and Xers begin to take the helm. By supporting the young agents, companies can access young professionals—many of whom are already making decisions on their agency's markets, products and services.

 The future is now. If you want to learn more about connecting with the next generation, contact Susan Bonner, director of marketing and agent development, or any of our national Young Agent Committee members.

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