Dean has 28 years of experience as an insurance producer and agency owner, and 15 years experience with several insurance companies in various management roles, including as Vice-President of Marketing for a large regional company. He currently is with Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency, Inc. in Clive, Iowa. He also owns Brooks Insurance Services, LLC, a risk management, expert witness and education consulting business. He is a certified E&O instructor for Westport Insurance Company and has testified extensively as an expert witness in agent defense litigation and on commercial coverage issues.
CURRENT INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT
Dean is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Broker of America (IIABA) Professional Liability Committee, is a faculty member of Virtual University and on the VU “Ask An Expert” panel, is on the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa Board of Directors, and serves on the IIABA Board of Directors as the National Director for Iowa. He is on the Technical Affairs Committee for IIAI and serves as the IIAI representative on the Iowa Insurance Education Foundation Board of Directors.
PAST INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT
Dean is a past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, the Iowa CPCU chapter, the Des Moines CLU chapter, and the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. He is a past Vice President of the Iowa Insurance Institute, an insurance company trade organization, and he chaired their Legislative Committee for several years. He also served on the Iowa Insurance Commissioner’s Continuing Education Advisory Committee.
He was a two term chair and seven year member of IIABA’s Commercial Lines Committee, and a three term chair and five year member of their Technical Conference Committee.
During this time, he was recognized countrywide as a leader in commercial forms development, working closely with industry trade organizations such as ISO, NCCI and AAIS to help develop many of the property/casualty forms in use today.
He also was a member of several other IIABA committees, including the Federal Crop Insurance Task Force; Farm/Agri Business committee; ISO Senior Company Forum; Risk Retention Act committee; the Federal Earthquake Task Force, an ACORD Certificate of Insurance Working Group, and the Virtual University committee.
Throughout his career, he has been a speaker at state agents’ conventions, industry trade group meetings and several IIABA national conventions. For many years, he was a contributing editor for International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). He taught IIA and CPCU insurance classes for many years and has twice received the “Outstanding Course Leader” award from the Insurance Institute of America.
Dean has received two Presidential Citations from IIABA, one for his contributions to the development of the 1986 Commercial General Liability policy, and the second for his industry leadership on technical issues while chair of the Technical Conference Committee. At the 1994 IIABA national convention, he was honored as the first recipient of the Matthew Cantoni Technical and Risk Management Award, established to recognize an individual or organization whose actions reflect community involvement and industry achievement.
He also is a recipient of the “Agent of the Year” award from the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa and the Burkhalter Award for outstanding industry leadership from the Iowa CPCU Chapter. He is mentioned several times in “The Technicians” chapter of the book “Soaring With Eagles – The Rise of Independent Insurance Agents in America”.
In recognition of his many contributions to the insurance industry throughout his career, Dean was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2007.