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YAC Award Winners

2019 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Inc.
In recognition of the outstanding efforts of a state Young Agents Committee, to foster association growth and secure the future of the independent agency system

  • Applied in the categories of: Political Involvement, Membership Development, Community Service, Young Agents Meeting, YAC of the Year
  • Raised more than $34,000 at their annual golf outing for Camp Sunshine
  • Raised $15,285 for InsurPac more than any other state
  • Welcomed 54 first-timer attendees to their annual YA Sales & Leadership Conference
  • Raised more than $3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the Great Strides walk


2019 OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH YAC AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association
Selected by the National YAC in recognition of the outstanding efforts of a state Young Agents Committee who has gone above and beyond to serve their young agent members

  • Revitalized the YAC beginning in 2015
  • Grown membership at all levels and increased young agent participation in state activities
  • Worked with the Vermont Board throughout the year to recognize and cultivate meaningful relationships with new young agents and to continue to build relationships with those already involved in association activities
  • Sponsored the Make-A-Wish Walk at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory raising more than $10,000
  • Formed a YAC Community Service subcommittee to plan community service days at the Barre, VT central foodbank


2019 OUTSTANDING INVEST SUPPORTER AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents
For outstanding achievement in promoting young agent involvement in InVEST

  • Set a goal to get every YAC member into a high school or college classroom and succeeded with 10 high school classrooms and 1 college classroom visited and more than 300 students reached
  • Spoke at several education events including Accident Fund Insurance Career Day, Insuring Michigans Future STEM Program, and Cranbrook STEM Program, and also to Olivet Colleges Risk Management students
  • Provided high school students with job shadow opportunities and hosted them at their annual state convention

2019 OUTSTANDING POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.
For outstanding achievement in promoting young agent participation in the legislative process

  • Known also as iLEAD, the North Carolina YAC has a Young Agents PAC Subcommittee dedicated to supporting the associations legislative efforts
  • Continued a 100% PAC participation requirement for YAC members with a $120 minimum contribution threshold
  • Maintained and further developed relationships with state and national legislators and the NC Commissioner of Insurance
  • Has a state legislator keynote during the annual YA conference

2019 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS MEETING AWARD (1 of 2)
The Emerging Leaders Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin
For excellence in providing and promoting an annual young agents meeting

  • Hosted a series of meetings throughout 2019 focusing on Leadership, Professional Development, and Networking/Sales
  • Each meeting targeted on an area critical for young/newer agent success including Social Selling, Fire Lab, and Financial Acumen and were held throughout the state to allow agents from all locations in the state an opportunity to participate
  • Developed an outreach strategy to speak with agency principals in order to tout the benefits of young agent participation and the value it brings to their agencies by allowing young agents to participate in these events

2019 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS MEETING AWARD (2 of 2)
The Young Agents Committee of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents
For excellence in providing and promoting an annual young agents meeting

  • Hosted 130 attendees, including 14 first timers, at their 2018 annual YA conference
  • Held an AgentPAC Call Center the day before the annual YA conference and raised more than $15,000 surpassing their 2017 total and 2018 goal
  • Took attendees on a risk management tour of three wineries and attendees even got CE
  • Raised more than $11,000 during trivia and cornhole competitions for PLEA, the Professional Law Enforcement Association who provides bulletproof vests for canine police officers

2019 OUTSTANDING MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD (1 of 2)
The Young Agents Committee of the Maine Insurance Agents Association
For excellent achievement in recruiting and maintaining young agents participation in association activities

  • Hold in-person monthly YAC meetings so the group can brainstorm, collaborate, and develop strategies to get and keep young agents involved in state activities
  • Used various strategies to grow their YA contact list by 51%
  • Continued YA volunteering efforts in Maine Special Olympics Winter Games and their annual YA Golf Scramble
  • Launched a new Holiday Happy Hour event hosting University of Southern Maine students and faculty, members of Gamma Iota Sigma, and other insurance professionals from across the state and are hoping to make in a new annual event

2019 OUTSTANDING MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD (2 of 2)
The Young Agents Committee of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents
For excellent achievement in recruiting and maintaining young agents participation in association activities

  • Hosted its annual strategic planning session to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the insurance industry and what young professionals need
  • Developed a Road Show committee made up of agents and company reps tasked with planning and executing events in rural areas allowing for more YA involvement
  • Focused on leadership development through an Emerging Leaders series that included sessions on human resources, finances, marketing, strategic planning, goal setting, and more
  • Maintained contact with young agents throughout the year to keep them interested, engaged, and involved

2019 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.
For outstanding achievement in a state committee project that benefits the community, the insurance industry, and/or the independent agency system

  • Continued their annual Make-A-Wish partnership with the annual IIANC Charity Golf Outing as their primary fundraiser which netted more than $56,000 in 2019 with a 4-year total surpassing $183,000
  • Partnered with Trusted Choice as title sponsor of the tournament this year which also garnered awareness of TC agents across the state
  • Organized a massive donation drive after Hurricane Florence and during the Young Agents Development Conference collected 1,315 pounds of supplies including food, paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, school supplies, baby items, money, gift cards, and more

2019 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS STATE LIAISON OF THE YEAR
Shannon Gorman, Maine Insurance Agents Association
In recognition of a state liaison who has provided outstanding support and leadership to their state Young Agents program

  • Has worked on behalf of her state's young agents group for more than 10 years
  • Is a dedicated champion for membership growth, youth outreach, and education
  • Always goes above and beyond for her members


2019 YOUNG AGENT OF THE YEAR
Jill Roth, Ahart, Frinzi & Smith, Alexandria, VA
In recognition of a young agent who provides exemplary service to their association, community, and the industry

  • From E&O ads to collecting InsurPAC dollars to videos on food trucks, she has been actively involved in the Big "I" for many years
  • When the Big "I" calls, she answers and her peers know that can count on her, too

2018
Membership: Kansas
Community Service: Florida
Meeting: North Carolina
Political Involvement: South Dakota
InVEST: Georgia
Breakthrough YAC: Oregon
YAC of the Year: Michigan
State Liaison: Jeremiah Gudding, Nebraska
Young Agent of the Year: Jesse Konold, South Dakota
 

2017
Membership: Virginia, Massachusetts
Community Service: Illinois
Meeting: Alabama
Political Involvement: Kentucky
InVEST: Florida
Breakthrough: N/A
YAC of the Year: Michigan
State Liaison: Rita LaMoreaux, Michigan
Young Agent of the Year: Ryan Teubner, Oklahoma
Hall of Achievement: Illinois

2016
Membership: Illinois
Communcations: Rhode Island
State Committee Project: North Carolina
Meeting: Illinois
Political Involvement: Georgia
InVEST: Georgia
Breakthrough: Texas
YAC of the Year: Michigan
State Liaison: Rachel Romines, Illinois
Young Agent of the Year:  Kelly Hume, Michigan   
Hall of Achievement: Georgia

2015
Membership: Michigan
Communcations: Georgia
State Committee Project: Alabama
Meeting: Indiana
Political Involvement: Michigan
InVEST: Wisconsin
Breakthrough: Wisconsin
YAC of the Year: Florida
State Liaison: Mike Orrick, California
Young Agent of the Year: Lisa Lemanski, Michigan  

2014
Membership: Rhode Island
Communcations: Massachusetts
State Committee Project: North Carolina
Meeting: Maine
Political Involvement: Florida
InVEST: Florida
Beakthrough: Rhode Island
YAC of the Year: Georgia 
State Liaison: Lyra Roberts, Oklahoma
Young Agent of the Year: Kelli Dean, Georgia

2013
Membership: Georgia
Communcations: Georgia
State Committee Project: Arkansas
Meeting: Florida
Political Involvement: North Carolina
InVEST: Maine
Breakthrough: South Dakota
YAC of the Year:Michigan
State Liaison: Melissa Murphy, Massachusetts

2012

Membership: Indiana
Communications: North Carolina
State Committee Project: Florida
Meeting: Arkansas
Political Involvement: IBA West
InVEST: Illinois

Breakthrough: Massachusetts 
YAC of the Year: Georgia
State Liaison: Shannon Churchill, Illinois

2011

Membership: Indiana
Communications: IBA West
State Commitee Project: North Carolina
Meeting: Georgia
Political Involvement: Illinois
Breakthrough: Nevada
YAC of the Year: Michigan
State Liaison: John Carson, Georgia
 

2010

Membership: Illinois
Communications: Indiana
State Commitee Project: Georgia
Meeting: IBA West
Political Involvement: North Carolina
Breakthrough: Idaho
YAC of the Year: Michigan
State Laison: Steve Duff, Indiana
 

2009

Membership: Kentucky
Communications: Illinois
State Commitee Project: Indiana
Meeting: Indiana
Political Involvement: Georgia
YAC of the Year: Michigan
YAC Runner-up: North Carolina (this is the last year this award was presented)
State Liaison: Dan Fulwider, Iowa
 

2008

Membership: Indiana
Communications: Indiana
State Commitee Project: Florida
Meeting: IBA West
Political Involvement: Georgia
YAC of the Year: North Carolina
YAC Runner-up: Michigan
 

2007

Membership: Illinois
Communications: Michigan
State Commitee Project: Minnesota
Meeting: IBA West
Political Involvement: Illinois
YAC of the Year: North Carolina
YAC Runner-up: Alabama
 

2006

Membership: Illinois
Communications: Georgia
State Commitee Project: Maine
Meeting: Michigan
Political Involvement: Kentucky
YAC of the Year: North Carolina
YAC Runner-up: IBA West
 

2005

Membership: Georgia
Communications: Kentucky
State Commitee Project: Indiana
Meeting: IBA West
Political Involvement: Minnesota
YAC of the Year: Illinois
YAC Runner-up: Indiana
 

2004

Membership: New Mexico
Communications: Michigan
State Commitee Project: Georgia
Meeting: IBA West
Political Involvement: Kentucky and North Carolina
YAC of the Year: Illinois
YAC Runner-up: Michigan
 
 

Who's in the running for the Hall of Achievement!

Georgia:
Earned: 2016

Alabama:

Achieved: state committee project, meeting
Needs: membership, political involvement

Arkansas:
Achieved: state committee project, meeting
Needs: membership,  political involvement, InVEST

California:
Achieved: communications, meeting, political inolvement
Needs: membership, community service, InVEST

Florida:
Achieved: state committee project, meeting, political involvement, InVEST
Needs: membership

llinois:
Earned: 2017

Indiana:
Achieved: membership development, communications, state committee project, meeting
Needs: political involvement, InVEST

Kentucky:
Achieved: membership, communications, political involvement
Needs: state committee project, meeting, InVEST

Maine:
Achieved: state committee project, InVEST, meeting
Needs: membership, political involvment

Michigan:
Achieved: communications, meeting, political involvement, membership
Needs: community service, InVEST

Minnesota:
Achieved: state committee project, political involvement
Needs: membership,  meeting, InVEST

New Mexico:
Achieved: membership
Needs:  state committee project, meeting, political involvement, InVEST

North Carolina:
Achieved: communications, state committee project, political involvement
Needs: membership, meeting, InVEST

Rhode Island
Achieved: membership
Needs:  community service, meeting, political involvement, InVEST

Wisconsin
Achieved: InVEST
Needs: membership, community service, meeting, political involvement

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