2018 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR
The Young Agents Committee of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents
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
Michigan earned YAC of the Year for the third year in a row and their long list of accomplishments speak volumes as to why they have been so succssful. To highlight just a few, the group:
2018 OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH YOUNG AGENTS COMMITTEE
- Doubled their InsurPac goal in 2017 and sent seven young agents to the 2018 Big "I" Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.;
- Increased the number of InVEST schools from only nine in 2013 to 48, a 433% increase in just five short years;
- Raised more than $11,000 for PLEA (Professional Law Enforcement Association) to help support K9 units throughout the state; and
- Raised more than $34,000 at their annual Young Agents Golf Outing, funds that go towards student scholarships, internships, and field trips.
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Oregon
In recognition of the outstanding efforts of a state Young Agents Committee who has not submitted for an award in the last three years
A concerted effort was made in 2016 to revitalize the Oregon young agents program, and in just a short time, they have increased their state's young agent involvement dramatically. At the 2017 state convention, young agents launched a new YA tradition - a Putting Tournament - that raised more than $10,000 and the committee now plans to host at least 6 events each year. Committed to community involvement, Oregon young agents: held a collection drive for the Children's Book Bank collecting more than $200 and 200 books; collected cloting, blankets, toiletries, and more throughout the year for Rose Haven, a women and children's day shelter; and held other events during the GIVE Movement week for the Oregon Food Bank and Make-a-Wish.
2018 OUTSTANDING POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT AWARD
The Young Agents Council of the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota
For outstanding achievement in promoting young agent participation in the legislative process
South Dakota's young agents have identified political advocacy as the most important service provided by their state and national associations. Twelve young agents attended IIASD Legislative Open House giving these young leaders the opportunity to discuss bills with their legislators and make areal impact on the issues important to their industry. The state also surpassed their goal to increase PAC contributions by 200% and sent 9 young agents to the 2018 Big "I" Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
2018 OUTSTANDING InVEST SUPPORTER AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
For outstanding achievement in promoting young agent involvement in InVEST
Believing that the biggest contribution they can make is to give back to the industry by educating the next genration about what an independent agency can offer, InVEST has been a focal point for the Georgia young agents for many years. In 2018, they raised $3,500 for the InVEST scholarship program through their Wine Toss, opened new high school programs with an incredible 33% increase in south Georgia programs, and had four events throughout the year for students in the University of Georgia's Risk Management and Insurance program.
2018 OUTSTANDING MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents
For excellent achievement in recruiting and maintaining young agents participation in association activities
Kansas young agents feel the biggest challenge facing the industry is perpetuation and that recruitment, retention, and mentorship are the only answers to this ongoing challenge. As such, young agents are now involved in their state association's membership recruitment process. They visit potential agent and company members, present at each education class giving attendees a chance to learn who the young agents are and what they're doing, and host monthly conference call to keep everyone engaged throughout the year.
2018 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Young Agents Council of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents
For outstanding achievement in a state committee project that benefits the community, the insurance industry, and/or the independent agency system
The Florida young agents were involved in numerous community service projects throughout the year. Folds of Honor, a charity helping to provide scholarships to family members who have lost a loved one during military service, is supported through a golf tournament held at the state's annual convention each year and a putt-putt golf tournament which raised more than $3,900 through company sponsorships and raffle donations. The group also incorporated a PB&J drive into the event collecting a jar of peanut butter and jelly as the cost of admission and were able to donate more than 500 jars to support the needs of homeless students in Brevard public schools.
2018 OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGENTS MEETING AWARD
The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.
For excellence in providing and promoting an annual young agents meeting
North Carolina launched a Young Agents Development Conference in 2016, and in 2017 hosted 74 agents, 45 company reps (with a waiting list!), and 21 RMI students - a 19% increase from 2016. The event is designed to help young agents build successful careers and offers tangible takeaways on key topics like sales, marketing, and leadership.
2018 YOUNG AGENTS STATE LIAISON OF THE YEAR
Jeremiah Gudding, Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
In recognition of a state liaison who has provided outstanding support and leadership to their state Young Agents program.
Jeremiah worked in conjunction with the state YAC chairperson to identify, engage, and lead young agents from across the state by dividing the state into four regions with a chapter leader in each region. The state's NExtgen group hosted 7 events during the past year, and due in large part to Jeremiah's marketing efforts, attendance has increased dramatically at these events. A third of all attendees at the state's annual winter conference are now young agents.
2018 YOUNG AGENT OF THE YEAR
Jesse Konold, Key Insurance, Inc., Mobridge, South Dakota
In recognition of a young agent who provides exemplary service to their association, community, and the industry.
Jesse exemplifies what it means to be a young agent leader. His leadership and involvement helped reignite the state's young agents program and his commitment to InsurPac resulted in a 200% increase in young agent contributions in 2017. He also was instrumental in earning South Dakota it's first ever Eagle Award and was instrumental in helping to develop InsurPac mobile and texting contribution options now being used by many states.