Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America News

What to Know About NARAB or National Producer Licensing: Bissett of Big ‘I’

If and when the federal government resumes operations, a multistate producer licensing reform bill long pushed by the country’s insurance agent lobby could be among the few bipartisan pieces of business Congress tackles and actually passes. The National Association of …

New Hampshire’s Minkler New Chairman of Big ‘I’

New Hampshire independent agent Thomas J. Minkler has been inaugurated as the new chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), with David Walker as chairman-elect, Randy Lanoix as vice chairman and Joseph …

Burns and Wilcox Is First National Wholesaler to Join Trusted Choice

Michigan-based property/casualty insurance wholesaler, Burns and Wilcox, is the newest member of the Trusted Choice consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America announced. Burns & Wilcox, headquartered in Farmington Hills, …

Insurance Agents and the 2012 Election: Interview with Big I CEO Rusbuldt

When it comes to the 2012 presidential election, insurance agents have, as industry insiders like to say, “skin in the game.” In addition to being concerned with how the overall economy will perform under either a re-elected President Barack Obama …

Independent Agencies Continue Growing in Number, Revenues: Study

The number of independent insurance agencies has increased, newer agencies are growing and the system as a whole is dynamic, according to the 2012 Agency Universe Study. The study also documents that independent agencies appear to be increasingly using social …

Agents Cite Advance in Fight Against Medical Loss Ratio

A House subcommittee has advanced a bill that would exclude agency commissions from the formula that limits how much health insurers can spend on administrative and other non-medical costs. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee …

Big ‘I’ Chairman Donohoe Extols Association’s Value in Fast-Changing Times

Speaking at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) conference, IIABA Chairman Mike Donohoe said the association is an indispensable partner and guide for independent agents in a rapidly changing world. “The association has always been there for …

1,000 Independent Agents Lobbying Lawmakers in Washington

More than 1,000 independent agents from around the country will be visiting Capitol Hill offices in Washington, D.C., today to lobby members of the House, Senate and their staffs. Called “The Big ‘I’ Day on Capitol Hill,” this annual pilgrimage …

Independent Agencies Showing Signs of Recovery, Says Big ‘I’ Study

Things are looking better for the nation’s property/casualty independent insurance agencies. Organic growth for these agencies improved somewhat last year and their profitability held constant across most of the six revenue groups studied by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers …

Big ‘I’ Promotes McPhillips to Senior Lobbyist Role

Jennifer McPhillips has been promoted to senior director of federal government affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) and will serve as one of the association’s Democrat lobbyists on the group’s bipartisan Capitol Hill …