Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA) CEO for Industry and State Relations Jeffrey M. Yates announced yesterday that he is resigning and will be leaving the association this fall to pursue other opportunities and lifelong ambitions.
Yates will leave the Association staff following IIAA’s 105th Annual Convention & InfoXchange, which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Orlando.
“This August I will reach 25 years of service to the Big ‘I’, and I have decided that now is an appropriate time for me to complete my tenure as an IIAA employee,” says Yates of his decision. “The staff management of the association is in excellent hands, and it is time for me to spend much more time with my family and on other interests that I have. “I will continue my current position at the association through the Orlando convention to assist in the transition and to have the opportunity to personally thank the members of the organization, many of whom I consider close friends, for their support and friendship over the last 25 years,” says Yates.
IIAA President William M. Houston, CPCU, ARM, praised Yates for his quarter-century of dedication and service to both the Association and its many members: “Jeff Yates is the personification of IIAA. Through the years, Jeff has been a very important leader and contributor to IIAA’s success. Jeff was instrumental in leading the association to its position as the preeminent agents’ group and an industry leader on issues ranging from automation to company relations to advocacy for agent causes.”
“As an association, we are sad about Jeff’s pending departure and will surely miss him. But he will forever remain a part of the IIAA family,” says Houston. “On behalf of the Executive Committee and the National Board of State Directors, thank you, Jeff, for your many years of invaluable service and the positive impact you’ve had on the independent agency system and the insurance industry. IIAA’s Executive Committee and senior staff have asked Yates to continue working with IIAA on special projects following the convention.
“We have asked Jeff to stay on as a senior advisor after the convention to work on several very important IIAA projects and initiatives. It is my hope that Jeff will accept this challenge, as he has many times for IIAA,” says Equale.
In his announcement, Yates noted that he believes IIAA and its 300,000 members are headed for even more success. “I love this association, its members, and my fellow staff members on both the national and state levels. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished together. Never has this association been stronger. And never have the independent agents of this country been in a better position to thrive in the future,” concluded Yates.
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