Big “I” Markets Extends Product Offerings

June 27, 2002

Big “I” Markets, an online market-access program created by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), is now offering short and long-term event liability insurance that association members in 36 states and the District of Columbia can access.

Gales Creek Insurance Services, Inc. (GCIS), a full-service independent agency based in Portland, Ore. with a branch office in Cambridge, Mass. and an IIABA member, is managing Big “I” Markets’ new event liability insurance program.

Coverage is available for facilities, event planners or private individuals. The program is placed with an “A”-rated insurer, and GCIS provides program rates.

Coverage is available for single and multiple-day events including: festivals, concerts, weddings, trade shows/conventions, political campaigns, private parties, theater/plays, short-term productions, receptions, dances, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, athletic events, parades, golf (hole-in-one) events, festivals and more.

Gales Creek special event liability offers:

• $1 million commercial general liability limits;
• A-rated, admitted insurer;
• Per-event aggregate;
• Facility named as an additional insured;
• Contractual liability afforded;
• Host liquor coverage afforded (not in the business of serving and selling); and
• Third-party property coverage included.

The event liability products will initially be accessible to IIABA members in the District of Columbia and 36 states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Other states will be added later this year.

Agents can secure event liability insurance and other select coverages, research terms and conditions, acquire application data and policy forms, as well as obtain electronic brochures about the products by logging on to Big “I” Markets. Agents should go to to download a Big “I” Markets registration kit.

Registered agents and brokers can login to to select the short and long-term event liability product. For most events, the application is self-rating and a quotation can be obtained in minutes.

In addition, Big “I” Markets is expanding current product access nationwide from existing providers: St. Paul, The Hartford, MIMS International/Philadelphia Insurance Company, Virginia Surety, Rockwood Programs/Gulf Insurance Group, RLI, Anderson & Murison, Selective and Big “I” Eagle Agency/Atlantic Mutual. Products range from real estate errors and omissions policies and crime/fidelity coverage to auto and home warranties, affluent personal lines and a business service package program.

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