Big ‘I’ Markets and The St. Paul Announce National Unveiling of Three Flagship Products

April 11, 2003

Big “I” Markets, an online market-access program developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), has launched a nationwide expansion of three flagship product lines that provide member agents and brokers an opportunity to expand their offerings through a major carrier without volume commitments.

The St. Paul, a founding partner of Big “I” Markets, manages the three product lines previously offered in six states and now available to IIABA members in 39 states.

“This significant expansion in product availability marks the ongoing growth of Big ‘I’ Markets as well as the power of the partnership with The St. Paul,” Paul Buse, president of IIABA’s products and services area—Big “I” Advantage, commented.

The available product lines include St. Paul SelectOneSM for Community Banks; St. Paul 1st ChoiceSM for Real Estate Professionals (errors & omissions insurance); and St. Paul Executive ChoiceSM for Private Companies (includes coverage for director & officers liability, employment practices liability and crime). In addition to an extensive array of coverage options, these portfolios include direct billing to policyholders along with competitive commissions for IIABA agents and brokers.

“Big ‘I’ Markets provides fast and easy access to The St. Paul’s products and makes the submission process easy,” Buse continued. “This winning combination of Big ‘I’ Markets and The St. Paul enables our agents and brokers to compete more effectively in the marketplace.”

The St. Paul’s community bank product line provides business insurance coverages to community banks, savings banks, savings & loans and credit unions. The St. Paul has been insuring community banks since 1890 and is the nationally recognized provider for the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and America’s Community Bankers (ACB). The SelectOne portfolio can be tailored to the specific needs of each community bank and credit union.

The St. Paul’s real estate E&O protection has been a rock on which many real estate agents have built their insurance foundation since 1956. 1st Choice for Real Estate Professionals provides coverage for myriad risks facing real estate agents, including certain forms of advertising injury, fair housing discrimination and personal injury.

The Executive Choice product line can round out an agency’s inventory of protection and provides access to a profitable niche market.

Agents seeking access to these product portfolios must be members of IIABA.

To review underwriting criteria, download sales tools and policy specimens, and submit an online quote request, member agents can log in to the proprietary online system at www.independentagent.com/bigimarkets. Non-IIABA members must submit a Big “I” Markets Registration Kit, which can be downloaded at www.independentagent.com/bigimarkets, to begin quoting business.

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