The Ramsden/Sullivan Memorial Award, Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West’s most prestigious award, was presented to James T. Armitage at the 2009 IBA West Annual Meeting & Installation Luncheon in Glendale, Calif. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the highest caliber of service to the American agency system, the insurance industry and the community.
Service is the essence of James T. Armitage, according to IBA West. His career has been one of volunteerism to the industry he serves and in the community he lives. He has served the insurance industry on the local, state and national level through his almost 30 years in the business.
Armitage is vice president of Arroyo Insurance Services Inc. a firm he founded in 1986 and is located in Arcadia, Calif. He began his career in insurance as a commercial casualty underwriter and marketing representative with Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. In 1981 he joined Carr, Beedle, Hastings and Dennis. He earned his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation in 1986, and his Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation in1990.
On a local level, Armitage is former president, secretary-treasurer and director of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Pasadena, Calif. He was the first chairman of the Tri-City “I” Day, now known as the Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and San Fernando “I” Day.
On the state level, Armitage was the first president of the Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West (IBA West) in 1995, the consolidation of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California (IIABC) and the Western Association of Insurance Brokers (WAIB). He is a former board member of the IBA West Insurance Skills Center. Jim served on the IBA West Nominating Committee and is former chairman of the Speakers Bureau and Media Team Key Contact Program. He received the IBA West Media Achievement Award. He was on the IIABC Executive Committee and the Board of Directors and is the former chairman of the IIABA Young Agents Committee.
On the national level, he was a member of the Trusted Choice Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA). He served as IIABA State National Director, representing California. He is a former chairman of the IIABA InVEST Board of Directors and the Young Agents Committee. He also served on the AMS User’s Group Executive Board.
IBA West is the leading producer association in the West for Insurance Brokers and Agents. IBA West represents more than 1,000 firms in California, Washington and Oregon and more than 14,000 insurance professionals. IBA West has more than 100 associate members, members who provide products and services for IBA West members to use and to sell.
In California, IBA West is affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
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