Indian Wells, CA, January 23, 2017- Be sure to mark May 4th – 7th on your new 2017 calendars and start making plans to head out to Indian Wells, CA for the 2017 BIG Convention! Along with sultry desert nights, you will enjoy the best trade show, professional development and networking events in the insurance industry!
Who: All Insurance Professionals looking to improve their businesses
What: BIG’s “BIG 80’s” Convention
Where: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells, CA
When: May 4-7, 2017
Charity Golf Tournament
Start your 2017 Convention experience helping two worthwhile causes – The Aktion Club and the Pomona Valley Workshop. For several years, BIG has raised thousands of dollars in contributions for these charities through our annual Golf Tournament. Put together a foursome with your favorite business partners and enjoy playing at one of the country’s top golf courses at Indian Wells. The tournament will take place on Thursday, May 4th. Tee times go quickly so be sure to reserve yours soon.
Aktion Clubs, sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs, draw members from the community to support individuals with disabilities. The Pomona Valley Workshop is a leader in service delivery to adults with developmental disabilities, as well as a premier provider of assembly sub-contracting, vocational training, employment preparation and placement services.
Insurance Executive Panel
Instead of reading about the latest insurance industry news, why not hear it from those making the news? A new feature of the BIG Convention is our Executive Panel. Comprised of top leaders from leading carriers, this roundtable will give attendees a “board room perspective” on today’s issues as well as upcoming trends. A Q&A session will pose questions from audience members and provide frank, unscripted answers from people who know.
Two-Day Trade Show
What has become the crown jewel for the BIG Convention, the Trade Show draws to companies and service providers looking to begin successful business relationships as well as maintain them. BIG limits the number of exhibit spaces available for the two full days of the Trade Show, so vendors able to secure a booth are exceptionally motivated and are looking for insurance producers who are the same. Check out the latest products and innovations available for growing your business. There are plenty of tools for business success available to you. Come to the Trade Show on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th and see for yourself. Doors open and 12pm both days and stay that way until 5pm.
Anyone looking for seminars about new markets or just need a refresher course on insurance basics will definitely find something they like at the BIG Convention Education Day. While the full scheduled has yet to be finalized, past course offerings have included Earthquake (CEA) Insurance. Marketing to the Latino Community, Basics of Personal Lines, Promoting Your Agency, Developing a Diverse Product Portfolio, Employee Management and Training, and Developing (and Keeping) Customers. Education Day is scheduled for Friday, May 5th from 9am to 5pm. Don’t forget to bring a notebook and a pen.
Remember that your education opportunities do not end on Friday. The Luncheon on Saturday has historically been host to a keynote speaker from within the insurance industry, as well as top marketing gurus, business consultants and others with years of experience helping insurance professionals of all stripes. Convention favorite Jon Heim, attorney at law, will be providing his usual informative Legal Update during a continental breakfast on Sunday morning.
“It is hard to believe we are celebrating our 8th annual BIG convention and have decided to riff on the theme with ‘BIG 80’s,'” said BIG CEO Jon Spaugy. “The Convention Committee is looking forward to bringing the industry together with a combination of education, entertainment, and networking.”
Networking/ Social Opportunities
Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and friends throughout the convention. Friday night will kick of the entertainment portion of the weekend with the annual Hospitality Party. In the past there have been belly dancers, sword swallowers, fire dancers, Elvis impersonators, and much more. You’ll need to come and see for yourself how much more over the top things can get. On Saturday afternoon, the Keynote Luncheon allows attendees to relax and connect with old and new friends over a nice lunch and informative speaker presentation. Sunday morning’s Legislative Update provides the opportunity to have a cup of coffee and say your final goodbyes until next year.
Of course, the BIG event is the BIGGIE Awards presentations and BIG 80’s Party. Come and congratulate the top companies, representatives, producers, and other industry leaders as they are deservedly recognized with BIG’s top honor. Then get ready to break out your finest Izod polo shirts and Topsiders (or Def Leppard tour shirt and Chuck Taylors), jump in your Delorean head back to the 80’s. Remember this party is limited to those registering prior to April 1st.
“We are pleased to be able to keep convention cost at $80 per person for early bird registrations,” said Spaugy. “The all event pass includes all convention and hospitality events, as well as the two-day trade show. to the convention and tradeshow and access to hospitality events.” Spaugy warned that the price for the pass will increase to $200 for those registering after April 1st.
For more information on attending the Convention, or for sponsorship and other marketing opportunities, visit BIG’s website at www.BigInsUSA.com.
BIG Independent Group
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