Ontario, CA, May 15, 2019 – The BIG Independent Group, a leading association of independent agent and brokers, was pleased to bestow its BIGGIE Awards for the 10th year in a row. The 2019 awards, distributed at the association’s annual convention held recently in Ontario, CA, is given to insurance professionals, companies and industry advocates for extraordinary contributions to insurance producers and the business as a whole.
Nominees and winners are selected through a poll of BIG members and associates. This year, an email survey was sent to 4,721 contacts in California, 3,486 of those were independent agency owners. Over 600 surveys were returned, and the top five from each category were selected for the poll. A list of nominees was sent to over 6,000 contacts and, generated over 6,000 votes.
“BIG is honored to spearhead these efforts to recognize the dedication of these outstanding individuals and companies. They are instrumental in pushing the insurance industry forward and contribute to the success of producers, here in California and across the country,” commented BIG Founder Jon Spaugy. “The BIGGIE Awards are just our way of saying thanks.”
Here are the nominees and winners of the 2019 BIGGIE Awards:
Standard Marketing Representative of the Year – Nancy Orozco – Kemper/Alliance United
Nominees: Anna Harris – Progressive, Johana Alvarez– Kemper Specialty California, Itzel Greenheck- Kemper/Alliance United, Nancy Orozco – Kemper/Alliance United, Cesar Romero — Kemper Specialty California.
Standard Agency of the Year – City Best Insurance
Nominees: Strong Tie Insurance, Academy Insurance, Southern State Insurance, Diamante Insurance, City Best Insurance.
Standard Carrier of the Year – Kemper/Alliance United
Nominees: Kemper/Alliance United, National General, Kemper/Infinity, Workmen’s Auto, Kemper Speciaty California
Preferred Marketing Representative of the Year – Missy Alizadeh – Mapfre
Nominees: Dan Tencate – Mercury, Paula Weiss – Mercury, Jeff Hahn – Safeco, Blane Bardsley – Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, Missy Alizadeh – Mapfre.
Preferred Insurance Broker of the Year – AIS Auto Insurance Specialists
Nominees: Beach & O’Neil Insurance, Key City Insurance, J.B. Wright Insurance,, Pauma Valley Insurance, AIS Auto Insurance Specialists.
Preferred Carrier of the Year – Mercury
Nominees: Progressive, Safeco, Mapfre, Travelers, Safeco.
MGA of the Year – Builders and Tradesmen’s Insurance Services
Nominees: Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, RIC, Richmont General Insurance Services, Tapco Underwriters, Builders and Tradesmen’s Insurance Services.
Vendor of the Year – Record Guardian
Nominees: EZ Lynx, AVRS, Staff Boomt, LightSpeed Voioce, Record Guardian
Technology Company of The Year – Hawksoft Inc
Nominees: Record Guardian, EZ Lynx, Hawksoft, Applied Systems, ITC
Premium Finance Company of the Year – Cypress Premium Finance
Nominees: IPFS, Capital Premium Finance, GAAC, Cypress Premium Finance, Top Premium Finance.
2019 BIG Legend Award – Barni Strausbaum
2019 BIG10X Sales Person of The Year – Andrew Rodriguez
2019 BIG VIP Award – Mario Luna Agency Doctor
2019 BIG VIP Award – Carlos Basurto
2019 BIG VIP Award – Vira Egli
“I would like to point out that, in many categories, the margin for winning was razor-thin,” said Adam Meyerson, a longtime BIG leader and emcee of the awards presentations. “Our industry has a great deal of talent associated with it, and our BIGGIE awards are just our small way of recognizing that.”
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