Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or Big “I”) News

Big “I” Markets Partners with Coalition to Offer Cyber, Tech E&O Coverage

Big “I” Markets, the online market access system available exclusively to Big “I” members, has partnered with Coalition to offer its member agents access to cyber and technology errors & omissions insurance markets. Coalition is an insurance-enabled technology firm built …

Big ‘I’ Agents Promote McPhillips to Lobbying Team

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”) has promoted Jennifer McPhillips to vice president for federal government affairs. McPhillips first joined the Big “I” team in 2006 after working for Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). She has climbed …

New Big ‘I’ Leadership Team with Chairman Houldin Installed

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) last week installed new officers who have begun serving their terms. Connecticut independent agent Spencer Houldin was inaugurated as the new chairman with Vaughn Graham of Oklahoma as chairman-elect …

Americans Put Too Much Faith in Homeowners Insurance

Too few Americans take steps to prepare for disasters and too many assume their home insurance policies will bail them out if one strikes. As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice and the Independent …

Big ‘I’ Agents Honor Wilson with Yates Lifetime Achievement Award

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”) has awarded Bill Wilson with the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor the association bestows on a non-agent, for a lifetime of work in the independent agency system. …

The Price of Price Optimization in Insurance

The use of price optimization in insurance pricing is drawing increased attention and could be the next big industry battle. Or it could not be. Consumer groups and a growing contingent of states are labeling the practice as unfairly discriminatory …

Google Dupes Insurance Buyers: Insurance Agent Executive

Independent insurance agents are accustomed to competition but many are watching with heightened interest the entry of one new competitor in particular, Google Compare. Bill Wilson, director of the Virtual University at the Big “I” (Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers …

Big ‘I’ Recognizes Top Young Agent, States in Political Fundraising

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) this week presented awards to state affiliates and agents that have been the most effective raising money for the agents’ political action committee, InsurPac. This year’s winners of the …

Texas Insurance Wholesalers Wary of Retail Agent Association MGA

In mid-November 2014, Texas’ largest association of independent retail insurance agents took the unprecedented step of acquiring a managing general agency as a way of providing its members greater access to non-admitted commercial insurance markets. In announcing the acquisition, the …