Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America News

Big ‘I’ Advantage Promotes Pierson to Assistant Vice President

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”) Advantage unit has promoted Virginia “Ginny” Blake Pierson to assistant vice president. Pierson will lead the department’s marketing initiative with emphasis on Big “I” state association relationships and the Big …

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Elects Costello to Executive Committee

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) has announced that John Costello has been elected as an at-large executive committee member. In this role, Costello will work to provide general direction and guidance as a member of the IIABA …

New Hampshire’s Minkler Honored With Big ‘I’ Woodworth Memorial Award

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has awarded Tom Minkler with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.

Texas Republican Congressman Named Big ‘I’ Legislator of the Year

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, is the Gerald Solomon-Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Legislator of the Year for 2015, the association reported. Chairman Conaway …

Michigan Agent Named Big ‘I’ Young Agent of the Year

The National Young Agents Committee (YAC) of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) presented the Outstanding Young Agent of the Year award to Lisa Lemanski of the Young Agents Council of the Michigan …

File-Share Firm Citrix Joins Independent Agents’ Technology Council

Citrix is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT). Raleigh, North Carolina-based Citrix offers ShareFile, a file storage, sync and sharing service for businesses. The company says it has …

Compare.com CEO’s Vision for the Future – Right or Wrong

As early as 2016 or 2017 commercial insurance will likely be bought and sold regularly over the Internet. That likely-to-be controversial opinion is courtesy of Compare.com CEO Andrew Rose. As he speaks to a reporter, in one breath Rose doesn’t …

Independent Insurance Agents Defying Doomsayers

According to analysts, technologists, aggregators and others, the independent agency system is in trouble. Somebody forget to tell independent agents. Or more to the point, the doomsayers perhaps didn’t notice that independent agencies have been adapting and getting more into …

Insurance Agents Learn How to Market to People Unlike Themselves

The middle-aged white woman told the audience of mostly older white male businessowners that much of the country and many of their future customers don’t look like them or necessarily share all their values. While whites make up 64 percent …

Big ‘I’ 2013 Best Practices Study Finds Increases in Specializations, Profitability

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) released its 2013 Best Practices Study which found an increase in agencies with specializations, expansion of technology investment and an increase in profitability across most of the …