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  • DRONES WEBINAR TAKES FLIGHT JUNE 22nd – Learn about insurance issues involving drones May 31, 2016
    Drones AKA Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Presented by John Eubank, CPCU, ARM and Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET One of the fastest evolving insurance issues in recent years involves drones. From a non-issue to the presence of millions of hobby and commercial drones, this exposure has taken … Continue reading →
  • New Resource Area Now Available in the Virtual University May 25, 2016
    Earlier this year, the Big I board approved development of a new area in the Big IVirtual University (VU) to provide members with information about finding, hiring and developing new talent for their agencies. This area is now live in the VU and will continue to expand as we curate more resources. We invite you … Continue reading →
  • How to be A Superhero for Personal Lines Clients May 25, 2016
    Most of your personal lines clients don’t need you to be faster than a speeding bullet or to leap tall buildings in a single bound. However, they do need smart insurance protection, and there’s one area in which they are particularly vulnerable: JEWELRY. If you’re protecting your clients’ jewelry collections with their HO/renters insurance policies, … Contin […]
  • Close More Sales with MiddleOak Coverage Checklists May 25, 2016
    Getting clients to think about comparing things other than coverage limits and price is difficult. Even when it seems like they are taking everything into account, you often are not sure that they even “get it.” Since making the intangible tangible is what we do all the time, we offer two checklists to help your … Continue reading →
  • Turning Your Retirement Questions Into Answers May 12, 2016
    Having trouble deciding which retirement plan is right for you or your agency? Big “I” Retirement Services is here to help you choose which plan best meets your circumstances. We’ve worked with more than 1,000 agencies to help them achieve their retirement goals.   IIABA Support   With over 25 years in the retirement business, … Continue reading → […]
  • 3 Ways to Compensate Personal Lines Producers May 6, 2016
    Contributed Article by Jacquelyn Connelly, Senior Editor of IA Magazine. If you’re like most independent agencies, you’ve got commercial lines producer compensation down to a science. But chances are you can’t say the same about personal lines. Al Diamond, president of Agency Consulting Group, Inc., works with myriad agencies on the issue of personal lines … […]
  • How to Build a Relationship with an Online Buyer Through April 19, 2016
    Category: Trusted Choice® ​ goo·gle – /’goog(Ə)l/ verb – google; 3rd person present: googles; past tense: googled; past participle: googled; gerund or present participle: googling search for information about (someone or something) on the Internet using the search engine Google. “I recently googled my 7th grade teacher and found his current e-mail address”   […]
  • Big “I” Markets – An Inside Look at April 2015 NFIP Changes March 11, 2015
    By Cassie Masone – Selective Insurance Company, Vice President of Flood Operations Selective Flood Releases Bulletin on HFIAA Changes The tides are changing. Due to increasing catastrophic events and resultant rising expenses, Congress has passed numerous updates to help stabilize the National Flood Insurance Program over the last several years, including re […]
  • Big “I” Markets – Webinars February 25, 2015
    Competing with Direct Sales & Captive Agency Insurers in Personal (and Commercial) Lines March 25, 2015; 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time $79 – Click here to register. Are you tired of all the insurance commercials that shout “Price! Price! Price!”? Are you sick of the silly claim that someone’s exposures to loss can be … Continue reading →
  • Big “I” Markets – Hot and Cold HomeScanSM February 25, 2015
    The sound of water running all the time or a sudden increase in the water bill can indicate a plumbing leak. Signs of mold or mildew smell in an area that doesn’t get wet, spongy floors or walls, a sagging roof or cracked foundations can be plumbing or exterior water getting in where it’s not … Continue reading →
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Attend the Big “I” Legislative Conference, April 17-19, in Washington, D.C.

Attend a one-of-a-kind legislative event for the independent agency system and educate members of Congress on issues important to you and your clients. The 2013 Big “I” Legislative Conference will be held April 17-19 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

The event will include an in-depth issues briefing, legislative breakfast with high-profile Congressional speakers, a general session and networking opportunities.

Sign up by Feb. 28 to save 10% on the registration cost.

It will also feature a panel with political analysts Dana Perino and Juan Williams. The session will be moderated by  Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO:

Dana Perino is a FOX political commentator and co-host of FOX’s “The Five.” She served as White House press secretary during the administration of President George W. Bush from 2007-2009. She was only the second female White House press secretary and the first female Republican to serve in that role. Currently, Perino is also president of the strategic communications firm, Dana Perino and Company and editorial director of Crown Forum (an imprint of Crown Publishing Group). Perino is an active philanthropist and founded Minute Mentoring, an organization focused on providing professional guidance to young women starting their careers. Her distinguished career includes working on Capitol Hill and as a journalist.

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Juan Williams is a political analyst for FOX News and a regular panelist on FOX News Sunday and the weekday political newscast “Special Report with Bret Baier.” He previously hosted NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and was instrumental in increasing the ratings for the radio network’s political coverage during his more than 10 year career at NPR. Williams’s distinguished career also included 23 years as a Washington Post political columnist and national correspondent. He has received numerous awards for his writing and investigative journalism including an Emmy Award. He has also authored seven books including his latest, “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.”

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In addition to the political panel, attendees can also hear from Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) at the Young Agents & InsurPac Luncheon

Rep. Vargas is part of the freshman class for the 113th Congress. Prior to being elected to the House, Vargas served in the San Diego City Council, California State Assembly and the California State Senate. He also worked for two major insurance carriers.

Vargas earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of San Diego, a master’s degree at Fordham University in New York and a law degree at Harvard Law School.

Visit for the latest details on conference speakers and for information on scholarships offered by the national Young Agents Committee and InsurPac.

Andrew McElhannon is the Member Services Coordinator for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, and can be contacted at: or b y phone at 770-458-0093, x.110, or 800-878-6487.

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