IIAT was recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) with an Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Award at the Big “I” Education Convocation in Chicago, held on Sept. 9. IIAT received a Gold award for its insurance education programs.
“The Big ‘I’ Excellence in Insurance Education awards recognize the outstanding contributions by Big ‘I’ state associations through extraordinary efforts to promote quality insurance education,” says Sue Knobeloch, past chair of the Big “I” Virtual University committee and executive director of Association of Risk Mangers Northwest in Seattle, Washington. “Through a variety of traditional and cutting-edge educational programs, recipients of this award have proven their dedication, passion and commitment to education. We are honored to recognize 29 state associations that have taken on the challenge of providing quality education programs to our member agents.”
The EIE awards celebrate and recognize state associations and staff who have made significant contributions to education for their members and the industry in the key area of class offerings, continuing education (CE), professionalism, designation offerings, industry collaboration, planning goals, marketing, resources and more. Each entrant is scored based on a state’s overall educational offerings in a variety of areas and a short essay detailing its overall education programs.
“The Big ‘I’ greatly appreciates the hard work by our state associations to develop, promote and implement so many outstanding professional education programs,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “These continuing education programs are critical to our independent agents, brokers and the thousands of customers they serve.”