The Hill, a leading political newspaper, has named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
The Hill piece noted the Big “I” was “a force to be reckoned with” as it battled for a wide array of flood insurance legislation in 2017, including a long-term extension of the NFIP.
“Recognition from a leading political newspaper highlights the strength of our government affairs team,” says Vaughn Graham, Big “I” chairman and president of Rich & Cartmill, Inc., headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Thanks to the hard work of president & CEO Bob Rusbuldt, Charles Symington and the entire government affairs staff, the Big ‘I’ is consistently named one of the most influential associations in the country.”
Congressional leaders regularly tap the Big “I” federal government affairs team for its political acumen. The team regularly sits on congressional steering committees, raises campaign dollars, hosts political events and strategizes to help members of Congress better serve their constituents and advance top issues. A vital component of the association’s advocacy efforts is InsurPac, the Big “I” political action committee. It routinely raises well over $2 million each election cycle and disburses that money across the aisle to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives campaigns that are supportive of the independent agency system.
“The Big ‘I’ government affairs staff stood out as the only group listed that represents insurance agents and brokers,” says Angela Ripley, Big “I” government affairs committee chairman and president VW Brown Insurance Service in Columbia, Maryland. “We’re fortunate to have such a well-respected team representing the agent and broker community on Capitol Hill.”