Author Archives: Matt Smith, Communications

Become a Best Practices Agency

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Since 1993, IIABA’s Best Practices Study has examined top-performing agencies across the country.  For these agencies, inclusion provides the prestigious status of “Best Practices Agency” and opens the doors to many benefits. ​The purpose of the research is to compile the operating … Continue reading

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Joe Vincent Management Seminar Preview: The Risk & Rewards of the Sharing Economy

Did you know that a car rental agency is the original form of car sharing? Are you familiar with the 3 periods of TNCs? What do AirBnB and VRBO have in common? If a sharing economy risk contacted you for … Continue reading

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BCH Profiled in Independent Agent Magazine

IIAT member agency Brady, Chapman, Holland & Assocs. is featured in the latest issue of Independent Agent magazine. IIAT Chair Jeff Brady, president and CEO of BCH, spoke about the importance of benchmarking to gain valuable insights into how to … Continue reading

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Tips for Navigating M&A Hazards

“Don’t ‘ready, fire, aim.’” That was one of the tips from Matthew Davis, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions claims manager, when he served as a panelist during the recent Big “I” Agency Risk Management Essentials webinar, Navigating the Hazards of Buying, … Continue reading

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Get Your Copy of the 2018 Future One Agency Universe Study

The findings of the 2018 Future One Agency Universe Study were released this week, and the state of the independent agency system remains strong and healthy! The number of independent agencies in the U.S. stands at 36,500—a slight decline since … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Creating Internal Revenue for Your Agency

In a recent article for Independent Agent, InsurBanc’s Robert Pettinicchi discusses misconceptions about perpetuation and the benefits of investing in your own agency. He writes that owners can realize greater value over time by retaining and investing in their own firm. … Continue reading

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Message from FEMA on the Coastal Barrier Resources System:

Beginning in late 2018, Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) boundaries will no longer be depicted on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are working … Continue reading

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Learn Sales Secrets to Shift Your Production into Overdrive

If you want to be a more aggressive and productive producer you should hire a sales coach. IIAT has partnered with Chuck Bauer to make investing in a sales coach affordable. Chuck has helped well over 50 C-Level executives, hundreds … Continue reading

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Ethics for Agents and Other InfoCentral CE Webcasts Coming Soon — Register Now

Each month IIAT’s Jim Gavin presents two 1-hour webcasts covering personal lines and commercial lines issues. Register for the next IIAT InfoCentral CE webcasts. Each hour-long webcast costs $25 for members and is approved for 1 CE credit. Ethics for … Continue reading

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Register for Big “I” Legislative Day

On Tuesday, January 29, the final day of the Joe Vincent Management Seminar, IIAT members are invited to join IIAT’s Governmental Affairs Team for Big “I” Legislative Day Following the final session of the Joe Vincent Management Seminar, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, … Continue reading

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