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IIAT Joins Independent Insurance Agents in Victoria and Rockport to Extend Financial Support to Harvey Impacted Communities

In an effort to provide financial relief to two of the communities greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a group of ambassadors from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) recently joined local independent insurance agents in Victoria and Rockport to … Continue reading

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Big “I” 2017 Best Practices Study Update Now Available

Best Practices agencies understand how important it is to work on their business—not just in it. The newly released 2017 Best Practices Study Update can provide insight you can use to more effectively understand your agency’s value and the opportunities you may … Continue reading

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TWIA Stays in the Coastal Bend as Community Recovers

TWIA announced last week that it is staying in the Coastal Bend area for as long as needed to provide support to its policyholders as they begin to rebuild. TWIA will transition its three Mobile Claims Centers from emergency relief … Continue reading

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Gov. Abbott appoints Kent Sullivan as Commissioner of Insurance

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the appointment of Kent Sullivan to the position of Texas Commissioner of Insurance. The appointment is for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. Commissioner Sullivan most recently held the position of Partner at the Jackson … Continue reading

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Harvey Recovery Stories: Hotchkiss Helps Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Following catastrophes like Hurricane Harvey, when people need help getting back on their feet, is when independent agents in the IIAT family really show their value and compassion. Staff and family from Hotchkiss Insurance Agency in Carrollton is one IIAT member agency … Continue reading

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Jimmy Johnson to Speak at Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Benefit Dinner

Former NFL coach and current Fox News analyst, Jimmy Johnson, will be the special guest at the 6th Anniversary IICF Southeast Benefit Dinner. This special event will take place on February 1, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas. This … Continue reading

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Insurance Council of Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Insured Losses at $19 Billion

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) has placed the insured losses from Hurricane Harvey at $19 billion. On August 25, Harvey came ashore, as a category 3 hurricane with 130-mile-per hour winds, just east of Corpus Christi in the Rockport/Port … Continue reading

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Big “I” Installs New Leadership Team

Last weekend, the Big “I” installed Vaughn Graham as its new chairman, Joe Leahy as chairman-elect and Jon Jensen as vice chairman. The Big “I” National Board of Directors also elected Mike McBride of Mason McBride in Troy, Michigan as … Continue reading

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Gov. Abbott Approves Suspension of Certain Licensing Requirements and Fees

On September 6, 2017, Governor Abbott, in accordance with § 418.016 of the Government Code, approved suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees in order to allow all Texas‑licensed insurance agents and adjusters who are subject to the provisions listed … Continue reading

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Big “I” Partners with J.D. Power to Survey Members on Carrier Satisfaction

The Big “I” and J.D. Power is conducting a research study to better understand agents’ experiences and satisfaction with their insurer partners. All licensed IIAT-member agents are invited to participate. Your feedback will only be used for research purposes—no one … Continue reading

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