August 30, 2017
INDUSTRY NEWS
Help Flooded Agents In Texas - Donate To Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund
Economic loss from the unprecedented flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey is now estimated by risk modelers at as much as $42 billion.   Read more . . .
Latest Harvey update and photos     Source:  PC360
Tens of thousands of structures were flooded - including many independent insurance agencies and their staffs' homes. Financial assistance to Big "I" member agencies, their employees, families, and clients is being offered through the Trusted  Choice®  Disaster   Relief  Fund - and you can help.                                                                                                                                                               Donate Here!

American Family Agents Are Employees Federal Judge Says
A federal judge in Ohio recently issued a ruling that may have a profound effect on carriers that write policies through captive agents.  US District Court Judge Donald Nugent ruled in favor of a class of almost 7,000 American Family agents who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors, when they actually qualified as employees under ERISA.     Read more . . .

Read Big "I" summary of independent contractor classification tests. (For members only - log in with your Big "I" id and password - contact IIAN for assistance.)

Source:  IA Magazine

NAIC's Cybersecurity Model Law Nears Final Adoption
After nearly two years of extensive debate, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is expected to approve a new cybersecurity model law soon.
The developing model law has been a focus of considerable Big "I" advocacy, education, and grassroots attention.  The improved version is considerably more reasonable and less onerous for independent agents - for example, it does not include troubling elements of the cybersecurity regulation enacted in New York regulators earlier this year.   Read more . . .

Source:  IA Magazine
ASSOCIATION NEWS
ne xtgen  - IIAN's Young Agents Gather For YA Day August 25 At Quarry Oaks 
Young agents from across Nebraska gathered on August 25 at Quarry Oaks golf course near Ashland, to learn state-of-the-art digital marketing strategies from nationally-recognized expert Chris Langille, network during lunch, and have some fun with afternoon golf contests and games.  The event was the first of three scheduled this fall by IIAN's new nextgen leaders:  Elliot Bassett, Omaha; Brian Bradley, Lincoln; Doug Brummels, Kearney; Cody Krull, Minden; Zak Morken, Ogallala;and Cole Williams, Norfolk.
Corey Guy, AJ Gallagher, takes aim at Brian Bradley, Covenant Insurance, at YA Day on August 25 - one of several fun golf training exercises!
    
Upcoming nextgen Young Agent events:
  • Free Lunch & Learn September 7 in Lincoln at Venue Restaurant    
  • Sales workshop, lunch, and golf on September 19 at Awarii Dunes golf course between Hastings and Grand Island.  
  • Click here 
    for event details.
 
IIAN Nominating Committee Finalizes Slate
IIAN's Nominating Committee, chaired by IIAN Past President Mike Jones of Omaha, has finalized its slate of candidates for the 2017-18 association year:  President - Greg Zimmer,Lincoln; Vice President - Sandra Ryks, Papillion; Secretary Treasurer - Todd Anderson, York; Director (2 Open Positions) - Adam Backer, Omaha; Elliot Bassett, Omaha; Josh Marshall, Omaha; Tony Purvis, Kearney; Zak Morken, Ogallala; and National Director - Mark Lisko, Omaha.
Officers and Directors will be elected at the annual member meeting on October 12, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, during IIAN's 110th Annual Convention, and by absentee ballot prior to the meeting.

Nominate Someone Deserving An IIAN  Award By Sept 15 
Each year IIAN recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals who have given service and support to the Independent Agency System in Nebraska. This year's awards will be presented during the 110th Annual Convention, October 11-13, at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.
Please take a few minutes to nominate your choices in the following categories: 

Five Star Company of the Year
Company Representative of the Year
Young Agent of the Year
Spirit of Nebraska Award
Trusted Choice® Agency of the Year.
Nominations are due September 15  -
UPCOMING EVENTS
Complete our short survey here -
you could win your registration and 2 hotel 
nights - $525 value!
Register By Sept 13 For Early-Bird Discount!
Click here for online registration, all the details, and link to nextgen Young Agent 
scholarship form.
Reserve your hotel room by September 18!
Call Embassy Suites, 402-474-111

Network & Have Fun
:   Join over 50 exhibitors at the trade fair, golf at 5-star Eagle Hills, meet up at Happy Hour in the Haymarket, and enjoy the "Oktoberfest" Taproom  and Awards dinner!
Learn:   Earn up to 19 CEU's*  - Falling Through The CGL Cracks -D&O/Fiduciary/EPL/Malpractice/Cbyer, Personal Lines Hot Topics - Ride & Home Sharing + Liability Exposures, Becoming A Risk Manager, E&O Loss Control - Policy Analysis & Sales/Retention *approval pending by Nebraska Dept of Insurance
 
PLUS!   Sponsored by ne xtgen - IIAN's Young Agents: Creating the agency of the future - managing for increased sales and outstanding customer service, boosting your online marketing, and strategies for marketing and sales success. 
 
We invite you to join us to raise funds for the new IIAN Talent Network program and the IIAN Foundation's college scholarships for Nebraska students.   Read more . . .
Woodland Hills, located near Eagle, is Nebraska's only 5-star course (Golf Digest). Fun contests and games are planned, along with a great day of golf!    Tournament details
Online registration - Earlybird foursome discount until September 1 - save $50!





The Big "I" has many resources to help you protect your agency's data, cover your agency,  and offer basic cyber coverage to your clients at a very competitive price!   Cyber For Small Business
Click here for IIABA Cyber Resources page.    Click here for information on IIAN's low-cost, high-value cyber liability program for your agency.
Improving Cyber Security In 4 Easy Steps:   Free recorded 1-hour webinar
NEW!  Free Agency Cyber  Guide 101
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