June 29, 2018
IIAN Board Sets Strategic Priorities For Next Three Years
Every summer IIAN's Board of Directors meets to focus on strategic priorities and plan for the future. This year's meeting was held at the Graduate hotel in Lincoln, chaired by  IIAN President Greg Zimmer,  and facilitated by association management consultant Dick Poppa with RAPt Consulting.  Board members and staff met over two days - June 21-22 - and refreshed IIAN's Mission and Vision statements, and also established two new strategic directions to help member agencies succeed and stay relevant:  to provide digital business solutions, and to engage more deeply and discover what members really want and need.  Also, IIAN will continue to focus on two programs initiated last year:  a new statewide program to help young agents grow and succeed, and the Talent Network program to help member agencies connect with graduating college students across the state, in partnership with the IIAN Foundation. 
IIAN leaders took a break during the two-day Board planning retreat in Lincoln for a private tour of Memorial Stadium and facilities for athletes - including an inside look at the Tunnel Walk renovations!   IIAN's new future Vision Statement:
"Independent agencies protect the vast majority of insurance consumers in Nebraska"

Interested In Serving On IIAN's Board of Directors?

Each summer IIAN's Nominating committee meets to review candidates for election to the IIAN Board of Directors.  The election happens during the Annual Member Meeting at IIAN's Annual Convention each year - this year it's on October 11 at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.
     If you would like to be considered, or recommend an IIAN member you know, please contact IIAN Nominating Committee chairman Krae Dutoit  (kraed@gtainsures.com) or CEO Carol McClelland  ( carol.mcclelland@biginebraska.org). by August 1.  Also serving on the Nominating Committee are:  Greg Zimmer, Sandra Ryks, Joanie Bogers , and Deb Schilz.

IIAN Wins National Excellence in Education Award
Long-Time Education Staffer Moves On
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has announced that IIAN has earned a Diamond Level Excellence in Insurance Education Award this year - for the 6th year!     
Nancy Robeson,  IIAN's Director of Operations for the last 12 years, manages all of IIAN's education programs.   Robeson will be leaving the IIAN staff as of July 27, 2018, to pursue an opportunity with another Nebraska non-profit.  "Nancy has contributed greatly to IIAN's successful education programs and operations," comments IIAN CEO Carol McCleland, CAE.  "We wish her the very best with her new career move."  

Online - July 16-27, 2018 - 50% IIAN Member Discount

If you are thinking about getting your first agency management system, or considering replacing the one you are currently using, then you should attend Steve Anderson's  Agency Management System Selection Summit, July 16-27.  This on-line summit is the first of its kind and IIAN members are getting a  25% discount . As an added incentive, IIAN is matching the discount for a total of  50% off the non-member pricing . Just use the promo code  AMS25  at Checkout.   Click here to register.
  Developed by Steve Anderson, an acknowledged expert on agency management systems, the Summit consists of about twenty 90-minute webinars, each featuring a different system management system platform handpicked by Steve to be involved.  Two (2) vendor demonstrations will be held per day, and recordings will be available for nine (9) months.
Click here for more information.  Free assessment - are you ready for a new system?
Senate Passes Farm Bill That Protects Crop Insurance
Bill Also Seeks To Extend National Flood Insurance Program Through 2018
On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed S. 3042, the "Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018," by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) by a vote of 86 to 11. The bill included a wide range of provisions that impact farmers, the rural economy, and food and nutrition programs. The bill also includes an important provision to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the end of 2018.  The NFIP is currently scheduled to lapse at the end of July.
Over the past few days, Big "I" members across the country - including Nebraska - mounted a massive grassroots campaign targeting key Senators.
    "The Big 'I' applauds the Senate for passage of a bipartisan Farm Bill that does not include cuts to the crop insurance program", says Charles Symington, Big "I "  senior vice president of external, industry and government affairs.  "The Big 'I' supports a strong crop insurance program and opposed two amendments to the Farm Bill that would have increased the cost of crop insurance for farmers"    
   "The Big 'I' looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to ensure that the NFIP does not lapse and to get a Farm Bill that recognizes the tremendous value of crop insurance to the President's desk,"  says Jennifer Webb, Big "I" counsel, federal government affairs. 

Insurance Industry Face-Off:  Millennials 5, Veterans 0
What are the implications, from a job performance standpoint, of hiring relatively inexperienced millennials in the industry? Do they measure up at all to industry veterans? Well, it depends on the individual.  Read how a Florida State risk management program student recently beat out industry veterans on five sticky coverage questions!  Rest of the story . . .

Source:  P&C Insurance Commentary

Don't Dismiss Inexperienced Candidates
When hiring for a job opening, companies (and agencies) often make the mistake of overlooking inexperienced candidates. This blind spot is based on the assumption that just because a candidate does not have experience, the individual is not capable of completing the tasks and assignments for a particular role. So, a more experienced candidate is hired .  
  However, many companies discover after the fact that hiring the most experienced candidate was not the best decision. This problem is compounded by overlooking a candidate who lacked experience but may have been the best fit for a particular role.

Interested in connecting with Nebraska college graduates?
Contact Kelli Backman, IIAN Talent Network Director - 402-476-2951, kelli.backman@biginebraska.org

Announcing New Cutting-Edge Cyber Insurance Market For Big "I" Members
IIAN is pleased to announce that the Big "I" has partnered with  Coalition , the leading technology-enabled cyber insurance solution, to offer agents powerful entry to the cyber and technology errors & omissions insurance markets. 
What Makes Coalition Different?
Coalition is the first insurance-enabled technology firm built to help businesses before, during and after a cyber incident. During the online quoting process, the insured's network and web properties undergo an automated risk assessment to identify known issues and potential weaknesses in the insured's security posture. Once coverage is bound, Coalition provides ongoing monitoring for new and emerging threats specific to the information technology used by the insured, adding an extra layer of defense. All policies include this technology-driven approach  - which includes automated alerts, threat intelligence and ongoing policyholder monitoring- along with a dedicated claims and security team should a breach occur. 
     "I was blown away when I first went on Coalition's web site for a quote," comments   Mark Lisko, Insurance Planning Associates, Omaha, who serves as chairman of the IIABA Board that vetted the Coalition program for members nationwide.  "With just a few questions, my client learned where the holes in their defenses were so they could fix them, got a quote, and bound coverage - and helping them also reduced my agency's E&O risk.  I hope members will get set up and give it a try!"  Read more.  Free webinar.  Client declination form.

See  a brief video demonstration on how to access and quote Coalition through Big "I" Markets.
Call or email IIAN if you need help logging in to
Big "I" Markets.  
1-800-377-3985, office@biginebraska.org.

Exhibitor-Sponsor Registration Now Open
To Support The Talent Network
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.  IIAN and t he  Foundation launched this new program in 2017 to help independent agencies and companies connect with upper-level college students, implement internships, and expose students to career opportunities in the independent agency system.    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 - and all the proceeds will go towards the Talent Network and scholarship programs!      See all the tournament details . . . 
Thank You!
Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.

Thanks to all of IIAN's Industry Partners, who stepped up their support in 2018!   
Don't see your company's name on the list?
Click here  to discover the benefits of being an IIAN Industry Partner.   

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951