August 22, 2019
"Where Our Paths Meet" In Kearney, October 9-11
112th Annual Convention Features Many Learning Choices, Networking & Fun
IIAN's Annual Convention Committee - chaired by Doug Brummels, Affiliated Brokers, Kearney - is excited to bring you our 112th Annual Convention, at the Younes Center in Kearney, October 9-11!
"Where Our Paths Meet" is all about bringing Big "I" members together from all across Nebraska - and giving you a wide variety of professional development, learning, and networking opportunities, to make the most of your time in Kearney.
  • Learn from over a dozen industry experts presenting 14 learning sessions, earn
    • CISR Advanced Learning Seminar - open to all attendees
    • Personal Lines Claims Scenarios & Commercial Lines "Issues With Answers" 
    • Hot Topics Mini-Sessions - Data Security, Uninsured Independent Contractors, Flood Insurance, Claims Litigation, Wildfires, Cyber Risk Management 
    • E&O Risk Management - approved for up to 6 Ethics CEUs
    • Technology & HR Solutions for your agency - Digital Marketing Playbook, Integrating InsurTech Into Your Workflow, Big "I" Hires - Your HR Solution
  • Network with 60 exhibitors and 200 fellow insurance professionals at the Trade Fair and Awards Dinner
  • Laugh and be inspired by award-winning funny performance artist Sam Glenn
  • Enjoy golf with industry friends at the links-style Awarii  Dunes course
  • Register by September 16 for Early Bird Discount
  • Special pricing and scholarships available for nextgen young professionals

Keynote Speaker - Sam Glenn

"Attitude Changes Everything"

You don't want to miss the very funny and talented 

Sam Glenn.  After losing his business due to a devastating fire, Sam went from working nights delivering newspapers - negative, depressed, sleeping on the floor and barely getting by- to discovering new purpose, happiness and humor, and achieving dreams he once thought impossible.  He'll inspire you with his message and amaze you with his artistic performance!


Complete convention and registration information


Kraft Is IIAN's New Marketing Director
Kevin Kraft, CPCU, has joined the IIAN staff as the association's Marketing Director.  Kraft, a Nebraska native and UNL graduate, brings experience as a former underwriter and marketing representative for Ringwalt & Liesche, in Omaha and Denver, to IIAN.  Kraft takes over the position from 
Jeremiah Gudding, CIC,   who served as IIAN's Marketing Director for four years, and continues working with IIAN CEO Carol McClelland, CAE as a consultant on several IIAN Board priorities.
   "I know Kevin's experience, energy and fresh perspective will serve IIAN members' needs very well," commented McClelland.  "And it's great that we can continue to draw on Jeremiah's considerable knowledge, and experience helping independent agencies with their businesses."  

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska

IIAN Wins National Excellence In Education Award
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 7th year in a row!
Cameron Iwan,  IIAN's Director of Operations, manages all of IIAN's education programs along with Program Coordinator Judy McIntire.  Cameron
will be presented with the award at the Big "I" Fall Leadership Conference in Georgia in September. 

Dilley Is IIAN Marketing Assistant
Moriah Dilley has transitioned from her position as IIAN's communications intern to  the association's full-time Marketing Assistant, following her graduation from Doane College.  In her new position, Dilley continues her work with IIAN's digital communications and social media, as well as supporting IIAN's Talent Network program to promote the independent agency system to college administrators and students.

Three Nebraska Big "I" Members Reappointed  to IIABA Posts
Three IIAN members have been reappointed to serve on national committees and boards by 
IIABA Chairman-Elect Jon Jensen, effective September 1, 2019. 
Todd Anderson  of York will continue to represent Nebraska on the IIABA Crop Insurance Task Force.
Bob Hoppe of Columbus will serve for an almost unprecedented fourth year in a row on the national InsurPac Board.
Mark Lisko  of Omaha will serve on two of IIABA's for-profit Boards - Big "I" Advantage, and as the Chairman of Agency Administrative Services , Inc. for the second year, as well as IIABA's Professional Liability Committee.   Lisko also serves as National Director from Nebraska on the IIABA Board of Directors.

Nominate Someone Deserving An IIAN Award By Sept 10
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 112th Annual Convention, October 9-11, at the Younes Center  in Kearney..
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
Nominations are due September 10!
Download new, easy form:  click here.

Mark Your Calendar - Sept 18 Webinar - LB 139 Explained 
On September 18 at 10:00 am CDT, IIAN Legislative Representative Jim Cavanaugh will present an hour-long webinar on the law changes made by LB 139, which becomes effective August 31, 2019.   The new law changes the Nebraska Contractor Registration Act regarding sole proprietor construction contractors who do not carry workers compensation coverage on themselves, and creates a new legal presumption for premium determination.   
     IIAN is in close communication with the Nebraska Department of Labor regarding when the new online registration procedure will become available - which will also be reviewed during the webinar.
    The webinar is free for IIAN members - watch your inbox for registration information coming soon!  
Big I Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus
T he Big "I" applauds Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania) for founding the bipartisan Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus. 
    "The Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) is an essential insurance safety net which has been protecting America's farmland for nearly 40 years," says Charles Symington, Big "I" senior vice president of government affairs. "We are thrilled to see efforts to educate members and staff on the importance of the program."
The press release from Rep. Bustos' office announcing the initiative quotes Big "I" members Greg and Luke Sandrock from the Cornerstone Agency in Tampico, Illinois. Greg also serves as the chair of the Big "I" Crop Task Force.  IIAN vice president Todd Anderson of York represents IIAN members on the Task Force.  
ACORD And The Big "I" Announce Partnership to Provide Forms Access Free to Qualifying Member Agents
On January 1, 2020, ACORD will begin charging all users of ACORD forms a fee - both agents and carriers. Currently, most users of ACORD forms have access via their agency management systems. In light of this development, IIABA negotiated an agreement with ACORD whereby IIABA will pay ACORD an annual fee for use of the forms, and all IIABA member
agencies with $50 million or less in revenue will have "free" access to the ACORD forms. Non-Big "I" members, at this time, will have to pay fees to ACORD.
This is a new and significant benefit for Big I members!    Read more...    
Source: IIABA
Lincoln Millennial Agent Zmarzla Featured In National Big "I" Magazine
Colten Zmarzla with Copple Insurance in Lincoln, is one of 10 millennials nationwide, profiled by Independent Agent  magazine this summer.  Zmarzla is active in IIAN's nextgen group for young agents, and represented IIAN members at the IIABA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. this May.   His advice to other young agents?
"Put people first.  When you are in the insurance sales profession, everything comes down to your reputation and your integrity.  There's nothing more important than protecting your reputation and sticking to your convictions, even if it means losing a sale."  Read more.
Find out more about nextgen.  
Nebraska Ranks #2 In Nation For Insurance Agents
Job search site Zippia   has compiled a ranking of the 10 best states for insurance agents in 2019, based on job opportunities and average salaries.  Some states offer more opportunities than others - and Nebraska ranks #2 nationwide, following only #1 Rhode Island.  See the top 10.
Source: PropertyCasualty360

Welcome to our newest Big "I" members!
Insurance 360
Tabbitha Friesen - Lincoln

New Age Insurance Solutions
Jared Kenney - Amherst

Jeff Munns Agency
Jeff Munns - Lincoln

Haley Knobel - Lincoln

Registration Now Open!
Early-Bird Pricing Until September 16 - Click here
Exhibitors:   Click here to get the booth space you want!
Contact Cameron Iwan for more information -
To Support The Talent Network
We invite you to join us to raise funds for the IIAN Talent Network program and the IIAN Foundation's college scholarships for Nebraska students.  IIAN and t he  Foundation launched this program in 2017 to help independent agencies and companies connect with college students and job-seekers, and expose them to career opportunities in the independent agency system. 
 Awarii Dunes, located near Axtell, is inspired by the great Links courses of Ireland.  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.

Click here  to discover the benefits of being an IIAN Industry Partner.   

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951