June 27, 2019
IIAN Board Updates Strategic Direction For 2020
Annual Planning Retreat June 20-21 - Focus On InsurTech, Member Needs 
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 Prairie Creek Inn east of Lincoln, chaired by  IIAN President Sandra Ryks .  Board members and staff met over two days - June 20-21 - and brainstormed strategies to help member agencies succeed and stay relevant, by continuing to
  • vet and recommend digital business solutions through IIAN's Digital Toolkit and conferences, and
  • talk to members in person about their business and professional development needs, and promote opportunities for members to engage in association programs, and take advantage of Big "I" member benefits and services. 

    IIAN will also continue to focus on two important recently initiated programs:  nextgen, a statewide program to help young agents grow and succeed, and the Talent Network program to promote career opportunities in the independent agency system to Nebraska college students and job-seekers, in partnership with the IIAN Foundation.
     IIAN Foundation Board members joined the retreat to develop an action plan for the Talent Network for 2019-20, led by Foundation President Dee Sykora.
  • See who serves on the IIAN Foundation Board.

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 12 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
     If you would like to be considered, or recommend an IIAN member you know, please contact IIAN Nominating Committee chairman Greg Zimmer  (gzimmer@zimmerinsure.com) or CEO Carol McClelland  by August 1
( carol.mcclelland@biginebraska.org).
Also serving on the Nominating Committee are:  Sandra Ryks, Todd Anderson, Brian Bradley, Doug Brummels , and Adam Backer.

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
Congratulations To IIAN's Brenda Kaiser - 30 Years of Service
This year marks 30 years of service to IIAN and its members by Brenda Kaiser, CIC, AAI, IIAN Membership Programs Director Kaiser started in 1989 as the association's receptionist and executive assistant, and has been promoted several times, before reaching her current position of Membership Program Director.   
Kaiser manages IIAN's members-only insurance programs, and is program administrator and front line underwriter for the 
SwissRe Professional Liability program.  She also manages membership for IIAN's agency members.
 "Brenda has contributed immeasurably to IIAN's successful insurance programs and operations," comments IIAN CEO Carol McClelland, CAE .  "She always serves the best interests of our members throughout Nebraska."  

Trump Administration Releases New HRA Rules
Earlier this month, the Trump Administration released its final rule on expanding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).  Starting in January, 2020, the final rule would make it easier for employers to use HRAs to help their employees purchase health plans.
    The Big "I" had previously submitted comments to the Administration to make clear that the Big "I" supports health insurance choice and competition, and noting that any final rule must maintain an appropriate role for independent insurance agencies.
Source:  IIABA IN&V
House Committee Passes Five-
Year NFIP Renewal
In a moment of bipartisanship, on June 12 the U.S. House Financial Services Committee passed the legislation by a unanimous vote of 59-0. 
    The legislation provides certainty to the NFIP by reauthorizing it for five years.  It also includes language clarifying that private floood insurance can satisfy the NFIP's continuous coverage requirements.  This continuous coverage fix has been a top Big "I" priority, along with language providing refunds of unearned premiums for mid-terms cancellations of NFIP policies in favor of private policies.  
    Earlier this month, the House passed a disaster aid package that included an extension of the NFIP program through September 30, 2019.
Source:  IIABA IN&V
The world of InsurTech is noisy.  The goal of the IIAN Digital initiative is to get rid of the noise.  We are creating the Digital Toolkit so you can pick the vendors you want to work with and get back to running your agency.
     IIAN's Digital Task Force is dedicated to helping you select the right digital tools. We review everything from the latest CRM tools to website developers and lead generation companies.   The Vendors we select to include in our toolkit are vetted by our Digital Task Force - made up of members like you. Once the selections are made, IIAN hosts a live demo via webinar. You have the option to join us live or watch the recording at your convenience. Click here to see our first five Vendor webinars. - Advisor Evolved, Indio, Big I Hires, Total CSR, and Rocket Referrals.
The toolkit is new for 2019 so we will be adding more vendors all year. Check back often to see what's new!   Have a vendor you want us to consider?  Just send us an e-mail and let us know -  email  office@biginebraska.org.  

Is Your Agency A 'Rocky I' or a 'Rocky III'?
Not long ago, being a high-tech agency basically meant that you used Microsoft Office, an agency management system, and some sort of comparative rater.  But attendees at this spring's Elevate Conference - sponsored by trustedchoice.com and Agency Nation- were focused on how to do business a new way with technology, social media, and marketing.
    Has the average Big "I" member agency reached a level of success where they are content, like Rocky Balboa In 'Rocky III'?  If you're a 'Rocky III' agency, you need to know that Clubber Lang is coming!
Source:  IIABA IN&V
The Internet of Things In
Personal Lines
As a result of the Internet of Things (IoT), carriers can gather substantial amounts of data to underwrite more effectively. By accessing information available via platforms like social networks and crowd sourcing, carriers can begin to underwrite for lifestyle.
   Meanwhile, sensing devices, such as those embedded in autos or home appliances, will enable carriers to assess how an insured drives or even what maintenance has been done on their dishwasher. And with public source and authorized private information, carriers can evaluate property or driving records without any involvement on the part of the consumer.
Read how will it will impact your day-to-day operations.    Source:  Agents Council on Technology

Mark Your Calendar!
Exhibitor-Sponsor Registration Now Open
Click here to get the booth space you want!
Contact Cameron Iwan for more information - cameron.iwan@biginebraska.org
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.

Thanks to all of IIAN's Industry Partners, who stepped up their support in 2019!   
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