June 30, 2016
ASSOCIATION NEWS
IIAN Board Sets New Goals In Norfolk
Every summer IIAN's Board of Directors meets to focus on strategic priorities and plan for the future.  This year's meeting in Norfolk was chaired by IIAN President Mike Jones.  Two exciting new directions:  a new statewide program to help young agents grow and succeed, and a new program to help member agencies connect with graduating college students across the state, in partnership with the IIAN Foundation.  Stay tuned for future developments!
IIAN Board Selection Process
Each July IIAN's Nominating committee meets to review candidates for recommendation 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 26 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 Phil Winkelmann (pwinkelmann@omahains.com) or CEO Carol McClelland ( carol.mcclelland@biginebraska.org).
Also serving on the Nominating committee are: Krae Dutoit, Mike Jones, Sean Chastain, Lori Ruzicka, and Mark Weidner.  
Nominate Someone Deserving An IIAN  Award
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 109th Annual Convention, October 25-27, at the Younes Convention 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, and Trusted Choice┬« Agency of the Year.
Nominations are due September 15 - download nomination form here.
 
ROBESON MARKS 10 YEARS OF SERVICE FOR IIAN MEMBERS
Congratulations to IIAN Director of Operations Nancy Robeson, who completed 10 years of service at IIAN in May.  "In addition to managing IIAN's wide range of education programs and conventions, Nancy has done great work developing our member data base and web site, which is a great resource for IIAN members," commented IIAN CEO Carol McClelland, who presented Robeson's 10-year award on June 16 in Norfolk, during the IIAN summer board planning session.   This year Robeson is serving as president of the Big "I" state association national users group, and during her tenure, IIAN has won numerous national Excellence in Education awards . 
INDUSTRY NEWS
New .insurance Domain Names Now Available
The internet domain extension reserved for the global insurance industry- .insurance - became available on June 15. Registration of the dot .insurance suffix - known as a gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) - is being managed by fTLD Registry Services, an organization owned and operated by banks, insurance companies and financial services trade associations.    Is it an opportunity for your agency?
Slow Premium Growth & Rising Losses
U.S. property/casualty insurers saw their net written premium growth slow to 3.4 percent in 2015 from 4.2 percent a year earlier, while their net income after taxes grew to $56.6 billion in 2015 from $55.9 billion in 2014, according to ISO, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). 

 
June 30 Is National ESIGN DAY!
Did you know that way  back in 2010, both Houses of Congress passed a resolution recognizing June 30 as "National ESIGN Day"? 

 IIABA's Agents Council on Technology (ACT) is busy on a number of fronts, creating resources, education, and advocacy on eSignature adoption. 

 eSignature Resources For Agencies, Companies, and Vendors 
LEGISLATIVE NEWS
Big "I" Supports Bills To Stop Overtime Rule Until Small Business Issues Are Addressed
In its ongoing efforts to advocate on behalf of small businesses and Big "I" members, the Big "I" submitted  written testimony  to the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee last week, outlining the association's concerns with the new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule which could burden many agencies and their small business clients.   Read more.                     

Wondering how the rule will impact your agency's producers and staff?

BIG "I" BLOG
ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS & THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM IIAN'S STAFF
SEARCHING FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE
IIAN CEO Carol McClelland shares a simple system to plan your life and live your plan.
 
FAMILY TIES

Brenda Kaiser, Membership Program Director, provides some great ways to break the ice at family reunions.

LIKE FALLING OUT OF A TREE
Jeremiah Gudding, Marketing Director, discusses how starting a business is a lot like his recent tree trimming experience.
UPCOMING EVENTS
FREE CE SEMINARS - 6 CEU's*
For Members Only

August 23 - Grand Island
August 24 - Norfolk
August 25 - Ashland
Managing Business Risks:
Cyber, D&O, EPLI, EBL &
International Business 

Registration coming soon!  
* pending approval by NE DOI
BIG "I" GOLF EXTRAVAGANZA COMING THIS FALL
September 27 - Eagle Hills, Papillion
21st Annual Jacupke Memorial Tournament to benefit IIAN Foundation scholarships.

October 12 - Awarii Dunes, Axtell
Double tournament to benefit Big "I" political action and IIAN Foundation programs.

 Registration coming soon!
IIAN PARTNER OF THE MONTH
Thank You!
Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.


Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951
office@biginebraska.org
http://www.iian.org