October 26, 2017
New IIAN Officers & Directors Elected At 110th Annual Convention in Lincoln 
IIAN members elected new officers and directors at the association's annual member meeting on Thursday, October 12 in Lincoln, held during the Big "I" Leadership luncheon at IIAN's 110th  annual convention. IIAN's new president is   J. Greg Zimmer, Zimmer Insurance Group, Lincoln.  President Zimmer is the third Zimmer agency principal elected to serve as president - uncle John Zimmer served in 1985, and father Jim Zimmer served in 1997.   Also elected were Sandra E. Ryks, UNICO Group, LaVista - Vice President, and Todd D. Anderson, Anderson Insurance, York - Secretary-Treasurer.  Mark B. Lisko was re-elected National Director, representing IIAN on the IIABA Board for three years, and two new IIAN directors were also elected:  Adam Backer - QBE NAU Crop Insurance, Omaha; and Zak Morken - Western Insurors, Ogallala.   Read more about them.

Supporting Young Leaders Is Presidential Vision for 2017
After taking the oath of office at the convention President's Luncheon on October 12, President Zimmer talked to IIAN members about the need to support IIAN's young committee chairs and Board members, and help them with their goals to develop new programs to help IIAN members succeed, and advocate for members with consumers and in the legislative arena.   Read the inaugural address.
Phil Winkelmann, right, accepts IIAN's Distinguished Service Award
Annual IIAN Awards Presented October 12
Outgoing IIAN president  Krae Dutoit presented IIAN's annual agent and company awards at the Big "I" Awards Dinner on October 12 in Lincoln. 
   Member agents honored were:  Distinguished Service - Philip F. Winkelmann; Committee Chairperson of the Year - Zak Morken, Ogallala; and  Young Agent of the Year - Dustin Kowalewski, CIC, AIP, Omaha.  Jon Hongsermeier, AIP, was recognized as 2016-17 Elite Force Sales School "Top of Class".   Zimmer Insurance Group , Lincoln, was recognized as  "Trusted Choice ®  Agency of the Year".  
   Member company representatives honored were:   Company Representative of the Year - Nate Spurling, Auto-Owners Insurance ; and Five Star Company of the Year - Farmers Mutual of Nebraska Andy Kraus, CPCU, CIC, Vice President, and Tim Valleau, CPCU, Regional Director of Agencies.
   IIAN staff members Jeremiah Gudding, CIC, Brenda Kaiser, CIC, AAI, and Nancy Robeson were recognized for achieving national IIABA awards in membership and education; and IIAN CEO Carol McClelland, CAE was also recognized for 30 years of service.
Hannah Huston and Carol McClelland show off their awards, presented by Krae Dutoit  

IIAN's "Spirit of Nebraska" award was conferred on Lincoln's Hannah Huston, in recognition of her contribution to the prosperity and well being of the citizens of Nebraska, as a goodwill ambassador at the national level.  The special award was crafted by Omaha sculptor Michael Montag.

"Oktoberfest" Was A Hit!
110th Annual IIAN Convention Draws 400 To Lincoln, October 11-13
Just over 400 IIAN members and company representatives attended IIAN's 110 th annual convention held at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, October 11-13.   "It was great to see so many IIAN members from all over Nebraska - especially over 80 young agents and 36 first-timers," commented  Greg Zimmer  of Lincoln, who was elected and installed as IIAN's new president during the convention.  "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairman  Michael Luna, AIP, and all of our Convention committee members,  for putting together such a fun and educational event."
  In addition to great networking and learning, everyone had a great time with the Oktoberfest theme!

Excellence In Education Recognized October 12
18 New CISR Designees Honored
IIAN held its annual CISR Conferment Ceremony on October 12 in Lincoln, as part of the association's 110th annual convention. The ceremony recognized 18 insurance professionals who have achieved the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) professional designation and/or the CISR Elite professional distinction. 
    The Outstanding CISR of the Year award went to Jessica Northrup, CIC, CISR, with Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance in Hastings.

22nd Annual IIAN Foundation Golf Tournaments Raises $23,000
For Big "I" Talent Network College Program and Scholarships

This year's tournament raised a record-breaking amount, which will go to support  the new Big "I" Talent Network program to connect IIAN member agencies with new talent from Nebraska's colleges, and millennial career-seekers.   A record 144 golfers, along with 34 hole sponsors and 13 event sponsors, enjoyed very nice fall weather on October 11 at Woodland Hills near Eagle.  The tournament was h eld for the 22nd consecutive year, in memory of IIAN member Jay Jacupke of Hastings. 

    Thanks to Tournament steering committee members 
Mike Glaser, Tom Greco, and Robert Marshall , along with Foundation fundraising chairman Dave Chastain, as well as fundraising committee members Jon Hongsermeier, Zak Morken, and Dee Sykora - along with tournament corporate sponsor Nebraska Agency Services Corporation, for a record-breaking fundraising event!

For more information on how your agency can be part of the Big "I" Talent Network, contact Kelli Backman at the IIAN office - kelli.backman@biginebraska.org, 402-476-2951.
Enter The Careers Contest - What's The Coolest Part of Your Job?
You can win Insurance Journal Academy membership and an Amazon Echo
Insurance Journal has launched a  contest in conjunction with the Insurance Careers Movement on what young insurance professionals believe is the coolest part of their job. It's a bit tricky, however, because participants must give their answer in a photo or a video and they can't use any spoken words.  
The contest is open to anyone employed in the insurance industry who is under-40 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017.   Click here to enter.
The Big "I" J.D. Power Survey - Your Satisfaction With Companies
You can win BIG prizes for 20 of your minutes!
The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc. and J.D. Power are conducting a research study to better understand your experience with the insurers you work with and how satisfied you are with them.  As a valued member of the Big "I", you and all licensed agents in your agency who work with insurers are invited to provide feedback.
Please be assured that your feedback will only be used for research purposes and no one will try and contact you as a result of completing this survey.

As a token of appreciation for taking the time to complete the survey, you will receive a complimentary summary report of the study and the opportunity to claim a $50 Amazon gift code after the survey fielding period has closed.
  This gift code is fully transferable and can be used as a gift or donation to others.

You can also enter a sweepstakes to win up to $3,000! 

 Mark Your Calendar For January 31, 2018!
Lunch With Senators at the Mansion

Thank You!
Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951