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Annual Convention

IIAN's Annual Convention is held in October and rotates between Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney.  It has a long standing tradition of an over 50-exhibitor trade fair, timely insurance education approved for Nebraska CEU credits, outstanding technology sessions, over 250+ agents and company attendees, and fun networking opportunities.   
 
Future Dates:
2017 - October 11-13 - Embassy Suites, Lincoln, NE

Event Contact:

Nancy Robeson
Director of Operations

nancy.robeson@biginebraska.org

 

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

11:00 AM     Big "I" Foundation Golf Tournament – Woodland Hills
8:00AM – 3:45** PM     CISR Elements of Risk Management – 7 CEUs*- (**3:45pm - 5:15pm Exam is optional)   
                                      Speaker:  Chuck Hembree, CIC, CRM
12:00– 12:45 PM         Luncheon
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM     Happy Hour at Barry's in the Haymarket.
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
                                    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
8:30 – 11:30 AM         CE Track: Falling through the CGL Cracks - D&O/Fiduciary (3 CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Angie Heavener, CIC, CPIA
                                    CE Track:  Personal Lines Hot Topics (3 CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Jerry Kennedy CIC
                                    Marketing/Sales Track:  Boost Your Online Marketing (No CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Sydney Roe - Sponsored By Young Agents
                                    Applied User Group:  Real-time for Applied Epic/TAM and
                                                                           Streamline Your Workflow with eDocs and Claims Download

                                                Speaker:  TBD

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM   Luncheon - Annual Meeting & Elections

                                    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:30 – 4:30 PM           CE Track: Falling through the CGL Cracks - Malpractice/Cyber (3 CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Angie Heavener, CIC, CPIA
                                    CE Track:  Personal Liability Exposures (3 CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Jerry Kennedy CIC
                                    Marketing/Sales Track:  Increase the ROI of your Marketing 8-10x (No CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Steve Maly – Targeted To Young Agents
                                    Applied User Group:  Manage Suspense with Applied Epic/TAM download and 
                                                                              Conducting a Service Audit in Applied Epic.
                                                Speaker:  TBD

1:00 PM—4:00 PM     Exhibitor Set-Up
4:30 PM—5:30 PM     Young Agent Networking Reception – Wine Bottle Toss
4:30 PM– 7:30 PM      Industry Night/Opening Reception/Trade Fair
7:30PM – 8:30 PM      Annual Awards Dinner – Live Auction For InsurPac
8:30 PM                       Hospitality Suites
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
                                    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM   CE Track:  E&O: Roadmap to Policy Analysis Part 1 (3 Ethics CEUs*)
                                                Speaker:  Angie Heavener, CIC, CPIA
                                      Your Agency in 2030:  The World Is Changing - Part 1 (No CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Mary Eisenhart Belka, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPLU, CIC, CPIW
                                                                  Sponsored by IIAN Young Agents
 
11:45 AM—12:45 PM Big "I" Luncheon

                                    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM     CE Track:  E&O: Roadmap to Policy Analysis Part 2 (3 Ethics CEUs*)
                                                Speaker:  Angie Heavener, CIC, CPIA
                                      Your Agency in 2030:  The World Is Changing - Part 2 (No CEUs)
                                                Speaker:  Mary Eisenhart Belka, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPLU, CIC, CPIW
                                                Sponsored by IIAN Young Agents

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2016AnnualConventionLogo.jpg October 25-27, 2016

It was a "Spooktacular" event!

 

View Photos from the Event on our Shutterfly site by clicking here.

2016 Exhibitor and Attendee Directory.pdf

2016_Annual_Convention_Program.pdf

 

Just over 400 IIAN members and company representatives attended IIAN's 109th annual convention held at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney, October 25-27.  "It was great to see so many IIAN members from 'greater Nebraska' at the convention – especially over 110 young agents and 68 first-timers," commented Krae Dutoit of Grand Island, who was elected and installed as IIAN's new president during the convention.  "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairperson Peggy McDonald, CIC and all of our Convention committee members, for putting together such a fun and educational event."

      The convention started with a special appearance by U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith, who met privately with IIAN Circle of Eagles members, and then addressed members on national issues and upcoming elections during lunch on October 25.

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After sessions on digital marketing, customer service, sales, and professional development for young professionals presented by top agency experts Mary Belka, Sydney Roe, and Paula Skartland - members joined area Make-A-Wish® kids decked out in their Halloween costumes at the trade fair, visited with 60 exhibitors, and filled their bags with swag and treats. Method Insurance's "scary clown cave" was voted the best-decorated booth, and four lucky members who visited all 60 booths each won $100.

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 CE sessions were packed on October 26 – with national insurance gurus Keith Wilts presenting the Top 10 Personal Lines & Commercial Lines issues, and Catherine Trischan presenting Cyber Liability and Certificates of Insurance.  Then the Halloween fun really began with a unique beer and wine tasting event, live auction to benefit Big "I" advocacy, and Awards Dinner - all capped off by a "spirited" costume contest judged by Peggy McDonald, John Deardorff, and Mark Weidner.  Machell Naylor's amazing "Trusted Choice® Eagle" was the grand prize winner, with Roxie Roth as a scary Red Riding Hood taking second, and Julie Richt and Rob Hynek coming in third as traffic cops.   

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      "Bushwood Country Club vs. Danny Noonan's No Risk Insurance Agency", based on characters from the comedy film classic "Caddyshack", dominated the CE program on October 27.  The mock E&O trial starred The Big "I" Thespians – John Deardorff, Tom Greco, Mindy Haag, Brenda Kaiser, Michael Luna, Peggy McDonald, Machell Naylor, and Mark Weidner – with real-life attorneys Sean Minahan and Cathy Trent-Vilim for the prosecution and defense, and IIAN's Jim Cavanaugh as the judge.  IIAN's Jeremiah Gudding served as narrator, and the audience was the "jury".  Unfortunately, in this case the jury found for the prosecution, and against the insurance agency.  Conventioneers also attended CE sessions on Time Element and Drones presented by top instructor Jay Williams.

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     Past IIAN president Tom Greco, CPCU, CIC, second from left, installed IIAN's new officers during the President's Luncheon on October 27 - Sandra Ryks, left, Secretary-Treasurer; Greg Zimmer, second from right, Vice President; and Krae Dutoit, far right, President.  (They look happy, don't they?!)  New President Dutoit presented outgoing President Michael E. Jones, CIC with a plaque in appreciation of his service to IIAN during the past year. 

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      IIABA's Vice President of Federal Government Affairs Jen McPhillips was the keynote speaker, and addressed top national agent legislative issues, including the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime rules set to go into effect on December 1.  McPhillips drew the lucky winner of the raffle to support Big "I" PAC'S – Jim Cavanaugh, IIAN's own legislative representative, won the Samsung curved 4k Ultra HD TV with HDR! 

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ConventionGraphic.jpgOver 425 IIAN members and company representatives attended IIAN’s 108th annual convention held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista, October 13-15.  "It was great to see IIAN members from the Omaha area and all over the state at the convention – especially all of the young agents and 50 first-timers," commented Mike Jones, CIC of David City, who was elected and installed as IIAN’s new president during the convention. 

 "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairperson Lori Ruzicka, CISR, AAI, CIC from Omaha for putting together a successful new program format, and the Young Agents of Omaha, who manned the Young Agents booth throughout the convention.”  Selfies were posted throughout the convention on IIAN’s Facebook page, including one of the entire Awards Dinner crowd taken during IIABA Chairman-Elect Spencer Houldin’s presentation. 

 

Following three days of great sessions featuring managing generational issues, online marketing strategies, and CE (including a live risk management tour of the hotel), the convention ended on a high note when IIAN past president Jim Peterson, CIC, of Eagle presented IIAN’s “Spirit of Nebraska” award to Ashland native Jeff Raikes, former Microsoft Business Division president and head of the Gates Foundation, in recognition of the Raikes Foundation’s work to improve educational opportunities for children at risk.

On Tuesday, October 13, over 110 golfers, along with 24 hole sponsors, enjoyed a perfect Nebraska fall day for the 20th Annual Jay Jacupke Memorial Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills golf course, chaired by past IIAN presidents Mike Glaser and Tom Greco.  The tournament – along with a fun “Bucket Raffle” – raised $14,000 to support the Foundation’s scholarship programs for Nebraska college students

At the convention President's Luncheon on October 15, President Jones talked to IIAN members about his vision for the association and members in the coming year, tied together by one theme: "Influence" - with consumers, the media, our company partners, insurance regulators, and elected officials.  He introduced IIAN's new   initiative to build member awareness and involvement in Big "I" government affairs - the Legislative Advisory Council/Ambassadors programs, and introduced Nebraska Senator Bob Krist (Dist. 10), who wrapped up the luncheon with thoughts on why effective grassroots advocacy is so important to good government, and how IIAN members can be involved.  Sen. Krist drew the lucky winner of the raffle to support Big "I" PAC'S - Dan Keller with Doran Post & Associates, Lexington, won the Samsung curved UltraHD TV

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October 1-3, 2014 - Embassy Suites, Lincoln
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Over 400 IIAN members and company representatives attended "
Lighting Up Our Future", IIAN’s 106th annual convention held at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, October 15-17. "I was happy to see so many IIAN members from the Lincoln area at the convention – especially all of the young agents and first-timers," commented Dee Sykora of Omaha, who was elected and installed as IIAN’s new president during the convention. "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairperson Erica Tucker, CISR from Lincoln, and her committee, who did a great job of putting together an excellent program.”
The highlight of the convention was the 3rd Annual IIAN Foundation Live Auction on October 16, where members noshed at elegant food tables in the star-studded ballroom, and raised $14,500 to support the Foundation’s programs to attract new talent to the independent agency system.

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On Tuesday, October 15, over 100 golfers, along with 28 hole sponsors, made the most of cool, windy Nebraska fall weather for the convention Golf Tournament at Firethorn Golf Club,, chaired by Jeff Allen with Columbia Insurance. Golfers made good use of the glove/sock combo they received compliments of IIAN! In the meantime, back at the Embassy Suites, 50 agents and CSR’s earned 8 CEUs and learned about insuring home-based businesses, as well as how to handle Excess & Surplus Lines risks, and understanding the claims process, at the Hold Advanced Learning seminar on Customer Service Representative Day, presented by popular instructor Angie Heavener, CIC.
 
On Tuesday evening, a crowd of almost 300 conventioneers and guests visited with 51 exhibitors during the opening Industry Night reception. The “stars” of the evening were Annual Convention chairman Erica Tucker, CISR, and National Director John Deardorff, costumed as “Cinderella” and Alladin’s “Genie” to encourage conventioneers to buy a star for Make-A-Wish® Nebraska – and raised almost $500 during the evening. IIAN welcomed Kearney-area Make-A-Wish® kids and their families to man their own booth during the reception. A number of exhibitors decorated their booths to complement the “Lighting Up Our Future” theme. Paul Davis Restoration was voted the best by conventioneers, winning the traveling “Exhibitors’ Spirit” award for 2013. Five lucky members who visited every booth won $100 cash each in the final trade fair drawing – Carrie Brown, Susan Conway, Tim Haley, Deb Peters, and Margaret Reiser.
 
On Wednesday morning, October 16, agents got a very informative update on the impact of Nebraska’s federally-facilitated Health Insurance Exchange from national expert Jesse Patton, LUTCF; or learned why real personal lines claims are denied from Angie Heavener. Heavener also presented “Employment Practices Liability & Benefits Administration” in the afternoon for another 3 CEUs.
 
The convention’s Technology track - “What’s Hot – Emerging Technology Issues & Going Mobile” - featured technology expert George Robertson, CISR. Chubb’s Nickie Hunter joined Robertson in the afternoon for “Cyber Liability and Data Security”, approved for 3 CEUs. In a concurrent Technology track session, Vertafore system users learned what’s new with 7.5 and accounting tips and tricks in AMS360, from top trainer Kerry Kuntz.
 
Following a full day of education, Thursday evening’s “Star-Studded Dinner & Live Auction” was the premier event of the convention, featuring an elegant “progressive” feast with food tables hosted by company sponsors, along with “Chasing Change”, the 3rd Annual Live Auction to benefit the IIAN Foundation’s insurance literacy and scholarship programs. Enthusiastic biders raised over $14,500 as they bid on a wide array of great items, including jewelry, wine, Omaha Steaks, golf equipment, Husker football and volleyball game tickets, autographed Husker player photos and and autographed Rex Burkhead game jersey!
 
On Thursday, October 17, IIABA Chairman Elect Dave Walker, a Nebraska native and UNL graduate, received kudos for his presentation of “E&O: Meeting The Challenge of Change” to over 100 attendees. The convention was capped off with the “PAC Your Lunch” featuring keynoter Nebraska Senator Burke Harr of Omaha, and drawing of the winners of two $500 VISA cards – Lori Williams of Norfolk, and Ralph Schmadeke of Albion. Conventioneers who joined IIAN’s “Buck-A-Week” Club to support Big “I” PACs were qualified for the drawing. 
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Over 375 IIAN members and company representatives attended "Living The American Dream", IIAN’s 105th annual convention held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, October 10-12. "I was happy to see so many IIAN members from western Nebraska at the convention – especially all of the young agents and first-timers," commented Lisa L. Davis of Omaha, who was elected and installed as IIAN’s new president during the convention. "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairperson Maureen Vanis from Grand Island, and her committee, who did a great job of putting together and excellent program.” Over 70 insurance professionals attended “Customer Service Representative Day” on October 10, with 134 attending the Technology and CE tracks on October 11, and 106 attending the “Automated Agency Procedures” workshop on October 12.
 
On Wednesday, October 10, 80 golfers, along with 18 hole sponsors, enjoyed nice Nebraska fall weather for the convention Golf Tournament at the exclusive Awarii Dunes golf course in nearby Axtell, chaired by Jeff Allen with Columbia Insurance. Golfers made good use of the Trusted Choice® “valuables pouches” they received compliments of IIAN! In the meantime, back at the Younes Center, over 73 agents and CSR’s earned 8 CEUs and learned about bonds and cyberliability, as well as personal lines situational analysis and management of unusual exposures, at the Hold Advanced Learning seminar on Customer Service Representative Day, presented by popular instructor Lisa Worley.
On Wednesday evening, a crowd of 300 conventioneers and guests visited with 50 exhibitors during the opening Industry Night reception. The “star” of the evening was the Trusted Choice® “Chopper For Charity”, which was custom-built by Orange County Choppers for Trusted Choice® to help raise $150,000 for Make-A-Wish® in August. The Chopper is now touring the country, appearing at Big “I” state conventions and events. IIAN welcomed Kearney-area Make-A-Wish® kids and their families to the reception to see the Chopper, and raised $500 for Make-A-Wish® Nebraska during the evening. A number of exhibitors decorated their booths to complement the “American Dream” theme. Paul Davis Restoration was voted the best by conventioneers, winning the traveling “Exhibitors’ Spirit” award for 2012. Five lucky members who visited every booth won $100 cash each in the final trade fair drawing – Linda Kuhlmann, Carrie Brown, Lorraine Kohtz, Dee Sykora, and Steve Mason!
On Thursday, October 11, agents enjoyed earning 6 CEU’s as they learned how to handle the special personal lines exposures of “baby boomers”, along with strategies for coping with a hardening market, from Lisa Worley. The convention’s Technology track - “Insurance In The Digital World” - featured top national digital marketing experts Marty Agather and Jason Cass, who presented two morning sessions – “Bricks or Clicks”, and “Digital Marketing and Your Agency”, and Cass demonstrated how he is using the new Big “I” marketing initiative – Project CAP – to successfully generate new business. The two moderated an afternoon panel discussion featuring Nebraska agents who are using digital marketing now successfully – Krae Dutoit with Gary Thompson Agency, Jamie Gustafson and Jessical Vogel with SafetyNet Insurance, and Katie Kochenower with Writer Agency. Then IIAN marketing rep Phil Harr moderated a second panel on data security featuring Nathan Waite with SEMCAT, and Bailie Shada and Tim Kiteley with SilverStone Group. In a concurrent Technology track session, Vertafore system users learned how to maximize their MS Office skills, and AMS360 reports, from top trainer Angela Adams.
Following a full day of education, Thursday evening’s Great American Cookout was the premier event of the convention, featuring a fantastic “progressive” feast with food tables hosted by company sponsors, along with “Chasing Change”, the 2nd Annual Live Auction to benefit the IIAN Foundation’s insurance literacy and scholarship programs. Enthusiastic cookout-goers raised over $11,000 as they bid on a wide array of great items, including jewelry, wine, Omaha Steaks, golf equipment, Husker football and volleyball game tickets, autographed Husker player photos and Ndamukong Suh game jersey, and a fine art photo print of the Trusted Choice® Chopper produced by Sartore Studios!
On Friday, October 12, national agency management consultant Virginia Bates presented “Automated Agency Procedures” workshop to 140 attendees. The convention was capped off with the drawing of the winners of two iPad3 prizes – Doug Brummels of Kearney, and Todd Mundhenke of Ainsworth. Conventioneers who joined IIAN’s new “Buck-A-Week” Club to support Big “I” PACs were qualified for the drawing.
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Over 450 IIAN members and company representatives attended "Technology – It’s All GREEK To Me", IIAN’s 104th annual convention held at the Embassy Suites in LaVista, just west of Omaha, October 5-7. "It was good to seeing so many IIAN members from Omaha and all over Nebraska – especially at the trade fair," commented Ritch A. Nelson of Fort Calhoun, who was elected and installed as IIAN’s new president during the convention. "Thanks to Annual Convention committee chairperson Dee Sykora and her committee, who did a great job of putting together the fun Greek theme and excellent educational programs.”
 
Over 60 insurance professionals attended “Customer Service Representative Day” on October 5, with over 129 attending the Technology and CE tracks on October 6, and a record 220 attending “E&O Loss Control For Automated Agencies” on October 7.
 
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On Wednesday, October 5, almost 100 golfers, along with 20 hole sponsors, enjoyed nice Nebraska fall weather for the convention Golf Tournament at Oak Hills Country Club, chaired by Jeff Allen with Columbia Insurance. Golfers made good use of the Trusted Choice® sports watches they received compliments of IIAN!
 
In the meantime, back at the Embassy Suites, over 60 agents and CSR’s earned 8 CEUs and learned how to “close the communications gap” in their agencies to prevent losses, as well as how to write Flood insurance and cover in-home businesses at the Hold Advanced Learning seminar on Customer Service Representative Day, presented by national agency management expert John Dismukes. In a concurrent afternoon Technology track session, Vertafore system users learned how to use AMS360 for targeted agency marketing from top trainer Valerie Hamry.
 
A crowd of 300 conventioneers visited with 59 exhibitors during the opening Industry Night reception, and a number of exhibitors decorated their booths to complement the “Greek” theme. Risk Placement Services was voted the best by fellow exhibitors, winning the traveling “Exhibitors’ Spirit” award for 2011. Five lucky members who visited every booth won $100 cash each in the final trade fair drawing! After the trade fair, agents and company reps enjoyed late-night networking and simulated golf at the “Greeks & Geeks” after-party held at Beyond Golf, near the Embassy.
 
On Thursday, October 6, agents enjoyed earning 6 CEU’s as they learned how to use proven sales practices and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) to “beat the competition, along with how to avoid the legal risks and pitfalls from your agency’s online presence and activities – along with how to handle ten top coverage and claims issues – from entertaining national expert Chris Amrhein.
 
The convention’s Technology track continued on October 6 – “Connecting With Your Customer” - featuring top national expert Steve Anderson, who presented two morning sessions – “Agency Marketing & The New Consumer”, “Maximizing Your Internet Presence”, and then moderated two afternoon panel discussion featuring Nebraska Applied and Vertafore system users – who shared ideas on managing workflows and marketing using web sites, mobile apps, and social media.
 
Following a full day of education, Thursday evening’s Toga Party was the premier event of the convention, featuring a fantastic “progressive” feast with food tables hosted by company sponsors, along with “Chasing Change”, a Live Auction sponsored by IIAN’s Young Agents and Progressive Insurance, to benefit the IIAN Foundation’s insurance literacy and scholarship programs. Enthusiastic party-goers raised over $7,000 as they bid on a wide array of great items, including vacations, golf equipment, and Husker football tickets for the Ohio State Big Ten opener and Washington State game!
 
On Friday, October 7, Jason McCartney, head of the Nebraska Insurance Department’s Producer Licensing Division, welcomed 220 agency personnel to “E&O Loss Control For Automated Agencies”, presented by national expert Lisa Burnside. Attendees were also addressed by Nebraska Insurance Director Bruce Ramge, along with IIABA Chairman–Elect Bobby Bramlett, who travelled from Ardmore, Oklahoma with spouse Nanette to attend the entire convention.
 
Excellence In Education Recognized On October 5
 
CSR of the Year, CISR Designees, and Scholarship Winners Honored
 
IIAN’s Annual Education Recognition Luncheon was also held on October 5 in LaVista, west of Omaha, as part of “Customer Service Representative Day” during the association’s 104th annual convention. The annual event recognizes those who have achieved high educational goals.
 
Professional Development committee chairperson Katie Kochenower, CIC, ARM, AIP, gave an update on InVEST Nebraska, a cooperative effort by IIAN, the IIAN Foundation, and Project InVEST, the national Big “I” insurance education program for high school and college students. InVEST Nebraska is developing an insurance speaker’s bureau for high school students, and promoting the new online Insurance Studies associate degree program which started last year through Northeast Community College.
 
Kochenower went on to report that the winners of the IIAN Foundation’s two 2010 InVEST scholarships Sophia Rose Held of Atkinson and Jennifer M. Vermeer with Cornerstone Insurance in Sterling, have completed the one-year Insurance Certificate program through Northeast, and Held is working towards her associate Insurance Studies business degree.
 
Then IIAN Foundation President Dave Chastain, CPCU took the podium to recognize the winner of the 2011 InVEST scholarship – Jason P. Nelson with Zimmer Insurance Group in Lincoln, who is currently enrolled in the one-year Insurance Certificate program. Chastain also honored the Foundation’s other four 2011 scholarship winners:
  • Elliott Memorial college scholarship – Joseph M. Beran from Lincoln, who is a junior at Concordia University at Seward, majoring in Business Administration. 
  • Jacupke Memorial high school scholarship – Shannon Spencer graduated from Adams Central High School in Hastings, and is attending Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management. 
  • Linder Memorial high school scholarships - Garrett Coble from Grand Island, valedictorian of his class at Central Catholic High School, now a pre-med student at St. John’s University in Minnesota; and Ashley Bodfield, valedictorian of her class at Burke High School in Omaha, now majoring in English at the University of Nebraska Omaha (scholarship partially funded by IIA of Omaha).
The highlight of the luncheon was the conferment of the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) professional designation on 19 individuals who completed the five-course program of study during the past year. The conferment ceremony was performed by Society of CISR Board of Governors member Jeanette Machisic, CIC, AAI, CTM of Denver, CO. Machisic also honored Nebraska’s CSR of the Year – Kathy Miller, CISR, with Joe Morten & Son, South Sioux City. Present to receive their CISR pins were Michael James Hammerlun, CISR – Reiser Insurance, O’Neill; Laurie Dawn Kramper, CISR, Joe Morten & Son, South Sioux City; and Rhonda R. Roguski, CISR, Jones Insurance, Seward.
 
Cole Williams, AIP, with Insurance Associates, Norfolk, was also honored as “Top of Class” for IIAN’s rigorous year-long 2011 Elite Force Sales Training School, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and achievement.
 
New IIAN Officers & Directors Elected In LaVista
 
Ritch Nelson Of Fort Calhoun Is President
IIAN members elected new officers and directors at the association’s annual business meeting on Thursday, October 6 in LaVista, at the Big “I” luncheon during IIAN’s 104th annual convention.
 
IIAN’s new president is Ritch A. Nelson, CIC, LUTCF, with New Frontier Insurance in Fort Calhoun. Also elected were Lisa L. Davis, CPCU, ARM-P, Are, with Davis Insurance in Omaha – Vice President, Dee M. Sykora, AAI, AU, CPIW, Grace Mayer Insurance in Omaha - Secretary-Treasurer. Four IIAN directors were also elected: Mike Jones, CIC – Jones Insurance Agency, David City; Crystal Lessert, AIP – Lessert Insurance Agency, Morrill; Erica Tucker, CISR – Midwest Insurance Exchange, Eagle; and Scott Williams – Insurance Associates, Norfolk. Sandy Johnson, CIC, AAI, with Risk Placement Services in Omaha was elected to her fifth term as Associate member director by the IIAN Board on October 4.
 
IIABA Chairman-Elect Bob Bramlett of Ardmore, Oklahoma, installed officers Nelson, Davis, and Sykora at the convention’s Toga Party dinner that evening, and Nelson presented outgoing IIAN president Ed Mark, AFIS, LUTCF with a plaque in appreciation of his service to IIAN during the past year.
 
Annual IIAN Awards Presented October 6
 
Outgoing IIAN president Ed Mark presented IIAN’s annual agent and company awards at Thursday evening’s convention Toga Party and feast.
 
Member agents honored were: Danforth Loring, CPCU, ARM, CIC, Omaha – Distinguished Service Award, for over 17 years of advocacy through the annual Mid-America Technical Conference, including two years as Conference chairman; Mark B. Lisko, Omaha – Board Leader of the Year, for his pro-active leadership as president of Nebraska Agency Services, IIAN’s for-profit subsidiary; and Lori Ruzicka, CISR, Omaha - Young Agent of the Year, for her leadership as co-chairman of the Omaha Young Agents group.
 
Member company representatives honored were: Adam Crowe, AIC, AIS, North Star Insurance – Company Representative of the Year; and IMT Insurance -- Five Star Company of the Year. Both company awards were determined by nominations from IIAN members. At Thursday’s Big “I” Luncheon, Western Insurors based in Ogallala was named “Trusted Choice® Agency of the Year” by Nebraska Trusted Choice® Chairman Tom Greco, in recognition of the agency’s use of the national consumer brand in all of its customer communications.
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