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Winter Conference

(Formerly known as the Rural & Small Agents Conference*)
 
Continuing a 35+ year tradition of meeting the educational needs of insurance agents and company representatives, IIAN's Winter Conference provides a specialized curriculum based on member input and current events.  All classes are taught by the best educators in the industry.  Includes 40+ exhibitor trade fair, prime rib buffet.
 
*This name change starting in 2012 is to reflect that the conference is designed to meet the needs of all IIAN members, including those that focus on agricultural risks.
 
Future Dates/Locations: 
Feb 1-2, 2017 - Holiday Inn, Kearney
Feb 20-21, 2018 - Holiday Inn, Kearney 
Apr 3-4, 2019 - Holiday Inn, Kearney 
Mar 31-Apr 1, 2020 - Holiday Inn, Kearney

Event Contact:

Nancy Robeson
Director of Operations

nancy.robeson@biginebraska.org

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Click here to check out the photos from the 2017 Winter Conference.
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February 3-4, 2016
Holiday Inn, Kearney 
 
 
Winter Storm Kayla Hits Day Before Conference - But 100 Brave The Storm
             
                                 
Scene outside Kearney Holiday Inn on February 3
In spite of a huge storm system packing blizzard-force winds and near record-breaking snow accumulations which hit Nebraska February 1 and 2, about 100 hardy agents and company personnel - including 18 trade fair exhibitors - made it to Kearney February 3 and 4 for IIAN's 39th Annual Winter Conference at the Holiday Inn.  Over 250 agents and company personnel were pre-registered, including 53 "first-timers" and 66 young agents.                              
 
    
Conference attendees earned up to 12 CEUs, enjoyed the traditional prime rib buffet, and visited with the 18 exhibitors who braved the storm.  Featured conference instructors were agribusiness expert  Robin Souza, CPCU, CIC, AFIS,  who was able to fly into Kearney a day early, Nebraska crop insurance guru Ted Cremers, and popular instructor Lisa Worley, CIC, ARM, who got stuck in Chicago for a day on her way from Alabama. 
 
Kevin Krull of Minden was the lucky winner of the raffle prize - a three-night Vegas Vacation for two at The Venetian - and the raffle raised over $3,000 for Big "I" PACs!  Vince Christensen with Christensen  Insurance in St. Paul was the winner of a $125 Young Agent scholarship, sponsored by IIAN member  Jim Steider  of Seward.   The conference is presented each year by IIAN's Farm & Small Agents committee, chaired this year by Jim Steider (who got snowed in).                                
 
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     February 4-5, 2015
     Ramada Inn, Kearney
 

 
 
In spite of a winter storm tracking along I-80, 250 agents and company representatives-including 21 "first-timers" and 40 trade fair exhibitors - gathered in Kearney February 4-5 for "Guardians of the Heartland", IIAN's 38th annual Winter Conference held at the Ramada Inn.   Conference attendees earned up to 13 CEUs, grooved to 1980's-era music from the hit movie "Guardians of the Heartland" during the trade fair, and visited with 40 exhibitors who braved the storm.
 
Featured conference instructors were agribusiness expert Casey Roberts, agency management consultant Angie Heavener, CISR instructor Chuck Hembree, and agency digital marketing guru Paul Martin.  
 
Members also learned about IIAN's partnership with 4-H to promote Trusted Choice®  - the "Life's Choices" career education program - from 4-H'rs (and twins) Mariclaire and Merrilee Prill of Kearney, who spoke about how 4-H and Life's Choices has helped them prepare for college and careers.  
 
Ritch Nelson of Ft. Calhoun was the lucky winner of the Big "I" raffle prize - a Vizio 70" HDTV/sound sytem - and the raffle raised $3,200 for InsurPac!   Matthew Gerken with The Insurance Center in Omaha was the winner of a $125 Young Agent scholarship, sponsored by IIAN member Jim Steider of Seward. Theresa Hampton from Mullen won the drawing for a $50 gift card, for completing IIAN's grassroots political survey during the conference.  The conference is presented each year by IIAN's Farm & Small Agents committee, chaired again this year by Maureen Wagoner of Grand Island.
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February 5-6, 2014 - Ramada Inn, Kearney 
 
 
 
 
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"Survivor" In Kearney February 6-7
Over 275 agents and company representatives-including 77 "first-timers" and 40 trade fair exhibitors - gathered in Kearney February 6-7 for "Survivor - Out Sell, Out Service, Out Produce", IIAN's 36th annual Winter (formerly Rural & Small Agents) Conference held at the Ramada Inn. Conference attendees earned up to 13 CEUs, and learned about IIAN's new partnership with 4-H to promote career education and the Trusted Choice® consumer brand, as well as how to take advantage of free digital marketing tools from Project CAP.

 
Featured conference instructors were insurance guru Jerry Milton, and agribusiness expert Cheryl Koch - along with Wednesday luncheon presenters Shane Potter with the 4-H Foundation, Phil Harr and Deb Schilz with IIAN; and Thursday luncheon presenter Paul Martin with Project CAP. 
 
Jamie Gustafson with SafetyNet Insurance in Central City was the winner of a $125 Young Agent scholarship, sponsored by IIAN Director Jim Steider of Seward. IIAN member Scott Williams of Norfolk was the lucky winner of the InsurPac raffle prize - a "Vegas Vacation" for two at Caesar's Palace.
 
The conference is presented each year by IIAN's Farm & Small Agents committee, chaired by Kim Williams of North Platte. 
 
 
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Midwestern Mardi Gras in Kearney, NE

Over 300 agents and company representatives-including 62 "first-timers" and 44 trade fair exhibitors - gathered in Kearney February 21-22 for "Midwestern Mardi Gras", IIAN's 35th Annual Winter Conference (formerly Rural & Small Agents) held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.
 
A highlight of the conference was an inspirational and humorous talk by keynoter Aaron Davis, who gave attendees strategies to “perform like a champion”. Featured conference instructors were insurance guru John Dismukes, E&O expert Lisa Worley, along with breakout session presenters Sid Fey with Nationwide, Charles Olson with OCI Insurance Services, IIAN Health Insurance Exchange Task Force Chairman Mark Lisko and Legislative Representative Jim Cavanaugh, and Todd Kelley and Dave Teche with Central Financial Services.
 
Mitch Freshour with Weber Insurance in Columbus was the winner of a $100 Young Agent scholarship, sponsored by IIAN Director Jim Steider of Seward. IIAN member Todd Mundhenke of Ainsworth was the lucky winner of the InsurPac raffle prize – a 51” 3-D HDTV and BluRay player.
 
The conference is presented each year by IIAN’s Farm & Small Agents committee, chaired by Kim Williams of North Platte.

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