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: 
Apr 3-4, 2019 - Holiday Inn, Kearney 
Mar 31-Apr 1, 2020 - Holiday Inn, Kearney


2018WClogo.jpg41st Annual Winter Conference

February 20-21, 2018

Holiday Inn - Kearney, Ne



 Instructor Presentations:
Farm Liability & Pollution Slides.pdf
Tech on the Farm including drones Slides.pdf
Farm and Ag Risk Management Slides.pdf
Can and Should- Different Slides.pdf
Personal Lines Handout.pdf
Commercial Insurance and You.pdf
Farm Bill Update Slides.pdf
Social Media Bootcamp Slides.pdf

41st Annual Winter Conference Draws Young Agents & First-Timers to Kearney

Over 280 agents and industry representatives gathered in Kearney for this year's conference, including 73 young agents and 35 "first-timers".  "It was great to see so many young agents at the conference," commented IIAN president Greg Zimmer of Lincoln.  "Helping our Nextgen young agents succeed and get involved in the association is our focus this year."  The conference trade fair on February 20 featured a Nextgen young agent reception and whiskey+wine bottle ring toss, along with 46 exhibitors booths - topped off with piles of cash and booth prizes.
     Conference attendees also earned up to 12 CEUs over two days, and learned about  the latest on Farm Liability and Pollution, along with challenges from Drones, Robotics, and other developing technologies from top national agribusiness expert Casey Roberts, along with why "It's Best To Be You" in commercial lines policies, and the coverage challenges that come with the "sharing economy" - whether it's Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, VRBO, by respected insurance guru Sam Bennett.   And attendees raved about the Farm Bill update and Social Media Boot Camp presented by D.C. agribusiness experts Phillip Hayes and Jon Ostendorff
    Ritch Nelson of Ft. Calhoun was the lucky winner of the raffle prize - a Big Sky, Montana summer vacation package - and the raffle raised over $5,000 for Big "I" PACs!   Cody Krull with Krull Insurance in Minden was the winner of the $125 Young Agent Scholarship, sponsored each year by Farm & Small Agents committee chairman Jim Steider of Seward










Click here to check out the photos from the 2017 Winter Conference.
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).                                
See more photos on our Facebook page.

     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.
WinterConferenceLogo.jpgMIDWEST MADNESS
February 5-6, 2014 - Ramada Inn, Kearney