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Every year, the education-packed, fun filled PYIB convention gets bigger and better and this year has a lot of new and exciting events that will be sure to please all attendants. So why attend the PYIB convention in Edmonton on September 16-17, 2011? What’s in it for me? And why would my boss spend the money to send me? These are great questions and below are the reasons and value our participants get from the convention. 0

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The insurance industry is a very small world as we all know. It’s very important to get out and network with your fellow brokers and company reps and for the “under 40â€? set, there is no better place than a PYIB convention. At our 2010 convention we had 19 insurance company trade show booths and a total of 57 company reps attend the trade show and entertainment night. The company reps ranged from personal lines and commercial lines underwriters to marketing and claims reps. The majority of the companies send their front line underwriting staff which provides you with an opportunity to meet the underwriters you deal with on a daily basis and put a face to the name and voice. By the end of the evening, you have made new friends and formed a stronger relationship with your underwriters, which is sure to help you out with your day-to-day dealings when you get back to the office. With brokers attending from all over the province, from large offices to small offices and from two months to ten years experience, the opportunity to network and find out other brokers challenges, what’s working for them, etc‌ is another great benefit of attending. You will make some great friends 

















































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and when you have a large trucking account you are quoting for the first time, you will be able to call your new friend who specializes in trucking to give you some tips and advice to help you close the account. :

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The education portion of the convention is certainly the most important aspect of the event. Over the years, we have had amazing speakers such as Jennie Moshous (AXA Pacific Insurance), Dianne Brickner (Peace Hills Insurance) and Scott Tannas (Western Financial Group). Education session topics have included â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Drives Young Insurance Professionals,â&#x20AC;? technology and change, political issues and many more. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also featured ses-

sions designed to motivate and inspire young brokers to achieve success. Note: all convention education sessions are accredited. We try to choose topics that we know would benefit young brokers and help you with your day-to-day roles and advance in your careers. ?

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A lot of the participants in our convention are individuals who want to get involved with the PYIB and give back to the industry thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given so much to them. Your participation level can include helping out with setup and takedown, working the registration desk, etc. By helping out and getting involved, you are able to interact and learn from the board and executive and their experiences in the industry and with the PYIB. We host several events throughout the year so if anyone wants to get involved just contact me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll point you in the right direction.


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And last but not least, the entertainment leaves everyone going away from the convention with a smile. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had everything from a hypnotist to a stand-up comedian and dueling pianos. The entertainment portion of the evening creates a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to let loose, have some fun and interact with their industry peers. Hope to see you at the upcoming convention. We love to get feedback from our members so if you have any ideas, concerns, suggestions etc., please email or call us anytime.



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PYIB Convention  

Article from the April/May Issue of Alberta Broker Magazine

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