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Inside this Issue IIAD Fiscal Update Top Agency Practices A New Business Model for a New Generation Mine the Internet for Prospects 15 Best Bills of the Session

Fall 2013

Official Publication of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas

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Contents....................... Presidential Address Executive Summary

by Ben Patterson by Tammy Land

Page 7 Page 8

The 2013 Best Agency Practices Jose Flores: New YA President

Page 10 Page 12

Young Agents Address by Jose Flores Young Agents: A New Business Model for a New Generation

Page 13 Page 14

IIAD Fiscal Update All Industry Day Brief by Lance Goff

Page 19 Page 20

New IIAD Members Mine the Internet for Prospects

Page 21 Page 24

YA Kickoff Social Event YA September Social

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August Officer Installation Luncheon September Legislative Luncheon Update

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The 15 Best Bills of the Session Board Governance Retreat

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IIAD Executive Staff

Tammy Land Executive Director TLAND@IIADALLAS.ORG

noemi obenhaus administrative assistant noemi@iiadallas.org Jaimee Goehring IIAD Staffing Services JAIMEE@IIADALLAS.ORG

Elizabeth Nelson Communications & marketing Director COMM@IIADALLAS.ORG

Published by the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas Elizabeth Nelson: Content, Design and Editing

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presidential address

The Patterson File ...............................

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It pains me to say I am a member of one of the oldest generations in the workforce: The Baby Boomers II or “Generation Jones”. I don’t mind being associated with The Boomers; I just don’t like to use the “old” word when referring to myself. But, I am what I am and I can still enjoy watching Saturday Night Live with my teenager. I personally think the show was better back in the day of Akroid, Belushi, Radner and Murray, but it is still relevant and reaching across generations. So we can all be on the same page, I am seeing the generations in the workforce as broken into these categories: Tammy Land, Executive Director of IIAD

Post-War Cohort Born: 1928-1945, coming of age in 1946-1963. Age in 2013: 68 – 85. Current population = 41 million. This generation had significant opportunities in jobs and education as the War ended and post-war economic boom struck America. However, the growth in Cold War tensions and uncertainty regarding the threat of nuclear war led to levels of discomfort and uncertainty throughout the generation. Members of this group value security, comfort and familiar known activities and environments. We are blessed to still have some members of this group in our workforce and attending our functions.

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Boomers I or The Baby Boomers Born: 1946-1954, coming of age in 1963-1972. Age in 2013: 59-67. Current population = 33 million. For a long time, the Baby Boomers were defined as those born between 1945 and 1964. That would make the generation huge (71 million) and encompass people who were 20 years apart in age, which did not compute. This segment is bounded by the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, the Civil Rights movements and the Vietnam War. Boomers I were either fighting in or protesting against the War. Boomers 2 missed much of it.

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Boomer II or Generation Jones Born: 1955-1965, coming of age in 1973-1983. Age in 2013: 48 to 58. Current population = 49 million. This first post-Watergate generation lost much of its trust in government and optimistic views the Boomers I maintained. Economic struggles including the oil embargo of 1979 reinforced a sense of “I’m out for me” and a focus on self-help. Many of the best jobs, opportunities, housing, etc. were taken by the larger, earlier group. Both Gen x and Boomer II suffer from this long shadow cast by Boomers I. Generation X Born 1966-1976, coming of age in 1988-1994. Age in 2013: 37-47. Current population = 41 million. Sometimes referred to as the “lost” generation, this was the first generation of “latchkey” kids, exposed to lots of daycare and divorce. They are the best educated generation with 29% obtaining bachelor’s degrees or higher. With their education and growing maturity, they are starting to form families with a higher level of caution and pragmatism than their parents demonstrated. Generation Y Born 1977-1994, coming of age in 1998-2006. Age in 2013: 19-36. Current population = 71 million. This is the largest cohort since the Baby Boomers, a reflection of the large population of their Boomer parents. Gen Y kids are known as incredibly sophisticated, technology wise and immune to most traditional marketing and sales pitches. They are not brand loyal and the speed of the Internet has led this cohort to be flexible with rapid changes in fashion and ideas. Generation Z Born 1995-2012, coming of age in 2013-2020. Age in 2013: 1-18. Current population = 23 million and growing rapidly. While we don’t know much about Gen Z yet, we do know that they will grow up in a fast-paced, technologically dominant environment. When we interviewed Bill Henry for the previous edition’s article about his life, we asked him what he thought about the generational changes. He surprised me a little by stating that he really didn’t think any of the generations were different. His point was that we are all humans with basic needs and wants. It’s a valid point, and while we may have different styles of communication, based on the environments and technology that was available when we were growing, we are all the same. We can come together on issues and share perspectives. We are exploring the differences and similarities of the generations on November 5th at the IIAD 2013 All Industry Day at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. The theme is “Come Together”. Please come out and share your perspective with us. 9 -Tammy Land


The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and Reagan Consulting are proud to present‌

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THE 2013 BEST PRACTICES AGENCIES ALABAMA Cobbs, Allen & Hall, Birmingham Crawford Skinner Agency, Springville Fountain, Parker, Harbarger & Associates, Huntsville Peck-Glasgow Agency, Hartselle Starke Agency, Montgomery Thames Batre, Mobile ARIZONA Minard-Ames Insurance Services, Phoenix Meridian Insurance Services, Scottsdale CALIFORNIA Barney & Barney, San Diego BH Gold Insurance Agency, San Diego Bolton & Company, Pasadena Cavignac & Associates Insurance Brokers, San Diego DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, Fresno GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services, Encino G S Levine Insurance Services, San Diego Integra Insurance Solutions, Los Gatos InterWest Insurance Services, Sacramento Navion Insurance Associates, Anaheim Hills Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Santee SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers, Woodland Hills Stratton Agency, San Carlos Teague Insurance Agency, La Mesa Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers, Santa Monica Woodruff-Sawyer & Co, San Francisco

J.K. Olivieri Insurance Agency, Middleboro Kaplansky Insurance, Brookline Mid-State Insurance Agency, Worcester T. Edmund Garrity & Co, Cambridge Tetrault Insurance Agency, New Bedford MARYLAND Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Beltsville

OREGON Assurety NW, Portland The Partners Group, Portland

MAINE Cheney Insurance Agency, Damariscotta F.A. Peabody, Houlton GHM Insurance Agency, Waterville

PENNSYLVANIA Gannon Associates, Towanda NexTier Insurance Services, Butler William B. Parry & Son, Langhorne

MICHIGAN Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency, Grandville Cobb-Hall Insurance Agencies, Howell Global Marine Insurance Agency, Traverse City Hartland Insurance Agency, Hartland Hershey Insurance Group, Troy Kapnick & Company, Adrian The Regency Insurance Group, East Lansing VAST, Marquette

RHODE ISLAND Apple Valley Agency, Greenville Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket Raymond Insurance Agency, Coventry

MINNESOTA Christensen Group, Minneapolis Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Minneapolis Cornerstone Insurance Agency, Chaska Stearns Insurance Services, St. Cloud

COLORADO Centennial Insurance Agency, Pueblo Cherry Creek Insurance Group, Greenwood Village Colorado Insurors Service, Englewood

MISSOURI BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc., Springfield Ollis and Company, Springfield Rackley Insurance Agency, Gainesville

CONNECTICUT AAA Allied Insurance Services, West Hartford Sinclair Insurance Group, Wallingford

MISSISSIPPI Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance, Columbus Ross & Yerger Insurance, Jackson SouthGroup Insurance & Financial Services, Ridgeland Wellington Associates, Flowood

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Clements Worldwide, Washington Howard W. Phillips & Co., Washington FLORIDA Baldwin Risk Partners, Tampa Harden, Jacksonville Herbie Wiles Insurance, St. Augustine ThompsonBaker Agency, St. Augustine GEORGIA Holman and Company, Alpharetta Prime Financial Services, Fayetteville Pritchard & Jerden, Atlanta Siegel Insurance, Atlanta IOWA A & J Petersburg Agenc, Decorah CSB Insurance Group, Johnston LMC Insurance & Risk Management, West Des Moines ILLINOIS Assurance Agency, Schaumburg Brennan & Stuart, LaSalle Esser Hayes Insurance Group, Naperville Nicoud Insurance, Springfield Tave Risk Management, Northbrook INDIANA Cardinal Insurance Services, Indianapolis German American, Jasper Gibson Insurance Agency, South Bend Hupe Insurance Services, Ft. Wayne Midwest Insurance Center, Schererville Rothschild Agency, Merrillville Wetzel Insurance Agency, North Manchester KANSAS Assurance Partners, Salina Bridges Group, Norton The Davidson Agency, Delphos Goodman Gravley Insurance Source, Olathe IMA Financial Group, Wichita The Reilly Company, Leavenworth SBS Insurance Agency, Seneca KENTUCKY Garrett-Stotz Company, Louisville Lawton Insurance, Central City Peel & Holland, Benton Van Meter Insurance, Bowling Green LOUISIANA Blumberg and Associates, Baton Rouge Eagan Insurance Agency, Metairie Louisiana Companies/Querbes & Nelson, Baton Rouge MASSACHUSETTS Baldwin/Welsh & Parker Insurance Agencies, Wayland Chase & Lunt, Newburyport Fair & Yeager Insurance Agency, Natick FBinsure, Taunton

Hub International CFR, Tulsa INSURICA Insurance Management Network, Oklahoma City Professional Insurors Agency, Oklahoma City Wilcox & McGrath Ins, Member of BancFirst Ins Srvc, Oklahoma City

MONTANA Hobson Insurance, Hobson PayneWest Insurance, Missoula NORTH CAROLINA Alliance Insurance Services, Winston Salem Cameron M. Harris & Company, Charlotte Edwards, Church & Muse, Charlotte Lowry, Haywood & Associates, Charlotte O’Connor Insurance Associates, Charlotte SDM&R, Inc. dba Senn Dunn Insurance, Greensboro Twin City Insurance Agency, Newton NORTH DAKOTA Mostad Insurance Services, Langdon Vaaler Insurance, Grand Forks NEBRASKA Barney Insurance, Kearney Ryder Rosacker McCue & Huston, Grand Island UNICO Group, Lincoln NEW HAMPSHIRE Clark-Mortenson Agency, Keene NEW JERSEY Bogle Agency Insurance, Lyndhurst The Chadler Group, Fairfield Scirocco Financial Group, Hasbrouck Heights Van Dyk Group, Beach Haven Terrace NEW MEXICO Burke Insurance Group, Las Cruces NEVADA Cragin & Pike, Las Vegas Stevens Insurance, Las Vegas NEW YORK Austin & Company, Albany BNC Insurance Agency, Rye Brook First Niagara Risk Management, Rochester Gilroy, Kernan, & Gilroy, New Hartford Lawley Insurance, Buffalo M&T Insurance Agency, Buffalo Mang Insurance Agency, Norwich Merriam Insurance Agency, Schenectady R.J. O’Brien Insurance Agency, Glens Falls Seely & Durland Insurance, Warwick Spain Agency, Mahopac York International Agency, Harrison OHIO Carroll Insurance Group, Maumee Hylant Group, Toledo James B. Oswald Company, Cleveland Leugers Insurance, Maria Stein Wilks Insurance Agency, Hamilton OKLAHOMA Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Weatherford

SOUTH CAROLINA Anderson Insurance Associates, Charleston The Bynum Company, Sumter Herlong Bates Burnett Insurance, Greenville CWS Insurance Agency, Spartanburg KeenanSuggs, Columbia Peoples Underwriters, Conway Rosenfeld Einstein, A Marsh & McLennan Agency, Greenville TENNESSEE Collier Insurance, Memphis The Crichton Group, Nashville Higgins Insurance & Benefits, Clarksville The Johnson Agency, Madisonville Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Memphis McDaniel-Whitley, Memphis Regions Insurance Group, Memphis TIS Insurance Services, Knoxville TEXAS Barnard Insurance Agency, Wichita Falls Bigham Kliewer Chapman & Watts, Killeen Bosworth & Associates, Tyler Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Houston Bryan Insurance Agency, Graham CoVerica, Dallas Dean & Draper Insurance Agency, Houston Duncan, Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency, Pampa Edmond, Deaton & Stephens Insurance Agency, Amarillo Focus Insurance & Financial Services, Houston GEM Insurance Agencies, Houston Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, Tyler MHBT, Dallas Pathfinder/LL&D Insurance Group, Houston Patterson & Associates Insurance Agency, Richardson Pierson & Fendley Insurance Agency, Paris Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton, Dallas Mims & Smith Insurance Associates, Midland Montalvo Insurance Agency, Weslaco Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency, Lubbock Shepard Walton King Insurance Group, Harlingen Sun West Insurance Agency, Arlington Swingle, Collins & Associates, Dallas Texas Associates Insurors, Austin Watkins Insurance Group, Austin Weatherby-Eisenrich Insurance Agency, Andrews Wortham Insurance & Risk Management, Houston UTAH Fred A Moreton & Company, Salt Lake City The Presidio Group, Salt Lake City Western States Insurance Agency, Spanish Fork VIRGINIA AH&T Insurance, Leesburg DeJarnette Insurance Agency, Nathalie Engle Paxson & Hawthorne Insurance Services, Leesburg Scott Insurance, Lynchburg Short Insurance Associates, Charlottesville S.L. Nusbaum Insurance Agency, Norfolk Towne Insurance Agency, Virginia Beach Trustpoint Insurance, Bristol Ware Insurance, Virginia Beach Welch, Graham Ogden Insurance, Manassas VERMONT Kinney Pike Insurance, Rutland WASHINGTON Davidson & Associates Insurance, Vancouver Parker Smith & Feek, Bellevue The Unity Group, Bellingham WISCONSIN M3 Insurance, Madison The Starr Group, Greenfield WEST VIRGINIA Mountain State Insurance Agency, Charleston WYOMING North Wyoming Insurance, Buffalo

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Welcome

Jose R. Flores, Young Agents President 2013

Jose holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. He is a proud alumnus of the UNT Risk Management and Insurance Club and an active supporter of UNT. He also is a Certified Insurance Counselor and is pursuing his CPCU. He started his career at Union Standard Insurance a Berkley Company in 2005 as an underwriter intern. He held the positions of Commercial Lines Marketing Representative and Underwriter with Union Standard. In 2013, Jose joined AIG in their World Risk department and has been expanding his knowledge and experience underwriting foreign casualty. Let me start off by thanking all of the supporters of the YA of Dallas and IIAD. All of the activities we

purpose of the Young Agent group. This may make your office reluctant to participate with the YA group.

put on last year could not have been accomplished without your support.

I personally have been part of this group for the past 6 years in some capacity or another. Sometimes, I was just a simple spectator. It was other young professionals who mentored and led me to become more involved. While some of you all who read these newsletters or attend some of our functions are familiar with Young Agents, there maybe some that don’t understand the 12

The purpose of YA is to help perpetuate the independent insurance system in the metroplex. We do this by providing educational opportunities, networking functions, and philanthropical activities. My guesstamation of the breakdown of the group by segment is as follows: Retail Agent/Broker 25%, Wholesale Broker 30%, Carrier 35%, and 10% Service provider.


We have participation from: Personal, Commercial, Life, Health, and Benefits experts in sales, underwriting, marketing, claims, and service. Within the group there are 6 committees: Executive, Education/ Membership, Treasury, Service, Social, and Special Projects. All of the ideas and decisions to do or not to do something are made by this group. Decisions are made on majority vote. The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, at noon, at the IIAD office. The meetings are usually about one hour. They are open to all IIAD members. This business of insurance is not easy and at times very hard to navigate if you don’t have resources to bounce ideas or questions off. In whatever stage your organization is in, there are always limited resources and monetary funds have to be allocated to where the most maximization can occur. Sometimes we overlook the simple things like education, career development, mentorship, networking, and work life balance. All of this hurts the human potential. The business of insurance to the general population is not very exciting, there may be some of us insurance nerds that live for it, but we are definitely the minority. Forbes 2013 Best Jobs article puts Insurance Underwriters at #74 and Insurance Agents #78 out of 200. To put it into prospective, Brick Layers rank #53. I am optimistic, and that just means there is room for improvement. There are some positives; Actuary ranks #1 and Financial Planner #5. So how do you expect to attract talent to your insurance organization? What are you going to offer of value to retain them? Don’t have a plan? Let us help you with some of that. We don’t have the silver bullet, but we do have a group of young talented individuals that are committed to the industry. We have a full year and expect it to be very conducive to all participants:

Service Work: Blitz Smoke Alarm installation Landscape Project Dallas Fire House InVest: Career Closet

Networking Events: October Social November All Industry Day Social February Whirly Ball tournament March Social March St. Patrick’s Day 5K run May: Impact Fundraiser/Golf Tournament Education: March YA Luncheon /CE

Why Young Agents of Dallas? Because it’s a democratic group of young talented professionals, who encourage, educate, mentor, work together to help others, network to solve business issues, and will perpetuate those exiting the business. To top it off it is free perk if you are and IIAD member, so you have already paid for it. Not a member? Please contact the IIAD office for membership. Also, if you feel compelled to sponsor the YA group, the lovely staff of IIAD will also be able to help you with those opportunities that come with other perks as well.

We encourage constructive ideas and criticism, so please come see us on the first Wednesday of the month for our brownbag luncheons. Visit us on social media; LinkedIn and Instagram. Also, for a full list of committee members and calendar events please visit our website.

Thank You, Jose R. Flores Instagram @IIADYoungAgents LinkedIn: IIAD Young Agents

Opportunities for Young Agents

Participation as a Young Agent exhibits your dedication and commitment to the industry. A wealth of current industry information can be learned from other Young Agents and it’s a great way to strengthen company relationships.

Opportunities for Independent Agents

As an agent, you will gain new ideas from others to give back to your agency as well as develop strong and lasting relationships with IIAD member companies.

Opportunities for Companies and Carriers Young Agents Committee provides an unprecedented opportunity to reach agents in order to achieve strong working relationships.

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Young Agents: a

New Business Model for a

New Generation

When Amy Bryan opened Bryan Insurance Agency (New Windsor, NY), in 2004 at the age of 22, she had no clients, no carriers, and no track record. What Amy did have was a well-prepared

business plan. ‘The first thing I did after deciding to start an agency was to research and write a business plan,’ she remembers. ‘I opened during a hard market; many people told me I was crazy. I guess ignorance is bliss,’ she laughs. ‘I don’t go halfway into something, so I was fully committed to starting the agency.’ Amy wasn’t new to the insurance industry — her grandfather, father, aunt and uncle spent their careers as captive agents. Since Amy was 13 years old, she had worked at her dad’s State Farm agency during school breaks, doing customer service work and handling claims. Amy attended State University of New York at Oswego, not interested in pursuing a career in insurance. After graduating in 2003 with degrees in graphic design and marketing, she worked in the graphic design department of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. ‘I loved the creative work, but I really wanted to run my own business and work directly with people,’ she explains. ‘It was actually my dad, Bruce Bryan, who suggested I become an independent agent,’ Amy says. ‘He thought the independent business looked more creative; you get to design individual coverage packages for customers and think outside the box to solve risk management problems. Dad also recognized that the independent side offers both agents and clients more flexibility in products and services. All of this appealed to my creative bent.’

Business Savvy

When Amy embarked on her new career in 2004, the hardening market wasn’t the only challenge for independent agents in New York. At that time, then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer began investigating insurers and brokers for alleged bid rigging, and attacking the practice of contingent commissions. Add the intense competition in New York, and you have the makings of a difficult climb up the insurance career ladder. Undaunted, Amy used her business plan to seek agency appointments with insurance companies. ‘Because I had no history to share with companies, the business plan had to be comprehensive and make companies feel confident about doing business with me,’ she explains. ‘I included demographics of the area where the agency would be located, description of the competition, marketing plans, and expected growth, among other things.’ A friend of Amy’s suggested that she call the Professional Insurance Agents of New York (PIANY) to obtain E&O coverage for her new business. ‘The very next day, I attended my first PIA meeting — a regional conference —bringing copies of my business 14 plan to hand out,’ she recalls. ‘What a jump-start that was for me. I met so many agents and company people that day.


“Insurance is a big and varied industry and there are a lot of directions in which a person can go... If I can bring someone in who has no insurance background but likes people, I can teach him or her the technical part.”

her agency’s operation.

‘I was so green,’ Amy laughs. ‘I met a company rep who asked if I was a wholesaler or retailer. I said, ‘What’s a wholesaler and what’s a retailer?’ I never feel stupid asking questions, though; I keep asking until I understand.’ She says that most people — especially company underwriters — have been very helpful in providing guidance and information in these early years of

At this first PIANY event, Amy met the president of Associated Mutual, a regional company, who appointed her that day. ‘I didn’t quite know what to do. I asked him, ‘Do I come to you?’ and he patiently answered, ‘No, we come to you.’’ With this appointment under her belt, Amy was able to get appointments from other companies more easily. ‘I’m so grateful that Associated Mutual gave me a chance, and it was a chance,’ she laughs. Growing From Scratch Amidst some friendly family rivalry, Bryan Insurance and the family State Farm agency sometimes collaborate to serve their customers better. When she first started the agency, Amy says her focus was on commercial lines. ‘Since my dad’s agency handles mostly personal lines, the State Farm agents could send customers to me for commercial coverage, without fear that I would try to lure them away.’ In the past few years, the Bryan Agency has become 65% personal lines, due mainly to the phenomenal growth of Orange County, New York, where the agency is located. ‘We’re an hour north of New York City; people can live affordably in a nice town yet work in the city,’ Amy explains. She has been able to tap into the many new homebuyers and business owners from this housing boom. Besides Orange County, the agency writes business further downstate in New York, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia. In addition to Amy, agency staff includes a full-time producer/CSR/ ‘everything’ and a part-time CSR/administrative assistant who work in the main office, and a full-time producer in another office about 15 miles away. Amy’s hiring philosophy — which she says she acquired from her dad — differs from that of many agency owners. ‘If I hire someone and they only stay one or two years before going to another agency, that’s okay because I’ve helped perpetuate the industry,’ Amy states. ‘Insurance is a big and varied industry, and there are a lot of directions in which a person can go,’ she continues. ‘If I can bring some15 one in who has no insurance background but likes people, I can teach him or her the technical part.’


A New Kind of Marketing Amy’s progressive attitude might have something to do with the fact that she’s a member of ‘Generation Y,’ the group of Americans born between 1980 and the mid1990s. These ‘Millennials’ are also accurately called the ‘Net Generation,’ because they’re the first generation to grow up with computers and technology. Understanding how these consumers think and respond, Amy uses technology to reach them, especially through social networking. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are just a few familiar names whose possible uses many Baby Boomers don’t totally understand. ‘Younger consumers shop for everything online, from toothpaste to clothes to vacations to insurance. They haven’t dealt with an agent or broker and don’t understand why they need one,’ Amy says. ‘Marketing to any specific age group means working with them on the level where they’re comfortable.’ Amy says she uses Facebook and Twitter mostly for consumer education. ‘My Facebook page started out as a personal thing and took a natural turn into a professional way to communicate with insureds and potential customers,’ she explains. Twitter and Facebook icons make it easy for people to use these media to contact her. Through insurance

these social concepts in

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tools, Amy draws younger people in She has a Facebook group called ‘Bryan

by explaining Agency Group’

coverages and for discussion.

‘I don’t give specific coverage advice through Facebook, but this is a starting point with many clients and potential clients,’ she says. Technology can go only so far, though, Amy acknowledges. ‘I love for people to come in to the office to talk about their insurance needs.’ While a Facebook page can include photos, videos, games and a variety of other fun things, Twitter is a service that allows users to create short, text-based messages (called ‘tweets’) that are supposed to answer the question: ‘What are you doing?’ Amy explains, ‘I’ve used Twitter to explain renters insurance and to give defensive driving updates.’ Besides reaching both current customers and potential customers, Amy says these social networking sites provide a convenient way to network with other insurance professionals. For example, an agent in California used information from one of her tweets for his insureds, giving her credit for it. LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site featuring contact details of users and other people they know in business. An example of how this networking tool works: A Starwood employee and former co-worker found Amy on LinkedIn and saw that she knew an employer with whom the Starwood employee was applying for a job. Amy was able to provide a reference and, since there was already a connection between the employer and Amy, the referral was a solid one and enhanced the hiring process.

The Insurance Community As mentioned earlier, when Amy was launching her agency, a friend suggested that she attend a Regional Awareness Program (RAP), sponsored by the PIA of New York. RAPs are one-day conferences that usually include a mini-trade show, educational sessions, panel discussions, award presentations, and networking opportunities. The PIANY sponsors three of these conferences during the year, held in different parts of the state. After that first PIANY meeting, Amy joined the association’s Young Insurance Professionals (YIP), through which she has established invaluable relationships with other young producers, association staff and board members, and company people. If starting a new career from scratch in a different industry just five years ago hasn’t been challenging enough, Amy has immersed herself in the PIANY and YIP, serving on a variety of committees, including government issues, business issues and recruitment.

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In 2008 — just four years after becoming an independent agent — Amy became chair of the NY-YIP board. According to Kim Voelker, director of the Young Insurance Professionals Department for the PIAs of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, ‘Amy has a ‘nononsense’ leadership style that’s refreshing and dynamic. ‘She’s not afraid to experiment with new programs and member incentives and often finds creative solutions to the organization’s budget challenges in this rough economy,’ Kim continues. ‘NY-YIP continues to thrive with solid membership and growing involvement. Because Amy is the age of our target membership, she understands how to market to them intuitively.’ Carl Abramson, who works at Associated Mutual and serves on the YIP board with Amy, says that her professionalism and other-centeredness have garnered the respect of her peers, clients and company reps. ‘People can see that Amy’s attitude is ‘It’s not about me,’ so when she speaks, people listen.’ There’s no respite for Amy — this year she’s also serving as chair of the Hudson Valley RAP in October.

Career Success To others who want to start their own agency, Amy says two things are very important: ‘networking and creating a business plan. That was the foundation of my agency.’ Amy adds, ‘At times you get frustrated, but you just have to keep pushing through.’ As a result of this perseverance, most of Amy’s new clients now come from referrals. ‘But don’t worry about getting referrals,’ she suggests. ‘Take care of your customers and the referrals will come.’ Amy believes that working in customer service at her dad’s agency years before has allowed her to better understand the client’s perspective. ‘Customers are buying a promise, and they have to trust you. Whether the claim is large or small, it has the same effect on the client. That problem is the most important thing to them at the moment, and it should be to you as the agent also. ‘You have to be committed to finding the right service, the right product for the customer,’ she continues. ‘Remember, you’re not just selling insurance. Clients may come into the office with an insurance issue, but they really come to talk about everything else,’ she muses. Combining her creativity and business sense, and taking advantage of social networking has been a successful strategy for Amy Bryan in these first five years of her career as a producer and agency owner. It’s not hard to imagine continued success for many years to come for this young insurance professional. Reproduced,

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Over the years our Association has had its ups and downs financially. Not too many years ago we had a financial crisis that did not end well for us and others; however, with time we have rebounded. We have been blessed in the recent past with leadership from our Board of Directors, Officers and Staff with an incredible commitment to a governance structure that leaves the management of the staff and association in the capable hands of out Executive Director Tammy Land and the policy setting, vision and long range planning with the Board. Over the last several years the Board has committed itself with fiscal responsibility in our operations and to that end we are beginning to experience surpluses as opposed to losses that had been eroding our reserves. As you know our Association is comprised of two operating entities; our non-profit IIAD (Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas) and our for-profit IES (Insurance Employment Services). IES was established a number of years ago to provide member employment services for agency staff needs at a discounted basis over industry recruiting firms and also to provide a means to generate revenue for our association. This revenue is passed back to IIAD via an annual management fee and at the same time zero out any profit in IES for tax purposes. I am proud to state that we diligently review and monitor our expenses and expected profits beginning with an annual budget projected for each year with a commitment to profitability of a minimum 10-15% expectancy. Tammy and her staff understand our expectation and are equally committed to a performance to achieve desired results. Please know that this is your association and the Staff, Board and Officers pledge to our members to be good stewards of our funds and govern with best practices in mind operationally.

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All Industry Day Brief by Lance Goff

Well, the time is nearly upon us. Join us on November 5th, 2013 as we all “COME TOGETHER” in Irving, Texas. This year we have a new venue as well as a new date. This year, we will hold All Industry Day at the Irving Convention Center. This is an amazing facility and I know you will be impressed with it. Come in the morning and listen to the Property & Casualty Panel discuss the issues of the day as well as how to deal with the different generations in our industry. We will follow that up with the National Alliance Conferment Ceremony. Then join us as we enjoy a great lunch and listen to Ryan Estis our keynote Speaker. Then, spend some time in the trade show and visit our vendors and sponsors. If that isn’t enough for you, come listen to Misty Baker give an update on the Affordable Care Act. Who knows what will be happening by then. Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, if your agency uses AMS or Applied, send some of your staff over as they will receive training from the experts on both systems. Classes start at 2:00. Now, that all being said, I thought that since this is my last year doing this (yes Tammy, it really is), I would reflect on All Industry Day. I have had the honor of serving on this committee for 12 years now. More importantly, I have been honored to cochair this event for the last 4-5 years (they run together so I forget how long). In the last 12 years, we have gone through 4 Executive Directors (one Ryan Estis, Business Performance Consultant and Keynote Speaker

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quit 30 days before the event), 4 executive assistants, and numerous venue changes. Not to mention a new association president every year. Through all of it, I have served with some of the best volunteers in the industry and I thank them all for allowing me to be a part of it and a part of their lives as we worked together to put on the largest single day insurance event in the South West. You know, that last part is the part that amazes me every day. Here we are in Dallas, and we put on the biggest and best event every year which makes us the envy of the rest of the entire state. Through it all, we tried to keep the integrity of the event and still have a little fun with it. Things like wearing a tuxedo (Ben Patterson looked like a stuffed penguin), dressing up like a game show host and last year having Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders running around. Who knows what this year will bring. I could go on forever, but since we pay by the page I won’t. But, before ending, I want to thank this year’s committee. Many are new to the committee and had a stiff learning curve. I appreciate the dedication you have shown. Many committees may meet a couple of times before an event is held. We start meeting right after the lights are turned out on the previous All Industry Day. This event wouldn’t happen without you or the more than outstanding IIAD staff who do the real work behind the scenes. Once again Thank You, and I look forward to seeing everyone there as we all “COME T O G E T H E R : on November Lance Goff, Assistant Vice President at 5th in Irving. Philadelphia Insurance Companies


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Why Join IIAD? Hear it from our members! Anne Sheahen of Hotchkiss Insurance Agency is on the Board of Directors of IIAD. “There are so many benefits as a professional and community member. I am much more aware of what’s going on in the local community as far as insurance needs. IIAD helps me see how the industry is developing and how to plan for future development. ” Ron Patterson has been on the Board of Directors of IIAD for many years. “If you belong to your local association, you are going to reap more rewards than you can ever think imaginable. At every event, we form friendships and partnerships. If you get involved, give up your self, and give up your talents, it will reap tenfold to you as a member of IIAD.”

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Adam Sammons, Producer at MHBT, has been a member for 3 years and served as president of the Young Agents of IIAD. “Its important for people to know who you are. When you have a personal relationship with an underwriter, wholesaler, and broker, there is a level of trust. To me, that is the biggest benefit.”

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August Officer Installation Luncheon The August CE Officer Installation Luncheon was a success. Greg Rubel of Markel Corporation, September’s CE instructor, lectured on Oil & Gas and IIAD had a record attendance! At the luncheon, Ben Patterson was sworn in as the new president of IIAD. IIAD generously donated $500 to the InVEST Program, which was presented by Ben Patterson and accepted by Errica Rivera. Please see pages 32, 33, and 34 for photos from the CE opportunity and luncheon. To view the CE lecture notes, visit IIADallas.org and click on “Resources” For photos from the luncheon, click on “August Luncheon Photos” under the events tab.


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September Legislative Update Luncheon Special thanks to Dan Branch, our guest speaker at the luncheon. Dan Branch is a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. First elected in 2002, as a Republican, Branch is currently in his sixth term representing District 108, the "heart of Dallas", which includes Downtown, Uptown, Historic East Dallas, Greenland Hills, Lower Greenville, The Village, as well as the town of Highland Park and the city of University Park.

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IIAT 83rd Legislative Session Results

15 Best Bills of the Session 1. SB 1795 by Watson – Navigator Regulation .....................................................9.1.13 SB 1795 authorizes the Texas Department of Insurance to determine whether the navigators in Texas, contracted by the Federal Healthcare Exchange, are qualified to perform their duties, sufficiently trained, and accounted for through a state registration with TDI. The bill prohibits navigators from holding themselves out to be licensed insurance agents or being compensated based on enrollment. Additionally, the bill authorizes TDI to conduct background checks on navigators if necessary. 2. HB 1405 by Smithee – Surplus Lines Requirements .........................................1.1.14 HB 1405 corrected a problem caused by previously passed legislation. Because of the various roles that an agent or surplus lines agent may play, there was uncertainty about who was responsible for filing taxes and retaining information, making the audit process difficult, if not impossible. A retail agent who has a surplus lines license should have a written agreement with the surplus lines agent/broker stating which surplus lines agent/broker is responsible for filing the taxes and all other reporting requirements of a surplus lines agent. 3. HB 500 by Hilderbran – Margins Tax Revisions ..............................................6.14.13 HB 500 provides help to small businesses in Texas, including independent agents. The margins tax exempts the first $1 million of business revenues from taxation, but that exemption was set to expire in January 2014. This legislation makes the exemption permanent and accomplishes other changes in taxation which will be implemented in the next few years. 4. SB 181 by Hegar – Electronic Verification of Auto Insurance ................... Immediately SB 181 changes the Transportation Code to permit the use of a wireless device to verify financial responsibility for the operation of an auto. The image displayed on the device must be provided by the insurer. An officer may not access any other information on the device. A court may require the presentation of a paper copy if there is reason to question the validity of the electronic information. 5. SB 1702 by Taylor – TWIA Waiver Program Extension ............................. Immediately SB 1702 extended until Dec. 31, 2015 the rule that allows non-compliant homes to be eligible for coverage in TWIA with the payment of a surcharge. Without this extension, non-compliant homes would not have been eligible for TWIA coverage after August 2013. SB 1702 only extends the rule to the end of 2015. 6. SB 852 by Taylor – Posting of Policy Information Online ...................................9.1.13 SB 852 allows insurers to post basic policy forms online for personal and commercial auto, inland marine, and residential property coverages. At the request of the insured, the insurer must provide the customer with a copy of the specimen policy that is posted. The insurer must also clearly state on all policies the web address where the policy language is located and explain how the insured can receive a copy. The forms must be able to be saved and copied for up to five years. 7. HB 949 by Smithee – Coverage for Newly Acquired Vehicles ............................9.1.13 HB 949 clarifies the requirement for insurers to add newly acquired or replacement vehicles to a personal auto policy. A replacement private passenger vehicle or pickup truck must be provided the same coverage as existed on the vehicle being replaced. If the insured wants to add coverage or continue physical damage coverage, they must notify the insurer within 20 days of obtaining the replacement vehicle. With any additional vehicle, the insurer must provide the broadest coverage of any vehicle on the policy.

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Board Governance Retreat On September 12, IIAD had a Board Governance Retreat at the Eldorado Country Club. The purpose of the meeting was to continue development of our Board of Directors. The meeting was facilitated by Bobbi Bilnoski, President and CEO of Concinnity Network. The board will be focusing on our action items in the next board meetings. The meeting outcomes included the following: •Shared understanding of the Board & Executive roles and responsibilities •Shared understanding of board policies •Shared understanding of how to use policies •Agreement on what is working and what can be improved •Agreement on strategic priorities for 2013-2014 •Agreement on board committee structure and work plans •Agreement on volunteer management structure

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Morning Property & Casualty Panel 2 Hour Continuing Education Credit 9:00 am - 11:00 am Moderator: Paul Martin, CPCU

The Panel will begin with an introduction of the panelists who will discuss the state of the industry. Then, there will be a discussion on what agents look for in a company and what companies look for in an agency. This panel will analyze the differences in generations and how to manage the differences, how to attract new people to the industry, technology and the generations, and communicating with different generations. There will be time for questions and comments at the end.

Paul Martin, CPCU is ProjectCAP's State Association Liaison. Martin works with the various Big I associations around the country, helping them communicate the message of how CAP will positively impact the industry. He assists independent insurance associations in their efforts to educate members regarding the goals, resources, benefits and operations of the CAP Project, and gaining adoption by the agencies in the various states. Martin has spent his entire career in the industry serving in a variety of roles including: multi-line adjuster, commercial underwriter, independent agent, company manager, association education 42 director, and industry consultant.


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Misty Baker is the Director of Health Insurance at IIAT. Baker has been in the insurance industry for 13 years. In 2000, Baker founded Lonestar Benefit Solutions, an independent agency that focused on individual health insurance needs, health savings accounts and small group plans. In 2006, Baker was named to the Texas Health Coverage Awareness and Education Program Task Force by TDI Commissioner Mike Geeslin. Baker has been a member of the Austin Association of Health Underwriters (AAHU) since 1999 where she served as president. She has also served as the director of legislative affairs for the Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) and is currently president-elect of TAHU. Baker has been the recipient of many awards recognizing her outstanding service to the industry, including: the 2003 Hutzler Award in Austin for outstanding service to the AAHU board, the 2005 and 2011 Tom Schilling Outstanding Texan of the Year awards, the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) state legislative achievement award, the 2006 TAHU legislative award, the 2008 NAHU Spirit of Freedom Award, and the 2010 Shirley Hutzler Legislative Excellence Award. 43


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20 Registrations + 1 Premium Booth Premium seating for two tables of ten at luncheon 2 VIP tickets to special presentation with Ryan Estis 1 exclusive meeting room for your use to meet with clients or VIP guests Premium Sponsor recognition before, during, and after the event

Gold Sponsorship without booth ($5,000)

25 Registrations Premium seating for two tables of ten at luncheon 2 VIP tickets to special presentation with Ryan Estis 1 exclusive meeting room for your use to meet with clients or VIP guests Premium Sponsor recognition before, during, and after the event

Silver Sponsorship with booth ($2,500) 10 registrations + 1 premium booth location Premium seating for one table of ten at luncheon 1 VIP ticket to special presentation with Ryan Estis Sponsor Logo recognition before, during, and after event

Silver Sponsorship without booth ($2,500) 15 registrations Premium seating for one table of 10 at luncheon 1 VIP ticket to special presentation by Ryan Estis Sponsor Logo recognition before, during, and after the event

Bronze Sponsorship ($1,500) 10 individual registrations - open seating Name recognition

Coffee Sponsorship ($750) 2 individual registrations Company Name Recognition

Parking Sponsorship ($500) Company Name Recognition

Small Agency 10-pack ($1,000) for agencies with 20 or fewer employees 10 individual registrations - open seating

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