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Independent agents are the backbone of our insurance business. So, when you talk, we listen. Your requests have prompted us to provide real-time technologies for your convenience. We know you have better things to do with your time than perform tedious data entry. That’s why we’re using the latest technology to provide you with real-time access to your customers’ account information on Transformation Station and Transact Now™ make real-time inquiry available for: • Policy • Billing • Claims • Loss runs Renewals, endorsements, new business, cancellations, reinstatements—automatically downloaded into your agency management system with updates downloaded nightly. Contact our United Fire marketing team at 800-828-2705 to learn more about these real-time technologies. Go ahead . . . we’re listening! ®

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The Executive Corner Jerry Diamond, Exec VP

Are You a Leader or a Follower? I am sure most of you know through the emails and phone calls that there have been many insurance-related bills introduced in the 2013 Legislative session. Some of them have been challenging and require immediate response to inform the legislators on the positives and negatives of their actions. Often we will have bills being heard in both the Senate and the House committees at the same time and it is impossible to talk to all of the legislators involved. Just when you think you have everyone on board, an amendment is passed that changes theopinions of those on the committee. We have been working overtime to keep you all informed of the status of legislation that can and will affect your business, our industry and your Association. These emails are often accompanied by a request or “plea” for you to contact your local legislators by email or phone to voice your opinion as a member of the Independent Insurance Agents Association and also as a voter and citizen of South Dakota. Talking points and opinions are usually attached or in the body of the emails to allow you to understand the position we are taking. We are trying to accomplish three goals with these emails: 1) A better voice on insurancerelated legislation or simply put – more clout on these issues; 2) Better relationship between you and your legislator and 3) Assist your association to preserve the future of the insurance industry in South Dakota. I see what is happening in Washington, DC with citizens doing nothing but complaining. It is the same on our state level. If you want to do something for the future of our industry, please take part in contacting your legislator and let them know of the concerns we have when we send out the Urgent! emails. We are not asking for a lot of your time, just contact the legislators in your district with an email or a phone call. They do keep count on who is contacting them and your emails do and will make a difference on how they vote.

Remember this – “You can roll over and play dead” and hope that other agents make the effort or you can be a LEADER and do something about your future and the future of our industry.

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E&O EDGE – Carolyn Hofer, E&O Administrator

The Big “I” Virtual Risk Consultant (VRC) is a web based sales and service resource designed to help your agency better serve your customers. The VRC improves agency staff ’s knowledge of client/prospect operations enabling them to better identify and cover client exposures – which in turn, results in a more professional relationship with clients and eventually leads to increased sales. The VRC offers consistent steps that assist agency staff with: 1)Understanding the client’s operation 2)Identifying exposures 3)Creating thorough customer proposals 4)Documenting files with signed coverage checklists Features of VRC: •ACCORD Forms Library -Printable applications -Instructions for completion of all forms •Policy Forms & Manual Analysis -Detailed analysis of ISO & AAIS forms -Comparisons of prior coverage forms -Relevant court cases and decisions -Quizzes for training and self-study -Risk management techniques •Insurance Words -Dictionary of Insurance terms -Glossaries for 11 business categories •Risk Assessment Tools -Narrative overviews of operations and exposures of over 650 business classes -Recommended SIC, NAICS, GL and WC codes -Risk specific questionnaires -Customer file documentation checklists -Pre-renewal questionnaires •Coverages Applicable -Simple and concise coverage explanations -Overview of 28 business classes -Coverage identification for over 600 risk with links to PF&M and ACCORD forms

•Business Building Letters -Examples/Samples of 330 professionally written letters for prospecting, service/ claims, account development -Professionally written articles for your use •Insurance Marketplace (Find a Market) -Find a market for hard to place coverage -E & S directory with direct links to company’s, brokers web site -Search by category and state or company name VRC is truly an affordable tool that will increase the professionalism of staff and limit exposure to E&O claims.

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Division of Insurance News and Views The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Insurance Continues to Assume Major Role at NAIC

The 2013 committee assignments for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have been filled and, once again, South Dakota is taking on a prominent role. The NAIC committees are extremely important in the development of model legislation and model regulations in that the committees’ work is frequently adopted by the States through their legislature and rulemaking functions. Furthermore, NAIC models are relied upon by Congress and the various federal agencies in setting national insurance standards. More information can be found at South Dakota’s assignments are as follows: C Committee (Vice Chair): C Committee is the oversight committee for all property casualty activities at the NAIC. Any property casualty models developed by NAIC must be approved by C Committee. C Committee also plays a role in studying property casualty related issues and providing analyses to the states. Workers’ Compensation Task Force (Chair): The Workers’ Compensation Task Force reports directly to C Committee and is responsible for development of models affecting workers’ compensation insurance. One of the major initiatives of the Task Force is the NCCI lost cost development and its classification system. The Task Force serves as a valuable resource to the states in their regulation of workers’ compensation insurance. Regulatory Framework Task Force (Chair): This Task Force’s charges are a variety of health insurance issues, not the least of which is updating old models and creating new models for compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Recent work by the task force included completing the new individual and small group model acts designed to implement PPACA. Future task force work includes model regulations providing further detailed guidance for the states on PPACA implementation. Senior Issues Task Force: This task force deals with health insurance issues affecting seniors. The two primary areas that are dealt with are Medicare supplement and long-term care insurance. Surplus Lines Task Force: Surplus lines activity in the past two years has focused on compliance with the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA). South Dakota has implemented this law through its participation in NIMA, which is a surplus lines clearinghouse for all surplus lines filings.

Government Relations Leadership Council: This is a committee of state insurance commissioners that focuses on federal legislation and serves as a voice for NAIC in Congress. Professional Health Insurance Advisors Task Force: This newly formed task force is assigned the work of analyzing and recommending options for addressing the negative

impact on brokers, agents and the health insurance market due to the loss ratio requirements of PPACA.

State Government Liaison Committee: This committee has been formed as a forum for discussing issues of mutual interest between insurance regulators and state officials. Exchange Working Group: The working group is focused on the exchanges that are part of PPACA. In addition to the development of an exchange model law, this working group serves as an information conduit to the states on exchange related matters. ERISA Working Group: The ERISA working group develops models laws regarding the federal ERISA law. It also serves as a resource for states, especially in the area of MEWA enforcement. Crop Insurance Working Group (Chair): This working group is focused on crop hail insurance as well as MPCI issues. It regularly meets with federal officials to discuss areas of mutual concern with respect to MPCI. Regulatory Alternatives Working Group: This working group is designed for states looking for alternatives for states who do not wish to operate insurance exchanges in their states. The Auto Insurance (C/D) Study Group: This is a joint group of the Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee and the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee for the study of the auto insurance markets, with a focus on reviewing issues relating to low-income households. The Study Group will oversee the effort.

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Kayla’s Technology Advice

Your Digital Brand By: Kayla Longbrake Administrative Coordinator Sometimes the problem with “the next big thing” is that all the buzz around it can drown out the legitimate value hidden beneath. Take social media. Many independent agents have become so overwhelmed by the constant clucking about this“must do” marketing tool that they simply have dismissed it as non-essential and faddish—and then promptly gone back to business as usual. And, in a sense, these agents are half-right: Some of the social networking communities will be lost in a blink, overtaken by the next “next big thing.” But many will be with us for a long while. And underneath all the tweeting, friending and geolocating is a valid core that independent agents should heed: Relationships increasingly have a digital component and learning to effectively use these tools can enhance your offline relationships and build your agency brand. So, how can you sift through all the noise to leverage the true benefit of social media? In short, think strategically and use some common sense. Herein, a few thoughts to get you started. 1.Have a plan. If you don’t have a holistic marketingcommunications plan for your agency, you’re almost certainly wasting money and you probably have no idea what’s working or why. Draft a plan that outlines the following elements, and include any social media efforts; don’t separate social networking from your overall activities. A.Goals. Be as specific as possible. For example, “Increase new middle market accounts by x%” is better than “Grow commercial lines revenues. B.Budget. The best agencies budget between 3% and 5% of revenues for marketing (1% to 3% for very large firms), with more funds allocated in years with big projects, such as a major rebrand. Keep in mind that Web development is far less expensive than it used to be and that social media can be virtually free. C.Audiences. Building a profile of your targeted buyer will enable you to better identify good vehicles (publications, web sites, etc.) and develop messaging.

D.Messaging. List all the points you want to convey in your plan, realizing that not every message is appropriate for every audience, campaign or outlet. E.Vehicles. Identify the various publications, radio stations, Web sites, etc. that you want to use for advertising, and which you might target for PR efforts (they may not be the same). Include any direct marketing efforts as well as social media and blogging. F.Responsible parties. It is best to have one person internally supervising all the efforts, but identify all contributors, including those posting to social media, blogging, drafting bylined articles or being interviewed for local press. G.Metrics. Include short-term measurements such as Google analytics, incoming calls and readership numbers, but consider long-term goals, as well, such as new business from current clients, increased commercial revenues and retention. 2.Assign a community monitor. Keeping track of your agency’s online posts and followers’ responses can take time—but you don’t have to do it yourself. Assign the task to someone who enjoys social networking and “gets” the immediacy of it. While this may be a young producer or college intern, don’t rule out older employees, as social media use is growing leaps and bounds among Boomers. 3.Follow offline rules. You wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) go to a Chamber of Commerce dinner and talk non-stop about yourself or your agency. Rather, you’d engage other people in a more personal way—ask about their business or kids or new car, or commiserate over last week’s loss for the home team. And, most important, you’d listen. These same standards of conduct should be followed online as well. If you don’t—just like in the offline world—people will avoid you.

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Continued from Page 6 4.Be brand consistent. Your social media presence should share the look, feel and messaging of your agency’s other touch points. So, if your Web site promotes your agency as commercial-lines oriented, then your Tweets should be in sync. And if your agency’s color palette is typically gray and green, don’t dress up your Facebook page in blue and gold. Think both strategically (Are we telling the same story in our online and offline touch points?) and tactically (Does our avatar (online representation) reflect our logo?). Conducting an image assessment every few years is a great way to align all the pieces that communicate your brand. 5.Think service—and listen. Some of the most successful social media adopters use their online presence more for service and customer communications than for marketing. One agent, for example, posts weather warnings and other local news on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Because he’s not spamming with promotional material, he has developed a healthy following—and the appreciation of those who avoided the downed tree or the flooded byway because of his Tweet. Such low-key posts reinforce his position as a good guy in the community, which helps his agency brand. Esurance, the online auto provider, pays careful attention to any online conversations about its brand so that it can respond in real time to unhappy customers or other malcontents. Think of your social networking sites as a rolling customer survey. (And don’t think that these negative comments won’t happen if you’re not listening online; they will, but you’ll be none the wiser.) 6.Don’t expect miracles. Anyone who tells you they are quadrupling sales through social media is likely blowing smoke. That may sound like an excuse to toss aside a social media effort altogether, but it’s not. Social media, like many branding vehicles, can be powerful in keeping your agency front of mind, and it is wonderful for humanizing your firm. But you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) expect one ad in the local paper to transform your business, and you should be equally realistic about social media. Article By: Maureen Wall Bentley- Exec. Vice President of brand strategy for Aartrjk

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Farm & Small Town/Spring Crop Seminar Cedar Shores-Oacoma

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Farm & Small Town Conference February 27th & 28th Cedar Shores Resort – Oacoma, SD Do you have the Winter Blues? Looking for excitement? Pick up some new ideas – Learn what ‘s going on in the Insurance Industry? Truck on down to the FARM & SMALL TOWN CONFERENCE. We can resolve all of the above issues with the great agenda we have planned. We will kick off the afternoon session on Wednesday, February 27th at 1:00 PM with two concurrent sessions. The Spring Crop Update will feature Doug Hagel and Cynthia Cruea from Risk Management Agency out of Montana. This presentation will also include one hour of Crop E&O Loss Control with Bob Fulwider from an Iowa agency. Health Care Reform in Action will be taking place at the same time with Randy Moses from the Division of Insurance to inform us of the soon-to-be implemented changes that will affect both consumers and agents as a result of the Health Care Reform Act. This session will include a Legislative Update. Be prepared for a Good Time on Wednesday evening as we “wine and dine” together. This is a great time to connect with other members, company partners and relax and shake off those Winter Blues! Up bright and early Thursday morning to learn all there is to know about Farm Truck Transportation coverage. We all know farmers are moving equipment on the highways, trucking grain for themselves and neighbors – where are the coverage loopholes! We will send you off after a hearty lunch to tackle the issues back at your agency with a fresh attitude.


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How Much Will Health Insurance Go Up For Younger Adults and Smokers Next Year ? Many younger, healthier individuals could be surprised to see the cost of their insurance skyrocket 40 percent or more under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. What's behind this? The ACA imposes a form of modified community rating which compresses the rate classes, and prohibits rating using gender or health status. The factors that can be used are the following: •Individual or Family Enrollment •Geographic Area •Age •Tobacco Use There are still limits within these factors. For example, the age factor only allows for a maximum 3:1 variation in premiums for adults, thereby capping its effectiveness at 3x the lowest rate. While the fact that age is factored in may be good news for young adults, who traditionally as a demographic use less health insurance than the elderly, the 3:1 variation limit puts some upward pressure on premiums for those in their 20s and 30s. We came across a neat website by a group called Young for Affordability which has an online calculator where you can by zip code see how much a young person’s health insurance will rise because of the changes. We encourage you to check this out and calculate the cost for young Americans at Smokers Hit Hard Too: What many health experts are applauding is the impact the new rating will have on costs for smokers and, hopefully, an incentive to quit smoking. Millions of U.S. smokers will see huge increases as the new rating system will allow up to 50% higher premiums for smokers. Hardest hit will be older smokers who could see charges increase by $5,000; for example, it is estimated a 55 year old smoker rating penalty could reach $4,250 a year and a 60 year old could pay as much as $5,100 more in premiums. The theory is smokers’ health risk increased dramatically, and gets much worse with age. Some health critics said if the government wanted to really do something to curb health care costs they would have similar penalties for the obese as America seems to be getting bigger each year. It is estimated obesity is adding an astounding $190 billion to annual healthcare costs in this country.

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OBITUARY Eldon "Red" Beukelman

“Red’s” 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren brought much joy to his life. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and a sister,Joyce Wrage of Brookings. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren and a brother, Ron. “Red” grew up in Corsica, SD. He attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and Augustana Collegein Sioux Falls before going to work as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance in Sioux Falls. From 1959 until 1962, they lived in Orange City where he sold agriculture equipment. They moved back to Corsica where he ran Beukelman Insurance Agency for 23 years before going to work for First Madison Bank Insurance Agency in Madison. In 1989, he started First Madison Insurance which he owned and operated until retiring in 2001. “Red” was active in his community as a member of Lions Club, coached youth baseball and hunter safety courses. He was on the Corsica Fire Department, Corsica School Board and Douglas County Hospital Board.

May 16, 1935-January 17, 2013 Eldon “Red” Beukelman, age 77, died at Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, AZ onJanuary 17, 2013. He was born on May 16, 1935 at Corsica, SD to Abe and Gertrude (Mulder) Beukelman. He married Irma VanSteeg at Orange City IA on September 3rd, 1954. To this union, four sons and two daughters were born – Scott, Stephen, Jim, Jerry, Sandi and Sheryl.

He served on the Madison City Planning Commission and in several capacities in the United Methodist Church. “Red” was very involved in the Independent Insurance Agents Association of South Dakota where he served as President from 1975-76 and was chosen “Agent of the Year in 1984. He was highly respected by his industry peers and served as a mentor to many - always leading by example. His ultimate goal was always to “help others” and he lived out that goal every day of his life.

HELP WANTED: Assistant Director, Financial Solvency Department of Labor and Regulation The Division of Insurance is seeking an Assistant Director to ensure only financially sound insurance companies are permitted to operate in the State by monitoring financial condition and statutory compliance of insurers doing business in the State of South Dakota. The Assistant Director will also make recommendations to the Director of Insurance on remedial enforcement actions for marginal companies to protect policyholders against financial loss. The Assistant Director will interpret, enforce and provide technical advice relating to applicable statutes, rules and regulations. The successful incumbent will also supervise a small staff to include an Assistant Chief Examiner, Financial Statement Analysts and administrative staff. Required qualifications to apply are knowledge of GAAP and statutory accounting principles and practices, and knowledge of the insurance industry; must have the ability to evaluate data and reach conclusions and communicate results; must be able to understand and analyze insurance company financial statements and direct certified financial examiners in the conduct of comprehensive insurance company financial audits. CPA or CFE is preferred. Location: Pierre, SD Salary Range: $65,000 negotiable depending on experience

Please send application materials to : Susan Isaacson 500 E Capitol Pierre, SD 57501


Pre-Licensing Class Announcement IIASD and A.D. Banker of the Dakotas Have Partnered

We are excited to announce that IIASD and A.D. Banker of the Dakota have partnered to provide insurance and securities licensing preparation classes and materials at a 15% IIASD Member Discount. A.D. Banker offers Exam Prep classes each month in Sioux Falls and quarterly classes in Rapid City. Class schedules are listed at: Self-study and online study options for Exam Prep are also available. Materials and classroom instruction have been very successful with an average of 95% of students taking their license exam passing on the first try! Sandy Kost is the Owner/Managing Director of A.D. Bankers of the Dakotas and has worked in the insurance and financial services industry since 1988. She has worked with insurance agents, investment reps, agencies and banks in SD, ND, NE, IA, MN and WI. She has provided training on various products and topics. To register for a class or to order materials, go to: Call: 605-271-4440 or 877-317-3087. Be sure to use the IIASD Promo/Discount Code to receive your 15% Member Discount. Promo Code: 1594626


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New Branch Office in Rapid City, SD Bruce Eleeson John Keffeler Milo Schindler, Auto Appr Ph: 605-791-5565 Assignments: We commit ourselves to providing you with the highest quality claims and case management services available in our industry. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving your needs. Please visit our website for a directory of our staff, services, and coverage area. Jeff Jares, AIC AIM President Adjusters Nancy Almendinger SCLA SDWCS Jennifer Andrisen Selzler, Mgr. SCLA AIC CSRP SDWCS Bill Blackman AIC Lynn Bren SCLA AIC Ron Burmood MBA AIC Kay Greve AIC, INS Dave Johnston SCLA Jerry Matthiesen AIC Chad Moore Wendi Peterson AIC Kimberly Rausch SDWCS Dave Sendelbach CPCU AIC Karl Weber SCLA AIC Tim Wieker SCLA AIC HCRI-R Amy Kvernmo Christopher W. Madsen J.D. Erin Williams SCLA Justine Frank WCLS Case Managers Donna Passick RN CCM Kelly Rud RN BA LNCC Deb Whipple RN BA CCM Brenda Whiting RN CCM Lori Schaefbauer RN BSN CCM

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FRAUD CONVICTIONS A Texas chiropractor teamed with a law firm to bleed auto insurers of more than $3 million in bogus treatment claims involving purported crash victims. Chase Lindsey teamed with a Bryant-based law firm representing clients supposedly injured in vehicle crashes. Lindsey falsely evaluated the victims and recommended useless treatment for $2,000 in cash bribes per month, or $58,000 total. Some patients were never evaluated, or evaluated only after they had begun receiving treatments. Treatments were done by unlicensed and untrained staffers Lindsey never bothered to supervise. He prescribed the same six template treatments, but actually provided patients only two: ice/heat packs and electric stimulation. He billed for three to four treatments per week for five to six weeks, though patients usually went just once a week for up to a month. The bogus billings supported more than $3 million in settlement-demand letters the law firm sent to auto insurers. The insurers paid at least $1.2 million in false claims. Lindsey plead guilty Tuesday, and faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in April. An orthopedist put his wrong foot forward in this massive con. Dr. Peter Ajemian took cash bribes for billing health insurers with fake diagnoses in the massiveand still-unfolding disability scam involving suburban New York railroad workers. Ajemian was among dozens of people arrested in the past two years during a probe of the Long Island Rail Road. Ajemian made phony diagnoses so retired rail workers would qualify for more than $90 million in disability benefits. He invented disability "narratives" about healthy people and made false injury diagnoses. Ajemian raked in more than $2.5 million by recommending at least 734 LIRR workers for disability benefits between 1998 and 2008. He received up to $1,200 in cash for each phony diagnosis. Ajemian could receive at least 10 years in prison when sentenced in May. He also must fork over $233 million. This represents twice the amount swindled with his help, along with the insurance money he personally stole. Total false disability payments could have reached at least $1 billion if the scheme had not been uncovered.

FRAUD charges A fraud gang maneuvered six crashes involving New York City buses, livery cabs, and rented vehicles to steal more than $330,000 in fake injury claims from auto insurers, New York’s AG announced yesterday. Some 16 suspects were involved. Among the alleged setup wrecks: Five cohorts boarded a New York City bus driven by an unsuspecting driver. Gang members allegedly rented a U-Haul truck then crashed into the bus in Brooklyn. Bus “passengers” then pretended to be injured; gang members crashed two vehicles into each other, one of which was a rented U-Haul truck; alleged gang members crashed a rented Enterprise vehicle into an unsuspecting livery cab driver. In all the scams, most suspects allegedly were paid a cash bribe upfront and were promised more money from bodily-injury lawsuits after being treated at a Brooklyn clinic. They filled out insurance forms with false information about the accident and purported injuries — including claimed back, head, shoulder, and knee pain. Only two suspects received money from lawsuit settlements – $13,500 total. All 16 face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.


Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund Provides Aid in Wake of Sandy. As families and businesses in the Northeast begin the clean-up and recovery process from Superstorm Sandy this week, the Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund is there to help. The fund, established by the IIAA Educational Foundation, distributes cash grants to victims and surviving family members of natural disasters to help provide for their immediate or ongoing financial needs when other resources aren’t available. It is also used to fill a gap until other funding sources can be accessed and to provide insurance agents with supplies and resources to aid victims and surviving family members in their communities.

FEDS TO EMPLOYERS – NO RUSH ON EXCHANGE NOTIFICATION TO EMPLOYEES The Affordable Care Act requires employers to let their workers know about insurance exchanges by March 1, 2013, but the Department of Labor has pushed back the deadline to late summer or fall, near the time when the exchanges are due to open for business (Exchanges must be operational by 10/1/13). A new Obama administration FAQ lays out the change: "Future guidance on complying with the notice requirement ... is expected to provide flexibility and adequate time to comply," the FAQ says. We encourage agents to visit this website as its does a pretty good job of addressing many questions you will be getting from your customers.


Why American West Insurance? • Local company with over 60 years agriculture insurance experience • Quality products • Competitive pricing • Expert claims and underwriting services

Be Protected. Be Sure®. To learn more about AWI contact Bruce Meyer at or call 605-929-2782.

Big “I” Risk Management Website Big “I” members whose agency E&O insurance is written by Swiss Re through the Big “I” Professional Liability Program have access to an exclusive risk management web site.

DON’T BE ON THE HOOK FOR: Failing to procure coverage requested by the client Not adequately identifying client exposures Failing to provide timely notice of a claim to the carrier

Agribusiness • Farm & Ranch • Farm & Ranch Auto • Personal Auto Excess Liability • Watercraft • Crop-Hail • Multi-Peril

Log on today to fish for E&O claims frequency data, real-life case studies and analysis, sample client letters, sample agency procedures, agency E&O self assessments, podcasts on important E&O topics, and much more.

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CSR WANTED Security Insurance Group, Inc in Pierre is looking for a CSR. A Property & Casualty license will be required also people, computer and organizational skills are essential. We are willing to train the right person. Please inquire for an application or stop by the office located in The Ag Agency Building at 3351 Airport Road or call 605-223-2288. Ask for Bob Gilkerson call him on his cell at 605-295-4535 or email him at

WANTED TO BUY: Small to medium size Agency in or around Sioux Falls

Please send all confidential inquiries to : Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota PO Box 327 Pierre, SD 57501

Independent Insurance Agent Position available in Miller, SD Hand County Insurance Agency, an established and growing insurance agency is searching for a sales focused individual who is interested in becoming a full time Crop/Hail and Property & Casualty Agent. Must be inspired to achieve excellence in their daily sales activities, enjoy working in a team atmosphere, possess organization and communication skills, and have knowledge of agriculture. The ability to obtain the appropriate licenses within 120 days from hire is required. Will train the right candidate. Salary DOQ. Benefit package provided. High school or secondary education degree required. Please forward Hand County Insurance cover letter ATTN President and resume to: PO Box 317 EOE. Miller, SD 57362


Spring Clinic

1752 Club

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 Ramkota Hotel 3200 W Maple St 605-610-2455

Sioux Falls

Schedule 8:30 a.m. -- 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Marketing Health Care 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Commercial topics 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch—included in registration 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. How Health Insurance Will Change in 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Farm Loss Control

Guest Speakers

Lonnie McKittrick-Fischer Rounds & Associates Don Becker-Continental Western Group Randy Moses—SD Division of Insurance Ryan Waterfall—State Auto Insurance Company

We will be drawing for a $500 scholarship for an agent’s son or daughter who will be attending a post secondary educational school. You will need to be present to win! NOTE: 1752 Club 2012 Spring Clinic has applied for CE approval for 5 hours.

Registration Form $70.00 PER PERSON Make checks payable to: 1752 Club th

Send to: Brenda Christensen 14609 485 Ave Big Stone City, SD 57216 Names:





Commentators to discuss political dynamics and challenges at annual gathering of agents and brokers. WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 31, 2013 —Veteran Washington insiders and political commentators Dana Perino and Juan Williams will headline the political panel at The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) annual Legislative Conference & Convention this spring. Perino is a FOX News political commentator, co-host of FOX’s “The Five” and former White House Press Secretary. Williams is a FOX political contributor, a best-selling author and a veteran journalist. The political panel will be held on Friday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Grand Hyatt Washington and moderated by Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Dana Perino and Juan Williams are two of the most respected journalists and political experts in the country,” says Rusbuldt. “They truly bring thoughtfulness and intellectual honesty to the political debate in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference will learn from true insiders who have their fingers on the pulse of our nation’s leaders and decision-makers. We look forward to their insight from opposing sides of the political spectrum on an array of important issues to independent agents and brokers, such as health care, tax implications and much more.” Williams is a political analyst for FOX News and a regular panelist on FOX News Sunday and the weekday political newscast “Special Report with Bret Baier.” He previously hosted NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and was instrumental in increasing the ratings for the radio network’s political coverage during his more than 10 year career at NPR. Williams’s distinguished career also included 23 years as a Washington Post political columnist and national correspondent. He has received numerous awards for his writing and investigative journalism including an Emmy Award. He has also authored seven books including his latest, “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.” Perino is a FOX political commentator and co-host of FOX’s “The Five.” She served as White House press secretary during the administration of President George W. Bush from 2007-2009. She was only the second female White House press secretary and the first female Republican to serve in that role. Currently, Perino is also president of the strategic communications firm, Dana Perino and Company and editorial director of Crown Forum (an imprint of Crown Publishing Group). Perino is an active philanthropist and founded Minute Mentoring, an organization focused on providing professional guidance to young women starting their careers. Her distinguished career includes working on Capitol Hill and as a journalist. The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 17-19 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The legislative conference is an opportunity for Big “I” agents and brokers to discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include: tax reform, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), insurance regulatory reform, agent licensing reform, health insurance, the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP), terrorism risk insurance, and other economic challenges facing independent insurance agents and the industry. Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress. For registration and hotel information, go to and select the “Events and Conferences” link. Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (800) 221-7917 or for media registration.


Call 605-234-6376 for reservations and let them know you are with the IIASD. Healthcare Reform in Action Speaker: Randy Moses, Assistant Director of Regulation and Staff South Dakota Legislative UpdateSpeaker: Randy Moses, Assistant Director of Regulation Spring Crop Insurance Update- (State & Federal) Instructor: Doug Hagel and Cynthia Cruea Risk Management Agency Farm Coverage & Crop E &O Instructor: Bob Fulwider, Owner of Fulwider Agency, West Branch, Iowa



Registration Health Care & Legislation 4 hrs L & H CEC

Spring Crop Update 4 hrs Crop CEC Fun & Fellowship Banquet Breakfast Farm Coverage 4 hrs P&C CEC Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Healthcare Reform in Action Legislative Update How Will Healthcare Reform Impact Agents? 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Overview of RMA Initiatives and Procedural Updates Crop E & O 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hospitality Room 7:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Noon Luncheon

Payment must be received with registration. Send form in with payment or you can also go to and register online.

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The Top 5 Sales Myths By: John Chapin As someone who has been in sales for over 24 years, and now as a sales trainer, speaker and coach, I continually hear debate over the following five sales myths. In this article I will expose and throw light on these top sales fairy tales.

The Top Five Sales Myths Debunked Sales Myth #1: Sales is NOT a numbers game.

The more people you talk to, the more business you will do, even a blind squirrel finds a nut if it keeps looking. Granted, you want quality behind the numbers and, depending upon your business, it may be helpful to do some research on the person you’re calling before you call. That said, in order to be successful in sales you need lots of good solid relationships and the only way to get those relationships is to go out and talk to lots of people. The bottom line is: if you talk to enough people during the day, you will eventually run into someone who says, “I need what you have” or “I know someone who needs what you have.” Know the number of people you need to talk to during the day in order to be successful and then go out and talk to that many people and more.

Sales Myth #2: Cold calling is a waste of time and doesn’t work.

In over 24+ years I’ve built four different businesses primarily through cold calling. Cold calling is simply the fastest, most pro-active way to get leads. The reality is: if you are new in business or struggling, it’s more than likely you don’t have enough leads and you’re not getting enough through networking, referrals, and other sources... Time to cold call. Yes, cold calling is the most difficult, most time consuming task you can do, yet unless you have millions of dollars to spend on marketing campaigns, cold calling yields results like no other prospecting method. Also, cold calling builds character and keeps you grounded. The reality is: if you can cold call effectively and with confidence, nothing will stop you, you will be able to do any other sales task you need to do in order to be successful. That is why I recommend you never stop cold calling even when you are extremely successful. Granted, you may only make one or two cold calls a week at that point, but this will keep you sharp and on your toes.

Sales Myth #3: Friday afternoon is a bad time to call on prospects and clients.

Most salespeople believe that prospects either take Friday afternoons off or, if they do work, that they don’t want to be bothered by salespeople at this time. This is simply not true. Not only do most prospects work on Friday afternoons, they are also in a better mood at this time than at any other time during the week. As a result, Friday afternoon is a great time to prospect and close business. In addition, because most salespeople don’t make calls at this time, you will stand out as someone who is dedicated and hard-working. The bottom line is: Friday afternoon is one of the best times to prospect and close business.

Sales Myth #4: A good salesperson can sell ice to Eskimos.

The premise here is that a good salesperson could sell someone on something that is so obviously not needed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Top salespeople, over the long haul, don’t take advantage of people by selling them something they don’t need. Top salespeople make it all about the other person and they always do what is best for them, even to the point of sending someone to the competition on rare occasions. That said, are their some “temporary” sales successes who take advantage of people and make lots of sales by selling them items they don’t need? Yes. But in the long-term those people get caught, burn out, find that their personal lives in shambles, or a combination of all of these. The bottom line is: you can’t take advantage of people for long and live a happy, fulfilling, successful life. The top salespeople are honest, have integrity, and focus completely on the other person. They only make the sale if it is a win-win.

Sales Myth #5: The customer ISN’T always right.

Salespeople I’ve seen with this attitude seem to have a chip on their shoulder. It’s an attitude of arrogance in which they seem to believe the customer should be privileged to be doing business with them as opposed to the other way around. If you have a mindset that the customer isn’t always right, chances are great that you will not go above and beyond, you will not do more than expected, and you will not deliver top-notch, second-to-none follow-up and service after the sale. If you do not do everything within your power to ensure the customer has a great experience, odds are they will have a mediocre experience at best and you will never stand out. That said, is the customer always right? No, but you’d better walk into that conversation convinced they are, or they will pick up on your suspicion and indifference quickly and as opposed to running into that 1% of unreasonable people, you’ll find the number closer to 50%.

Quote of the Month: Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie

BURNS AND WILCOX BECOMES FIRST NATIONAL WHOLESALER TO JOIN TRUSTED CHOICE® Nation’s largest wholesale broker and underwriting manager is latest brand movement company partner.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23, 2013 – Burns and Wilcox is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Burns & Wilcox, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., has joined 64 leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner. “Welcoming Burns & Wilcox to Trusted Choice® reflects our appreciation for the company’s longstanding commitment to the Big ‘I’ at the national, state and local levels,” says Dave Evans, Trusted Choice® executive director. “While our members already work with Burns & Wilcox, we look forward to this relationship fueling greater connections with our outstanding independent member agencies.” Burns & Wilcox is the industry’s largest privately-held wholesale broker and underwriting manager. Burns & Wilcox has more than 40 offices across the United States, Canada and London and employs more than 1,000 professionals. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Metro Detroit, Burns & Wilcox is internationally recognized for its insurance brokerage and underwriting expertise in commercial and professional liability, property, marine and personal insurance. “We built Burns & Wilcox as a business 100 percent committed to wholesale, which has enabled our firm to foster lasting relationships with insurance brokers and agents across the country,” says Alan Jay Kaufman, Burns & Wilcox Chairman, president and CEO. “That legacy continues today with our focus on helping brokers and agents succeed. Our relationship with Trusted Choice® underscores how much we value the product choice, policy customization and advocacy that independent agents provide their clients. It is an honor for Burns & Wilcox to be part of this great organization.” Burns & Wilcox is a member of the Kaufman Financial Group, which also includes Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Burns & Wilcox Re, Chesterfield Insurance Brokers Ltd. of London, R.B. Jones, Royal Premium, US-Reports, and Minuteman Adjusters. More information can be found at or Trusted Choice® was launched by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) and several independent agency companies to highlight the benefits independent agencies and brokerage firms offer consumers—choice of companies, customization of policies and advocacy support. It is the premier consumer brand for independent insurance agents and provides national advertising and other strategic tools to reach consumers. Trusted Choice® is the consumer marketing identity for more than 24,000 independent insurance agencies and brokerage firms and 65 leading insurance and financial services companies. For more information, go to


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February 2013

IIASD February Newsletter  

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