For those who weren't able to attend, IIAG Annual Convention is a 3-day event that hosts several industry leaders, agents, carrier reps and other special guests. We enjoy it because it is one of the few times that we get to gather as such large group and fellowship together.
The convention opened with a panel discussion featuring a host of distinguished legislators who are involved heavily involved in the insurance arena and was moderated by John Barbour, IIAG VP of Governmental Affairs. Immediately afterward, a reception ensued and despite the rainy conditions outside many connections were made in the foyer of the convention hall. Lastly, per tradition, the Young Agents Committee host a YAC night out at the Falcon's Nest where partners and agents get to enjoy each other's company in a relaxed setting.
The second day of the convention is a high energy, extremely engaging day full of classes, mixers, and a trade show featuring over 40 companies. After breakfast was served, the attendees were inspired and delighted by a best practices presentation facilitated by Reagan Consulting which covered several topics such as hiring wisely, healthy growth rates for an agency and leveraging technology to improve the customer experience. Immediately following Harrison's presentation, Joan Woodward of the Travelers Institute shared her deep insight on the "why" behind the current political and economic climate. The day ended with an incredible night at the 80's party and reception later that evening.
On the final day, IIAG conducted its annual business meeting. During the meeting, the attended voted on and approved slight changes to the By-Laws and welcomed IIAG's elected leaders headed by Thad Bynum, IIAG President for 2017-2018. The business meeting also included presentations from the Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and IIABA Vice President Joe Leahy.