Andrew Coard was installed as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, on June 8 during IIAG's 121st annual convention and trade show at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Andrew, a Marietta, Ga. native, is President of The Peoples Agency, and an international scholar with a reputation as a hard worker.
"I had the privilege of getting to know Andrew Coard as I went through the chairs and during my tenure as CEO and I continue to be impressed with him," says Betsy Olson who personally asked Andrew to consider joining the executive committee. John Barbour, IIAG's current CEO, also speaks highly of the association's newly installed President. "Andrew is the right leader at the right time for IIAG," he adds. "Andrew always has the best interest of our members in mind, and I am excited to watch how his energy and passion translate into growth for our association."
Andrew spent his early years in Northern Ireland and South Africa before his family moved to Canada. He is a graduate of White Oaks Secondary School and Sheridan College in Oakville, ON and graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON with a Bachelor of Business Management degree. Coard returned to Georgia in 1996 and began his insurance career in 2001. "He's always had a mind for business," his dad shares. His parents, who still reside in Oakville, ON, Canada, made the trip to Hilton Head Island just to see their son get installed. "He had a paper route when was nine years old and since then he's always had employment. He worked to pay his way through college and graduated without taking out any student loans."
Andrew's work ethic has paid dividends throughout his career. In 2003, he joined the Peoples Agency where he was promoted to a manager level just a year later. He began attending IIAG Conventions in 2005 and one week after coming to his first event he was asked to serve on the YAC board as the First Timers Liaison. In 2008, Coard rose to Vice President of the Peoples Agency then became in President 2011. Meanwhile, he continued to serve the association as the public relations committee chairman assisting with the organizing and promotion of multiple Make-A-Wish events and was elected as Secretary-Treasurer in 2015.
When not working, Andrew has a passion for music, restoring cars, woodworking, and playing the guitar. He was a key player with organizing the 2017 Big "I" Convention and came up with the theme Back in (the) Black, a tribute to AC/DC and the 80's, one of his favorite bands and generation he grew up in. Last year's reception was completed with the addition of an 80's cover band and lots of "big" hair.
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