2018 Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference Was A Success
On February 7 – 8, 2018 over 130 insurance professionals, mostly agents under the age of 40, gathered in Athens to learn the best practices used throughout the industry by veteran agents and IIAG company partners. Young Agents Sales and Leadership Conference is the first major event on the calendar year, and like normal, this year's conference was an excellent way to get a jump on 2018.
Conference planning chairman, Will Argo (Tidwell & Hilburn Insurance/Macon) and Young Agents Committee chairman, Mike Davis worked together to create a fresh experience for this event. “We had a great conference with a lot of new faces in the crowd. I think everyone had a great time, and I have had many compliments from carrier partners, as well as agents," Will commented once the event was over. “Well done Anthony and Wezley on raising nearly $1500 in InsurPac contributions at the conference. That's over 10% of what we do in a calendar year, so that's a great kick-start to 2018. Thanks to Mike for all your help in planning the event. Lastly, congrats to Sean Stewart on being named the incoming Secretary/Treasurer. Well deserved."
The highlight of the event was the touching story of Alton Carter, also known as the boy who carried bricks. Alton's troubled childhood and resiliency as a kid growing up in foster homes served as a reminder that we as insurance professionals are in the people business. Despite diverting away from the traditional sales or insurance coaching keynote, every person in the room was engrossed by Alton's presentation. The event also featured an underwriters and agents panel which covered the importance of building key relationships.
This year's conference also included a guest appearance from Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence who gave a presentation concerning upcoming issues at the Capitol including the rising costs of auto insurance. Jay, who is also a candidate running for insurance commissioner this fall, speaks highly of the work John Barbour and the government affairs team of IIAG are doing to make sure the business environment stays positive and fair for agents and insurance companies.
The fundamental purpose of the Young Agents Committee is to nurture the careers of agents under age 40, by providing opportunities to develop their professional and interpersonal relationships. Georgia YAC also helps its committee members improve their communication skills, increase their technical knowledge, and refine their marketing and sales abilities.
Watch the Live Stream of Alton Carter: The Boy Who Carried Bricks