Independent insurance agent associations in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia were recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) for their outstanding Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Awards at the recent education convocation in San Francisco.

“The Big ‘I’ Excellence in Insurance Education awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by our state associations in their efforts to improve education,” says Patty Padon, chair of the IIABA Virtual University curriculum and research committee and benefits consultant for Pat Campbell Insurance in Las Cruces, N.M. “The continuing education needs of our agents could not be successfully met without the hard work and dedication of the men and women who head education efforts at our state associations.”

The IIABA says its EIE awards celebrate and recognize state associations and staff who have made significant contributions to education for their members and the industry in the key area of class offerings, continuing education (CE), professionalism, designation offerings, industry collaboration, planning goals, marketing, resources and more. Each entrant is scored based on a state’s overall educational offerings in a variety of areas and a short essay detailing their overall education programs.

The 2010 EIE awards were presented as follows:


             •            Florida Association of Insurance Agents



             •            Michigan Association of Insurance Agents

            •            Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey Inc.

            •            Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Inc.



            •            Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland Inc.

            •            Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents

            •            Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Hampshire

            •            Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina

            •            Independent Insurance Agents& Brokers of South Carolina

            •            Independent Insurance Agents of Texas

            •            Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia Inc.


“The Big ‘I’ greatly appreciates all the hard work the state associations put forth on education programs,” says Madelyn Flanagan, IIABA VP of agent development, education and research. “Continuing education programs across the country are increasingly more important and helpful to our agents and, ultimately, to consumers.”

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