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If Not Now, Then When?

By Chrissey Breault | September 23, 2020

While many of us are sheltering in place due to he outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, we can still perform many valuable services – thanks to the availability of technology solutions that allow us to serve regardless of where we are physically located.  Surely this will change the definition of “workplace” forever and provide flexibility…

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Big ‘I’ Applauds Effort to Avoid NFIP Lapse

By Chrissey Breault | September 23, 2020

House passes bill to extend NFIP through Sept. 30, 2021. WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2020— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a measure to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Sept. 30, 2021, as part of government funding legislation. “The…

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Introducing the RISE Report

By Chrissey Breault | September 16, 2020

In May of 2019, the KAIA. Board of Directors approved a partnership with IntellAgent to leverage data to provide actionable insights to help members grow and compete in a changing marketplace. With the completion of the Kansas compensation survey, we can now offer members the R.I.S.E. report to help you understand your agency and benchmark…

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KAIA Receives 2020 Excellence in Insurance Education Award

By Chrissey Breault | September 15, 2020

Big “I” Agent Development Group Makes Recognition for Eighth Year September 14, 2020, Topeka, Kansas – The Kanas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA) has been announced as a 2020 Excellence in Insurance Education Award recipients. The Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) award began in 2010 to recognize state association education department staff for their individual efforts…

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Plans are nothing. Planning is everything

By Chrissey Breault | September 14, 2020

I attended my daughter’s graduation from St. Louis University, and the commencement speaker was the United States Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley. A double SLU graduate (Business, Law) began his comments with a simple statement from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” The President’s statement referred to the United States’…

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Conrade Insurance Group, Inc. Included In IIABA’s 2020 Best Practices Study

By Chrissey Breault | September 3, 2020

NEWTON, Kansas, August 26, 2020 – Conrade Insurance Group, Inc. once again became a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States, Conrade retains its Best Practices status. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study…

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KAIA Member Appointed to Big “I” Committees

By Chrissey Breault | July 13, 2020

The Big “I” has appointed several Kansas agents to national committees. Bob Fee (Fee Insurance Group), will remain Big “I” Chairman-elect for another year and will be installed as Chairman at the 2021 Big “I” Fall Leadership meeting in Kansas City. More details will be following on that. Cindy Hower (Kellerman Insurance) will start her…

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What should you do when buying, selling, and merging an agency?

By Chrissey Breault | July 13, 2020

One of the most significant decisions of your professional insurance carrier comes when you decide to either sell the agency you’ve worked long and hard to create, or to buy another agency that someone else has worked long and hard to create. You’ve met with the owners of the agency, looked at the book of…

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Masks and Your Agency

By Chrissey Breault | July 2, 2020

Today, Governor Kelly released guidelines for wearing masks in public that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020.  While these guidelines are issued for the state, based on the legislative action taken at the end of the 2020 session, county authorities will have the ability to create guidelines that work best…

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