What a Year it Has Been
I am very honored to have had the opportunity to serve as your Association president for the past year. It was a wonderful experience and I will treasure all the friendships I have made and renewed over this past year. We have had a very successful year both financially and with planning for the future of our organization. If you'll indulge me, I'd like to take a look back at some of our successes from 2017.
Our Legislative Reception continues to be the premier function for insurance professionals to meet with elected officials, and this year was no different. In conjunction with several other organizations, we had another great outing in Nashville in January.
Agency Growth Conference
In March, the 2017 Agency Growth Conference was our first in East Tennessee in that event's history. We also had record attendance, and this continues to be one of our fastest growing and best reviewed events.
Big "I" Legislative Conference
The Big "I" Legislative Conference is held each April, and this is an important way for agents to get our issues heard in D.C. We have such a great Government Affairs team, and with the power of agents and Insurpac National behind them, we continue to make progress on key issues.
Local Board Events
In May, I was able to travel to several functions across the state. Getting the chance to talk with so many members and fellow agents really gives you a sense of pride for the work that we do both as an industry and as an Association.
Board Planning Retreat
In July, your Board of Directors takes two days to meet and discuss important goals and issues facing the Association. I was very pleased with the outcome of our meetings this year, as several important decisions were made that I feel will critical to the continued success of Insurors.
Insurors 124th Annual Convention
Our 124th Annual Convention was completed in October, and I was excited to see a great crowd and a mixture of agents from all ages and parts of the state. The event was a big success, and we continue to see momentum from year-to-year.
The future of Insurors looks bright if we continue to attract new involvement in our Association.
A Bright Future
Speaking of the future, our Young agents committee has done a great of getting our young agents to participate and engage. We have more than 400 Young Agents involved in the program, a difference of over 100% from just a few years ago.
Your Board of Directors and Staff will continue to work to make your Association one of the best in the country. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff of Insurors for all you do to make our Association so successful and the way you represent us both politically and in our industry.
Seize the Opportunity
Next year we will celebrate our 125th Anniversary, and I call on all members to look for opportunities to get involved, and to utilize your membership. I also want to be among the first to invite you to our 125th Anniversary Convention, taking place October 27-30, 2018 at the Omni in Nashville. I want to see you there!
When you do see an opportunity to serve our Association I would recommend you say yes. It is an honor to serve your fellow agents and I hope you will get as much from it as I did.