Insurors Convention Recap: 125th in the Books

Last week we completed our Insurors 125th Anniversary Convention, held October 27-30 in Nashville. Many of you were in attendance, as we saw our largest event since 1993. We would like to thank all the attendees and sponsors for making this happen – we couldn't have done it without you.

The event kicked off on Saturday with around 40 of our attendees enjoying the Predators hockey game. We then met up at Omni Bar Lines for some college football viewing to cap off the evening. Sunday really got things rolling with our trade show, as 85 exhibitors help us match our largest total ever. We also launched our InsurTalks "mini" breakout sessions.

On Sunday evening, over 400 Insurors attendees packed out two floors of Top Golf Nashville to network and celebrate our Association's anniversary. We then finished the evening with our Young Agents After Party, where some of our record 74 Young Agent registrants.

Monday morning got us back to business with the conclusion of our trade show and our company executives panel - Agency Vision 2020. We again want to thank our participants: Carrie Cheshier of Travelers; Jim Roe, CPCU, ASLI of Arlington/Roe; Christine Sears, CPCU, CPA of Penn National Insurance; Jim Schwalen of West Bend Mutual Insurance; and our moderator Bob Rusbuldt of Big "I" National.

Our Monday afternoon activities included the thrilling Cars & Cigars outing, our annual golf tournament and our clay shoot. Golf honors were taken by Chad Baskin of Travelers and his team from Commercial Insurance Associates. Our clay shoot was won by John and Adam Uitendaal along with The Zenith Insurance representatives Ken Kennamer and Todd Lawson.

Monday night was a special evening, as we honored the career and achievements of our CEO, Chuck Bidek, CPCU, who will retire at the end of 2018 after 43 years with the Association.

Our Tuesday Association Day saw us celebrate the achievements of many of our members, as plaques were given by President Chris Allison, CIC to our Board members completing service and several award winners:

Board Members Completing Service
Kym Clevenger, CACW, CPCU - The Assurance Center, Knoxville; John McInturff III, ARM - McInturff, Milligan & Brooks, Greeneville; Stephen Masterson - Hollis & Burns, Memphis; Matt Swallows, CIC, CRM - Swallows Insurance, Cookeville; David Allen, CIC, CRM - RSS Insurance, Chattanooga; and Battle Bagley III, CIC, CPA of Bagley & Bagley in Fayetteville.

Outstanding CSR of the Year
Liz Wilkins - Martin & Zerfoss, Nashville

Presidential Citations
Kym Clevenger, CACW, CPCU
Andy Wilder - Berkley Southeast Ins.
Daniel Smith, CAE - Insurors of TN

Jim Alexander Service Award
Christy Jones, CISR, CAPI - Martin & Zerfoss, Nashville

Arch Northington Young Agent of the Year
David Allen, CIC, CRM

Charles T. Bidek Political Action Award
White & Associates - Dyersburg

2018 Insuror of the Year
Eddie Miller III - Miller, Loughry and Beach Insurance Services - Murfreesboro

We also inducted our 2019 Board of Directors, led by incoming President Joe Hunt of V.R. Williams & Co. in Winchester.

Photos and the headshots from the event are available at

We hope you'll mark your calendars to join us for the Insurors 126th Annual Convention, taking place October 19-22, 2019 at the new Westin Chattanooga.