Young Agents Chair Report
Hello again, Young Agents! I am Toni Jones, Vice President of Transportation Marketing at Palomar Insurance Corporation and current Young Agents Chair. As 2018 comes to a close, we can reflect on the success of the year. In February, we had one of our most effective Legislative Conferences, where gubernatorial candidates traveled to Montgomery to present their platforms to AIIA members. In April, we held our annual Excalibur Clay Shoot at Selwood Farms to fundraise for the scholarships we award to Risk Management students at Troy University and the University of Alabama. In July, we held our annual Summer Conference in Pensacola, concentrating on how we can improve productivity within agencies through innovative technologies. Fourth quarter isn’t quite as eventful as the rest of the year, but we do take this opportunity to focus on the recruitment on new members.
Many of our agents in north and south Alabama are unable to physically travel to meetings at our Birmingham Big “I” office due to distance. For this reason, Young Agents has divided recruitment responsibilities among Regional Directors who serve the following territories: Northwest Region, Northeast Region, Central Region, Southwest Region & Tuscaloosa, and Southeast Region. Please reach out to us if you are a “young agent” in terms of years of experience or in terms of age, so we can connect you to the regional director in your area. We want you involved in this organization. As you grow in the insurance field, the connections you make will prove a valuable resource. Your fellow young agents are always willing to lend a helping hand when it comes to coverage or carrier questions. We are a group focused on collaboration rather than competition, and we want you to prosper so the insurance industry as a whole can thrive.
Please remember that our Summer Conference will be held July 25-27, 2019 at Pensacola Beach, FL. We are considering speakers at this time, but we plan to focus specifically on communication and sales this year. I encourage all young agents to ask the decision-makers in their office well in advance for approval to attend so the expense can be budgeted as needed. Also, please consider requesting a carrier sponsorship if you are a first-time attendee. These are not always available, but they may be an option if your agency has the financial need and a strong relationship with a carrier. We want to see a record number of attendees this year, and we are completely invested in making that happen.
Finally, we are proud to announce that you can now find Young Agents on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Please like and follow our pages to stay abreast of current events. Also, please feel free to use these social media outlets to quickly communicate with us. I am eager to hear from each of you, and I encourage your thoughts and recommendations to make this year the best year yet!
~ Toni D. Jones MBA, CISR, TRS, CIC