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Can you afford not to be a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of NY, Inc. (IIABNY) with so many leading edge products and services available to members?

 

Technical resource and information services
Technical Support Hotline for when you have a specific technical issue — anything ranging from insurance law, policy coverage, agency/company contracts and numerous questions in between — the toll-free technical hotline is available. Many answers can be found in the Technical issues sections of www.iiabny.org or click go straight to technical issues.

WWW.IIABNY.ORG The IIABNY web-site is a fantastic resource for national and regional legislative activities, special reports and research documents, updated calendars of IIABNY and IIABA events, links to related industry web sites and hot-off-the-press news releases. Members now have access to secure, “members only” information.

Advocacy Initiatives
Lobbying efforts IIABNY continues to be the voice of independent agents and an unrelenting advocate on their behalf. This advocacy takes a number of forms, including lobbying on legislative, regulatory and legal issues, public information programs and assistance on technical questions. IIABNY’s influence has a major impact on issues that affect the independent agent’s day-to-day business.

Public/consumer information programs IIABNY continues to work on the public’s behalf for legislation and reform that is in their best interest. Additionally, IIABA publishes consumer brochures that agents can use to educate their clients on such topics as how to report accidents to myths about renters insurance.

Insurance company advocacy activities IIABNY and IIABA initiate advocacy activities with regional and national insurance companies to promote the independent agency distribution system and work on the agent’s behalf to ensure fair dealings. IIABA does conduct insurance company contract reviews. The results of the reviews are available to members.

Project InVest This is a career education program tailored to high school students and young adults that gives them some exposure to the fundamentals of insurance. This education program not only helps them in their professional development, but also in their personal life.

Revenue Builders for your agency

Insurance products
In-Home business policy RLI’s In-Home Business Policy, provides great home-business coverage for a very low premium. This policy is specifically designed for over 120 classes of small retail and service type home-based businesses, and IIABNY members earn 10% commission on new and renewal business.

Personal Umbrella (stand-alone) RLI’s stand-alone personal umbrella policy can provide up to $5 million worth of coverage above and beyond the insured’s underlying homeowners and automobile policies, which makes it a perfect solution for hard to place personal lines accounts. IIABNY members earn 10% commission on new and renewal business.

Big “I” National Flood Program IIABNY members can write their own flood insurance with Selective Insurance Co., and receive: Competitive commissions up to 20.5%, free rating software, online processing and inquiries and free flood-zone determinations. Plus there are no volume requirements or access fees to participate.

Trip-Protect.com Trip-Protect.com empowers IIABNY members to provide travel insurance to their clients at the touch of their fingertips! Trip-Protect.com is the largest travel insurance site on the internet representing over 28 separate plans from 8 different insurance companies.

Business programs
LEAFCO (Leading Edge Agents Finance Company, LLC) offers premium financing of commercial and personal accounts for IIABNY members. Leafco has the ability to customize a premium finance program for your agency that is competitively priced, gives you an opportunity to earn a fee and provides you with easy to use software and on-line access to account information.

AMTEK Human Resource Consultants IIABNY members can offer discounted human resource services to their clients. AMTEK can provide members’ clients with everything from an employee handbook to sexual harassment training seminars. IIABNY members earn a 13% referral fee for referring their clients to AMTEK.

AgentSecure.com Access small commercial coverage for more than 230 business classes – 2700 subclasses – from highly rated, national carriers including AIG, CNA, The Hartford, Kemper, Safeco, The St. Paul and Zurich. With AgentSecure, an easy-to-use Web-based online service designed specifically for smaller, rural agents, you get significant market access with no carrier premium volume commitments as well as competitive commissions with no monthly fees.

ProShare ProShare is an agency aggregation program that facilitates company appointments with select regional and national carriers for member agencies. Markets are available for both commercial and personal lines. Competitive commissions, agency ownership of business and elimination of unattainable volume commitments make this a very attractive program for agencies looking for new, aggressive markets.
E&O-TLC (Total Loss Control) IIABNY and the partners and associates of Lustig & Brown, LLP have taken E&O loss control to the next level. E&O-TLC (Total Loss Control) creates a full complement of loss control techniques and methods of presentation of loss control information. E&O-TLC (Total Loss Control) consists of three distinct categories of resources. Find out more about E&O-TLC (Total Loss Control).

License Monitor, Inc. has teamed up with IIABNY to provide pro-active license monitoring for your clients. Give your clients this remarkable risk management tool that informs them of driver license activity 24/7. See how this exclusive arrangement will provide added value and separate you as a risk management leader. Learn more about the discounts and how IIABNY members can earn commissions by visiting www.lmi-iiabny.com, the website especially for IIABNY members.

Big “I” Affluent Personal Lines Package Coverage for protected homes valued $750,000 or more and related coverages of automobiles, schedules of fine art, umbrella liability, vacation homes, boats and even classic autos all neatly packaged in one policy. There are no volume requirements or access fees to participate in Big “I” Markets. For more information, contact PJ Peters from Big “I” Markets at pj.peters@iiaba.net or 800-221-7917 ext 5367 or visit www.bigimarkets.com.

Big “I” Markets gives members access to a number of personal & commercial programs with no access fees and no minimum volume requirements. Click here to download the Big “I” Markets registration kit or contact Ryann Elliott at bigimarkets@iiaba.net for more information.
Insurance solutions for your agency
Errors & Omissions Insurance Westport Insurance Corporation a subsidiary of Employers Reinsurance Corporation, the endorsed carrier for this program is an A.M.Best “A” rated company and is the largest writer of insurance agents errors & omissions insurance nationally. The E&O program can provide limits of insurance up to $10 million. Commerical Umbrella comverage is also abailable.

Employment Practices Liability Insurance IIABNY members can purchase EPLI insurance for their own agency’s exposures. Employers Reinsurance Corporation underwrites the coverage and offers limits up to $1,000,000.

IIABA Retirement Services IIABNY members have access to a complete range of retirement plans: SEP, SIMPLE, SIMPLE 401(k), Safe Harbor 401(k) and 401(k) through IIABA. IIABA’s staff is experienced in the field of retirement plans and financial planning and offers excellent consultation to members.

Group Dental Program United Concordia, America’s Premier Dental Insurer offers a group dental program to IIABNY members. This allows each member to take advantage of better benefits and lower rates than would be available to them as individual companies.

Group LTD Program Protect your ability to earn a living. Choose from two plans to fit your individual needs. This protection offers you up to $10,000 per month income benefit and your choice of waiting periods and waiver of premium.

Group Term Life Insurance Three plan options offer you and your employees affordable term life insurance. You may select the employees you wish to cover and choose from three different benefit selections.

IIABNY Medical Choice IIABNY members have a new option for their health insurance needs! This IIABNY program is underwritten by GHI and administered by Apollo Partners, Inc. NY. This program is very competitive and has many program options that can serve the needs of any sized group.

Business management solutions for your agency
AMTEK Human Resource Consultants IIABNY members receive a discount on AMTEK’s human resource services. AMTEK can provide a member with everything from an employee handbook to sexual harassment training seminars. IIABNY members also have access to a special human resource hotline for emergency questions and advice.

Caliper Profiles IIABNY members have access to discounted rates on Caliper Profiles. These are personality assessment tests designed to help employers learn more about an individual’s personality traits and occupational motivations.

Exam Simulator The Exam Simulator is a Windows based computer program that simulates the Life & Health, and Property & Casualty state exams. This exam helps employees who are taking the exams to focus on their potential weak areas, and familiarizes them with the question formats that they will encounter at the time of the exam.

Advertising/Marketing Aids IIABNY members have access to discounted advertising/marketing aids for their agency, such as customized agency calendars, Big I door mats, Big I logo items and marketing gifts.

Educational Offerings
Continuing Education If you hold a property & casualty or a life & health agent, broker, or general or life consultant license in New York state, you must comply with Section 2132 of the Insurance Law, established by the New York State Legislature in 1992, which requires continuing education. IIABNY offers over 250 educational classes throughout New York State on over 50 different educational topics. Visit IIABNY’s web-site for a current education calendar.

Tailored In-House Training Convenient and cost-effective, IIABNY’s extensive line of courses are offered to agencies in their offices. More than 20 course options, ranging from personal and commercial lines to agency management, are available. IIABNY’s courses, which are led by professional trainers with years of insurance experience, qualify for New York Continuing Education Credits needed for license renewal.

Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) The AAI program is designed for insurance producers. AAI is intended to acquaint agents, brokers and customer service personnel with the major coverages that generate more than 90 percent of most agencies’ premium volume. It also deals with marketing management and agency operations. The Insurance Institute of America and the IIABA developed this program.

Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) The ACSR program is the IIABA’s national designation program that promotes and recognizes the professionalism of customer service personnel in the insurance industry. ACSR offers designations in personal and commercial lines, as well as Life/Accident/Health.

Agency Management Master Certificate (AMC) IIABNY’s Agency Management Master Certificate seminars are designed specifically for agents by agents. This on-going series of seminars offers small groups an opportunity for hands-on agency management training.

Best Practices seminars Grounded in the stellar results of the nation’s top agencies, Best Practices is a family of resources developed by IIABA to help independent agents maximize performance and increase profits.
Special IIABNY member discounts on select products
Airborne Express shipments
Auto Valuation Guides (Red Books/Blue Books)
Silver Plume
Long distance telephone services
Consultants Conference Board Our Consultants Conference Board is an exclusive resource that gives members direct access to top talent in key agency management areas. There is no cost involved in the initial phone discussion with the consultant. The majority of problems and questions are solved over the phone at no cost. In cases requiring additional research or fieldwork, members willing to engage a consultant may do so at exclusive member discount.

Free subscriptions All IIABNY members gain free subscriptions to the following publications with their membership: IIABNY Insider, Insurance Advocate, Independent Agent and The E&O Report.