Press Releases

  • Laura Farmer Joining Service Lloyds Insurance Company

    Oct 19, 2017

    It’s with mixed emotions that IIAT announces Laura Farmer, CPCU, CIC, will be pursuing a new role at Service Lloyds Insurance Company.

    During her time at the association, Laura has managed the ELITExas (Emerging Leaders of Insurance in Texas) Advisory Council and spearheaded programs to promote the insurance industry to younger generations. In 2016, ELITExas took home the Outstanding Breakthrough Award at the Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago.

    In her new role serving on Service Lloyds' Business Development Team, Laura will be responsible for working with the company’s partner agencies, growing Service Lloyds' business in Central Texas. She’ll also continue to build relationships with Young Agents across Texas and maintain her involvement with ELITExas.

    “We are sorry to see Laura go, but excited for her as she starts a new challenge with one of our partner companies. Laura has been an enthusiastic ambassador for independent agents and the IIAT brand,"  said IIAT President & Executive Director Marit Peters. "We look forward to working with her in her new role to continue building on the success of ELITExas and promoting the insurance industry to the younger generation entering the workforce.”

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    About IIAT

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is the nation’s largest state association of Trusted Choice® agencies. IIAT represents approximately 1,600 agencies and more than 15,000 agents and insurance professionals. Trusted Choice® independent agents represent multiple insurance companies. Since they are not employees of any single insurance company, they are advocates for insurance consumers helping them comparison shop for cost-effective and customized coverage. IIAT is also affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and works with legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies in Texas on behalf of independent insurance agents across the state. More information on IIAT can be found online at iiat.org.


  • IIAT’s Response to Harvey Recovery Czar’s Comments on Insurance Agents

    Oct 03, 2017

    AUSTIN, TX — During a Texas Tribune event on Friday, Sept. 29, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, named by Governor Abbott to lead the state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, commented that the insurance industry, specifically insurance agencies, were waiting on FEMA before paying insurance claims.  Sharp said agents need to “step up” and “write a damn check.”

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) would like to take the opportunity on the heels of Sharp’s comments to clarify the role of a Trusted Choice® independent agent in the claims process. “Independent agents are actively on the ground working tirelessly to help Harvey victims file and resolve insurance claims as expediently as possible,” said IIAT President & Executive Director Marit Peters. “Coordinating coverage among property, flood and wind policies, which are often insured through different companies, can be a complex process.”

    Insurance companies pay claims when they are due under an insurance policy. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, insurance companies have already paid out an estimated $2 billion in insurance claims on flooded automobiles and wind damaged homes due to Harvey’s 130-mile-per-hour winds and massive flooding.

    IIAT urges all Texans affected by Harvey to contact their insurance agent for assistance. FEMA has provided guidance on applying for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov and information on insurance processing for flood coverage can be found here (http://www.iiat.org/docs/default-source/government-resources/eligibility-and-flood-insurance.pdf). 

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    About IIAT

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is the nation’s largest state association of Trusted Choice® agencies. IIAT represents approximately 1,600 agencies and more than 15,000 agents and insurance professionals. Trusted Choice® independent agents represent multiple insurance companies. Since they are not employees of any single insurance company, they are advocates for insurance consumers helping them comparison shop for cost-effective and customized coverage. IIAT is also affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and works with legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies in Texas on behalf of independent insurance agents across the state. More information on IIAT can be found online at iiat.org.


  • IIAT Joins Independent Insurance Agents in Victoria and Rockport to Extend Financial Support to Harvey Impacted Communities

    Oct 03, 2017

    AUSTIN, TX — In an effort to provide financial relief to two of the communities greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a group of ambassadors from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) recently joined local independent insurance agents in Victoria and Rockport to provide area leaders with monetary support provided by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA), the national association for independent agents.

    IIAT's Governmental Affairs Director, Lee Loftis, presented each community with monetary gift cards to be handed out to those in greatest need. "We know that individuals in these communities are just beginning to rebuild and may need the assistance that a small financial gift can provide. We hope that these funds will help lift the spirits of those in distress and let them know that independent insurance agents across the state and country are thinking about them during this difficult time," said Loftis.

    Agents met with Glen Dry, Pastor of Sportsman’s Church at Son Valley Ranch, in Victoria, and heard the story of Leo De La Garza, whose home was completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. De La Garza received $1,900 from FEMA, far from the amount needed to rebuild his home. 

    In Rockport, GSM Insurors have been working closely with Rockport Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Rios and Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick on area relief efforts. Outside of GSM's offices, TWIA has set up a mobile claims unit to assist individuals with their insurance needs. "Rockport has made a lot of progress in a short period of time. However, it will take years for our community to be fully restored. We are grateful to IIAT and IIABA for their generosity," said GSM Insurance Vice President Travis McDavid.

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    About IIAT

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is the nation’s largest state association of Trusted Choice® agencies. IIAT represents approximately 1,600 agencies and more than 15,000 agents and insurance professionals. Trusted Choice® independent agents represent multiple insurance companies. Since they are not employees of any single insurance company, they are advocates for insurance consumers helping them comparison shop for cost-effective and customized coverage. IIAT is also affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and works with legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies in Texas on behalf of independent insurance agents across the state. More information on IIAT can be found online at iiat.org.



Year Date Headline
2017 08.30 Statement Regarding Hurricane Harvey and HB 1774
2017 06.21 Rick Dudney of New Braunfels to Serve as Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2017 06.21 Jeff Brady of Houston to Serve as Chair-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2017 06.21 Mark Ray of Corpus Christi to Serve as Vice Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2017 06.21 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Announce New Board Members at 120th Annual Conference
2017
06.21 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Tyler Spears of Austin Young Agent of the Year
2017
06.21
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Cheryl Rogers of Rockwall Customer Service Representative of the Year
2017
06.21
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Receives IIAT’s Independent Leadership Award
2017 04.27 Independent Agents, Others Set Sights on 120th IIAT Annual Conference & Trade Show in Fort Worth June 15-17
2017 04.19
Angela Ford Named IIAT's Continuous Improvement Director
2016 11.03 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas 54th Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar Set for Jan. 29-31, 2017
2016 10.18
Jill Douglas Joins IIAT Governmental Affairs Team
2016 7.27 Agents Set Sights on IIAT’s Small Agency Conference and Discover Markets Trade Show in San Marcos
2016 6.23
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Announce New Board Members at 119th Annual Conference
2016 6.23
IIAT Names Bob Shepard Top Insurance Agent in Texas
2016 6.23
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Ross Ormond of San Antonio Young Professional of the Year
2016
6.23
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Ann Ratcliff CSR of the Year
2016 6.23
Peter Lauve of Abilene to Serve as Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2016 6.23
Jeffrey Brady of Houston to Serve as Vice Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2016 6.23 Rick Dudney of New Braunfels to Serve as Chair-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2016 01.12 April Moeser Named Executive Vice President of LevelFirst
2015 12.01 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas 53rd Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar Set for Jan. 24 - 26, 2016
2015 10.06 IIAT to Host Young Professionals Summit in Austin
2015 08.25 Agents Set Sights on IIAT’s 11th Annual Small Agency Conference and Meet With Markets Trade Show in San Marcos
2015 06.10 IIAT Announces New Board Members & Officers at 118th Annual Conference
2015 06.10 IIAT Names Garry Kaufman Top Insurance Agent in Texas
2015 06.10 IIAT Names Adam Sammons Young Agent of the Year
2015 06.10 IIAT Names Wes Becknell Young Associate of the Year
2015 06.10 IIAT Names Sonya Edwards CSR of the Year
2015 06.10 Bill Kliewer of Killeen to Serve as Chair of IIAT
2015 06.10 Rick Dudney of New Braunfels to Serve as Vice Chair of IIAT
2015 06.10 Peter Lauve of Abilene to Serve as Chair-Elect of IIAT
2015 05.28 Independent Agents Lend Helping Hand to Mission Road Ministries
2015 04.21 Independent Agents, Others Set Sights on 118th IIAT Annual Conference & Trade Show in San Antonio June 3-5
2015 01.14 IIAT’s Producer Development Program Courses Begin in February
2015 01.08 LevelFirst Offers Broad-Ranging Coverage for Religious Marketplace Through Agreement With Church Mutual
2015 01.05 Marit Peters Named President and Executive Director of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2014 12.03 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas 52nd Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar Set for Jan. 25 - 27, 2015
2014 11.13 IIAT Acquires Dallas-Based LevelFirst, Forms IIAT Services MGA, Inc.
2014 10.20 Wayland Volunteer Fire Department Purchases New Water Tank With IIAT and Trusted Choice®-Funded Grant
2014 10.03 IIAT to Host Young Professionals Sales & Leadership Summit
2014 08.14 Agents Set Sights on IIAT’s 10th Annual Small Agency Conference and Meet With Markets Trade Show in San Marcos
2014 08.13 Amanda Miller Joins IIAT Governmental Affairs Team
2014 06.10 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Announce New Board Members at 117th Annual Conference
2014 06.10 Independent Agents Lend Helping Hand to St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home
2014 06.10 IIAT Names David Surles Top Insurance Agent in Texas
2014 06.10 IIAT Names James Russell Young Agent of the Year
2014 06.10 IIATNames Jason Billingslea Young Associate of the Year
2014 06.10 IIATNames Kelly Lyttle CSR of the Year
2014 06.10 Pat Arthur of Dallas to Serve as Chair of IIAT
2014 06.10 Peter Lauve of Abilene to Serve as Vice Chair of IIAT
2014 06.10 Bill Kliewer of Killeen to Serve as Chair-Elect of IIAT
2014 05.28 IIAT and the Trusted Choice Foundation Award $30K in Grant Money to Texas Volunteer Fire Departments
2014 05.20 IICF Grants Funded by Independent Agents Support Regional Charities
2014 04.28 Independent Agents, Others Set Sights on 117th Annual Conference & Trade Show in San Antonio June 4 - 6
2014 02.05 Independent Agent and West Mayor Tommy Muska Named Trusted Choice Hometown Hero
2013 12.10 Jerry Mackey Named President of IIAT Services Co.
2013 11.19 Independent Agents Guide Consumers Through Affordable Care Act
2013 11.18 51st Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar Set for Jan. 26-28
2013 06.28 IIAT Names Bill Henry Top Insurance Agent in Texas
2013 06.28 IIAT Honors Independent Insurance Agent Al Boenker for Outstanding Political Action Contributions
2013 06.28 Independent Agents Lend Helping Hand to Mi Escuelita Preschool
2013 06.28 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Dee Randall ACSR of the Year
2013 06.28 Don Whitaker of San Antonio to Serve as Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2013 06.28 Pat Arthur of Dallasto Serve as Chair-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2013 06.28 Bill Kliewer of Killeen to Serve as Vice Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
2013 06.28 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Elect New Board Members at 116th Annual Conference
2013 06.28 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Mark Lee Young Agent of the Year

2013

05.02 Independent Agents, Others Set Sights on 116th IIAT Annual Conference & Trade Show in Dallas June 26-28
2013 04.29 IIAT and the Trusted Choice® Foundation Award $30K in Grant Money to Texas Volunteer Fire Departments
2013 04.04 IIAT Launches New Texas Independent Insurance Adviser Designation
2013 03.04 IIAT Honored as Lone Star Legend for Charitable Activities
2013 02.12 Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Leadership Academy Classes Begin In March
2013 02.12 IIAT's Big "I" Legislative Day Connects Independent Insurance Agents With Legislators
2013 01.24 New Trusted Choice® Grant Program to Benefit Volunteer Fire Departments
2013 01.24 Celebrate Fifty Years of Industry Success at IIAT's 50th Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar in Austin
2012 10.26 Independent Agent Wes Bailey Named Trusted Choice® Hometown Hero
2012 08.15 Agents Set Sights on IIAT's 8th Annual Small Agency Conference and Meet With Markets Trade Show in Frisco
2012 06.20 Rick Bondurant Re-Joins the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas as Director of Management Resources
2012 06.20 Patrick Watkins of Austin to Serve as President of the IIAT
2012 06.20 Pat Arthur of Dallas to Serve as Vice President of the IIAT
2012 06.20 Don Whitaker of San Antonio to Serve as President-Elect of the IIAT
2012 06.20 IIAT Elects New Board Members at 115th Annual Conference
2012 06.20 IIAT Names Loyd Neal Top Insurance Agent in Texas Corpus Christi agent receives the 2012 Drex Foreman Award
2012 06.20 IIAT Names Andy Webb Young Agent of the Year
2012 06.20 IIAT Names Susan Tyner ACSR of the Year
2012 05.30 Independent Agents Lend Helping Hand to St. Peter – St. Joseph Children's Home
2012 05.15 Independent agents, others set sights on 115th IIAT Annual Conference & Trade Show in San Antonio June 13-15
2012 02.07 IIAT Leadership Academy Classes Begin in March
2012 02.02 IIAT Announces 2012 Leadership Award Winners
2012 01.12 IIAT 49th Annual Joe Vincent Management Seminar Set for Jan. 29 - 31, 2012


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