IIAO News & Notes Feb 2016 Print

The Newsletter of the Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha

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Luncheon Reminder

Still Time to Sign-up for Feb. 25 Luncheon

Click here to view a list of who all is registered to attend.  And if YOU haven’t yet registered for tomorrow''s luncheon but want to attend, click here.  You can register online OR you can sign-up by e-mail to [email protected] or by calling Chief Administrator Joe Pittman at 402-397-7782.

This meeting will provide one Hour of P&C CE for Nebraska & Iowa. The lunch buffet line is open from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and the business program runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

LUNCHEON MENU: Salad Bar, Sliced Barbeque Beef, Balsamic Chicken, Sour Cream Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Assorted Cookies and Dessert Bars

TopicHoarding: A Conundrum for Claims Professionals and Agents

This program will provide an introduction to hoarding and its impact on insurance claims. Our presenter will be Colleen Olson - Business Development Manager for CRDN, the Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network


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President's Message

Hello IIAO Members:

Well good news… warmer weather is here – hopefully 66 degrees this Saturday.  Watch out for all the potholes while you are out and about!

I hope you enjoyed the January Luncheon with Stephanie Watts from Travelers, Chariots of Hope and those awesome desserts from Miss Mollie’s Sweet Treats!  Trust me – none of those went to waste!

Our next luncheon is set for tomorrow, February 25th – Topic:  HOARDING:  a conundrum for claims professionals and agents.  Our speakers will be Colleen Olson with CRDN.  You will gain a better understanding of how the use of specific hoarding protocols during the claims process can lower and control claims costs.

We will also be collecting monetary donations to support the work of Domestic Violence Council, which promotes itself as the only nonprofit in Douglas County that unites people, services and systems to end intimate partner violence.  Special thanks to Dustin Kowalewski for organizing this charity group.

Just wanted to re-mention this from last month -- our Association has done well over the past several years and we have managed to make a profit.  We have seen continued growth in our membership and our sponsors and because we have been successful we would really like to give back more to our community.  So as of January 2016 we have started to bump our donations for our charities from $100 to $200 and we truly appreciate all of the extra donations from our members.  These charities are extremely grateful of our donations and our acknowledgement to their cause.

Stay tuned for our March 24 session on “Climate Change and Its Impact on the Insurance Industry”...it should be another interesting program!

I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming meetings!

Renee Hennings

2015-2016 IIA of Omaha President 


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Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend these upcoming IIAO events.  All monthly membership luncheons will be held at Champions Run Country Club.

Thursday, March 24 

  • Speaker:  Barbara Mayes Boustead, a meteorologist and climate program leader at the National Weather Service office in Omaha/Valley, NE.  
  • Topic: “Climate Change and Its Impact on the Insurance Industry”


Thursday, April 28

  • Speaker: Adam Taylor – United States Liability Insurance Group 
  • Topic: “Employment Practices Liability


Thursday, June 9

Omaha Insurance Agents Coalition Golf Classic at Tiburon Golf Club


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Legislative Update

Young Agents Wanted to Go to Washington DC...!

Two $1,000 Scholarships Available For IIABA Legislative Conference - Apply By Monday, February 29

If you're a Young Agent (age 45 or under, or 6 or less years in insurance), and you'd like to join IIAN's officers and hundreds of other agents from across the country for IIABA's annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., April 13-14, 2016, Fax or e-mail your application for one of two $1,000 scholarships to the IIAN office by Monday, February 29, 2016! 

Each $1,000 scholarship should be sufficient to cover conference registration, air fare, and one night's lodging - and most meals are provided by the Big "I".  Scholarship winners can stay for IIABA's Conference events April 14-15 at their own expense - including a Young Agents party and fundraiser, and a panel of political commentators Tucker Carlson of Fox News and Bob Beckel of CNN!    Click here to download scholarship application.   See conference schedule. 

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Young Agents

Join the Young Agents of Omaha on Tuesday, March 8

Leadership Today: What it Truly Means to be a Leader

Presenter:   Danielle Crough - Senior Consultant - Human Capital, SilverStone Group

Cunningham's Pub and Grill, 10904 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68154

RSVPs to Nichole Simms at [email protected] - IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED, THANK YOU!

Tuesday, March 8 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

This session will break down the hierarchical, ego-centric assumptions around leadership and challenge participants to get the most out of leadership by understanding their followers. Today, the portrayal of leadership in the media implies that leaders are commanding and domineering. However, the best leaders are self-aware and individualize their approach to their followers. These great leaders truly understand how to form a community with their employees where everyone contributes expertise, has their motivations met and works towards the greater goal. Participants will leave with a practical understanding of how to do this in their everyday lives even if they are new to leadership or have been in a leadership role for most of their career.

PLEASE NOTE:  Young Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the insurance industryís benefits to agency and company professionals under the age of 40 and/or 10 years or less experience in the industry or current position. Our focus is to help develop your professional skills and increase your industry knowledge, while showing you how rewarding a career in insurance can be. Membership in the Young Agents organization is open to anyone; annual dues are $25 and membership application forms will be available at the meeting, or click here for 'IIAO Young Agents Membership Packet."

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Welcome New Partners

A special welcome and THANK YOU to our newest sponsor!

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