OIA Members Surpass PAC Goal

Thanks to the support of 235 OIA members, $50,615 was raised in 2019 for Ohio Insurance Agents Political Action Committee, achieving the goal of raising at least $50,000 to help promote a strong economy and a competitive insurance marketplace in Ohio for you and your clients.

Agency Participation 

When we crunched some numbers and looked at how we did in regard to agency participation, we realized that the group with the greatest PAC participation rate, both in monetary value and in number of contributors, is not an agency at all. It is OIA, which raised more than $3,600 from 15 staff members. This serves as a testament to the inspiration and culture that OIA members have created at OIA and how much our staff believes that peace of mind is not a commodity and understands that the PAC is a critical element in promoting, progressing and protecting independent agents, who in turn, best protect Ohioans and their way of life. We hope to break even more participation records this year.

In addition to OIA, three agencies raised more than $1,000 for OIA PAC. These agency champions are: Webb Insurance Agency, Inc. of Lima; Associated Insurance Agencies, Inc. of Westerville and Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc. of Versailles.

Thank you for providing OIA with the necessary political resources to effectively advocate for insurance consumers and independent agents. Our goal is to raise $50,000 this year. With two Ohio Supreme Court seats lost in 2018 to activist judges the two seats up for election in 2020 on the Ohio Supreme Court are the most important elections we have faced in decades. If we lose these seats, there will be a significant shift in judicial philosophy on the Court. We will be back to an era like Scott-Pontzer when the Court made astonishing decisions -- like extending employers’ UM/UIM to employees who got into accidents in their own cars, on their own time. Together we can prevent this from happening. Make your 2020 contribution to OIA PAC today.

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OIA awards Elliott Insurance Agency with inaugural video award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Todd Elliott, Tim Elliott and Scott Greene of Elliott Insurance Agency in Springfield with its first annual Best Agency Video Award.

The award was developed to recognize an agency that excels in using video to explain the value of independent agents and tell the story of their agency, and do so in a creative, captivating and memorable way. Submissions were accepted at OIA’s statewide event for Ohio’s independent agents, IACON19, where fellow agent attendees cast their votes for their favorite of the eight excellent nominees.

Elliott Insurance Agency’s award-winning video celebrated the agency’s family heritage, rich history and involvement in the Springfield community. The video shares the story of the agency in a humorous, creative way, all in under a minute. The numerous compliments and positive comments under the video on the agency’s Facebook page underscore just how impactful the video has been to the agency’s marketing efforts.

OIA is proud to present Elliott Insurance Agency with the Best Agency Video Award and congratulate the team for setting the standard in independent agency video marketing.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA awards Ron Berg with Industry Citation Award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Ron Berg with its Industry Citation Award. Berg has served as Executive Director of the Big “I” Agents Council for Technology (ACT) since 2013 and in that time has worked with independent agents, insurance carriers and insurtech companies to advance the use of technology in the industry.

Through his work with ACT, Berg collaborates with key groups to improve agent workflows and encourage the strategic implementation of technology that makes agents more effective and improves the customer experience in the industry. It’s hard to find anyone who can match Berg in his passion, intellect and commitment to making the industry better.

“This is an amazing industry,” reflected Berg. “Never have I consistently found such good, dedicated, passionate people as I have seen in this industry.”

OIA would like to thank Berg for his outstanding leadership in the independent agency channel and his efforts to advance the use of effective business processes, practices and technologies for the success of independent agents and insurance consumers.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Sabrena Sally with Industry Citation Award

COLUMBUS, OH  – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Sabrena Sally with its Industry Citation Award. Sally received this award for being an instrumental partner in assisting OIA leaders during the merger between the two Ohio affiliates of PIA and Big “I”, each having its own agents’ errors and omissions program and needing to blend them together.

During her tenure as senior vice president and business leader for agents’ professional liability for Swiss Re, she led an 18-member team writing errors and omissions liability for independent insurance agencies in Ohio and across the country. Sally retired from Swiss Re earlier this year. 

OIA would like to thank Sally for her partnership and dedication in protecting Ohio’s independent insurance agents and offer best wishes for retirement.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Matt Simon with Board Service Award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Matt Simon, CIC, CPCU of Hill & Hamilton Insurance and Financial Services in Bellefontaine, OH, with its Board Service Award for his dedicated and passionate leadership on the association board.

Simon began his volunteer service with OIA in 2007, only a year after he began working in his family insurance agency. His fresh, forward-thinking perspective was instrumental in setting the course for OIA’s relevancy in a changing industry.

His journey as an OIA volunteer began on the former Agents Resource Committee and he was quickly elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. Matt was OIA’s only next-generation agent serving on the board at that time.       

In 2013, Simon received the prestigious National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award for his ability to address the expectations of long-term agency clients as well as responding to how incoming generations prefer to do business. In 2018, he was elected to serve as the OIA Board Chair.

OIA would like to thank Simon for his passionate service and dedication to OIA, as well as setting the standard for professionalism and elevating the independent agency channel.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.

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