OIA honors Central Insurance Companies with Eagle 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 Central Insurance Companies, headquartered in Van Wert, OH, with its Eagle Award. This award honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement and performance in the insurance industry, and has shown true commitment to supporting the independent agent channel.

Central Insurance Companies earned this award because they are a true partner to their agents, providing them with access to unique, niche-based programs that allow them to differentiate themselves from their competition.

From training to technology, Central Insurance Companies goes above and beyond to provide their agents with the resources they need to run successful agencies. They are committed to improving the generational health of the independent agent channel and have invested in OIA’s valuation and perpetuation services to allow their agents to make informed business decisions.

Central Insurance Companies is devoted to improving the customer experience for both their agents and their insureds. They are a true partner to their agents and OIA, and the independent agent channel is fortunate to have such a great company in its ranks.

OIA would like to thank Central Insurance Companies for their dedication, commitment and partnership with OIA and everlasting support for Ohio’s independent agents.


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 Diane Keil-Hipp with Excellence in Leadership 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 Diane Keil-Hipp of the Knight Insurance Agency in Toledo, with the Excellence in Leadership award.

Keil-Hipp has been an active and dedicated OIA volunteer for the last decade and is the President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Insurance Professionals, OIA’s non-profit foundation developed to help young professionals succeed in the insurance industry.

She has served OIA as a proactive leader – taking every chance she can to roll up her sleeves and get involved. In 2018, she led the Foundation Board in developing the criteria, scoring and evaluation of the George W. Haenszel Scholarship. Since then, the Foundation has awarded sixteen scholarships in the amount of $17,350 to help next-generation independent agents advance their professional and leadership knowledge and skills in the independent agency system.  

Keil-Hipp has also been an active member of OIA’s Advocacy and Political Action Committee (PAC) for several years. She has served as an agent spokesperson in many meetings with legislators, spearheading the effort to educate policymakers on key issues impacting independent agents. She has personally been a generous contributor to OIA’s PAC and has secured support for the PAC from many of her peer agents.

Whether it is through the Foundation, OIA Advocacy and Political Committee, Big “I” legislative advocacy efforts, the Westfield Agents Association, or promoting insurance as a profession to the next generation of insurance professionals, Keil-Hipp is a leader who best leads through example.

OIA would like to thank Keil-Hipp for her exemplary service to OIA and to 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.


OIA awards Paul Buse 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 Paul Buse with its Industry Citation Award. Buse received this award for his 21 years of outstanding service to the Independent Agency System through the establishment of innovative and profitable products in the Big “I” Advantage Program.

One of the key accomplishments of Buse’s more than two-decade career as a leader at Big “I” was bringing together state and national efforts to form more cohesive outcomes and make the many Big “I” Advantage Program offerings available in all states. A major component of the offerings is the popular agents’ errors and omissions insurance program.

Buse, reflecting on his time, remarked, “The total truly is greater than the sum of the 52 parts. States plus national is the secret ingredient to success. My hope is that you continue to find more of that state-national-company-member alignment of interests to bring agents what they need.”

He is optimistic about the future of the independent agency channel, remarking that it has overcome many challenges, and will continue to do so into the future.

“Independent agents are the best distribution for most insurance, as it is complicated and a promise. People want choices and to connect, as humans, with humans they trust to protect their assets.”

OIA would like to thank Buse for his service and dedication to the independent agency system, both in Ohio and nationally.


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 Mark Reilly with Lifetime Achievement 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 independent insurance agent Mark Reilly with the venerable Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given selectively to OIA volunteers who have provided a lifetime of leadership to the association and the independent agent channel, and who’ve gone above and beyond to serve their industry.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is elite, and Reilly is only the 15th individual to receive it since its inception 24 years ago.

Reilly has been actively serving the association since 1990, in committee and board leadership positions, and as a professional development instructor. He is also a strong proponent of giving back to his community and received OIA’s Community Service Award in 2014, recognizing him for creating a summer reading program to get children involved in activities and reading during the summertime. The program is now in its 30th year and has inspired thousands of children in Northwest Ohio to be avid summer readers. 

Fellow agent and former OIA Board President Jeannine Giesler remarked, “It’s difficult to condense and recognize someone who has given a lifetime of service for the betterment of the association and independent agents. Mark helped grow the association with mission and purpose.”

OIA would like to thank Reilly for his passion for life, learning and making a difference in the insurance industry, his community and in people’s lives.


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 Strachan-Novak Insurance with Community 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 Bruce Strachan, CIC and Rob Strachan, CIC, AU, CPIA, AINS, of Strachan-Novak Insurance in Twinsburg, with its Community Service award. 

Strachan-Novak Insurance has been the presenting sponsor of Twinsburg's Rock the Park concert series since its inception in 2009. This summer concert series unites the Northeast Ohio community and routinely draws between 1,200-1,500 attendees throughout the seven summer events.

In addition to being the presenting sponsor of the concert series, Strachan-Novak Insurance runs multiple charitable campaigns throughout the year, include Thanksgiving gift baskets, Ballsapalooza (which is an effort that collects hundreds of balls for a youth sports), canned food drives and many more projects.

As a recipient of the Community Service award, OIA provided Strachan-Novak Insurance with $2,500 to award to the charity of their choice. The agency decided to split the donation between two very worthy organizations – Restore Addiction Recovery and Urban Vision.

OIA would like to thank Strachan-Novak Insurance for all that they do in their community, and for representing the best parts of the independent insurance industry.


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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