OIA presents John Koetz with Lifetime Achievement Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented independent insurance agent John Koetz with the venerable Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is given to an OIA volunteer who has provided a lifetime of leadership to the association and the independent agent channel.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is elite and only given to select insurance professionals who go above and beyond to serve their industry. Koetz, who is president of the W.E. Davis Insurance Agency in Columbus, is only the 14th person to have received this award in the last 23 years.

Koetz has actively volunteered for OIA since the 1980s. He served on 16 committees and task forces in his tenure, and participated in the initiation of programs which led to the betterment of the association and industry as a whole.

He was named Agent of the Year in 1990 and served as president of the association in 1991-1992. Most notably, he served 17 years on the Advocacy Committee and has provided valuable testimony on legislative issues impacting independent insurance agents.

As an independent insurance agent, Koetz is incredibly passionate about making sure his clients have the right insurance coverage in place to protect their families and businesses.

OIA is proud to present Koetz with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and we are thankful for his dedication to the independent agency channel.


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Steve Brown with Excellence in Leadership Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Steve Brown, of Payne & Brown Insurance Agency in Sunbury, with the Excellence in Leadership award.  Brown is an OIA volunteer who has provided outstanding leadership and service to the association in the preceding year.    

He has actively been involved in OIA for more than 10 years, and even more so within the last two years. When he is asked to volunteer on a committee, chair a meeting or participate on a panel, he does so without hesitation. He can be counted on when OIA and his fellow agents need him.

Brown is always looking out for the best interests of Ohio’s independent agency community. He is also active in his community and spends his time outside of OIA participating on insurance company agent advisory councils and task force groups to support independent agents on changes and key issues within the Industry.

His focus in any open discussion and debate is always on how the issue can help independent agents and he is always leaning forward in the direction for the betterment of all and not the few.

OIA is proud to present Brown with the Excellence in Leadership Award, and we would like to thank him for his service to OIA and the independent agency channel.


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Norman-Spencer Agency with Community Service Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented the Norman-Spencer Agency with the Community Service award.  The Norman-Spencer Agency, headquartered in Dayton, created NS Cares to serve its community through the work of their employees. The program provides their employees with opportunities to volunteer for and donate to local, regional and national charitable causes.

Through NS Cares, Norman-Spencer Agency supports more than 30 non-profit organizations across the country, and all donations are given back to community groups like foodbanks, rehabilitation centers, and local chapters of national organizations such as the March of Dimes, Pink Ribbon Girls and Ronald McDonald House.

In the four years since it’s been established, NS Cares has raised more than $200,000 for charities, and volunteers have given hundreds of hours of service.

OIA would like to thank NS Cares and the Norman-Spencer Agency for all that they are doing in their community, and for representing the best parts of the independent insurance industry. 


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Ohio Mutual Insurance Group with Eagle Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Ohio Mutual Insurance Group (OMIG), headquartered in Bucyrus, Ohio, with the Eagle Award. This award honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement and performance in the insurance industry.

OMIG earned this award because of their strong focus on innovation and thinking outside the box to provide important resources for independent agents’ long-term success. They also support agent access to resources that help with perpetuation to allow their agents to successfully transition their agencies to new ownership when the time comes.

Additionally, OMIG provides critical training and professional development for new agency partners, ensuring that the industry will continue to provide the right coverage to consumers, now and in the future, through highly skilled independent insurance agents.   

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


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Seth Zaremba with Independence Bell Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted their annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Seth Zaremba with the Independence Bell Award. This award is given to someone who significantly contributes to the betterment of the independent agent channel. Nominations are accepted from across the entire state and winners are selected by a committee of independent insurance agents.

Zaremba is known for his non-traditional, out-of-the-box ideas and his way of thinking has opened the doors for leaders in the industry to think differently. He has been an active participant in setting strategic direction for OIA.

Zaremba was nominated for this award by LeAnne Molina of Westfield Group.

“He is always thinking about ways to innovate and his quarterly all-carrier meetings are exciting and informative,” says Molina.

“Seth allows other agents to attend these meetings as he is transparent in sharing the success his agency has had in achieving profitable, organic growth. Seth takes steps to invest large amounts of capital into the future growth of his agency. He hires people in professions that most wouldn't think coincides with a traditional insurance agency.  His agency can be seen on all social platforms, demonstrating involvement in the local community by supporting, attending and sponsoring events.”

OIA would like to congratulate Zaremba for his hard work, and passionate dedication to the independent agent channel.


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.

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