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.


OIA presents Amanda Geletka with Community Service Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted their annual insurance industry awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018 in Columbus.

At the ceremony, OIA presented Amanda Geletka, of USI Midwest in Toledo, with the Community Service award. The award recognizes an Ohio independent insurance agent who goes above and beyond in service to their community. Nominations are accepted from across the entire state and winners are selected by a committee of independent agents.

Geletka uses her insurance background to help non-profit organizations in their most vulnerable areas – lessening risk and preserving funds to ensure they can continue their philanthropic endeavors. She is a market leader in non-profits because of her passion to give back to her community and serve others.

Geletka is personally involved in a number of charitable causes in the Northwest Ohio area, and serves in both leadership and volunteer roles with those organizations.

Two organizations close to her heart include Mobile Meals of Toledo, which serves home-delivered meals to more than 2,800 elderly, ailing or physically disabled people each year, and Heartbeat of Toledo, whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads and babies in need.

Another area where Geletka excels is perhaps the most challenging -- her talent for  recruiting others to serve.  She is passionate about connecting individuals looking for volunteer opportunities with organizations in need.

OIA would like to congratulate Geletka for her hard work, and a job well-done in her community.


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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