Buckeye Insurance Group recognizes 14 OIA members

OIA members Block Insurance Agency, Fort Recovery Insurance Agency, Francis J. Paulus Insurance Agency, Hatfield Insurance Agency, John Wood Insurance Agency, Kathrens Insurance Agency, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Leugers Insurance Agency, Littman-Thomas Agency, Miami Valley Insurance Agency, Michael Murphy Insurance Agency, Pahl Insurance Solutions, Shockey-Ryan-Long Insurance Agency, Stahl-Stoller-Meyer Insurance Center were all recognized by Buckeye Insurance Group with its Preferred Agency Status for 2019.

The status is given to agencies that demonstrate the highest level of insurance knowledge, professionalism and service to their customers. OIA is proud to represent high-caliber agencies like these and congratulates them on this accomplishment!

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PORTAGE, MI, JANUARY, 2019 – J.M. Wilson is proud to announce that Travis Lankerd, Brokerage Underwriter, and Jenna Hans, Senior Property & Casualty Underwriter, have been selected for the 2019 class of the Markel Ascending Stars Program that recognizes young talented insurance professionals as future leaders in the insurance industry.  These young leaders will be invited to take part in a special council, with the goal of strengthening their professional relationship for the duration of their career.

Travis joined J.M. Wilson in 2017 as a Brokerage Underwriter and has earned cyRM (Cyber Insurance and Risk Manager) and RCLS (Registered Cyber Liability Specialist) designations.  He is an Olivet College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management.  Travis’ favorite part of the job is the opportunity to be challenged on a daily basis to find solutions to complex problems.  He also enjoys knowing that his work provides value to the financial security and risk management of the insureds’ businesses.

Jenna Hans joined J.M. Wilson in 2013 as an Assistant Underwriter, before her promotions in 2015 as P&C Underwriter and 2018 as Senior P&C Underwriter.  Jenna enjoys the relationships she’s developed with her carriers and agents and her favorite part of the job is facing new and different challenges every day.

About J.M. Wilson

J.M. Wilson is a Managing General Agency and Surplus Lines Broker providing independent insurance agents access to specialty markets for both personal and commercial lines. With offices in eight states, J.M. Wilson is able to provide coverage for standard and hard-to-place commercial, transportation, property & casualty, brokerage, professional liability and errors and omissions, personal lines and surety classes in thirty-six states.

For more information about J.M. Wilson, call (800) 666-5692 or visit www.jmwilson.com.

J.M Wilson is a cooper level parter with OIA. Contact Megan Smith to learn more about becoming a company partner and the benefits you receive. 

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Ohio Insurance Agents Association Enhances Partnership with Indium to Provide Independent Agents Market Access and Growth Solutions

GAHANNA, OH - Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc. (OIA) creates strategic partnership with Indium to provide agents expanded market access options and growth solutions.

Two Ohio-based, independent agent led organizations have come together in a strategic partnership to support the growth of the independent agency system. OIA, which has always had an ownership interest in Indium (formerly MarketSource), purchased a majority interest in the organization.

“The independent agency system must change to compete in the modern marketplace. Through this strategic partnership with Indium, independent agents will have access to market access, technology, and training resources to propel their businesses into the future,” stated Jeff Smith, CEO of OIA.

“OIA and Indium have been connected from the beginning of Indium’s founding in 2005 when volunteer agents worked tirelessly to create a leading market access solution that would be agent-led and maximize agent value.”

“We all know our industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and on all fronts. We sit in a unique position, where we see firsthand what agents, carriers, vendors and our peers are going through to remain relevant. Every aspect of the insurance supply chain is confronting significant disruption, all at once. It’s an extraordinary time for our industry, really. And as we’ve reinvented ourselves to meet the demands of our industry, we’ve also been looking for strategic partners with a common mission focused on helping independent agents stay independent, both now and in the future,” remarked Chad Eddy, CEO of Indium.

Since inception, Indium has helped hundreds of agencies in Ohio and across the country grow their business and maintain their independence. To date, Indium supports nearly 400 agency partners across 10 states, with 85 percent located in Ohio.

“OIA and Indium share common missions, visions, values, cultures, agent leadership, staff, priorities, growth strategies and agency partners and members, so coming together makes great sense,” said Matt Simon, CIC, CPCU, Chairman of the OIA Board of Directors and Principal with Hill and Hamilton Insurance Agency in Bellefontaine.

“As an association, we need to evolve and ensure we are providing value to our agents, and our strategic partnership with Indium solidifies our value proposition. Through this partnership, our agent and carrier partners can expect continued support for Indium’s market access solutions and technology solutions, strengthening an agent-led partner to grow the independent agency system and compete in the modern insurance marketplace.”

“Bringing together agent led organizations who share the same mission, to help independent insurance agents grow and prosper, ensures that our agents’ success is always the focus of our partnership. We have complimentary services for independent agents, which makes this partnership a natural fit with our collective mission to promote, protect and progress the independent agency system,” said Eddy. 

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to provide independent agents with market access solutions, local ownership and a focus on improving services and offerings,” said Smith.

For more information on this alignment please see OIA and Indium's joint letter.

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.

About Indium

Indium (MarketSource Agency Network, LLC) was founded in 2005 out of the OIA, who assembled a team of thought-leading independent insurance agents to develop an innovative solution for the purpose of helping independent insurance agents stay independent. This team of agents – our founding fathers – volunteered their time to collaborate, cooperate and strategize for each other’s benefit and to strengthen the independent channel and developed MarketSource Agency Network to provide independent insurance agents access to the standard markets they needed to grow their insurance agencies without the burden of ever-increasing production requirements of carriers, or giving up control of their business.

In 2016, we changed our company name to Indium (Why Indium) to reflect the vision and energy of our new “indie agent” brand. In staying true to our founding principles, Indium is a leading market access provider whose focus is to facilitate enhanced revenue and profitable growth opportunities for our agency partners and companies. We are still owned and directed by independent agents, and we support agency partners across the country who have placed over $50 million in written premium with our company partners.


OIA Enhances Partnership with Indium

We are excited to share with you that we have enhanced the partnership between Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) and Indium!

OIA and Indium (formerly MarketSource) have been connected from the beginning of Indium’s founding in 2005 when volunteer agents worked tirelessly to create a leading market access solution that would be agent-led and maximize agent value.

In doing this, we have established a service that has helped more than 500 Ohio agencies grow their business and maintain their independence. All the while, the solution has remained solely owned by independent agents.

While much has changed since 2005, several things have remained aligned: OIA’s and Indium’s missions, visions, values, cultures, agent leadership, staff, priorities, growth strategies and agency partners/members. Knowing there has always been crossover in organizational leadership and engagement has led us back closer together.

OIA’s and Indium’s agent leadership spent many hours over the past year designing the opportunity for a closer relationship to share resources and preserve a strategic, agent-friendly market access solution for independent agents. Recently, OIA purchased shares from agent equity owners and now holds a majority interest in Indium.

This greater partnership provides many opportunities for both OIA’s members and Indium’s agency partners, including:

  • Leveraging the collective strength of our organizations

    • OIA and Indium have agency leaders and staff working toward similar goals

    • We offer complimentary services that fit well with partner organizations

    • Given our overlapping strategies, aligning our resources will allow us to serve independent agents in a more efficient and effective manner

  • Aligning our organizations will allow us to maintain an ownership, presence and high level of service established by the agent leaders and organizations that founded Indium

  • Serving a similar constituency – 324 of Indium’s 378 agencies are Ohio-based independent agencies and members of OIA

What this means to you:

  • Continued support for Indium’s market access solution and technology solutions, preserving an agent-led partner to grow your agency and compete in the modern insurance marketplace.

  • Market access solution – joint review of the service model, carrier lineup, commissions, contingencies and other program arrangements.

  • OIA dues, Indium partner fees and contract – Our agent leaders are meeting in early March to discuss these issues and will have more to share with our collective members in the coming months.

In the face of the many changes happening in our marketplace, we know that OIA and Indium are stronger together. We will be able to more effectively and efficiently serve independent agents by strengthening our partnership. We encourage you to learn more about the services OIA and Indium provide and how they can help you grow your agency.

Please contact any of us, or our business leaders, OIA CEO Jeff Smith at (800) 555-1742, or Indium CEO Chad Eddy at (614) 942-1470 if you have any questions, feedback or would like additional information on this strategic partnership.

Thanks again for your continued support of OIA and our efforts to promote, protect and progress the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide.


View letter from OIA here


Personal Umbrella Rate Change

RLI Personal Umbrella rates will be changing as of 4/1/2019 for new business and 6/1/2019 for renewal business in most states.  As of today, RLI has received approval in all states except California and Colorado for a modest rate increase. We will also be introducing additional rating changes at this time. Highlights to be aware of include:

  •  A 5% increase on Excess UM/UIM rates, including states rated on a per driver basis. For example, $150 per driver becomes $158 per driver

  • Incident surcharge for drivers under 22 and/or 80 and older have increased from $100 per incident to $200 per incident. In addition, this question (question 14 on new business) will be split into 14a and 14b in PUP Access, but will remain the same combined question on the paper application.

  • On new business, we have removed the $100 surcharge for a driver licensed less than one year, with a permit, or international license (Question 13). A response greater than zero will continue to place the risk in PUP Special, and restrict to $1M coverage.

  • Surcharge increase for households with a youthful or inexperienced operator, as well as an increase in the 80+ surcharge in NY, PA, and GA.

As always, the updated rates will be available by quoting within PUP Access or at www.rlipup.com, and will be in compliance with state-approved filings.

Please refer to the below chart for the effective dates for New and Renewal Business: 


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For more information on the rate change visit RLICORP.com or visit our page on RLI Personal Umbrella Insurance. 

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