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  • Nicole Coppock, Frank H Furman Inc.

    03/03/2015
    Being a young professional, I quickly took the opportunity to teach young people about insurance—which in my opinion should be mandatory. We are giving anyone and everyone the opportunity to understand insurance, reaching an age group that is about to experience the need for insurance but may not know what they are purchasing.
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  • Lorrie Partridge, President, Blackadar Insurance Agency

    01/26/2015
    As a volunteer, Lorrie gets to educate students on the importance and value of insurance and share positive information about the Insurance Industry and products. This is paramount for perpetuation of a wonderful industry for generations to come. Lorrie's agency hired an InVEST graduate as intern the summer of 2012. The student did an excellent job on each project and was extremely proficient at learning the system. It made Lorrie realize that many people in our industry have “misplaced fears” of bringing in “young, new hires”.
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  • Jill Roth, Executive Vice President Marketing, Ahart, Frinzi & Smith

    01/26/2015
    A young agent shares how her experience in the classroom sheds a light on the variety of careers in the industry. Teaching the next generation about insurance is extremely rewarding, especially when Jill brings light to the side of insurance that many don't know about. Most students don’t think about insurance as a career; however when she mentions the many different career options insurance has to offer, Jill can see students’ faces light up.
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  • Bill Allen, NAAIA Volunteer, Dach Award Winner

    01/26/2015
    An InVEST volunteer of the year takes the program to the next level by teaching adults insurance. For the last two years he has been presenting the InVEST program to the adult education class in the S.T.A.Y. program for the D.C. Public School at Roosevelt Senior High School. Several adults were awarded the InVEST Classroom to Career scholarship to pay for their insurance licensing course and test.
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  • Beth Needham, Manager Operations Commercial Lines, Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency

    01/26/2015
    Beth's agency hired an intern who became a full time employee. Liz Deemers had never thought of insurance and is now learning there are so many avenues in the insurance industry. She can earn a great living, make a difference for her clients and continue her education.
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  • Dottie Chalmers Cutter, Vice President Operations, Chalmers Insurance Group

    01/26/2015
    Seven InVEST Grads, One Agency. InVEST graduates make-up the ranks of a Maine agency. Dottie conveys the greatest benefit to their agency having volunteers in the InVEST classroom is developing the relationships with these students and sharing our insurance knowledge in hopes of encouraging these students to join the insurance industry and (hopefully) consider employment at our agency. Her agency group has benefitted tremendously from InVEST and she is happy to do her part in giving back to this worthy program so we can educate the next generation of future insurance professionals.
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  • Errica Rivera, Community Relations Officer, State Auto Insurance Companies

    01/21/2015
    "The greatest benefit of having volunteers in the InVEST classroom is actually two fold. First, our volunteers get the opportunity to actively participate in promoting insurance literacy and possibly helping to shape the future face of our industry--a rewarding mission in and of itself. Second, in preparing volunteers for active participation, I have found that sharing the history and underlining mission of InVEST truly creates a keen awareness among volunteers of the challenges associated with the ongoing war for talent, specifically in overcoming perceptions associated with our industry (i.e. old and stodgy)."
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  • Karen Catalano, Commercial Insurance Executive, The Cesar Group

    01/21/2015
    Karen works with InVEST programs in Buffalo NY area. She has had students intern in her agency. Her intern enjoyed what he did and he will be seeking further education for a career plan in the industry. Karen shares her experience in hopes other insurance professionals would also help with the future perpetuation for our Industry.
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  • Scott Davis, President, Williams & Associates Insurance

    01/20/2015
    Scott is president of the National African American Insurance Association of Indiana and volunteers with The Boy Scouts of America, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, local church and still finds time to guest speak to InVEST students at Ben Davis High School.
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  • Sharon Simmons Vice President, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC

    01/20/2015
    Sharon shares with InVEST students the correlation between tickets, accidents and the impact to insurance premiums. Students begin to understand why rates are so high for their age category and how they can help control costs in this area.
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  • Best Practices Agency Hires InVEST Intern

    04/24/2014
    Ben Patterson, president of Patterson & Associates Insurance (an Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (Big “I”) Best Practices agency) in Richardson, Texas is a big supporter of InVEST, a non-profit program of the Big “I” dedicated to improving insurance literacy of students and attracting new talent to the industry. Last summer, Patterson’s agency hired an InVEST intern from Woodrow Wilson High School, and although initially skeptical, his staff was thrilled with the result.
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  • Tribute to Bob Betters

    02/17/2011
    Bob Betters, a N.C. agent and strong InVEST supporter established the InVEST program at Charlotte Catholic in 2004 and since that time had taught more than 200 students the value of choosing an insurance career and how to be savvy insurance consumers. He took his commitment to InVEST seriously, both as an active board member and state champion, and he used any available opportunity to encourage other agents and schools to embrace InVEST, even volunteering his time to attend numerous conventions and training workshops to educate others about InVEST.
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  • An Idea Ahead of Its Time-How One Man’s Vision Reshaped an Industry

    01/01/2010
    Forty years ago, a visionary insurance agent by the name of Stephen R. Dach recognized the fact that the hunt for talent was one of the most important issues facing independent insurance agents. He believed that the ability to recruit, develop and retain the best people was the key to running the best insurance agencies in the future. And he could not have been more correct.
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  • Agency and Carrier Work Together

    02/12/2009
    Rose & Kiernan Inc. and Travelers Insurance have committed $10,000 in scholarships for students at Hudson Valley Community College pursing insurance-focused business degrees. Rose & Kiernan, an East Greenbush, N.Y. property and casualty insurance agency, partnered with Travelers to provide two $1,000 scholarships per year for the next five years. The first scholarships will be awarded in December 2009 to new students seeking an associate’s degree in business administration with an insurance focus.
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  • Student Internship Success Rate to Full-Time Employment

    05/15/2008
    Case study conducted by Robert B. Baxter, CEO & General Manager, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company appears to justify the costs of insurance internship programs. This study reveals that when student intemships are combined with an InVEST program, those students were much better prepared. The combination of InVEST classroom training and student internships is the most productive combination for producing future insurance career employees.
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