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Sep 12
First Ever Invest Graduate Named Chair of National Board

Lindsey brings first-hand program and industry experience to lead.

Alexandria, VA – September 12, 2018InVest, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, has appointed Lindsey Shank, CIC, as the new chair of its national board. She is vice president and regional agency operations manager for McGriff Insurance Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings) in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Shank started learning about insurance through the Invest  program at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in Florida where she was an Invest student her junior and senior years. She began working at Iler Wall & Shonter (now McGriff) a week after her high school graduation and she continued to rise through the ranks at the agency throughout her college career. Shank earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida.

She previously served on the Invest  board from 2012 to 2015 as an agent member and returned for another term in 2016. She was also on the Florida Association of Insurance Agents board of directors from 2014 to 2017.

“As an Invest student back in 1999, I would have never imagined my path would have led to a successful career in insurance, as well as the opportunity to serve as an Invest  board member and now Invest board chair,” says Shank. “Being selected as Invest board chair is an incredible honor. I am excited to move the organization in its new strategic direction to bring new talent into the independent agency force.”

Shank also brings the perspective of volunteer teacher to her new role, as she currently teaches the Invest program at Northeast High School where she helps to mentor students on insurance education, business and life skills. She previously served as the Florida state Invest committee chair and received Invest’s National Volunteer of the Year award in 2005 and 2010.

“Lindsey brings enthusiasm and a unique personal experience to the Invest board of directors,” says Deborah Pickford, Invest executive director. “We look forward to harnessing her energy to grow the Invest program and have her lead efforts to develop strong career pathways into the insurance industry and our independent agencies.”

Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, Invest promotes insurance education to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges.

Invest is part of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I").


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