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Getting Involved… Virtually!

The following blog post was written by Merritt Tongen, AINS, a member of the iLEAD (Young Agents) Committee at IIANC. How quickly things can change! IIANC’s iLEAD (Young Agents) Committee had planned lots of great networking activities in 2020 to connect with Young Agents around the state. We were really excited about a fun Happy

Creating a Learning Culture in Your Agency

The following blog post was written by MyAgencyCampus™, a site for agents and brokers seeking to onboard and develop staff with comprehensive coverage online courses, business skills and leadership modules. Continuous Learning…Skill Agility…Critical Thinking…Learner-Centered – It all starts with creating a Learning Culture where employees are encouraged, supported and motivated to seek learning opportunities.  This

Your Remote Hiring Plan

The following post is written by WAHVE, Work At Home Vintage Experts, an IIANC-endorsed staffing provider. By all accounts, the pandemic-related work-from-home business model is here to stay, at least for the time being. For the most part, many companies were able to transition quickly, albeit not without some significant challenges. Yet now another significant challenge

A Week in the Life: Travis Collier

The following blog post was written by IIANC member Travis Collier, CBIA, Agency Advisor for SIA of North Carolina. Travis is a member of the iLEAD (Young Agents) Committee. I was extremely excited when I was asked by the iLEAD (Young Agents) Committee to put together a quick blog to highlight why I got involved

Top 3 Tools You Need to Manage Remote Workers

The following post is written by WAHVE, Work At Home Vintage Experts, an IIANC-endorsed staffing provider. Today’s employees Zoom, Skype, Jabber, FaceTime, GoToMeetings and chat in Google Hangouts and Webexes. When they’re not videoconferencing, they’re emailing, collaborating in Microsoft Teams, and instant chatting on Slack. They’ve already got the tech tools they need to make it

Meet IIANC’s New Chairman: Steve Chalk

The following interview was published in The Carolina Agent magazine. Steve Chalk, LUTCF of Chalk & Gibbs Insurance in Morehead City, NC, takes over as IIANC Chairman for 2019-2020. In addition to his long-standing relationship with the insurance industry, Steve has a strong love for his family and community. Thanks for sitting down with us,

Help IIANC Give Back This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season… am I right? The time for folks to feel just a little happier, more cheerful, eager to spend these chilly days with close family and friends – all to celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year.” What some of us often lose sight of (especially during this usually joyful time), are

A Day in the Life: Brad Faulkner

This is the third installment of a series on our blog called “A Day in the Life,” where various IIANC staff members will be documenting what a typical day looks like for them – from start to finish! The following post is from Brad Faulkner, IIANC’s Chief Financial Officer. Enjoy! 6:00am I hear a deep,

Insurance Script Showdown: 3 Scripts to Make Your Cross-Sell a “Yes!”

The following blog post is from Agency Performance Partners, the company run by this year’s Young Agents Development Conference keynote speaker, Kelly Donahue-Piro. Don’t miss Kelly’s sessions at this year’s event – space is still available, so register today! Every agency I have met wants to boost cross-selling, but not all front line staff have

Get Low… And Go!

If you’ve been an IIANC member for awhile (or even just simply read our emails that go out)… you’ve probably heard of the term “Operation EDITH” at some point. Since 1996, IIANC has promoted the Operation EDITH fire-safety program in North Carolina to encourage parents of young children to talk to their kids about fire safety