Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tee Cee: Picture it... A Year in Review...

Here is 2014 A YEAR IN REVIEW... in Photos.

Welcome NEW IIAK member Old National!
It was so nice to meet Jack Matthews and Erica Dietrich. 

Erica Dietrich and Tee Cee

My trip to out WEST... I was accompanied by Kristie and Tara. I got to meet a lot of members on my journey. Take a gander...

Michael Martin and Tee Cee hanging out in front of Morgan, Trevathan, Gunn, Inc.

Ray Barga and Tee Cee in Benton, Ky - Check out his website.

Greg Dorris was super nice at Insurance Inc. of Paducah.

Look how this agency used the Marketing Reimbursement Program. It's as simple as using the TC Logo!
Billie Jo, Terry, Shelly and Denise from Terry L. Ford Agency

Final stop before heading home.. we caught up with Allen Rudd in Madisonville, Ky

Kristie, Tara and I ventured out in the rain to visit Turner Insurance Agency. It was a muddy track but we managed. We met with Kurt Turner and talked about many member benefits during our stay.

2460 Shelbyville Road, Shelbyville, Ky 40065

Houston and Houston Insurance is excited about Big "I" Markets
Mary Houston and ME!

BIG "I" SALES AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE - Held in Lexington, Ky at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

Owensboro Board of Independent Insurance Agents held their annual Golf Scramble. Commissioner Sharon Clark was on hand to update us on the latest and greatest.
John Funkhouser, Sharon Clark and Michelle Love

Sharon Clark and Tee Cee

Up to my eyeballs in paperwork!

Celebrating with the Young Agents at Keeneland!

Here is Katie Freshley ready to bet on my friends:)

TOOL-KIT TIME at Convention... IIAK IS the most important tool in your tool box!

Nikki and I are ready for action!
 IIAK is presenting sponsor at the Make-A-Wish - Big Wish Gala

Check me out in my red bow tie!

Straight from the horses mouth,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My trip to the CHAIR…

I was treated like royalty upon arrival. 
It’s not as bad as it sounds, people. It was really fun seeing where our CHAIR John Funkhouser goes to work every day. I traveled with Nikki, our new Communications Director, to Danville and JohnsonPohlmann Insurance. I got to shake hooves with John… or as I like to say “Funk”, Ray Whitehouse and Scott Burks. 
We sat down with Funk and asked him a bunch of questions about his time as our fearless leader. You can check it out in the latest issue of Kentucky IA magazine.

Check out the fun we had and there is a fun QUIZ at the end. 

Tee Cee and the Gang!
The Gang NERF ready. 
Patricia Lucas and me. 

Megan Allen and me. 
Me and Stephanie Gentry.
Check me out with Keeley Young & Melissa Baxter 


Can you spot John Funkhouser and Ray Whitehouse
in this old photo?
Straight from the horse's mouth, 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tee Cee Goes WEST!

Michael Martin and Me.
A wise cowboy once said, “If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.” So, that is exactly what I did. I rode for 507 miles to the western part of the state. Tara and Kristie went with me and we stopped by Benton to visit our old friends at Morgan Trevathan & Gunn Insurance. I say old… because the agency started more than 80 years ago. We lassoed Michael Martin and chatted about just some of the many benefits of membership. We talked about the importance of the independent agency system. It is important for consumers to have the CHOICE to select the insurance that is best for them. We also talked about our new money-saving product that concentrates on telecom services. Through SchooleyMitchell they can help save you thousands over three years on your phone, mobile, internet and fax services. Michael was also interested in our Cyber Liability product. We filled him in on the CRM course held February 25-28, 2015 in Louisville and will help him gain all of his updates for his CIC designation. He also mentioned that he has 2 young agents that he would like to get involved in the association. 

Shaking hooves with Ray Barga.
We moseyed on over to R. Barga and Company. Ray has been in the insurance business for 23 years. He specializes in Marine/Resort insurance. Prior to starting his insurance business he worked in the marine business for 13 years. So you could say that he knows his stuff. Ray played football for UK and was even the team captain in 1974. While attending UK he met Ches Riddle Jr (Riddle Insurance) and they are now business partners. Ray has 2 children (Stephen works in the agency) and his daughter lives in Lexington and is mother to his first grand baby! I promise there were no pictures in his officeJ Ray told us many fun facts about how the Kentucky Dam creates the largest manmade lake in the eastern United States. It backs up the Tennessee River for 184 miles and creates a lake that stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky. At maximum normal operating level, Kentucky Lake covers more than 160,000 acres. More important than the project's size are the jobs it performs. Kentucky Dam is the spigot that TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) uses to help control floods on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Pretty impressive if you ask me. We chatted about member benefits and let him know how much we appreciate his membership. We may even get his son, Stephen, to get involved with the Young Agents.

I got to pose with Heather Lynn and Crystal Reid
After a short gallop over to Paducah we “whoaed” at Western Rivers Insurance where we talked with Crystal Reid and Heather Lynn. Crystal was involved in the YAC and went to Washington D.C. in 2007. We talked about many member benefits and focused on Project CAP/ABEN/the new Cyber Liability laws. They were super excited to get involved and Heather may want to see what the Young Agents are up to. We chatted with them about Big “I” Markets and how to register. Tara and Kristie have some great material back at the office to help them register and find materials easier.

2517 Jackson Street, Paducah, KY 42002
Our final stop, before we hit the hay was at Insurance Inc. of Paducah. There we met with Greg Dorris. His dad started the biz in 1973 and Greg joined in 1985 after he graduated from EKU. Rumor has it that he and Board Member Allen Crawford went to college together. Greg is the proud father of three girls with a couple of pictures wallpapering his officeJ. We chatted with him about CyberLiability and he is interested in a quote from Kristie… do you want one too? Greg is also going to attend the 118th Annual Convention and Trade Show on November 12-14 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Day 2 of Going WEST young man! Today is my birthday and what a better way to spend it, but with Terry L. Ford Insurance Agency, Inc. I met with Terry Ford, Denise Byarley and Shelly Davidson. Denise and Shelly have been at the agency for 11 & 14 years respectively, so Terry must be a great guy to work for. Terry has been in the biz for 40 years/37 of which have been in Marion (he opened up on April 1, 1974). We went through our PowerPoint A Quick Guide to Membership – check it out. We also have some great E&O Checklists on our website. We also yakked about IIAK’s NEW Telecom Services product. These are great benefits that will make your life easier.
BJ Minton, Terry Ford, Shelly Davidson & Denise Byarley pose with Me in front of their Trusted Choice Sign

You can be reimbursed for a sign like this for your agency! Find out how by calling IIAK. 

411 N. Main St. Madisonville, KY 42431

It was a short dawdle over to Madisonville. It was a beautiful day and Kristie, Tara and I saw butterflies, turtles trying to cross the road (we dodged them), raccoons, buzzards, deer and the occasional tractor going very slow. We finally arrived at Rudd Insurance and spoke to Allen Rudd. His agency was started in 1925 by his grandfather. Allen was very active in IIAK Leadership… he started as a young agent in 1976 and was President of the “big” board in 1999. He even came back to help the association with the Strategic Plan in 2012. We are grateful for all that serve and dedicate their time to help our organization be a great success. Thanks ALLEN – High horseshoe to you!

We were nearing lunchtime on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend… hmm… But we took a wager on Riddle Insurance to see if we could catch them in the gate. No luck for us all agents were out for the holiday weekend… bummer. But no worries, we will catch them next time.

Straight from the horse's mouth,

It’s STORMing in Owensboro!

Jennifer Farmer and Melanie Hardesty with Storm Insurance
Hope Yager and Bobbi Coffman with River City Insurance
Not only did we go visit our NEW member Storm Insurance, Inc. but we drove through an actual storm to get there. Coincidence… I think not! Peggy, Tara and I visited with Melanie Hardesty and Jennifer Farmer to talk about all the benefits that you receive with membership. We went through our Quick Guide to Membership which is always helpful even for “seasoned” members. Storm has been in the business for 7 years and specializes in crop insurance. We talked about how attending events is a great way to meet other agents and really understand what this organization is about. We are a community of agents all after the same goal.

We trotted over to the Owensboro Board of Independent Insurance Agents (OBIIA)monthly meeting. We ate at the BriarPatch in the middle of town before the meeting began. Hope Yager, President of the board spoke to the group about the state of the organization. The board was able to give $500 to all the area schools and volunteer at the Pitino Shelter 1-1.5 hours a month. Each agency has been taking turns to volunteer their time. GO OBIIA!

Robert Palmer (KEMI), Michelle Love (Chair-Elect of IIAK). 
Will Higdon and Keith Hopgood with Van Meter Insurance
Robert Palmer with KEMI talked about their updated A- rating with AM Best. He also stated the market in Kentucky continues to be stable and they had a rate reduction in January. The company is doing well and was able to pay out dividends to their agents.

 Next out of the gate was Peggy, who spoke about the 2014 legislative session.
Here are some of the things she touched on:

  • Electronic Proof of Insurance – HB218
  • Limited lines licenses for self-storage space insurance – HB 357
  • Financial solvency requirements for domestic insurers – DOI priority bill – HB 126
  • Anticancer medications deductible no higher for patient administered treatment – HB 126
  • Ease filing requirements for partnerships and LLCs claiming exemption from WC – no more annual filing required – HB 349
  • Qualifying for Medicaid when entering nursing home; enter into life settlement agreement to get below threshold – HB 414
  • Data Breach for all businesses in KY – HB 232
Peggy also mentioned that they were able to avert the Sinkhole mandate that kept rearing its head during the session. She reminded everyone of the Big “I” Sales & LeadershipConference – June 11 & 12 at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY and the 118th Annual Convention & Trade Show – Nov. 12-14 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

These beautiful people are from Neace Lukens
Larry Hayden and Neel Ford with E.M. Ford

Down the final stretch, Tara talked about the new Cyber Liability Program that began in December 2013. We already have 8 agents signed up. The program is great and the premiums are cheaper than you can find anywhere else. Also, you don’t have to be an expert or even be compliant. Arlington Roe will work with you to get you there. She also talked about the new Squirrel membership recruitment campaign! If you see someone that you think needs to be a member… simply give them a card and send their info to us! We will take it from there. Tara gave the board the lowdown on the newest IIAK endorsement, Telecom Services. You can save 28-40% on your phone, mobile and internet bills. Let Schooley Mitchell do the work. Also, don’t forget to contribute to KAPAC and InsurPac. You can now contribute to both at the same time!
The Owensboro board decided to have their annual golf outing on September 24th. Mark your calendars. 

Jennifer and Melanie from Storm Insurance
Steve Ford (E.M.Ford) and Doc Harris (Storm Ins.)

2803 Veach Road, Owensboro, Ky 42303
Peggy, Tara and I took to the streets of Owensboro before heading home. We galloped over to Baize Insurance where we talked to Ellis Belamy. He was super nice and said he would pass along the information to Bobbi Kenady.

2212 Frederica Street, Owensboro, Ky 42302

Then we sauntered over to Horn and France Insurance where we met with Karen Frasier. We gave her a packet of information and some fun goodies. Maybe next time we will chat with Tim France. 

2120 Frederica Street, Owensboro, Ky 42301

We were trying to beat the last string of storms and raced into Neely Insurance Agency, LLC. We spoke with the ladies and left some great information. Next time we will try to spend some quality time with John Neely. 

Straight from the horse's mouth,

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Come on Arlene!

That was the song that I often sung to our former Communications Director. Yes, yes, I know those aren’t the words… But I’m a stuffed horse, remember?We had a going away luncheon for Arlene to bid her farewell on her next adventure. 
Good Luck Arlene! We are gonna miss you. 

I'm helping Arlene open her presents!

L-R, Steve Ford, Denny Desmond, Jimmy England,
Arlene Hawkins, Tim Conder and John Funkhouser.

Nikki Petrowski, Peggy Porter, Arlene Hawkins, Katie Freshley,
Tara Purvis, Crystal Brown and Kristie Weyer.

Straight from the horse's mouth,