Industry Professional Organizations
The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies (L.A.A.I.A)
The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies was founded in Miami in 1969 to unite and serve as a voice for independent insurance agents.
Today, it is a strong network comprised of members of various backgrounds and different roles in the industry, including agents, insurance firms and other companies.
The L.A.A.I.A. strives for an insurance environment that is healthy for agents and fair for consumers by working on the following areas:
Tracking pertinent legislative issues and taking action for members through lobbying.
Providing members with insurance training and required continuous education seminars, all approved by the Department of Insurance.
Bringing top expert and industry leaders to speak on insurance issues on every monthly member meeting. Providing informative quarterly newsletter and monthly web site newsletter on the latest insurance trend to the membership.
Philanthropic and civic minded , L.A.A.I.A. supports it's community through charitable acts like the toys for children campaign and the annual family picnic.
Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I)
The mission of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is to improve public understanding of insurance -- what it does and how it works.
For more than 40 years, the I.I.I. has provided definitive insurance information. Today, the I.I.I. is recognized by the media, governments, regulatory organizations, universities and the public as a primary source of information, analysis and referral concerning insurance.
Each year, the I.I.I. works on more than 3,700 news stories, handles more than 6,000 requests for information and answers nearly 50,000 questions from consumers.
In addition to direct contact with the media, individuals and organizations, the I.I.I. publishes a host of helpful pamphlets and books ranging in subjects from 9 Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs to the I.I.I. Fact Book. The Institute does not lobby. Its central function is to provide accurate and timely information on insurance subjects. Questions concerning I.I.I. membership should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) represents independent Professional Insurance Agents in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Our members are local Main Street Agents who serve their communities throughout America.
PIA members realize the importance of an organization that advocates on their behalf and enables them to stay informed, educated and connected to other insurance professionals. They also benefit from the many business-building tools that only an organization with the size and experience of PIA can offer. PIA supports them so they can be the professionals that today's and tomorrow's customers demand.
Serving Agents Since 1931
PIA was founded with objectives that are as relevant today as they were back in 1931:
- Educate agency owners and staff about insurance concepts;
- Keep agents informed about changing company offerings;
- Allow agents to assist one another in proper underwriting of their business;
- Increase cooperation between carriers and agents;
- Encourage uniform policy writing and assist in proper form completion;
- Advocate for agents in legislative matters;
- Foster acquaintanceship among agents so they could support one another;
Protect the American Agency System
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA)
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is a national alliance of 300,000 business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.
Unlike company-employed agents, IIABA independent insurance agents and insurance brokers represent more than one insurance company, so they can offer clients a wider choice of auto, home, business, life, health coverages as well as retirement and employee-benefit products.
IIABA agents and brokers not only advise clients about insurance, they recommend loss-prevention ideas that can cut costs. If a loss occurs, the independent insurance agent or broker stands with the client until the claim is settled.
IIABA was founded in 1896 as the National Local Association of Fire Insurance Agents. With the expansion of property-casualty business and coverages, the organization’s name was changed to the National Association of Insurance Agents in 1913. To emphasize its members’ ability to work with a variety of insurance companies, the organization became the Independent Insurance Agents of America in 1975. The Association’s name was changed in 2002 to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America to reflect the diversity of its membership, which includes both independent insurance agents and insurance brokers.
IIABA is a voluntary federation of state associations and local boards, with affiliates in every state and the District of Columbia. Its independent insurance agents and brokers are politically astute and are involved both locally and nationally. They monitor and affect consumer, insurance agent and broker, and small business issues in Washington through IIABA’s active, professional staff on Capitol Hill
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers is the voice of the market leaders and the premier association for commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries in the United States and abroad. From its headquarters in Washington, DC – with programs conducted throughout the nation and world – The Council represents leading commercial insurance agencies and brokerage firms. Only the top one percent of all agents and brokers qualify. The Council's members in more than 3,000 locations, place 80 percent — well over $90 billion — of all U.S. insurance products and services protecting business, industry, government and the public at-large, and they administer billions of dollars in employee benefits. Since 1913, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers has worked in the best interests of its members, securing innovative solutions and creating new market opportunities at home and abroad.
The International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA)
The International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization and foundation. Its members include Fellows, Associates and students of the Society of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and Enrolled Actuaries originating from the United States, Canada, Caribbean and African nations. IABA encourages its members to participate in the activities of other actuarial organizations.