Recognizing Ohio's top independent insurance agents

Independent agents aren't the type of people to give themselves a pat on the back for their accomplishments. That's why we want to recognize exceptional individuals who not only raise the bar in their day-to-day jobs, but also make time in their busy schedules to give back.

Not only do independent agents offers expert advice, guidance and peace of mind to their clients, but they also play an integral part in their communities, from sponsoring the local baseball team to helping with donations for the local food bank.

The OIA Awards Ceremony celebrates independent agents who are transforming lives and building stronger communities. We are taking nominations for the awards now. Nominate someone you know who has made a positive difference!

Community Service Award
Ashley Winebrenner

For Ashley Winebrenner, making a difference for children with brain cancer has become a true calling in life. Winebrenner, an independent agent at Dwyer Insurance Agency in London, OH, started Rockin’ on the Run, an annual walk/run to raise awareness about the prevalence of childhood brain tumors and raise money for research. Because of her selfless efforts, Winebrenner is the recipient of OIA’s prestigious 2017 Community Service Award. READ MORE.

Excellence in Leadership Award
Matt Simon

Matt Simon of Hill & Hamilton Insurance and Financial Services received OIA's Excellence in Leadership Award for his outstanding service to the association. For the past 10 years, Simon has been an active volunteer for OIA and has served in many capacities. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the OIA Board of Directors. A skilled leader beyond his years, Simon represents the future of our organization and the IA channel.

Industry Person of the Year Independence Bell Award
Jeanie Giesler

Jeanie Giesler of Diversified Insurance Service is the recipient of OIA's Independence Bell Award. This award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the IA channel. She served as the first two-year president of OIA in 2014 and 2015. She continues to serve on the OIA Board and is our Big "I" National Director. Giesler has a calm and quiet presence, yet she is a powerful force in her actions to educate the world about the value of independent agents.

Lifetime Achievement Award
George Haenszel

George Haenszel, OIA's outgoing CEO, is the recipient of our prestigious 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Through his leadership and 40-year career with OIA, he helped grow the association into the strong and vital force it is today with more than 1,300 agency members. Perhaps Haenszel’s greatest achievement was his leadership in merging our two state associations (PIA and Big “I”) to become OIA, the leading voice for Ohio’s independent agents.

Outstanding Company Achievement Eagle Award
Westfield Insurance

Westfield Insurance is the recipient of OIA's Eagle Award, which honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement. Westfield received this award for collaborating on the advocacy front and investing resources to help independent agents be more successful in a rapidly changing insurance marketplace. They are truly dedicated to empowering Ohio's independent agents.

Past Awards

Click on the links below to view previous years' awards.

Current 2015 2014 2016

Agent Nominations

Independent agents are hard at work every day not only offering their clients expert advice, guidance and peace of mind, but also reaching out beyond their office doors to lead or assist in programs that help neighbors in need. This innate desire to do the right thing for people characterizes many independent agents, making their purpose as agents more meaningful and their dedication to clients more focused.

Recognizing independent agents who are creating a positive impact in the industry or their community not only provides them with well-deserved acknowledgment, it also helps build awareness of independent agents across Ohio and demonstrates how the value they provide reaches far beyond a business transaction.

Do you know an independent agent that meets these criteria? We want to hear from you! Submit a nomination form today!

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