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XENIA — Perk Reichley earned a high honor from the YMCA during its annual meeting.
The Xenia resident received the 2018 E.L. Kohnle award for his years of dedicated service and leadership to the YMCA and his tireless work on the new Xenia YMCA capital campaign. Reichley helped raise the funds necessary to build the $11 million facility on South Progress Drive.
The E.L. Kohnle award is the highest honor given to a volunteer of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. The recipient is an individual who personifies leadership and community service, according to a release from the YMCA. Reichley began volunteering for the YMCA of Greene County in 1995 and was the board chair from 1999-2001, serving Greene County for 10 years. He then began as a volunteer with the YMCA of Greater Dayton in 2008 after the YMCA of Greene County and the YMCA of Greater Dayton merged. He was voted in as the secretary of the board in 2010, became vice chair of the board in 2012, and then took over as chairman in 2014.
Three years later, Reichley took the helm of the Xenia Y capital campaign.
“It would be hard to find an area of our YMCA’s operation that Perk has not positively impacted,”said Dale Brunner, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. “Perk’s knowledge and understanding of the Y and Greene County is encyclopedic. It was our honor and privilege to work alongside Perk on this campaign. He was integral to the success of the Xenia Y and the continued development of Greene County.”
In addition to his enduring legacy at the YMCA, Reichley has volunteered for the last 11 years as a board member (and previously as a past board chair) for the Ohio Insurance Agents Association. He is a Rotarian, Mason, and board member of the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center, now located next door to the new Xenia Y. He also is a volunteer with Greene Memorial Hospital.
This article was originally published by the Xenia Daily Gazette.
OIA has appointed tenured insurance leader, Jody Geiger, to the new position of Chief Marketing Officer, joining the association’s top leaders and strategy group.
Most recently, Jody served as the Brand and Cause Marketing leader at Nationwide, spearheading their Make Safe Happen program, which focused on bringing awareness that accidental injuries are the leading cause of death for children. During her time within this role, she interfaced with world-renowned Ogilvy Mathers to initiate the branding principles for the program and leveraged never-used before at Nationwide social mediums to connect with their target audience. Within the four years the program existed, the team delivered an impactful 23+ million safety actions that helped keep children safer from accidental injuries all over the world. This included over 24K swim lessons delivered to at-need neighborhoods, nearly 1.6M caregivers and children participated at local events, and 2.9M people watched the program’s safety videos.
Jody brings nearly 20 years of industry experience to the OIA. She joined Nationwide in 1999 and has lead cross-enterprise initiatives including overseeing multi-million-dollar initiatives, marketing operations and annual planning, and experienced refreshing the Nationwide brand, moving from the Frame back to the iconic N & Eagle. Jody has held leadership positions across sales, finance, and marketing including: Cause Marketing Leader, Marketing Operations, and Chief of Staff.
Jody holds her MBA and is an Ohio State University alumni and graduate from the Fisher College of Business in Economics. Residing in Grandview, Jody and her husband, David, enjoy being active in their community and spending time with their two children: Jackson (4) and Reagan (2). Jody enjoys running and has completed over a dozen marathons. She is also active volunteering her time with nonprofits, serving on boards, and a champion and leader for the Women’s Economic and Leadership Development program.
It is with great pleasure, we welcome Jody to the OIA team.
OIA disaffiliated with PIA National, how does that affect your E&O coverage? It doesn’t! Our exclusive direct appointment with our insurance carriers is not reliant upon an affiliation with the PIA National.
For over 120 years OIA has been your trusted advisor helping you protect your agency, with over 85% of independent agents trusting us to provide them with insurance coverage. OIA has exclusivity with our markets which allows us to provide our agents with the broadest policy terms at the most competitive rates available. At OIA, our E&O experts are industry professionals who understand your business with a collective experience of over 75 years as licensed insurance professionals.
For over 50 years, OIA has partnered with insurance carriers that have been focused on insuring the independent agency system. With a majority of the independent agents insured by our carriers nationally, they have designed their policy forms to meet the unique needs of our industry and staffed experts in the areas of claims, legal and underwriting.
Partnering with OIA allows us to assist you in meeting your risk management needs through training classes tailored to qualify your agency for policy discounts while providing industry specific instruction to mitigate your risk of an E&O claim. Through our carriers, you have access to risk management portals filled with leading topics around current coverage issues, templates for use within your agency to help you communicate to your clients and staff, and best practices for risk management.
As the agent’s agent, OIA understands how important it is to provide our clients with the best in class to protect your agency. Our mission to protect, promote and progress the independent agent stands as strong today as it did 120 years ago. We are dedicated to your success and we will continue to partner with you to deliver top notch insurance coverage and excellent customer service through our staff of trained E&O experts.
We are proud that independent agents in Ohio turn to us for their insurance needs and we will continue to be a trusted business advisor to you.
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PIA National has partnered with Ohio agents for many years, however, given the challenges and opportunities that face IAs in the changing marketplace, it is critically important for us to utilize IA resources in the most prudent manner possible.
After extensive consideration and valuation of our options, we are surrendering our PIA National charter in the state of Ohio.
We’ve prepared the following FAQ to provide insight into our decision-making process and help explain what it means to you.
Q: Why is OIA disaffiliating from PIA National?
A: There is a redundancy of services between the two national agents’ organizations.
One example is in advocacy efforts at the federal level – 44 percent of PIA National resources are expended on federal advocacy, while 30 percent of IIABA’s resources are dedicated to federal advocacy. We frequently receive updates from both national organizations within minutes of each other that essentially say the same thing.
The redundancy of federal advocacy efforts is not only an inefficient use of resources, it is likely hurting the IA system. Multiple messages and PACs dilute our messages and send mixed signals to public policymakers.
Despite combining our efforts at the state level in 2013, Ohio agents have still been paying twice for federal advocacy services, among other duplicate services offered by both national organizations. Independent agents would be better served by one combined national organization.
Q: Does Ohio leadership believe the two national organizations should merge?
A: Like the two state-level Ohio agents’ associations did in 2013, we encourage PIA and IIABA to pursue merger discussions.
We believe one national association with a singular focus on helping independent agents, and not competing with one another, is the best path forward for independent agents.
Over half of the state agents’ associations have merged within their respective states in the past 30 years. In addition, mergers have recently occurred in the national property and casualty insurance association community. Both the national carrier associations and wholesalers merged their national associations (American Property Casualty Insurance Association – 2018) (Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association – 2017).
Having successfully completed a state-association merger in Ohio, OIA would welcome the opportunity to participate in merger discussions with the two national agents’ organizations.
Q: When does this change take effect?
A: The change is effective April 9, 2019.
Q: What programs will no longer be available?
A: We are not aware of any unique programs, services or offerings that differentiate PIA National from the IIABA. Nearly all of the programs available through PIA National are also available through IIABA, with IIABA offering a much wider breadth of programs.
Q: Will my Utica E&O policy be affected?
A: No, not at all. Your Utica E&O policy is written through OIA’s in-house independent insurance agency, which has its own arrangement with Utica. You can continue to contact OIA’s trusted team of advisors for your E&O, cyber liability, umbrella and EPLI coverage. For questions about your E&O policy, including all of our available markets, please contact Judy at (800) 555-1742.
Q: How will the CIC and CISR program in Ohio be affected?
A: There is no impact on the CIC and CISR programs, or any other professional development classes offered by OIA. We will continue to offer the same great programs, including the addition of new pre-licensing classes and additional online courses. OIA’s relationship with The National Alliance (creator of the CIC and CISR programming) is completely independent of our relationship with PIA and will remain unchanged.
Q: I am currently enrolled in a PIA Trust program. What should I do?
A: You have two options. There are comparable programs offered through IIABA and we are happy to help walk you through the steps to switch. If you prefer to stay in a PIA Trust program, there is an option to join PIA at the national level for $225 per year by visiting pianet.com/join/nationalonlymembership.
Q: I currently access the Hartford Flood program through PIA National. What should I do?
A: You have two options. There is a comparable program offered through an IIABA partnership with Selective Flood and we are happy to help with book rolls between Hartford and Selective. If you prefer to continue using the Hartford program through PIA, there is an option to join PIA at the national level for $225 per year by visiting pianet.com/join/nationalonlymembership.
Q: What will OIA do with the funds previously forwarded to PIA National?
A: OIA will repurpose the resources currently dedicated to PIA to support Ohio agents’ ability to compete in the modern marketplace. This includes investing in and/or building additional resources and services.
For example, OIA is now leveraging data analytics for independent agencies by providing performance benchmarking reports and insights to propel growth.
Q: Can I still maintain a separate PIA National membership?
A: Yes, you may still join PIA at the national level. PIA National membership fees are $225 per year and you can sign up by visiting pianet.com/join/nationalonlymembership.
Q: I have the PIA logo on my website. What logo should I use instead?
A: We recommend you use the OIA member logo as it is most likely to resonate with your clients. To download the OIA logo for use on your marketing materials, please visit this page. If you would like to utilize a national brand as well, we recommend the Trusted Choice logo.
Please contact Jeff Smith with any questions regarding the disaffiliation from PIA National.
Click below to read the full letter sent to OIA members.
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GAHANNA, OH - Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc. (OIA) creates strategic partnership with Indium to provide agents expanded market access options and growth solutions.
Two Ohio-based, independent agent led organizations have come together in a strategic partnership to support the growth of the independent agency system. OIA, which has always had an ownership interest in Indium (formerly MarketSource), purchased a majority interest in the organization.
“The independent agency system must change to compete in the modern marketplace. Through this strategic partnership with Indium, independent agents will have access to market access, technology, and training resources to propel their businesses into the future,” stated Jeff Smith, CEO of OIA.
“OIA and Indium have been connected from the beginning of Indium’s founding in 2005 when volunteer agents worked tirelessly to create a leading market access solution that would be agent-led and maximize agent value.”
“We all know our industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and on all fronts. We sit in a unique position, where we see firsthand what agents, carriers, vendors and our peers are going through to remain relevant. Every aspect of the insurance supply chain is confronting significant disruption, all at once. It’s an extraordinary time for our industry, really. And as we’ve reinvented ourselves to meet the demands of our industry, we’ve also been looking for strategic partners with a common mission focused on helping independent agents stay independent, both now and in the future,” remarked Chad Eddy, CEO of Indium.
Since inception, Indium has helped hundreds of agencies in Ohio and across the country grow their business and maintain their independence. To date, Indium supports nearly 400 agency partners across 10 states, with 85 percent located in Ohio.
“OIA and Indium share common missions, visions, values, cultures, agent leadership, staff, priorities, growth strategies and agency partners and members, so coming together makes great sense,” said Matt Simon, CIC, CPCU, Chairman of the OIA Board of Directors and Principal with Hill and Hamilton Insurance Agency in Bellefontaine.
“As an association, we need to evolve and ensure we are providing value to our agents, and our strategic partnership with Indium solidifies our value proposition. Through this partnership, our agent and carrier partners can expect continued support for Indium’s market access solutions and technology solutions, strengthening an agent-led partner to grow the independent agency system and compete in the modern insurance marketplace.”
“Bringing together agent led organizations who share the same mission, to help independent insurance agents grow and prosper, ensures that our agents’ success is always the focus of our partnership. We have complimentary services for independent agents, which makes this partnership a natural fit with our collective mission to promote, protect and progress the independent agency system,” said Eddy.
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to provide independent agents with market access solutions, local ownership and a focus on improving services and offerings,” said Smith.
For more information on this alignment please see OIA and Indium's joint letter.
About Ohio Insurance Agents Association
Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.
Indium (MarketSource Agency Network, LLC) was founded in 2005 out of the OIA, who assembled a team of thought-leading independent insurance agents to develop an innovative solution for the purpose of helping independent insurance agents stay independent. This team of agents – our founding fathers – volunteered their time to collaborate, cooperate and strategize for each other’s benefit and to strengthen the independent channel and developed MarketSource Agency Network to provide independent insurance agents access to the standard markets they needed to grow their insurance agencies without the burden of ever-increasing production requirements of carriers, or giving up control of their business.
In 2016, we changed our company name to Indium (Why Indium) to reflect the vision and energy of our new “indie agent” brand. In staying true to our founding principles, Indium is a leading market access provider whose focus is to facilitate enhanced revenue and profitable growth opportunities for our agency partners and companies. We are still owned and directed by independent agents, and we support agency partners across the country who have placed over $50 million in written premium with our company partners.