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OIA awards Ron Berg with Industry Citation Award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Ron Berg with its Industry Citation Award. Berg has served as Executive Director of the Big “I” Agents Council for Technology (ACT) since 2013 and in that time has worked with independent agents, insurance carriers and insurtech companies to advance the use of technology in the industry.

Through his work with ACT, Berg collaborates with key groups to improve agent workflows and encourage the strategic implementation of technology that makes agents more effective and improves the customer experience in the industry. It’s hard to find anyone who can match Berg in his passion, intellect and commitment to making the industry better.

“This is an amazing industry,” reflected Berg. “Never have I consistently found such good, dedicated, passionate people as I have seen in this industry.”

OIA would like to thank Berg for his outstanding leadership in the independent agency channel and his efforts to advance the use of effective business processes, practices and technologies for the success of independent agents and insurance consumers.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Sabrena Sally with Industry Citation Award

COLUMBUS, OH  – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Sabrena Sally with its Industry Citation Award. Sally received this award for being an instrumental partner in assisting OIA leaders during the merger between the two Ohio affiliates of PIA and Big “I”, each having its own agents’ errors and omissions program and needing to blend them together.

During her tenure as senior vice president and business leader for agents’ professional liability for Swiss Re, she led an 18-member team writing errors and omissions liability for independent insurance agencies in Ohio and across the country. Sally retired from Swiss Re earlier this year. 

OIA would like to thank Sally for her partnership and dedication in protecting Ohio’s independent insurance agents and offer best wishes for retirement.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Matt Simon with Board Service Award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Matt Simon, CIC, CPCU of Hill & Hamilton Insurance and Financial Services in Bellefontaine, OH, with its Board Service Award for his dedicated and passionate leadership on the association board.

Simon began his volunteer service with OIA in 2007, only a year after he began working in his family insurance agency. His fresh, forward-thinking perspective was instrumental in setting the course for OIA’s relevancy in a changing industry.

His journey as an OIA volunteer began on the former Agents Resource Committee and he was quickly elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. Matt was OIA’s only next-generation agent serving on the board at that time.       

In 2013, Simon received the prestigious National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award for his ability to address the expectations of long-term agency clients as well as responding to how incoming generations prefer to do business. In 2018, he was elected to serve as the OIA Board Chair.

OIA would like to thank Simon for his passionate service and dedication to OIA, as well as setting the standard for professionalism and elevating the independent agency channel.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Central Insurance Companies with Eagle Award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Central Insurance Companies, headquartered in Van Wert, OH, with its Eagle Award. This award honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement and performance in the insurance industry, and has shown true commitment to supporting the independent agent channel.

Central Insurance Companies earned this award because they are a true partner to their agents, providing them with access to unique, niche-based programs that allow them to differentiate themselves from their competition.

From training to technology, Central Insurance Companies goes above and beyond to provide their agents with the resources they need to run successful agencies. They are committed to improving the generational health of the independent agent channel and have invested in OIA’s valuation and perpetuation services to allow their agents to make informed business decisions.

Central Insurance Companies is devoted to improving the customer experience for both their agents and their insureds. They are a true partner to their agents and OIA, and the independent agent channel is fortunate to have such a great company in its ranks.

OIA would like to thank Central Insurance Companies for their dedication, commitment and partnership with OIA and everlasting support for Ohio’s independent agents.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA honors Diane Keil-Hipp with Excellence in Leadership award

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 9, 2019 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Diane Keil-Hipp of the Knight Insurance Agency in Toledo, with the Excellence in Leadership award.

Keil-Hipp has been an active and dedicated OIA volunteer for the last decade and is the President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Insurance Professionals, OIA’s non-profit foundation developed to help young professionals succeed in the insurance industry.

She has served OIA as a proactive leader – taking every chance she can to roll up her sleeves and get involved. In 2018, she led the Foundation Board in developing the criteria, scoring and evaluation of the George W. Haenszel Scholarship. Since then, the Foundation has awarded sixteen scholarships in the amount of $17,350 to help next-generation independent agents advance their professional and leadership knowledge and skills in the independent agency system.  

Keil-Hipp has also been an active member of OIA’s Advocacy and Political Action Committee (PAC) for several years. She has served as an agent spokesperson in many meetings with legislators, spearheading the effort to educate policymakers on key issues impacting independent agents. She has personally been a generous contributor to OIA’s PAC and has secured support for the PAC from many of her peer agents.

Whether it is through the Foundation, OIA Advocacy and Political Committee, Big “I” legislative advocacy efforts, the Westfield Agents Association, or promoting insurance as a profession to the next generation of insurance professionals, Keil-Hipp is a leader who best leads through example.

OIA would like to thank Keil-Hipp for her exemplary service to OIA and to the independent agency channel.


About OIA

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans and protect hundreds of thousands of Ohio consumers through personalized insurance plans. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA promotes, progresses and protects the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. The company helps agents by providing professional consulting services, agency valuation and succession planning, operational benchmarking reports, and other business solutions and industry thought leadership.

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