I love when agents ask us this question because it gives us the chance to change their lives.
If you’re looking to increase your income, build a successful agency business and create a valuable asset, or in other words – to change your life – let us show you how.
We are a partner to our members in every sense of the word. Our members remain in control of their own agencies, but with the support of a $6+ Billion agency backing them up. Our goal is to enable each of our members to achieve the same success that our agency has achieved, while still following their own path.
Market Access – We have national and local relationships with more than 25 standard market companies and literally hundreds of programs in the E&S world. Not only do our members feel confident that they can place all of the business that they want to write, they know we can help them replace carriers if needed. By opening up access to carriers and markets, our members achieve a tremendous amount of organic growth.
Training – Our members have training opportunities that they might not be able to access on their own or in captive setting. Our curriculum is continuously evolving based on our members’ needs.
We offer training in a variety of formats to make it convenient to our members including:
- Online CE
- Online sales videos/modules
- Marketing webinars
- Classroom-based commercial lines training
- Classroom-based CE provided by the carriers
- Formal and informal product training from our carrier reps
- Dynamics of Sales™ workshops
Mentoring – Combined with our robust training opportunities, our members get direct access to our internal team of experts, many of whom have 10+ years of experience in their fields. If they’re struggling to place a tough piece of business or to manage a business situation, we have probably faced a similar situation and can walk them through their options. Additionally, you have opportunities to network with other members to gain insights from their experiences.
Leverage – Too often in our industry, premium volume dictates your relationship with your carriers. As part of a $6+ Billion organization, for most of our companies, we are one of their largest distribution channels. You’re no longer on your own – you are a member of the nation’s number 1 independent insurance agency partnership. Carriers take note of that.
Perpetuation – Every agent needs a solid perpetuation plan so in the case of tragedy, their families and customers are protected. Not only do we help our members to build successful agencies that become lucrative assets, we outline in our contract a perpetuation plan that our members can rely on should their own plans not come to fruition. Additionally, we have outlets to help finance perpetuation of an agency to family members or employees.
Compensation – No other insurance agency aggregator, cluster, or market access provider pays its members as much as we do – you can ask your carrier reps. Others have tried to recreate our model, but they don’t have the premium volume we do.
Our members receive compensation in five ways:
- Highest commissions from our carriers
- Local guaranteed bonus money on new and renewal business
- Local profit sharing
- National guaranteed bonus money on new and renewal business
- National profit sharing
So how does this change lives?
By providing our members with all of the tools they need to be successful agency owners, they have the ability to:
- Provide financially for their families – whether its college education, dream vacations, first homes, medical expenses …
- Offer the best insurance products for their customers – increasing customer retention and building 100% customers
- Reinvest in their agency – new technology, additional staff members and buying additional agencies
- Create a sustainable and valuable asset – if you chose to perpetuate on to the next generation or sell and enjoy retirement
We are a team of highly motivated, dedicated insurance professionals whose goals are to further the success of independent agents and to provide our customers with industry leading service and coverage.
If you’re ready to change your life, we’d love to talk to you.
Written by: Kris Klopp
Regional Vice President
The Insurance Connection