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Dec 07
Secura Insurance Donates $37,500 to Nonprofits in Honor of Agency Partners

​Neenah, Wis. (Dec. 7, 2021) – SECU​RA Insurance will donate $37,500 to 26 nonprofit organizations through a #GivingTuesday contest designed to help independent insurance agencies support organizations in their communities. 

Agents nominated local nonprofits through the #SECURAGivesBack campaign. Twenty-six participating agencies were selected at random to receive a $1,250 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. SECURA also donated an additional $5,000 to one agency's nominated nonprofit in honor of the campaign's fifth anniversary. 

"We are happy to be able to give back to more nonprofits this year with the fifth anniversary of the #SECURAGivesBack campaign," said Kevin Klestinski, Vice President - Specialty Lines Underwriting, "SECURA not only supports nonprofits, we also provide insurance coverage designed for the risks they face. #SECURAGivesBack is our way of saying thank you to our agents for the work they do to protect nonprofits. We are honored to give back to the organizations that make our communities a great place to live, work, and play."

The winning Kentukcy agencies and the nonprofits that will benefit include: 

Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Big I Kentucky Installs New Board of Directors

​Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, installed its Board of Directors during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021, at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Kevin Desmond was installed as Chair, Whitney Floyd, CIC as Chair-Elect and Laura Yount, CIC, CISR as Vice-Chair.
 
Kevin Desmond is President of Desmond Brothers, Inc. in Bellevue, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Newport Catholic High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University in 1977. He currently serves as a member of BIG I KY's Events, Foundation, Government Affairs and Industry Partner Committees. Desmond is a former Board Member of the Cincinnati chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Fort Thomas. Kevin has two daughters, Stephanie Wood and Jennifer Markus, and three grandaugthers.

Whitney Floyd, CIC, is Vice President of Field & Main Insurance in Henderson, Kentucky. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned her Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2018. She serves BIG I KY as a member of the Emerging Leader, Industry Partner and Trusted Choice Committees. Floyd has served her community in a variety of capacities, as Co-Founder and Past President of The Henderson Rotaract club, past treasurer and board member of Henderson Community College Foundation and past Membership Chair and secretary of Friends of Audubon. She and her husband, Wes, reside in Henderson with their black lab, Dixie and Goldendoodle, Biscuit.

Laura Yount, CIC, CISR, is Principal of Mountain Valley Insurance in London, Kentucky. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Kentucky and earner her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2005 and Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2006. She has served on the Emerging Leaders, Events, Government Affairs and Membership Services Committees. Yount serves her community as a member of Forward Community Church and an active volunteer with the Angel Tree Program and the local homeless shelter. She and her husband, David, reside in London with a lot of fur babies.

 
Other board members installed at the event include:

  • Ray A. Robertson, CIC – Limestone Agency, Inc., Mount Sterling; Past Chair
  • Allen J. Crawford, CIC, CSRM – Reed Brothers Insurance Services, Somerset; Treasurer
  • Chip Atkins – R.H. Clarkson Insurance Agency, Louisville; National Director
  • Philip Anderton – Sterling Thompson Insurance, Louisville
  • Carolyn Reynolds – Reynolds Insurance Agency, Richmond
  • Chris Wiseman – Houchens Insurance Group, Bowling Green
  • Mark Linkous – Glass & Thompson Insurance, Edmonton
  • Eric Schumacher – Schumacher Insurance Agency, Inc., Maysville
  • John Purdom – The Murray Insurance Agency, Murray
  • Nick Rolf – Gross Insurance Agency, LLC., Fort Thomas
  • Danny Yackey – Insuramax, Inc., Louisville; Emerging Leader Chair

 

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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.


Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Whitley City Agent Receives Top Honors from Big I Kentucky

Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, awarded the 2021 Customer Service Representative of the Year Award to Lisa West of Whitley City. She received the award during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

The Customer Service Representative of the Year Award is given to an individual working in a Big I Kentucky member agency as a customer service representative, who typifies the ideals of service.

West is a Personal Lines Customer Service Representative with Crabtree Wilson Insurance Agency in Whitley City. During her tenure, she has earned her Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR).

“Everyone has what they think is an exceptional person in their office but Lisa is truly exceptional," said Buddy Wilson, President of Crabtree Wilson Insurance Agency. “She not only does her job at processing policies, waiting on clients, taking payments and the normal CSR functions...but she does it with great empathy for her clients. She goes above and beyond in trying to make sure her clients are taken care of both in having the right coverages as well as assisting with claims, even after its turned over to the adjuster."


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About Big I Kentucky:
Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.​

Media Coverage:

The McCreary Voice​

Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Big I Kentucky Announce Adam Sheridan as Emerging Leader of the Year

Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, awarded the 2021 Michael D. Hepp Emerging Leader of the Year Award to Adam Sheridan of Somerset. He received the award during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 10, 2021 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

The Michael D. Hepp Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering the Emerging Leader program both within Big I Kentucky and the industry as a whole.

Through Sheridan's leadership, dedication and hard work, we have seen the engagement and growth of emerging leaders in our association steadily increase year after year. He has been instrumental in finding top notch speakers for our emerging leader conferences and most of all he handled any task no matter how grand or miniscule handed to him during his two years as chair.

Our Emerging Leader Committee has been left in a better place because of his active involvement and dedication," said Katie Hines, Membership Services Director and Emerging Leader Liaison for Big I Kentucky.

This award is named after Michael D. Hepp, a former Big I Kentucky Emerging Leader Chair and Past President. It recognizes someone with a passion for the industry, strong leader within the association and a consistent voice for the emerging leaders.

 

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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.​

Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Arlington Roe's Donna Schlie Wins First-Ever Buford C. McIntosh Company Person of the Year Award

Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, awarded the 2021 Buford C. McIntosh Company Person of the Year Award to Donna Schlie of Arlington Roe. She received the award during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

The Buford C. McIntosh Company Person of the Year Award is given to an individual who is a supporter of Big I Kentucky and its member agencies. They are an example of customer service, integrity and perseverance. The award is presented to an individual who has made a difference to their clients and made the insurance industry better as a whole. 

With more than 30 years in the insurance industry and just having celebrated 15 years with Arlington Roe, Schlie is known for being loyal to her agents and always looking out for their concerns and needs. She is a true professional with a gifted talent of nurturing relationships between an underwriting team and agency staff. She is also the face of Arlington Roe at ALL Big I events.

Donna is the lifeblood of our company and it's relationships in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee – she was essential in getting our name out there after the purchase of the Southern General Agency in 2005 and she has continued to show her importance to our company and this industry. Arlington Roe is a better place because she works for us," said Jim Roe, President & CEO of Arlington Roe.

This award is named after Buford C. McIntosh, a long-time supporter of Big I KY and member agents across Kentucky. Buford spent many years with Kentucky Central/Kentucky National Insurance Companies and helped agents of all sizes by believing in their integrity and perseverance.

As Donna always says, “It's another great day at Arlington Roe." Jeffrey McIntosh and Angie Cox, children of Buford, were on hand to present the award.
 
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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.


Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Bellevue Insurance Executive Installed as 100th Chair of State's Oldest Insurance Association

Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, has elected Kevin Desmond as Chair. His appointment took place at the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021, at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Desmond is the President of Desmond Insurance, Inc. in Bellevue, KY. He joined the Big I Kentucky Board in 2016 and serves BIG I KY in a variety of capacities, most recently as a member of the Industry Partner Committee, Events Committee, Government Affairs Commitee and Kentucky Agents Foundation Board.

"Throughout the insurance industry in our state there are known families to be legends, the Desmond's are among those ranks," said Ray Robertson, Big I Kentucky Immediate Past Chair. “Kevin will no doubt be an incredible leader of this association. He has already proven to be a mainstay on the Government Affairs Committee and a champion for our programs and services."

The Desmond name is well-known throughout our organization. Desmond has two brothers, Michael Desmond and Dennis Desmond, both former Big I Kentucky Past Presidents and a niece, Shannon Desmond Walz, a former Big I Kentucky Emerging Leader Chair.

Kevin and his wife, Karen reside in Fort Thomas. and have two children, Stephanie and Jennifer and three granddaughters, Harper, Teagan and Quinn.


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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.


Media Coverage:

NKY Tribune​

Insurance Journal

Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - Leitchfield Executive Receives Highest Honor from Big I Kentucky

​Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, awarded the 2021 E. Starling Holloway Insuror of the Year Award to Stephen Kinkade of Leitchfield. He received the award during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

The E. Starling Holloway Insuror of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution, enhanced the ideals and reputation of the insurance industry, or has made a significant contribution to his community, state and country.

Kinkade is President of Kinkade-Cornell Insurance Agency in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He has been a beloved member of our board and association for the past 25 years, serving as Chairman in 2009 and as National Director from 2012-2020. After his many years of service to this association, he no doubt left it in a better place than when he started. Success can be measured in many ways, but Kinkade is the personification of servant leadership and exemplifies the characteristics of E. Starling Holloway.

“Steve has been a pillar inside Big I Kentucky being involved in every aspect of the association and at the national level. He has been a constant sounding board for important issues affecting our industry, a beacon of knowledge and, most importantly, a friend," said Chip Atkins, Big I Kentucky National Director and CEO of R.H. Clarkson Insurance Agency in Louisville.


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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.

Media Coverage:

Grayson County News-Gazette


Dec 06
Press Release 2021 - New Award Given in Honor of Lexington Insurance Agent

Louisville, KY – Big I Kentucky (BIG I KY), the state's leading insurance trade association, posthumously awarded the first-ever Be Like Mike Award to Michael Johnson of Lexington. His wife, Ali Johnson, accepted the award on his behalf during the association's 125th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show on November 11, 2021 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Mike Johnson served as a leader in our organization as Emerging Leader Chair in 2009 and Board Chair in 2018. His wit, passion and undeniably bold personality made a lasting impression on anyone he met. Mike's star was bright for Big I Kentucky and we want to see our members shine in the same way. Johnson received $1,000 from Arlington Roe to donate to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, a charity beloved to Mike.

“I can honestly say Mike was one of the best people I've ever known," said Aaron LaRue, Manager of LaRue-Carey Insurance Group, LLC. in Bardstown. “He was always quick with a handshake and a smile and never met a stranger. He was naturally witty and could make just about anyone or an entire room laugh whether he was trying to or not."

Mike passed away on June 6, 2021. He lives on through his wife Ali and two sons, Davis and Donovan. His son, Donovan stood in his place as the organization's past presidents were honored.


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About Big I Kentucky:

Big I Kentucky, formerly the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK), is the largest insurance trade association in the state, with more than 300 insurance agencies, employing more than 3,000 people as its members. Independent agents offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. These agents provide all lines of personal and business insurance, including – property, casualty, life and health, and employee benefit plans and retirement products. The organization was founded in 1896.

Media Coverage:

WTVQ


Aug 18
Press Release 2021 - KY Trusted Choice Agents Grant Wish for Henry County Boy

(Smithfield, KY) July 6th, 2021 — Longtime wish supporters, Trusted Choice, and Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana (Make-A-Wish OKI), are bringing a Smithfield boy’s wish for a treehouse to life on Wednesday, July 7th at 4:00 p.m. Branch, who battles leukemia, chose his wish after making fun memories in a friend’s treehouse. Soon, he will have his very own backyard treehouse—a place to bring his imagination to life!

“Over the years, Trusted Choice has given more than $5M to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses across the country,” said Make-A-Wish Kentucky Market Director of Advancement Kim Hales. “Thanks to them, Branch’s heartfelt wish will come true, and bring him and his entire family hope, strength, and joy, amid a difficult battle with leukemia. Trusted Choice is making the world a better place, and we’re so proud to have them a part of the Make-A-Wish family!”

WHAT: Branch’s Treehouse Wish Reveal
WHEN: Wednesday, July 7th at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Wish kid Branch’s home. *Please contact Kim Hales at 502-345-8729 or khales@oki.wish.org to receive the address*

Kim Hales, a Trusted Choice representative, and others will be available for interviews.

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About Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana:

Make-A-Wish® OKI creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1983, we have granted more than 18,000 wishes! Make-A-Wish is more than wish granting, it’s a global movement of transforming lives through hope, and wishes need YOU! Hundreds of wishes have been impacted by COVID-19 and put on hold by our chapter. To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer and share our mission, visit: wish.org/oki and follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.​

Media Coverage: ​

WDRB

Henry County Local​

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