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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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Keep a close eye on your mailbox for the Winter 2021 issue of our quarterly magazine, Kentucky IA. 

Can't wait? Check out the online version.

The opportunities are endless. Click here to advertise in Kentucky IA or submit an article to be featured using the information below.

Contact Taylor Lee, Communications Director at tlee@bigiky.org, or call 502-245-5432.



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Mensa Puzzle Answer

​Find a SIX digit number in which the FIRST digit is ONE more than the THIRD, and SECOND digit is ONE less than the FOURTH, the FIFTH digit is ONE less than the THIRD, and the SIXTH digit is ONE more than the FOURTH. The sum of the SECOND and THIRD digits equal the FIRST. The sum of all digits is 30.

​ANSWER: 9 1 8 2 7 3

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Liberty Mutual to Acquire State Auto Group

Insurer Liberty Mutual reported that it will acquire State Auto Group, a super-regional insurance holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Under the terms of the agreement, State Auto mutual members will become mutual members of Liberty Mutual. Also, Liberty Mutual will acquire all of the publicly held shares of common stock of State Auto Financial for $52 per share in a cash deal of about $1 billion.


Source: Insurance Journal


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July 4th Ransomware Attack May Be the Largest Ever

A ransomware attack by the Russian-based REvil gang on the eve of the July 4th US holiday weekend may end up being even larger than the recent SolarWinds hack, an Israeli cybersecurity expert has told The Jerusalem Post.

The supply-chain attack on IT management software provider Kaseya has been under-reported in the media due to the holiday, but may set a new precedent for future cyberattacks, said Demi Ben-Ari, Co-Founder & CTO of Tel Aviv-based security management company Panorays.


Source: The Jerusalem Post


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