The Hill, a leading political newspaper, has named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry, and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
Their write-up listed our legislative wins of 2018: favorable treatment for C Corporations and pass-through entities in the new tax law, multiple extensions of the National Flood Insurance Program, and protection of the Federal Crop Insurance Program as part of Congressional action on the Farm Bill.
“Recognition from a leading publication on Capitol Hill points to the strength of our association in the government affairs arena,” says Joe Leahy, Big “I” chairman and president of Leahy & Brown Insurance + Realty, Inc. in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Thanks to the hard work of president & CEO Bob Rusbuldt, Charles Symington and the entire government affairs staff, the Big ‘I’ is consistently named one of the most influential associations in the country.”
Congressional leaders regularly tap the Big “I” federal government affairs team for its policy and political acumen including advising on insurance, financial services and economic issues, along with sitting on congressional steering committees, hosting political events, and strategizing to help members of Congress better serve their constituents and advance top issues. A vital component of the association advocacy efforts is InsurPac, the Big “I” political action committee.
IIABA President & CEO Bob Rusbuldt (left) poses with his long-time friend and former colleague Greenville Mayor Knox H. White (right). The two spoke at the Opening Session of the 2018 IIABSC Annual Convention Oct. 15 in Greenville, SC. Rusbuldt was named among this past year's top lobbyists in Washington, D.C., by The Hill magazine.