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December

vol. 2020, ed. 25

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2020 Virtual Annual Convention report
"Together Toward Tomorrow" Nov. 10-12, 2020 via ABEN

IIABSC 2021 Board of Directors were installed at the Board of Directors meeting held Dec. 2 at the IIABSC office in Columbia, SC. Award winners were recognized during the virtual annual convention broadcast Nov. 12. Larry G. Joyner, CIC, AAI of CWS Insurance in Spartanburg has been named the 2020 Hayne P. Glover, Jr. Agent of the Year. A. Zander Galloway, CIC of Peoples First Insurance in Rock Hill has been named the 2020 Young Agent of the Year. Mary Ellen Lacky of Southern Trust and Southern Specialty Underwriters was named the 2020 IIABSC Industry Person of the Year. Diana Rideout, CISR Elite of Correll Insurance Group in Hilton Head, SC, was recognized as the SC Outstanding CSR of the Year. Tonya Thomason, CIC, Robbie Nalley, Tommy Cook, Jerry Rhinehart, Megan Huebner and Anita Trevino were recognized for their service to IIABSC with Chairman’s Citations from Jay Taylor. View full convention report and video archive.   (+ More...)  

 

Director renews SC Wind Pool expansion until 2023
View SCDOI Order 2020-06

SC Insurance Director Ray Farmer has renewed the SC Wind Pool territory expansion until March 23, 2023 with Order 2020-06. It was originally expanded in 2007 and has been renewed seven times, the previous renewal in 2019.    (+ More...)  


Full 2021 Education Calendar now available online
See also our ABEN webcast calendar

Online registration to all 2021 IIABSC classroom courses and CIC/CISR LIVE WEBINARS is now available on our online education calendar. Please pay special attention to registration instructions, as DOB and NPN are both required information for most courses. View full calendar along with links to our ABEN webcast calendar on our online education calendar webpage. (+ More...)  

 

Technology Committee discusses common data compliance misconceptions
Newly endorsed product helps small- mid-sized agencies with data security compliance using affordable self-service platform

In the inaugural edition of our new Tech Tuesday video series, IIABSC Technology Committee Chairman Andrew Muller discuss the challenges and common misconceptions of the South Carolina Insurance Data Security Act with Michael Jordan of Securibly. For example, agencies with fewer than 10 employees DO NOT have a full exemption from SC Insurance Data Security Act (SCIDSA), and while most agencies have a cyber liability policy, this should not be used as an excuse nor is it sufficient protection for failing to comply with the law. Securibly is an affordable, self-service platform to help agencies with all the parts of data security compliance. This IIABSC-endorsed product is offering members 50 percent off their first year to get started.   (+ More...) 

 

View J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Independent Agent Performance and Satisfaction Study summary
The snapshot results of the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Independent Agent Performance and Satisfaction Study containing insights and tips for agents looking to improve and build on their strengths was developed in alliance with the Big “I" and is now available for members to download. The study highlights areas in which independent agents need to up their game to remain competitive with direct-to-consumer insurers. Read the snapshot for insights including digital support and satisfaction, cost efficiency and agent satisfaction and traditional agents versus virtual agents.    (+ More...)  


Welcome New Members
Agency members

McIntosh Insurance
Clemson

Norton Insurance Agency, LLC
Cheraw

Sentinel Risk Advisors LLC
Columbia

Spears Insurance Group
Simpsonville

Austin Taylor Insurance Agency, Inc.
North Augusta

Associate members
Podium
Lehi, Utah

RSI International, Inc.
Arlington, Texas

Securibly
Grover, MO

 

IIABSC 2021 Holiday Calendar
Recently approved by the IIABSC Board of Directors, the following is the official IIABSC 2021 Holiday Schedule. Our office will be closed for holiday observance on the following days.  (+ More...)

See also:   Save the date for Spring Conference and other 2021 events

 

2021 agency membership renewals
Due Jan. 1, agencies can opt to renew with monthly draft payments

IIABSC member renewals for agencies have been sent. Corporate associates are mailing soon, and see below for Palmetto Partner renewal information. Please note that we are using a new system, and the process for making online payments have changed. To pay your dues online, contact IIABSC Member Services Director Megan Thomas to have your digital invoice with unique online payment url sent to you. Payment is not due until January, but we wanted to remind agencies about the option to pay throughout the year with monthly drafts from a bank account. Autodraft forms are due Dec. 28 for a Jan. 15 payment start date. Memberships of those already on monthly draft renew automatically. Please email atrevino@iiabsc.com to request a PDF copy of your renewal invoice. Cancellations for nonpayment begin Jan. 30.   (+ More...)  

 

Pledge to join 2021 Palmetto Partners
Partners support events year-round with benefits; pledge deadline Dec. 30

IIABSC is accepting participants to next year's Palmetto Partners program, which is for organizations that wish to support our association's events year-round with guaranteed high-profile exposure to our agency members. There are five levels of participation to work with every budget. Pledge deadline is Dec. 30; payment deadline is Jan. 30. Download information packet and PDF forms for more info.   (+ More...)  

 

IIABSC Foundation Scholarship 2021 application now available
Contribute to IIABSC Foundation, download scholarship application deadline Dec. 31

IIABSC Foundation's scholarship program exclusively for students whose parents work for IIABSC member agencies is now accepting applications for 2021 awards. Scholarships are $1000 each for one year. Up to six scholarships will be awarded, and winners will be eligible to reapply in future years. Application and full eligibility guidelines are available on our IIABSC Foundation webpage. Please also consider a tax-deductible donation to our Foundation to support the charitable, educational, public safety and scientific endeavors supporting the industry in our state. (+ More...)

 

Read latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine
Fall 2020 edition

The latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine is hitting mailboxes, but you can also read it online. Our fall edition spotlights the 2020 SC Outstanding CSR of the Year as well as Young Agents virtual program, GIVE movement and scholarship golf tournament recaps, Big I Markets and articles on the liability effects of requiring customers to wear masks, E&O exposures of working from home and COVID talking points along with member news.  (+ More...)

See also:   Activate your agency's FREE TrustedChoice.com Member Plus profile

 



In this issue:

2020 Virtual Annual Convention report

Director renews SC Wind Pool expansion until 2023

Full 2021 Education Calendar now available online

Technology Committee discusses common data compliance misconceptions

View J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Independent Agent Performance and Satisfaction Study summary

Welcome New Members

IIABSC 2021 Holiday Calendar

2021 agency membership renewals

Pledge to join 2021 Palmetto Partners

IIABSC Foundation Scholarship 2021 application now available

Read latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine






RECENT & IMPORTANT CE CHANGES

  1. You must complete all CE requirements before you can renew your producer license. You can no longer wait for the final days of your birth month to complete CE requirements.

  2. CE filing in South Carolina is now done using your National Producer Number. Do not submit your old SC License Number! 

  3. Prometric is no longer the South Carolina CE Administrator. You must now must use the DOI's State Based Systems website  (and your NPN) to access CE status.

  4. You are no longer required to pay a CE Admin Fee with your license renewal. Although you may see a slight increase in course fees everywhere.