Compliance Alert 

NY Resident & Non-Resident License Holders

If you hold a NON-Resident license in the state of New York you must now comply with new cybersercurity regulations that went into effect on March 1, 2017. (This new regulation applies to all NY licensees - resident and non-resident.) The IIANY (the Big "I" in NY) has built and is providing you access to outstanding resources they have developed on how meet these new regulations. Use the link below to access everything you need. Thank you to IIANY for providing us this important information. Note: The Cybersecurity policy template located on this site is for members only, contact MWAIIA at mwaiia@mwaiia.com for instructions and password. [+]
Agency Operations 

DocuSign Phishing Did Not Attack Personal Account Information

DocuSign detected an increase in phishing emails sent to some customers and users. The emails "spoofed" the DocuSign brand in an attempt to trick recipients into opening an attached Word document that, when opened, installs malicious software. A complete forensic analysis confirmed that only a list of email addresses was accessed—no names, physical addresses, passwords, social security numbers, credit card data or other information. No content or any customer documents sent through DocuSign's e-signature system were accessed and DocuSign's core e-signature service, envelopes and customer documents and data remain secure. If you are a DocuSign user, you can monitor the situation using the link provided. [+]
M&A Activity Update 

Mergers & Acquisitions - No Signs of Slowing

Kevin Stipe, president of Reagan Consulting, states that almost 1,000 agency mergers and acquisitions were completed in the past two years and valuations are at historic highs. That might lead you to believe that that this activity is leading to a decline in the number of independent agencies, however that's just not so says the 2016 IIABA Future One Agency Universe Study . Thousands of new agencies have opened in the same time that agencies are selling and merging, meaning the independent agency force is stable. [+]

Stamford, Connecticut, Agent Receives National Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2017—Spencer Houldin, Big “I” chairman, recently honored J. Ralph Murray of Stamford, Connecticut, for his long-standing commitment to the independent insurance agency community. [+]

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska Receives National Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2017 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) bestowed an inaugural award to the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska (IIAN) for membership development at the association’s largest annual gathering.[+]

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota (IIAND) Receive National Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2017 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) recently bestowed the award for membership growth to the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota (IIAND) at the association’s largest annual gathering. [+]
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