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ELC Message donahoe.jpg Greetings, Esteemed Emerging Leaders, and NIIA Members,

As we usher in the month of November, I am delighted to reconnect with you. The autumn season has commenced with a myriad of exciting plans for the upcoming holidays, coupled with the inauguration of our esteemed Professional Development Series on November 15th. I wholeheartedly urge each of you to register, expressing our profound gratitude for your unwavering support and active participation in the diverse events orchestrated throughout the year.

I take immense pride in presenting the distinguished lineup for this year's Professional Development Series. Our privilege is heightened by the inclusion of Paul Burkett, delivering insights on ethics and policy review, alongside industry professionals from Liberty Mutual Insurance, expounding on navigating the challenges of a hard market and strategic positioning cultivated through Marshberry.

Education stands as a paramount focus in my endeavors this year. Collaborating with the NIIA, I believe we can magnify our impact. In the midst of a pronounced shift towards a hard market, emphasizing the significance of continuous education becomes imperative. Many among us, particularly young professionals, are encountering this dynamic for the first time. Mastery in client engagement and education emerges as a defining factor for our distinction. Albert Einstein's wisdom resonates: "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." I invite you to join us in this enlightening journey.

For those not classified as emerging leaders but harboring interest, I extend an invitation to partake in our monthly meetings. These gatherings feature distinguished guest speakers exploring diverse topics. Anticipation lingers for December, where Ryan Ruska from Amwins will delve into the intricacies of earthquakes, followed by January's discourse on Casualty by Jeff Downley from Markel Insurance. Guest speakers serve as catalysts, invigorating our knowledge and fostering engagement in a virtual milieu.

Warm regards,

Tracy Donahoe

NIIA Emerging Leader Chair 2023/2024

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Small Business Saturday takes place Nov. 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is an excellent opportunity to show your support for local businesses and the communities they serve. Choosing local not only benefits the local economy but also fosters entrepreneurship, builds stronger communities, and has positive environmental and social impacts.

This year, Trusted Choice® refreshed its “Choose Local" campaign resources, which provides Big “I" members with a suite of customizable assets for agents to use in the build-up to Small Business Saturday. The campaign concept celebrates and supports local businesses, all while highlighting the critical role insurance plays in safeguarding their future. Your agency should be in receipt of your own window cling. If you are not in receipt and would like one, contact

Small Business Saturday is the perfect occasion to underscore the importance of local businesses. "Choose Local" is not only about showing support for our community members but also about addressing the importance of small businesses having adequate coverage.

Don't forget about the Trusted Choice® reimbursement program where you can be reimbursed up to $1000.

Click the following link for the full article: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday5 Ways to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday (

Happy Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday.

Susan Bauman, NIIA Executive Director

 Highlights Archive


Ernie worked for Aniello insurance for over 30 years. [more]
Darrell Taylor, Principal of Valley Insurance Winnemucca served as the 1980 NIIA Chairman. [more]
Mr. Mastos was the Nevada Commissioner of Insurance from 1965 to 1971. [more]