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President's Message

August 2022

S Wilkins Headshot 062022.jpg It's August, and the NIIA is off to a hot start!  July was a busy month for your Board of Directors and Emerging Leaders Committee planning the year ahead, and we have exciting news to share, and planned events we hope you'll attend.

As shared last month, emerging leadership growth and training is going to be cornerstone over the next year, and we're beyond thrilled to announce that the NIIA has partnered with Marla Cormier of Emerging Leader Training.  Marla brings over 20 years of experience in the development of leadership training and emerging leader programs to some of the biggest brand names and industry leaders.  Marla's program with the NIIA will entail two in-person training classes and two webinar training classes over the next several months, and she'll cap it off as a returning speaker at our June 2023 annual conference.   Whether you're a seasoned veteran or an up-and-coming team member, Marla will provide the insights and tools for long term growth and success. 

We're looking forward to our upcoming Emerging Leaders networking event up here in Reno at The Eddy on August 17th and planning on another event down in Las Vegas in the near future.  Stay tuned for details.

Finally, for the first time since 2017, the NIIA will be holding a golf tournament in northern Nevada.  The NIIPAC Golf Tournament will be held on October 12th and Lakeridge Golf Club.  More info to follow in the coming weeks, but please put it on your calendar, get your team together, and plan on attending what's sure to be a great event!

Steve Wilkins

NIIA Chairman 2022/2023

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July 2022

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As we embark on a new year, I want to thank all our members that attended our annual conference at the Green Valley Ranch a few weeks back.  Tip of cap to our Past President, Quincy Branch, not only for his outstanding leadership this past year, but for putting together an excellent program and content for all attendees.  Also, congratulations are in order to our newest Board Members, Christie Elliot, Michael Mitchell, and Alice Townsend, as well as our new Emerging Leader Chair, Taylor Holmes.  They will be great assets to this organization, and we look forward to working with them on behalf of the NIIA.

Momentum:  the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes

In the year ahead, we are going to build on Past President Branch's leadership growth training, particularly geared toward the Emerging Leaders, that I felt was a pivotal component of our annual conference.  Our industry, like many others, is in the midst of a generational transition, and we must provide the resources to our youngest talent to ensure they have the tools to thrive and become tomorrow's leaders. 

We will place an emphasis on the continued growth of our Emerging Leaders Committee membership.  Working alongside Emerging Leader Chair Holmes, we look forward to holding a number of events and leadership training symposiums throughout the year.  My ask to you, our membership, is to afford the time to the Emerging Leaders in your offices to attend these events.  Encourage their participation.  They will strengthen your organization and our industry in the years ahead.

I look forward to working on behalf of the NIIA this next year, alongside our phenomenal Executive Director, Susan Bauman, and an excellent Board of Directors.  This is great organization that we'll continue to strengthen in the months ahead.

Steve Wilkins

NIIA Chairman 2022/2023

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Previous Messages:

June 2022

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Time flies when you are having fun is how the saying goes and this past year has truly embodied that.  It has been my complete honor to serve as Chair/President of this great association and I truly value and appreciate all the support that has been given to me.  I'm proud to say we have moved the needle and I feel I was not only a good steward of what was given to me but also that we are handing it off to the next leadership team in a good place.  I'm looking forward to continuing the fight for Nevada and all its stakeholders by supporting the board and NIIA.  So, in the words of the late great Kobe Bryant……… Q Out! (Mic drop emoji) 😊

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA, CPIA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022

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May 2022

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Can you believe it, May is already here and before we know it we will be full fledge into summer!  My note this month is to reminder and call you to action for our 2022 Annual Convention.  A lot of hard work is being put into building an event worth of your attendance 😊. On top of preparing for a great convention, your association is also hard at work strategizing on legislative initiatives and community outreach.  I appreciate each and everyone of you and your support of NIIA.  We are better together – Strength In Numbers

 

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA, CPIA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022


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April 2022

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As we transition into spring and witness another change of the seasons with flowers blooming, leaves growing, and the beauty it encompasses, we're reminded that spring needs rain and sunshine for this magical growth to happen. Within NIIA, we have a lot of sunshine to celebrate, but every now again, we have a couple of rainy and cloud-filled days.

To make NIIA reach its full potential, we must appreciate and relish each forecast because we need both to capture the greatness that we have ahead of us in this industry. I hope this edition of the newsletter highlights some of our partnership excellence and provides you with the resources needed for more sunny days.   

Additionally, with April being Diversity Month, we wanted to thank everyone for contributing to furthering inclusion and diversity efforts in your agencies, companies and communities. 

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022


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March 2022

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Wow, it's March already and some of you are reading this after we have just hosted a successful Tradeshow! 😊  Thank you to all that attended and to those that couldn't make it out just know we are back on track for more events in the coming months.  Want to also thank those that came out to support the Emerging Leaders golf event. 

I'm excited that March is Women's History Month and while we can't possibly recognize each and every woman's accomplishment that has contributed greatly to the advancement of our society, we can give a big round of applause to all of our female insurance rock stars that fight for our industry on a daily basis.  Thank You for your meaningful contributions. 

As we get ready for the spring be on the look out for more news from NIIA.  Be safe and Be Well. 

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022



February 2022

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Nevada’s Indoor Mask Mandate Lifted

Earlier today, Governor Sisolak held a virtual press conference to share a COVID-19 update. He also announced the lifting of the indoor mask mandate effective immediately except for locations which provide services to those at higher risk like hospitals and federal facilities. Businesses as well as school districts can choose to continue with their own mandates.

This announcement comes as California, New York, and other states announced dropping their indoor mask mandates. For the most current information and directives for Nevada, check out Nevada Health Response.

This announcement is timely as we prepare for the MEET RENO Tradeshow March 10 at the Atlantis Reno. Nevada Independent Insurance Agents (NIIA) will continue to monitor the latest developments and provide updates to ensure members as well as partners have the most up-to-dateMEET RENO (003).jpg information to remain compliant. Contact the NIIA office at (775) 499-5844 or membershipservices@niia.org with any questions. All tradeshow attendees are encouraged to follow safety protocols as set by the state, the event facility, and your individual needs.

Be sure to register and join us at MEET RENO Tradeshow. Industry Partners will be there highlighting their products and services to help build and grow your agency. Member Agents can qualify to WIN $1000 Cash, Apple Air Pods and more.

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022

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 Happy New Year, January 2022

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Happy 2022!  If you are like me, you are wondering where did all the time go in 2021 or maybe you were counting the time down until 2021 would end? Either way a new year is here, and we have another 365 days to tackle.  Nevada agents and our association have endured several challenges this past year, but we stand at the ready in 2022 to continue the fight and serve our community.  Whether you're a goal setter or a resolution maker, take some time out early this year to reassess what truly is important to you for this year. As an association we will continue to deliver resources and support to help our members and partners “insure" the great people and state of Nevada.

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022



December 2021

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As the year draws to a close this is a perfect opportunity to say Thank You to all that have supported NIIA this past year. 

I'm so proud of what we have accomplished and excited about the promise of 2022.  

As you come together with family and friends to celebrate the holiday,

take a moment to truly enjoy the moments and take stock of what's really important. Happy Holidays! 

Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022

                 

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November 2021

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Where has the year gone? It seems like the days are going by faster, my workload is getting bigger and my sleep cycle is shorter.  As we transition to fall and Halloween/Nevada Day starts our string of holidays, I'm excited to say that our association is strong and moving forward. This time of year always helps me to realize how grateful I am to serve an association such as this.  Also, as we move into holiday time, this is also a great time of year to reflect on all the things you've accomplished.  For some of us, this time of year might also serve as a reminder that you still have work to do. 😊  Whatever the case please remember what's important in your life and your business and take a moment to enjoy it.  


Quincy L. Branch, RHU, EHBA

NIIA Chairman 2021-2022

                 

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