Spring 2012 E-News

Education Weekly

Spring 2012

news & notes

Deadline for Young Agents Council Awards approaching

Do you work with an accomplished young agent who exemplifies professionalism and ethical behavior? Someone who is actively involved with the industry and the community? If yes, then nominate that person for an inaugural Young Agents Council award. Better do it soon, because the deadline is May 18.

Awards will be presented at Convention to the young agent, associate, and company partner of the year. Visit the website for criteria and the nomination form.

Your attention, please!
  • Now recruiting for Executive Committee: Please take a moment to nominate (or self-nominate) one of your accomplished colleagues for a leadership position on the YAC Executive Committee. Committee members must be willing to dedicate the time and energy necessary to lead this Council. You'll find the PDF application in the Community.

  • Volunteers needed for upcoming YAC initiatives: Convention is right around the corner, and we need your help. From helping with the invitation-only events to the golf tournament, there are many opportunities to lend a hand. Volunteering is rewarding…and a lot of fun! We're also already starting to plan for SmartStart4Kids, so we need to start designating zone coordinators and selecting drop-off sites. If you can help, please e-mail Membership Director and YAC Coordinator Melissa Champany.

young agent Q&A

Meet YAC Chair Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams, ACSR, AAI, joined the Waddell Insurance Group in 2000 as a personal lines agent, and now does double duty, serving as personal lines manager and running the agency's daily operation. Nicole lives in Vero Beach and is very involved in her community. She's currently the president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indian River County.

Q. What attracted you to this business?
A. The fact that my father had made a successful career in insurance. I also enjoy the personal contact with clients and others in the community.

Q.Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A. I see myself as the agency owner in 10 years.

Q. If you weren't an insurance agent, what would you be?
A. I always wanted to be an elementary school teacher.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
A. I love to garden.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure?
A. Reality TV and Food Network.

Q. What is the No. 1 thing on your bucket list?
A. To own a flat in Tuscany.

Q. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the insurance business?
A. Be patient; things change daily. Make close company connections. You will need them.

Q. What is the best professional advice you've ever received?
A. Never do anything to make an underwriter/company rep not like you.

Q. What is your customer service pet peeve?
A. Getting a different answer from different people within a company.

Q. What are you reading?
A. Angelina's Bachelors (going on 10 months—not a big reader!).


CALENDAR of events

June 6: FAIA 108th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium YAC Golf Tournament benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation, noon. SOLD OUT!

June 6: FAIA 108th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium, invitation only YAC Reception, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Castillo Fort, St. Augustine atrium, Gaylord Palms.

June 8: YAC-exclusive luncheon, 11:45 a.m., Orange Blossom Ballroom.

July 1–31: SmartStart4Kids school supply drive.

VIsit the YAC Calendar in The Community for a full schedule of upcoming events.

philanthropy spotlight

The Learning Links Foundation is among the recipients of SmartStart4 Kids school supplies collected by Zone 11 (Miami-Dade and Monroe) agents. The nonprofit organization provides funding for programs that serve children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders, with the goal of helping these children achieve their maximum potential within their family, school, and community lives.