Spring 2013 E-News

Education Weekly

Spring 2013

leadership dispatches

A message from YAC Chairman Dusty Johnson

Welcome to the quarterly YAC E-news.

The Young Agents Council Political Summit held during FAIA’s Legislative Fly-In was a huge success. We had a record number of young agents in attendance and surpassed our InsurPac-A-Thon goal.

Looking forward, don't forget to register to attend FAIA's Convention and attend all the YAC events. We still need a few volunteers; e-mail YAC Coordinator Melissa Champany for more information. Also, be on the lookout for upcoming Leaders Series and YAC Zone events.

Finally, please remember it is time to nominate your fellow YAC members to a leadership position, either as the YAC vice chairman or a task force chairman. Check out the YAC home page for more information and the nomination form.

Dusty Johnson
YAC Chairman

news & notes
Nominations needed for 2nd annual Young Agents Council Awards

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 a Young Agents Council award. 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.

YAC golf tournament filling up fast

There are still a few open spots for players and sponsors for Young Agents Council Golf Tournament to be held Wednesday, June 19, at Hawk's Landing Golf Club. The annual golf tournament benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization that provides college scholarships to spouses and children of service members injured or killed in the line of duty. Last year, the tournament sold out and had a waiting list, so register online or via fax or e-mail (PDF) to reserve a spot.

Leaders Series Miami to feature Citizens CEO Barry Gilway

The next Young Agents Council organized Leaders Series is coming to Miami on May 15, and the agenda is sure to be of interest to tri-county agents. Come for the discussion and Q&A with Gilway, and stay for the training, Cyber Liability with Allen Cross. Lunch and two hours of CE for only $25! Learn more and register online.

young agent Q&A

Meet YAC vice-chair Jason Levine

Jason LevineJason Levine is the vice president of operations for Harry Levine Insurance in Orlando. In addition to his YAC leadership roles, Jason also serves on FAIA's InVEST Task Force.

Q. What attracted you to this business?
A. Having grown up around the business, I had the good fortune of witnessing and experiencing the on and off field perks! It’s a fantastic business in which you are constantly helping, teaching, and working with a wide variety of people. I love that interaction. Secondly, the lifestyle that the business affords. There is great opportunity to work hard and enjoy the fruits.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A. I see myself fully engaged in the administration and operations side of the agency focused on growth. This unfortunately means less direct client interaction, but my sights have always been set on an ever expanding operation.

Q. If you weren’t an insurance agent, what would be?
A. Either a corporate pilot or a cargo airline pilot (i.e. UPS, FedEx).

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
A. I am an instrument rated private pilot; I take the Legislative Fly-In literally each year!

Q. What is your guilty pleasure?
A. Chocolate covered espresso beans and/or real Cuban coffee (at home or in Miami only).

Q. What is the No. 1 thing on your bucket list?
A. A lengthy trip to India—specifically not on an organized tour with a set itinerary.

Q. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the insurance business?
A. Don’t let yourself get discouraged. Learning and thriving in the business comes in phases. First, it’s new and exciting. Then your head is spinning and it’s frustrating. Once you arrive at even keel though, the world is your oyster.

Q. What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
A. Don’t let things happen to you—make them happen for you.

Q. What is your customer service pet peeve?
A. Being called “honey,” “sweetie,” etc., or hearing someone else use it in a business setting.

Q. What are you reading?
A. “The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.”


CALENDAR of events

Wednesday, April 17: YAC Zone 4 event

Thursday, April 18: IIA of Northeast Florida Big "I" Day

Thursday, April 18: IIA of South Florida Big "I" Day

Thursday, April 25: IIACF Big "I" Days

Thursday, April 25: Lee County IIA Big "I" Days

Thursday, May 2: IIA of Palm Beach County Big "I" Day

Wednesday, May 15: Leaders Series Miami

Thursday, May 16: Sarasota Association of IIA Big "I" Day

Thursday, June 6: Leaders Series Jacksonville

Wednesday, June 19: Young Agents Council Golf Tournament, Hawk's Landing Golf Club; YAC Reception (invitation only)

Thursday, June 20–Saturday, June 22: FAIA's 109th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium

Friday, June 20: YAC Luncheon (invitation only)

Visit the YAC Calendar in the Community for a full schedule of upcoming events. Visit FAIA's website for the local board meeting schedule.

leadership corner

Leadership development underpins nearly everything we do. The following links feature blog posts and articles related to leadership:



  • TWENTYONE: Insights from a leadership and talent development firm based in the UK.
  • Seth Godin blog: Words of wisdom by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin.