Posted by: yacmichigan | April 9, 2012

MAIA Young Agents Council: Great Benefits, Priceless Connections

By Lauren Galecki, Chair, Young Agents Council

I joined the Young Agent Council because I was ready to take my career to the next level. Working at an agency where I was the youngest, I felt it would benefit me to make connections with individuals around the same stage of their career as I was. That’s what the MAIA’s Young Agent Council provides – long lasting business and personal relationships, plus the tools necessary to begin a prosperous career.

Networking

YAC events offer a casual environment where you can develop successful relationships with other agents, carriers, underwriters, marketing representatives and vendors. Networking helps you learn new aspects of the business, such as sales closing techniques, and the latest in industry products and services.

Personal and Professional Growth

Being surrounded by other insurance professionals creates an environment where you can openly discuss questions, coverages and marketing strategies. Recently, a fellow YAC member told me he had met his new business goal for the year. That got me thinking, what can I do to meet my goals? Finally, I have a group to bounce ideas around with.

And it’s no surprise young agents are more tech savvy than their older counterparts; I have learned new methods of social media and technology from my peers that I have been able to incorporate in my business.

Engaged in Our Industry

The more time you spend around YAC the more you become aware of industry-specific issues. YAC provides a forum for political advocacy through active involvement in our industry’s legislative process.

Young Agents are the future of the insurance industry and will help shape the future of the independent agency system and our association.

With all these benefits, I hope you will consider joining us for one of our award-winning events. (If you’ve considered attending YAC events but thought you didn’t qualify, think again! Everyone is welcome.)

Our 43rd Annual Spring Conference, Murder at Mission Point, will take place at Mission Point Resort onMackinac Island, June 13-14, 2012. Early bird MAIA member registration is $225 (hotel booked separately) and includes five CE credits, sales training, great meals, a fantastic boat cruise, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and lots of networking!

It’s the perfect time to tap into the network of resources available to you in a casual, fun atmosphere.

Young Agents employed with an MAIA member agency are automatically part of the YAC and can receive information specifically for young agents. If you would like to be added to the YAC mailing list, please email Mary Gardner at mgardner@michagent.org

Become a YAC Fan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MichiganYAC)

Lauren Galecki is an agent at Lakeside Insurance Agency inClintonTwp. Email her at lauren@lakesideinsurance.com.

 

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