Joining the Vermont Young Agents Committee in 2015 was a career and life changing opportunity for me. From public speaking to leadership, I can thank being a member of the Young Agents for my personal career growth. The many opportunities the Vermont Insurance Agents Association provides to its Young Agents is nearly endless. With each quarterly meeting we gain knowledge not only from the programs but also from one another. Day-to-day we are competing against each other in this cut throat industry, but it can be a comforting feeling to know that there are other young professionals facing the same struggles, experiencing the same successes and working towards the same goals. We all want to be the best for our clients, our agencies and ourselves.
Vermont is a unique state with a beautiful landscape, but unfortunately we do not have an increasing population or an influx of young professionals moving into the state to start their lives. On an even smaller scale, the insurance industry is aging as well, creating a hiring challenge for the independent agents in the state. We are making it our mission to help increase the talent pipeline for our agents and continue the longevity of our industry. Partnering with local schools to educate our young students on careers in insurance, working with insurance companies and agencies to build internship programs and continuing to promote who we are and what we do are our top goals for the future. We are looking forward to 2020 and hope that you join us on this journey.
VIAA Convention Subcommittee: The VIAA Convention Sub Committee is tasked to organize and set up the young agent sponsored events at the annual VIAA Convention. The group is expected to provide ideas, brainstorm and implement successful plans for the YAC sponsored events. The lead member will set up periodic meetings with subcommittee group and report back to Leadership Team. (8 people)
VIAA Convention Chair: Kerri OConnor
Awards/Young Agent Leadership Institute: The Awards/YALI Sub Committee will be comprised of all young agents planning on attending the National Young Agents Leadership Institute. This group will meet periodically to discuss the trip that occurs in the fall and determine which national awards the VT Young Agents wish to pursue. Each member of the subcommittee is expected to contribute to the award essay submissions through developing, proofing and submitting all essays before deadline. (6-8 people)
Awards/YALI chair: Brittani Villandry
Legislative Sub Committee: The Legislation Sub Committee will be comprised of all young agents planning on attending the Big I Legislation Conference in Washington D.C. The Legislative Coordinator will lead this subcommittee group and meet regularly to discuss the trip as well as pertinent state and federal legislative affairs. The subcommittee will also work to enhance educational opportunities and promote Insure Pac. (6 people)
Legislative Committee Chair: Chris Hull Community Outreach: The Community Outreach Sub Committee is tasked to attract new talent to the insurance industry throughout the state. In order to accomplish this, the group should consider various events such as college fairs, career fairs and other opportunities. Expectations include setting up booths and visiting colleges and visiting high schools and/or tech programs in Vermont giving presentations about the industry. This group should also incorporate InVest into their outreach efforts. (5-7 people)
Community Outreach/InVest Chair: Ian Sutherland, CIC, AAI
Make-A-Wish: The Make-A-Wish Sub Committee is set up to promote and implement a successful Make-A-Wish campaign on behalf of the Vermont Young Agent Committee. Members will advertise and promote the event to ensure the YAC Group has a successful contribution and turn out at the events. One expectation of the subcommittee is to create a team to walk as VT YACs during the Make-A-Wish walk. (3 people)
Make-A-Wish Chair: Kody Lyon