The Education Foundation of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) will recognize three new Certified Insurance Wholesalers (CIWs) and two new Certified Managing General Agencies (CMGAs) at its 87th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, May 19-22, 2013. A total of 63 CIW’s and 41 CMGA’s have previously been certified by the Association and its Education Foundation.
CIW designees for 2013 include Chris Behymer, Markel Corporation; Jennifer Larsen-Jensen, Erickson-Larson, Inc.; and David Miller, W.A. Schickedanz Agency, Inc., CMGA. Certified Managing General Agency designees for 2013 include Sierra Specialty Insurance Services, Inc., of Clovis, Calif., and Tuscano Agency of Greensburg, Pa.
The CMGA designation is the only wholesale insurance industry designation of its kind awarded to an entire organization. Employees of an agency seeking to attain the designation must each complete eight hours of industry education per year, with a minimum amount attained through the AAMGA University.
“This designation guarantees the employees of the CMGA Agency and their leadership are committed to continuing education and fostering their competencies and professionalism,” said Jeffrey D. Henry, director of Education and Professional Development at AAMGA. “The value of this designation is evident in the credibility and respect the insurance markets and the industry
hold agencies achieving this high standard.”
Recipients of the CIW are required to complete 120 hours of industry-specific training, a majority of which must be attained through the AAMGA University. Coursework includes specialty courses designed and taught specifically for the membership by experts within the Wholesale Insurance Marketplace. Once the minimum hour requirement is met, those applying for the designation must complete a comprehensive final project involving a topic relevant to the marketplace. Past projects have included research papers, new course development, detailed coverage analysis and involvement in programs such as mentoring and coaching.
The American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) is the wholesale insurance community's international trade association. Founded in 1926, the AAMGA today represents over 500 corporate members and is respected as the leader in and voice of the wholesale and excess and surplus lines insurance industry. Membership in the AAMGA is highly selective and, therefore, the managing general agents admitted to the ranks are those who annually subscribe to a Code of Ethics and demonstrate the highest standards of excellence, experience, integrity and insurance company representation. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, the nonprofit Association and its University Foundation provide substantive benefits and service to its members throughout the year.