Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event


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First 50 people to register will win a free gift!

 Sunday, September 24 
Opening Reception, hosted by the Young Agents Council - 7:30 - 10:30 pm
sponsored by Franklin Mutual Insurance
Welcome to Kalahari! Join us for food and drink at our signature specialty station cocktail party to kick of the 2017 Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event.
Specialty Station Sponsors: Advantage Specialty, Farmers Insurance Company of Flemingon, Imperial PFS, Swiss Re, Travelers

 Monday, September 25 
Breakfast - 8 am

Annual Business Meeting - 8:30 am
Chairman Jerry Ford will conduct our annual business meeting, including the year in review, chairman's citations, annual awards, and the announcment of something B.I.G.

State of the Association - 9 am
Speaker: Joseph Leahy, IIABA Chair-Elect
This annual address will provide an overview of the state of affairs within the insurance industry, challenges facing the independent agency system, Big I Government Affairs victories, and association updates.

"Breaking Ice" presented by the Pillsbury House Theater - 9:30 am
sponsored by Big I Local Associations in Central, Monmouth/Ocean, Northern and Southern New Jersey
Buckle in and get ready for this award-winning program. The Pillsbury House Theater offers an entertaining and thought provoking theatrical experience that is guaranteed to get your wheels turning. This performance will bring light to inequitites, unconcious bias, and misconceptions that are common in personal and professional relationships. Using humor, drama, and dialogue, the performance and following dicussion teaches audiences how to remove friction and pave the way for positive action towards innovation, motivation, and productivity.  Take a sneak peak.

Networking Lunch - 12 pm
sponsored by UPC Insurance

Cyber Exposures Facing Small Business Owners - 1 - 4 pm
sponsored by Kingstone Insurance Company
Instructor: Kim Martell, Approved for 3 CE Credits
With cyber attacks facing business of all sizes on the rise, it is important to understand the nature of these crimes and how to protect your clients in the event of an attack. This course is designed to provide insurance professionals with an in-depth overview of cyber liability issues and insurance solutions for small-to-mid sized businesses. Participants can expect to learn how to identify insurable and unisurable exposures and provide insurance coverage options, as well as non-insurance techniques, to help businesses fight cyber criminals. Our discussion will provide attendees with an understanding of the nature of cyber crimes, the legal procedures to investigate, and case studies of actual claims.

Hospitality Hut - 1 - 4 pm
Join hosting companies to learn more about building relationships with important industry partners and to connect with insurance professionals.

Hospitality Hut 1  - JLNY Group LLC

Hospitality Hut 2 - IIABNJ

Afternoon Adventures - 1 - 4 pm
Trade in your suits and heels for a few hours of heart-racing, good old fashioned fun. So, sharpen your minds, your muscles, and your focus and see if you have what it takes to come out on top.

Strap in and take to the trees with this exhilerating treetop rope course. Challenge yourself to cross various tightropes, swinging log steps, moving platforms, rope net climbs, tunnels, hanging posts and zip lines.

Get ready for a life-changing experience. This fun, interactive, free-roaming, open air Virtual Reality experience will transport you into a digital realm where you will take on a new identity. Your surroundings will become an ever-changing computer generated landscape that will shock and amaze your sense.

Chairman's Cocktail Reception - 7 pm
sponsored by Cumberland Insurance Group

Chairman's Ball - 8 pm
sponsored by Selective Insurance Company
This special dinner ceremony recognizes members for their work and dedication to the association and the industry during an awards ceremony and board inauguration. 

The After Party - 9:30 pm
We're getting sparkled up and Hollywood ready to celebrate the launch of something B.I.G.

 Tuesday, September 26 
Grab-It-And-Go Breakfast - 7:30 am
sponsored by Progressive

Business casual attire (blazer, slacks, button down/collar shirt for men; pants or skirts with coordinating top/sweater for women) is appropriate for the opening reception and the Monday sessions. Business attire (blazer or suit jacket, button down shirt, suit pants, and tie for men; skirt or pants suit for women) is appropriate for the Chairman's Ball and After Party. 

First 50 people to register win a free gift!*

Register Online Here.

Download the PDF Registration Form Here

Member/2017 Sponsor Registration Fees: ​

​First Registrant ​$270
​Additional Registrant (same agency/company) ​$247
​Spouse/Guest (non-licensed, excludes seminars) ​$201

Non-Member/Non-Sponsor Early Fee:
​All Registrants

Optional Activities (pre-registration is required)
​Gorilla Grove Zipline and Treetop Adventure
​Virtual Reality Exprience

​A La Carte Fees: ​Member/2017 Sponsor ​Non-Member/Non-Sponsor
​Opening Reception ​$85 ​$200
​Morning Session and Breakfast ​$55 ​$70
Networking Lunch ​$25 ​$50
​CE Seminar ​$40 ​$80
Chairman's Ball 
​$110 ​$220
​Grab It and Go Breakfast

​$15 ​$30
Monday Only Fees: ​Member/2017 Sponsor ​Non-Member/Non-Sponsor
​Day Pass ​$125 ​$175
​Optional Add-On Chairman's Ball ​$50 ​$95

Monday Day Pass Includes: Business Meeting and Breakfast, Lunch, Education Seminar.


Child Registration Fees :

Full Package (includes all meal functions)

Opening Reception

Morning Session and Breakfast

Networking Lunch

Chairman's Ball

Grab It and Go Breakfast

*Paying registrations only. Excludes VIP complimentary registrants.









Check-in to your beautiful African-inspired room and enjoy all the amenities Kalahari Resorts has to offer.

Pre-Conference Room Rates:  
Friday, September 22 - $199
Saturday, September 23 - $249

Conference Room Rates:
Sunday, September 24 - Monday, September 25 - $139

Post-Conference Room Rates:
Tuesday, September 26 - Thursday, September 28 - $139

Cut-Off Date: August 24, 2017

Phone Reservations: 877-253-5466 
Please be sure to reference the IIABNJ Annual Conference in order to receive the discounted rate.

Please be sure to type in the Group Booking ID number 2266, then 'Get Dates' prior to selecting your preferred arrival and depature times.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Reservations require a deposit of one night's stay. Reservations that are cancelled 72 hours or more receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee. Reservations canceled less than 72 hours from scheduled arrival forfiets the deposit.

Location: 250 Kalahari Boulevard, Pocono Manor, PA 18349

2017 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor
IIANJ Marketing Programs, Inc. - Business Meeting

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. - Chairman's Ball

Platinum Sponsors
The Cumberland Insurance Group - Chairman's Cocktail Party

Franklin Mutual Insurance Company - Opening Reception

Big I Local Associations of Central, Monmouth/Ocean, Northern, and Southern New Jersey - Breaking Ice Presentation

UPC Insurance - Networking Lunch

Gold Sponsors
InsurBanc - Official Mobile App Sponsor

Kingstone Insurance Company - CE Seminar

Plymouth Rock Assurance - $1000 Grand Prize Sponsor

Progressive Insurance - Grab-It-And-Go Breakfast Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Liberty Mutual Insurance - Opening Reception Centerpieces

Nationwide - Chairman's Ball Centerpieces

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP - Conference Badges

Bronze Sponsor
Advantage Specialty, Inc. - Turkey Carving Station

Farmers Insurance Company of Flemington - Pasta Station

Gemini Restoration, Inc.  - Mashed Potato Station

Imperial PFS - Dessert Station

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions - Roast Beef Carving Station

Travelers - Stir Fry Station

Star Sponsor
ANE, Agency Network Exchange

Astrocare Fire & Water Restoration - Conference Pens

Eckert Seamsans Cherin & Mellot, LLC

JLNY Group LLC - Hospitality Hut


Premium Assignment Corp.

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company

Trusted Choice

University Property & Casualty Insurance Company

Need another reason to sponsor the Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event? We've got a few...

pocono.jpg​​With exposure opportunities for every budget, sponsoring the 2017 Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event has never been more valuable. All sponsorships include promotion on all event materials, podium recognition, and an advance attendee list. To secure your sponsorship, or if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kacmarsky. Sponsorships that have been crossed out are sold.
Download the 2017 Sponsorship Brochure here.

Diamond Sponsorship - $10,000 - ONE LEFT AT THIS LEVEL!!
Event Exposure: Maximum 
Be one of two exclusive sponsors and make a big splash at this event. Choose to place your brand on one of the two most attended events - the Monday Morning Session or the Chairman's Ball. This sponsorship comes with four complimentary registrations, $250 in sponsored door prizes, and a digital ad on the official event app.

Platinum Sponsorship - $5,000 - SOLD OUT
Event Exposure: Outstanding
Attach your brand to one of four high-level event sponsorships, the "Breaking Ice" Presentation, Chairman's Cocktail PartyNetworking Lunch, or Opening Reception. This sponsorship includes one complimentary registration, and $150 in sponsored door prizes.

Gold Sponsorship - $3,500 - ONE LEFT!
Event Exposure: Impressive
Make your mark by aligning with one of the following attendee touch points: Official App Sponsor, CE Seminar, Grab-It-And-Go Breakfast, Sunday Entertainment, or the $1000 Grand Prize. App sponsor receives exclusive app exposure whereas other sponsors at this level receive $50 in door prizes. 


Silver Sponsorship - $2,
000 - SOLD OUT
Event Exposure: High
Stay top-of-mind with attendees as the sponsor of the Opening Reception Centerpieces, Chairman's Ball Centerpieces, or the Conference Badges

Bronze Sponsorship - $1,250
Event Exposure: Valuable
Participate in the Opening Reception as a Specialty Station Sponsor and get naming rights to one of the following eight food stations: Pasta, Mashed Potato, Roast Beef Carving, Turkey Carving, Stir Fry, Nacho, Bruschetta, or Dessert. Includes two complimentary registrations to the Opening Reception, one email blast, one company-provided promotional product to include in the attendee gift bags (note: cannot be pens, bags or notebooks/journals).

Star Sponsorshp - $350-$750
Event Exposure: Recognizable
Star sponsors may chose from the $750 Scavenger Hunt with app exposure and the $250 prize or sponsorship of the afternoon Virtual Reality or Gorilla Grove adventures, $600 Conference Pens, Journals, or Bags opportunity*, $500 to sponsor a Hospitality Hut** to network with attendees from 1-4 pm on Monday, or a $350 Event Sponsor. 

Display Advertising is available on the event's official mobile app from August through October 31, 2017. Mobile App display ads are limited to three advertisers and hyperlink to the URL of choice. $250

* Pens, bags, and journal sponsors are required to carry the event name (2017 IIABNJ Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event) along with artwork of the sponsor's choosing. Proofs mush be approved by Jennifer Kacmarsky or Stacey Villano prior to production.

**Hospitality Huts are poolisde cabanas that companies can host during the 1-4 timeframe on Monday during the event. These huts can be used as networking opportunities to visit with Big I members and show off your company. Contact Jennifer Kacmarsky to find out how to rev up your hut with food and drink options.

Winners are announced at the Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event.
Henry A. Franz Award Insurance Person of the Year
Established by the IIA of Passaic County and dedicated to the memory of Henry A. Franz, past president, this award is presented to the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the health and advancement of the insurance industry. 
Nomination Form
Richard Hardenbergh Community Service Award
Presented in memory of Richard Hardenbergh, former IIABNJ leader and dedicated community volunteer, the recipient of this award is an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community on a voluntary basis.
Nomination Form
Cherise M. Gonzalez Young Agent of the Year Award
This award, sponsored by IIAB of Central New Jersey, is presented to a young agent who has demonstrated service to his or her agency, professional trade association, and community.
James F. Anthony Scholarship
Established in remembrance of former IIABNJ board member James F. Anthony III, this scholarship is available to dependents of IIABNJ member employee. The $1,000 scholarship is intended for high school seniors seeking to further their education. Winner will be announced during the business meeting.
Nomination Form

The 2017 Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event Mobile App, sponsored by InsurBanc, will be available early August. 
If you have registered for this event, you will receive an email notification at that time notifying you that you may enter the app, update your information, and begin making contacts with attendees and sponsors.

If you are a member of the Big I, and have downloaded our Member Connection Mobile App, you will be notified via the app that the conference feature has been activated.