Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event

We've been advocating on the behalf of New Jersey's Trusted Choice independent insurance agents for 125 years.
And we're not done yet.​

Join us for an EPIC CELEBRATION of our 125th Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event on October 21-23 at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City.​


​​​​​​​​​​​Sunday.jpg6:30 - 7:30 pm - Volunteers and Past Presidents/Chairmen Reception
By invitation only.
This private event honors members who gave their time this past year as committee and task force volunteers and tips a glass to the previous presidents and chairmen who have presided over our organization.

7:30 - 10 pm - Opening Reception
sponsored by Franklin Mutual Insurance
Break out your best Hawaiian attire and get ready to kick off this banner event in style! Hosted by the Young Agents Council, the 125th Opening Reception will be held at the Water Club Indoor Pool. Enjoy the sounds of Hawaiian music, grab a tropical cocktail, and relax the night away.... 

Specialty Food Station Sponsors:
Advantage Specialty - Turkey Carving Station
Farmers Ins Company of Flemington - Pasta Station
Imperial PFS - Dessert Station
Swiss Re - Roast Beef Carving Station

Monday.jpg ​8:30 - 10:30 am - New Threats and Possibilities in Commercial and Personal Lines Insurance - Chris Boggs, Big I VU Executive Director 2 CE credits 
This session will cover a lot of ground – five topics to be exact. But when we are through, you will be better able to explain some of the new exposures, policy issues, and available options on some of today's most pressing topics. Plus, you will be more at ease with the industry's so-called “disruptors.”

Understanding the Ridesharing Exposures and Coverage Options
​Ridesharing was the insurance industry's first major introduction to the sharing economy. The growth of Uber, Lyft and the myriad other rideshare companies required the industry to make a coverage determination and draw a coverage line in the sand. Insurance Services Office (ISO) created three endorsements to address when the PAP ceases to provide coverage (form numbers differ by state, so only endorsement names are used). Depending on the endorsement attached, PAP coverage may cease:

  1. ​When the driver turns on the app;
  2. When the driver has logged in to the app but has NOT accepted a request;
  3. When the driver accepts a request, but has NOT picked up the rider; or
  4. When the driver picks up the rider.
In this session we review each of the three endorsements and which applies to what point.

Understanding the Home Sharing Exposures and Coverage Options
Airbnb, and other home sharing opportunities, hit the insurance industry about the same time as ridesharing. The difference seemed to be that the pimping of space in your house (or your entire house) was not as contentious or riddled with questions as ridesharing or car sharing. ISO developed two endorsements for the home sharing client (endorsement numbers vary by state):

  1. ​Home Sharing Host Activities Endorsement; and
  2. Broadened Home Sharing Host Activities Endorsement.
In this session we review the unendorsed HO policy to discover how it responds to a home sharing situation and then we review each of these endorsements.

Understanding the Other “Property Pimping” Exposures
Beyond cars and homes, your insureds are sharing (or pimping) more than you know; this among both personal lines and commercial lines clients. Do you know what your clients are sharing? Do you know how such sharing might affect or be affected by the insurance coverage? In this session we:

  1. ​Illuminate what is being shared; and
  2. Discuss how insurance might be affected or how underwriting might change.
Understanding the Drone Exposure and Coverage Options
Drones, more technically known as unmanned aircraft, were once a very hot topic, so hot that Insurance Services Office (ISO) released six commercial general liability (CGL) endorsements aimed at drones. The fervor seems to have calmed, but misunderstandings still exist. In this part of the session we discuss:

  1. ​Whether the unendorsed CGL policy language effectively excludes drone use or misuse;
  2. The six endorsements; and
  3. What information is needed to trigger the limited coverage endorsements.
​Do “Disruptors” Really Affect You
Lemonade, Slice, Hippo, Next Insurance, and other so-called “disruptors” are all the talk in the trade press. They are cash rich from all the venture capital thrown their way – but do they pose a real threat to the independent agency system?

In this capstone segment, we look at the reality of disruptors and make predictions about the future. Yes, they will likely survive and maybe thrive – to some extent – but they will not replace you. Find out why.

11 - 11:30 am - 125th Anniversary Celebratory Champagne Brunch
Prepare to ring in our 125th year in style. This year's business meeting will kick off with a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Champagne Bar as we toast the future of our outstanding organization. 

11:30 am  - Big I New Jersey Business Meeting
sponsored by IIANJ Marketing Programs, Inc.
Chairman, Jerry Ford, will conduct the annual business meeting, including holding a vote for any presented By Laws amendments, and present his outgoing Chairman's speech, citations, and the annual State of the State address.

State of the Association - Joe Leahy, IIABA Chairman
Joe Leahy, national Big I Chairman, will share an overview of the State of the Association with attendees, providing an update on relevant association and government affairs initiatives.

12:15 - 1 pm - First Impressions Matter, Especially Online, Jeff Teschke
Google yourself. What do you see? Now Google your agency. What shows up? This is exactly what your prospects, clients, and partners are doing so be sure you look the part. Join Jeff Teschke, Founder and CEO of Forge3, for this fast-paced, entertaining session. Jeff will cover a lot in 45 minutes, including best practices for agency websites, LinkedIn, cool apps, social media advertising, and more! Leave inspired and ready to implement simple, yet very effective, concepts that won't break the bank.

1 - 2 pm - Keynote Presentation: Attitude Changes Everything, Sam Glenn
sponsored by Nationwide
Everyday you pick the attitude you will go at life with. Your attitude is a lot like a battery and sometimes it loses its positive charge. Keynote speaker, Sam Glenn, not only puts a positive spark back into everyone's attitude, he shows how to maintain that spark in the midst of adversity. As Sam puts it, picking your attitude is a lot like picking the driver of your bus. Which attitude do you want driving the bus for your life and your agency? If the wrong attitude is driving your bus, you will not achieve to your fullest potential. This is why it is vital to have attitude awareness and to understand that the attitude you choose everyday will either lead you closer to your desired success or further away from it. This program will rekindle your agency's enthusiasm and help you put the right attitude into action to achieve your best results. You may not be able to control everything that is happening around you, but you can control your perceptions, responses, and actions which ultimately form your attitude.

2 - 5 pm - Hospitality Row
Swing by Big I New Jersey's Hospitality Row and meet with companies and vendors looking to build relationships with agents. Be sure to check back for participating businesses!

Participating Companies:
ANE - Agency Network Exchange, LLC
Burns & Wilcox
Trusted Choice

6:30 pm - Chairman's Cocktail Reception
sponsored by The Cumberland Insurance Group
Join Chairman, Jerry Ford for a cocktail reception before the evening's festivities begin.

7:30 - Chairman's Ball
​This special evening will feature the 2018 Board of Directors Inauguration as we welcome our new chairman, Michael Razze, the 2018 award and sponsorship recipients, and entertainment to celebrate our 125th year.

The 125th celebratory gala will feature a DJ and Champagne Divas!

tuesday.jpg7:30 am - Grab-It-And-Go Breakfast
sponsored by Progressive
Scoop up a coffee and breakfast for the road, or sit with friends before making the trip back. Either way, be sure to fuel up!

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. Formal attire (black tie optional) is appropriate for the Chairman's Ball and After Party. 

​​​​Are you ready to #GOBIG125? We thought so! 
Register by September 1, 2018 to get the Early Registration Discount!

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​Big I New Jersey Member/2018 Sponsor: ​

​​First Registrant
​Additional Registrant (same agency/company) ​$215
​Spouse/Guest (non-licensed, excludes seminars) ​$175

​All Registrants

​A La Carte Fees: ​Member/2018 Sponsor ​Non-Member/Non-Sponsor
​Business Meeting
​CE Seminar
Chairman's Ball
​​Hospitality Row 
​​Opening Reception
​Grab It and Go Breakfast

​$15 ​$30
Monday Only Fees: ​Member/2018 Sponsor ​Non-Member/Non-Sponsor
​Day Pass ​$125 ​$175
​Optional Add-On Chairman's Ball ​$50 ​$95

Monday Day Pass Includes: Breakfast, Business Meeting , Monday Brunch with Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar, and Education Seminar.​



​​​We dare you to find a better rate at the Water Club at Borgata! 
In honor of our 125th Anniversary....Here's your $125 room!

Conference Room Rates:
October 21 and 22 - $125/single, $145/double per night
Rate does not include 14% Occupancy Tax, $5 Atlantic City Occupancy Fee, and $15 Resort Fee.

Cut-Off Date: September 20, 2018

Phone Reservations: 609-317-1000
Please be sure to reference group code: GBAGN18A

Online Reservations:​​ 
Please be sure to type in the group code above when making your online reservation.

Cancellation Policy: Reservations released less than 72 hours prior to the arrival time will be subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to the first night's room and tax.

IIANJ Marketing Programs, Inc.

The Cumberland Insurance Group
Franklin Mutual Insurance Company​
UPC Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Plymouth Rock Assurance

Burns & Wilcox
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP

Advantage Specialty Inc.​
Farmers Ins  Company ​of Flemington
Gemini Restoration
Imperial PFS
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions​

ANE - Agency Network Exchange, LLC​
Burns & Wilcox
Trusted Choice
Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company

Anderson & Murison
Astrocare Fire & Water Restoration​
Kingstone Insurance Company
Met Life Home & Auto
Preferred Mutual Insurance Company
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP​
UFG Insurance​

​​​​​​​​​​​​It's going to be a BIG event. 
Get in early and secure your favorite way to connect with Big I New Jersey members.​
Download the 2018 Sponsor Agreement and return it to Jennifer Kackmarsky​ to secure your sponsorship today!
For a 2018 Sponsorship Brochure, click here

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Choose to place your brand on one of the most attended sessions at this event - the Monday Business Meeting or the Chairman's Ball. This sponsorship comes with four complimentary registrations and $250 in sponsored door prizes.
platinumbar.jpgSOLD OUT
Attach your brand to one of four high-level event sponsorships, the Business Meeting Speaker, Chairman's Cocktail Party, or Opening Reception. This sponsorship includes one complimentary registration and $150 in sponsored door prizes.

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Make your mark by aligning with one of the following attendee touch points: Monday Breakfast, CE Seminar, Tuesday Grab-It-And-Go Breakfast, Sunday Entertainment, or the $1000 Grand Prize. This sponsorship includes $50 in door prizes. 


2 Available
Stay top-of-mind with attendees as the sponsor of the Opening Reception Centerpieces, Monday Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, Chairman's Ball Centerpieces, or the Conference Badges. 

bronzebar.jpgOption 1 - Specialty Station Sponsor (takes place during the Opening Networking Reception) - 3 Available
Sponsors receive 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).

Option 2 - Hospitality Row Sponsor (takes place from 2 - 5 pm on Monday) - 4 Remaining Available
Sponsors receive a hospitality suite on Big I New Jersey's Hospitality Row during an exclusive networking timeframe between events on Monday afternoon. Sponsors are free to get as creative as they'd like with their suites (food and beverage options can be added by contacting Jennifer Kacmarsky) and take advantage of the advance registration list to be sure all attendees stop by your suite. This sponsorship comes with the option to add a give away to the attendee registration bags.
Note - exisiting 2018 sponsors may add the Hospitality Row sponsorship to enhance their visibiltiy the discounted rate of $900.

starbar1.jpgEvent Sponsors Only Remaining
 ​Star sponsors may chose from the $600 Conference Pens, Journals, or Bags opportunity*, or a $450 Event Sponsor. 

All sponsorships include promotion on event materials, podium recognition, and an advance attendee list. To secure your sponsorship, or if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kacmarsky

* Pens, bags, and journal sponsors are required to carry the official event hashtag #GOBIG125 along with artwork of the sponsor's choosing. Proofs mush be approved by Jennifer Kacmarsky or Stacey Villano prior to production.

​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 Big I New Jersey 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 Big I New Jersey board member James F. Anthony III, this scholarship is available to dependents of Big I New Jersey members. 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