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 President/Chairman 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
Get ready to kick off this banner event in style! Hosted by the Young Agents Council, this reception features a variety of specialty food stations and everyone's favorite drink tokens. 

Monday.jpg8 am - Breakfast
sponsored by InsurBanc
Stop by for coffee and breakfast before you head to your CE class or continue on your morning. There will be no presentations during this time.

8:30 - 10:30 am - CE Seminar
We're thrilled to announce Big I's own, Chris Boggs, exeuctive director of the VU, will be instructing this class. Stay tuned for topics. This is going to be worth getting up for!​

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 - 1 pm - Big I New Jersey Business Meeting
Speakers TBD

1 - 2 pm - Keynote Presentation: Attitude Changes Everything, Sam Glenn
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!

6:30 pm - Chairman's Cocktail Reception
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.

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 
​Monday Breakfast
​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: GBAGN18

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.

The Cumberland Insurance Group
Franklin Mutual Insurance Company​
UPC Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Plymouth Rock Assurance

Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP

Advantage Specialty Inc.​
Farmers Ins  Company ​of Flemington

Kingstone Insurance Company
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP​

​​​​​​It's going to be a BIG event. 
Get in early and secure your favorite way to connect with Big I New Jersey members.​
2017 sponsors receive first right of refusal for all sponsorships previously contracted. Companies interested in a specific sponsorship may download the 2018 Sponsor Agreement and return it to Jennifer Kackmarsky​. Should the sponsorship of interest be out for first rights, you will be placed first on the waiting list. 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. 


3 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) - 4 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) - 8 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. 
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 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