It's still becoming real and all is still good.
There are so many activities that go on here in the Fall. We had a great turnout for our Fall Conference (KAIROS) which was held at the NCED in Norman. I've always enjoyed this conference and find I learn a lot. It's geared more to the risk management side of the business (we toured the Postal Facility) to find out how large organizations manage risk. The Conference itself was a success. Garrett Reed, the State FFA President came and spoke with us, we heard a presentation on Trusted Choice and got some great insight from Nancy Friedman (The Telephone Doctor). She had an amazing gift to share communications skills. If you missed her at least check out her website at www.telephonedoctor.com
Did I mention we added a new event this year?? Sporting Clays! (Yes, that's me holding a gun) We were so happy with the turnout – saw some new faces. Special thanks to Incoming Chairman, Phil Eitzen and Fred Barker with IPFS. They were right, we should always try new things.
In early October I headed up to the Tulsa area to visit with some of our member and speak to the Tulsa Association. I love seeing our members – they're so encouraging. So many of them have great business models – I always learn something.
I visited the Fred Daniel & Son Agency. Found a picture of Fred's grandpa, Fred in our Hall of Fame. We have a great linage in our association.
(Best part of Tulsa? Chocolate bread pudding at a little tea room. I walked away happy.)
I also got to visit with the famous Dick Teubner. Not only has he been a national president for IIABA but he also got to meet President Reagan. No Joke, that picture is real! He is still a wonderful inspiration – I could talk to him for hours.
Time to start thinking about politics. This year has been very interesting. We have 3 of our own members that will be serving in the House/Senate. We have to keep our voice alive. It's a good time to plug OK PAC – we gave over $30,000 to state races this year and had a 95% success rate. Our PAC is a good way for YOU to have your say for your industry. I would encourage you to keep up your support.
We have worked very hard over the past few years on Workers Comp Reform and we have better system because of it. It will take all of us to keep pressing forward – the work is not over. We'll have a few clean up actions that will need to be done – you need to let your representative know that this is important not only to our industry but to our strong business environment.
Last week I got to have a nice visit with Commissioner John Doak and staff (Amanda, Kyle, Tyler and Buddy – they actually have really impressive titles, but this is how I know them) in Tulsa along with newly elected State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. We were able to spend some time telling her about the InVest Program. (www.investprogram.org) InVest promotes insurance education to high schools, career techs and colleges. The curriculum is free to teachers and once a school is an InVest school those students are eligible for scholarships if they choose to pursue a career in insurance. The possibilities are endless and can be of great value to our members looking at the future generation.
Have I mentioned the great staff here at IIAO?
It's Holiday time – hope your Thanksgiving is good. I'm abundantly thankful for more than I deserve. Blessings to you and your families.