The Big Event 2017 - It's a Wrap

    Posted by MAIA on October 31, 2017


    THANK YOU for helping us put yet another Big Event in the books! MAIA's Annual Conference and Trade Fair is a success each year because of the incredible people who make up our community of insurance professionals.

    This year MAIA was pleased to have welcomed a number of state officials including Governor Baker, who graciously served as our guest speaker during Arbella's Gourmet Luncheon, as well as Insurance Commissioner Gary D. Anderson, State Representative Jay Barrows and Registrar Erin Deveney.


    Over 2,000 attendees took part in 3 and 1/2 days of sessions ranging from E&O, to Homeowners Bootcamp to Claims Management to Hoarding. Of particular interest this year in the Management Track was an informative Cyberliability Panel moderated Ed McGuire on Friday morning and a session related to Agency Perpetuation and Access to Capital lead by Bob Pettinicchi of InsurBanc that afternoon. The trade show was buzzing throughout Friday and Saturday as attendees met and mingled with 133 industry vendors.


    We hope you were able to learn something new, meet the vendors, network with company partners and toast to friends both old and new! We certainly did AND we had some FUN in the process!


    Notable Awards & Winners

    Henry F. Barry Jr. Memorial Pacesetter of the Year... Congratulations to Tom Skelly of Deland Gibson Insurance

    Chairman's Award... Congratulations to Lisa Hirbour of The Feingold Companies

    James O. Herrick Memorial Young Agent of the Year Award... Congratulations to Mark Gratta of Marchionne Insurance Agency

    The Big Event Agency Idol... Congratulations to Jillian Bates (seen with pink boa below) of Marchionne Insurance Agency for taking home the $1,000 cash prize in the 2017 Agency Idol competition.

    idol_final.jpg(L-R: "Steve Tyler", Jillian Bates, Bob Monahan, Dawn Mott, Matt Boland, Paul Reynolds)

    Agency Procedures Manuals... Kerry Potter & Trent Powell scored a free Agency Procedures Manual for their agency, curtesy of Moberg Group. Woot Woot!

    The Great Central Give-A-Way... Nine winners collected their $100 winnings from the Great Central Give-A-Way!


    Here's a look at The Big Event 2017 by Numbers...

    • 2,037 attendees
    • 40 people watched 11 hours of Streaming Live programming on Thursday & Friday
    • 300+ people downloaded the MAIA/Big Event Mobile App
    • 133 Vendors exhibited for two days
    • 60+ Industry Partners helped make this four day event affordable with their sponsorships. 

    Before We Call it a Wrap

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    Help Us Make Next Year Great

    Please share your Big Event Experience as an attendee by completing the Big Event 2017 Attendee Survey.

    For questions or comments related to the event, please contact Heather Kramer 508-634-7369.

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    Topics: The Massachusetts Agent, 2017

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