Swingle Collins Selected Again as a Best Practices Agency for 2012

Swingle Collins & Associates has once again retained its status as a “Best Practices Agency” for 2012. A nomination as a Best Practices Agency means to be part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. All of these agencies participate in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

Gaining nomination for this award is a recognizable feat. An IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company must first nominate the agency from a pool of over 37,500 agencies. The agency then must qualify based on outstanding customer services, growth, stability and financial management. Upwards of 1,200 nominations were received for 2012, however, only 224 independent agencies throughout the U.S. qualified for inclusion in the Best Practices Study.

Best Practices AgencySince 1993, the Best Practices Study has had an initiative to help independent agents build the value of their most important asset, their agencies. The IIABA retained the principles of Reagan Consulting to create and perform the first study of “The Best Practices of the Leading Independent Insurance Agencies in the United States”. To assist agencies in adopting Best Practices, IIABA has developed a family of products, service and workshops known as the Best Practices Implementation Series. The IIABA and Reagan Consulting jointly maintain the Best Practices that provides executive summaries of the annual Best Practices Studies, the Best Practices Quick Check interactive comparison took and samples from the various Best Practices tools. The Gateway, as well as the annual study, is made possible in part through the financial sponsorship of various insurance companies and industry organizations.

For more information on the Best Practices Study, visit the IIABA Best Practices Website.

Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance – property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement precuts. You can visit the IIABA Website at www.independentagent.com.