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									Official Publication of Metro Alliance of Independent Insurance Agents                      November/December 2011

     INSIDE THIS ISSUE            President’s Message                                       by Rob Townley, President
                                                      We are entering the third month of our Association’s calendar year
President’s Message           1
                                                  and are very excited for the current path we are on. After brushing up on
Calendar of Events            1                   Ethics and Cyber Liability at our kickoff meeting we had an exceptional
                                                  program in October. Several MAIIA members learned more about the
MAIIA Remembers Will Weston   2                   hot Cyber Liability topic in a morning CE session with Dorothea Westin
Big I Fall Conference         2
                                                  of CSR. Our luncheon speaker, Workers Compensation Attorney Ben
                                  Leonard, was at the club for an hour after the program was over fielding questions from
December Holiday Luncheon     3   the membership. This kind of interactive experience and learning exemplifies our
                                  mission of bringing top quality education to the association and we look forward to
MAIIA Featured in Dec Pages   3
                                  continuing this trend in the months to come.
MAIIA Board of Directors      4        October was also a time of mourning and reflection on the life of Past IIAG
                                  President Will Weston. Will was beloved by all who knew him and brought so much to
        MARK YOUR                 the insurance community in Georgia. He was instrumental in growing the support for
        CALENDAR!                 the Georgia Meth Project among many other charitable endeavors to which he so
                                  graciously contributed his time and efforts. Our thoughts remain with his family and his
     December 14, 2011            contributions to our community will continue well after his passing.
      Holiday Luncheon                 In November, MAIIA partnered with the IIAG Fall Conference, Working Smarter
     11:15 am — 1:00 pm           in 2012, in lieu of holding our usual luncheon meeting at the country club. We were
                                  thrilled to have several MAIIA members join us to hear Governor Nathan Deal and
 LOOKING AHEAD…                   UGA legend Vince Dooley speak, as well as valuable continuing education classes and
                                  the MAIIA booth in the exhibit hall.
        January 18, 2012
                                       Please remember to give us your suggestions on program or CE ideas that you feel
           February 15            will help improve the MAIIA (see for a link to our member survey). We
         March 21                 are here for you, please don’t be shy in sharing your opinions! Thank you for the
  Full Day CE & Luncheon          support and we look forward to seeing everyone at the annual holiday luncheon!
        with the Big I
                                  Members in Action . . .                            Recent MAIIA CE and Luncheons
            April 18
     Legislative Luncheon
           May 18
 Member Appreciation, Golf
    Tourney and Tennis!
 Heritage Golf Links & Lucky
      Shoals Park, Tucker

Unless otherwise noted, MAIIA
meets every third Wednesday at:
  Dunwoody Country Club
 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive
      Atlanta, GA 30350

  for more information on
      upcoming events!
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Industry Remembers Will Weston, MAIIA Seeks to “celebrate his life and achievements”
   Will Weston, IV, passed away October 7th while
dining with friends on Sea Island. Will is survived by his
dear wife Elaine and children Elizabeth and William.
     Will was Vice President and Account Executive of
Blanchard and Calhoun Insurance in Augusta. A Past
President of Independent Insurance Agents of GA (IIAG),
he was a very dedicated member and leader in the indus-
try, his community and association. He was a recipient of
the IIAG’s Edgar Dunlap award, which recognizes
outstanding contributions and service to the community.
     Under his leadership in 2009-10, Will urged the Board
of Directors to adopt a plan to support the Georgia Meth
Project ( He was instru-           MAIIA Board members Judy Jordan, Carie’ Cato, Kevin Jackson,
mental in raising significant awareness and funds for the       Rob Townley, Wendi White and Buddy Whitaker present a check for
Project and was later appointed to its Board of Directors.      $500 to the GA Meth Project in honor and memory of Will Weston.

MAIIA Participates in 2011 IIAG Fall Conference                                 by Carie’ Cato, Vice President/Programs
    The Big I’s Fall Conference & Trade Show, held the          other expenses (excluding taxes paid and licensing fees),
second week in November at the Atlanta CNN Center, was          including agent’s commissions. He indicated that he has
a great success with over 20 affiliate and vendor booths set    accepted HHS’s counter offer, which is good news for
up for agents to visit, a beautiful venue and informative       Georgia agents. Stay tuned as we learn more on this topic.
and entertaining speakers. MAIIA even had a booth!                   On Friday, former
    On Thursday, after several songs by the children’s          UGA head football Coach
choir from the Atlanta International School, we listened to     Vince Dooley spoke about
Governor Deal discuss the current state of Georgia’s            the University and the
economy as well as the future of the Patient Protective and     DAWGS football program,
                                 Affordable Care Act            as well as what he has been
                                 (PPACA) and what its           doing since his retirement,
                                 passage means to Georgia’s     including writing many
                                 businesses and constituents.   books for adults and
                                 He pointed out that the        children. He was kind
                                 appeal filed on Georgia’s      enough to autograph copies
                                 behalf to lower the newly      of the many books that he had for sale after his speech.
                                 required Medical Loss              A total of six CE hours were available over the two
                                 Ratio (MLR) for small          days. The topics for the courses ranged from workers
                                 group health insurance from    comp and risk management to using media for better
                                 80% to 65% had been met        marketing opportunities. If you were unable to attend this
with a counter offer of 70% from Health and Human               year, the MAIIA and Big I board members hope that you
Services. This ratio is the percentage of the premiums          can attend the 115th Annual IIAG Convention and 44th
collected that must be spent on medical services and            YAC Annual Conference at the Omni Amelia Island
quality improvement expenses, leaving just 20% for all          Resort June 7-9, 2012 … details to follow!

Mark Your Calendars for MAIIA Member Appreciation May 18, 2012!
    The annual Member Appreciation Luncheon and Golf Tournament will be held again this year at the
Heritage Golf Links in Tucker. The fine folks at Heritage are so accommodating and offer us the best
course and food for such an exceptional value, we are happy to host our big event there once again.
                     NEW! This year we are adding a tennis competition to coincide with the golf. A
                 round-robin will be held at Lucky Shoals Park (Gwinnett County) adjacent to the golf course.
                 Prizes for both golf and tennis will be awarded afterward. We will be looking for sponsors for this
                 event, and will be handing out door prizes during the luncheon. Please be thinking of bringing your
                 foursome for golf, your tennis players and all your staff for this festive year-end occasion!
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MAIIA Holiday Luncheon December 14th                            MAIIA Membership: What’s in it for you?
   Join us December 14th at the Dunwoody Country                   Being a member of MAIIA provides a number of
Club for the annual MAIIA Holiday Luncheon.                     benefits to insurance professionals:
     Networking Reception, 11:15am-12pm                               FREE monthly reception and luncheon featuring
     Visit all of our current affiliate sponsors at the dedi-         an industry expert or relevant community speaker
     cated Sponsor Marketplace. These MAIIA sup-
                                                                      Valuable networking time with agents, industry
     porters enable us to offer high quality meetings and
                                                                      affiliate companies and vendors each month
     events as well as keep members apprised of all the
     latest industry resources available.                             15 hours of FREE continuing education to keep
                                                                      you up to date in your profession
     Monthly Luncheon, 12-1pm
     After a welcome, brief association and industry up-              Involvement with state and national professional
     date and introductions of our sponsors, this month               insurance associations
     will feature a panel of members from different                   Access to and participation in important legislative
     companies to provide varying perspectives on the                 developments that affect our industry
     latest in their respective categories.
                                                                      Opportunity to “give back” through philanthropic
     Holiday Attire Competition and Door Prizes!                      efforts with GA Meth and Habitat for Humanity
     As we used to do but are now saving for just the
     holiday and member appreciation meetings, affiliate           Get involved today! Contact Membership Director
     members will get the holiday spirit going with door        Kevin Jackson at to see
     prizes to give away. And be ready with your holi-          how MAIIA membership can benefit your professional
     day finery for the sweater and tie competition!            career, or visit for more information.

Metro Alliance Featured in IIAG’s Dec Pages Online                                                               Reprint
                        Since the merger of the Atlanta and         Networking opportunities between carriers and agents
                     DeKalb Insurance Associations in               Setting up scholarship funds for member agents
                     2002, the Metro Alliance of Indepen-           Serving our community through philanthropic
                     dent Insurance Agents (MAIIA) has              commitments, like the Georgia Meth Project and
                     met the professional needs of Indepen-         Habitat for Humanity
                     dent Agents throughout DeKalb and              The 2011-12 MAIIA Board of Directors is looking
Fulton counties. The MAIIA continues to provide valu-           forward to another successful year and welcomes Agent
able services to our membership through a variety of            Members, Company and Vendor Affiliates and Associate
avenues including:                                              Members to join us as we continue to strengthen the
    Featuring quality speakers and programming                  Atlanta insurance community. Please visit our website at
    Providing outstanding continuing education         for information on membership and
    Being an active voice in both the Georgia association       upcoming events.
    and state legislation

Coming Up and Looking Ahead with MAIIA                                        by Carie’ Cato, Vice President/Programs
     After a break in November to participate in the                Kevin Jackson at (770) 492-8811 or email him at
Big I’s Fall Conference at the CNN Center Atlanta,        
we look forward to our annual Holiday Luncheon,                         Looking ahead to 2012, MAIIA continues to pro-
closing 2011 with a celebration of the past year, and               vide members with valuable continuing education,
looking ahead to an exciting new year in 2012! We                   networking and industry involvement by offering a
will give away door prizes and host a lively Sponsor                case-study format CE class in January focusing on
Marketplace thanks to our generous affiliate spon-                  the garage/automotive risks area. The MAIIA board
sors, accompanied by an open bar and the hotly con-                 is working to set up a panel of key industry organi-
tested annual Holiday Sweater & Tie Competition.                    zations to focus on key target industry areas in Febru-
     We encourage any affiliates not yet signed up as               ary, and March brings the annual full-day CE event
sponsors to do so soon to participate in this highly                co-hosted with the Big I featuring Mike Jones as the
anticipated and festive networking event. For more                  luncheon speaker on current and hot topics in the in-
information about sponsorship opportunities, call                   dustry. See for more details!
 Metro Alliance of Independent Insurance Agents
       3227 S. Cherokee Lane, Ste. 1320
             Woodstock, GA 30188

                  p: (770) 517-2616
                   f: (770) 516-0236

     Thank you MAIIA
     Diamond Sponsors                                        MAIIA Board of Directors
                                2011—2012 OFFICERS:                                    2011—2012 DIRECTORS:
      (770) 337-0589
                                Rob Townley, President                                 Kevin Jackson, Membership

                                Carie’ Cato, Vice President                            Buddy Whitaker, Continuing Education
      (770) 232-9797                        
    Platinum Sponsors           Wendi White, Secretary/Treasurer                       Charlie Williams, Special Events

                                Judy Jordan, Immediate Past President                  Brian Coffsky, Senior Director
      (678) 836-4164                      

      (678) 481-3292
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