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IA&B announces new president/CEO

May 17, 2017
8:00 AM
717-795-9100 Ext. 606

Insurance Agents & Brokers will have a new president and CEO at the helm beginning in January. Deputy CEO and Counsel Jason Ernest, Esq. will take the reins from Rick Russell, who will retire after nearly four decades with the organization.

“My fellow directors and I are confident in our transition plan and its ability to seamlessly continue the organization’s long-held success,” said Mike McGroarty Sr., chairman of the IA&B Service Group Board of Directors, “and we offer our sincere gratitude to Rick for all he has done for IA&B and the agents it represents.”

Ernest will assume the president and CEO post following 12 years with IA&B, where he currently oversees the organization’s legal, government and industry affairs, as well as its marketing and communications efforts.

Russell’s retirement follows 38 years with the IA&B organization, including 26 as president and CEO. During this time, he oversaw the mergers of independent insurance agents’ associations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Today, nearly 1,100 agencies are members of the IA&B partnership of agents’ associations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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About Insurance Agents & Brokers Service Group
Insurance Agents & Brokers Service Group – through its partnership of agents' associations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania – is committed to delivering value through a member-centered, customer-driven philosophy. Nearly 1,100 member agencies are the driving force behind the association’s professional training offerings, government affairs work, agency tool development, communications, and carrier and legal advocacy.

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Jason Ernest
Jason Ernest, Esq. will become IA&B President and CEO as of Jan. 1, 2018.


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