This annual conference, which began in 1990, is designed to meet the unique education and networking needs of small to mid-sized agencies—agencies that write a lot of small accounts, and not as many large commercial accounts. Consequently, these agencies come from both metropolitan areas as well as small towns and rural areas. The conference includes a trade show with nearly 100 companies exhibiting, timely education programs, CIC and CISR conferment ceremonies, and various opportunities for networking, and much company involvement. This event is traditionally held in Columbia, Mo.
Typically, the conference starts on Thursday morning with a keynote speaker, followed by an education session before the conferment luncheon. Thursday afternoon features three concurrent sessions that repeat, allowing attendees the opportunity to attend two of the three sessions. Thursday evening is the trade show and dinner. Friday morning offers another education session.
This conference offers companies, vendors and wholesalers an evening trade show and dinner in the exhibit hall. There is nothing else going on opposite the trade show times. There are historically close to 100 exhibitors including both p-c and l-h insurance companies, wholesalers, technology vendors, construction and auto body vendors, etc.
Historically on average this conference draws around 280 agents, 75 wholesalers and 215 company reps. These agents come from mostly small to mid-sized agencies in both rural and urban areas around Missouri.
(could change in future years)
Member early-bird: $145
Member regular: $175
Member early-bird: $80
Member regular: $95
Member early-bird: $50
Member regular: $65
|Exhibit Booth |
Member early-bird: $500
Member regular: $600
E&O Session (Wednesday)
- Member (w/ someone attending the conference): $80
- Member (w/o someone attending the conference): $100 early-bird; $120 regular
- Non-Member: $200
Crawfish Feast (Wednesday)
- Member: $20
- Non-Member: $25
While it's not an official part of the conference, the Crawfish Feast has become a pre-conference tradition. On Wednesday night before the conference, the Young Agents host a Crawfish Feast at the Knights of Columbus hall just down the road from the hotel. In addition to crawfish, the menu includes pulled pork, smoked chicken and a long list of side dishes. There is a shuttle that will take you to and from this all you can eat and drink event!
We try to offer you as much education and CE as possible in a short amount of time, so on the Wednesday before the conference, there is an E&O seminar held at the Holiday Inn. Agencies who are sending someone to the conference can attend the E&O seminar at a discounted rate.
Conference planning questions:
Director of Events and Education
Exhibit hall questions:
Chief Marketing Officer