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InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently announced the following three new members to its national board.
Richard E. Dinger, president of Crescenta Valley Insurance Agency
Joey O’Connor, CIC, vice president of Insurance Underwriters Ltd.
Michael Emery, manager learning services for Liberty Mutual Agency Markets
“InVEST is pleased to have Rick, Joey, and Mike join our already distinguished group of board members,” says Heather Minkler, InVEST board chair and CEO of Clark-Mortenson Agency, an independent agency in Keene, N.H. “With more than 60% of the insurance industry’s employees over the age of 45 and the need to find new talent becoming more apparent each year, we are confident they will further assist in achieving and implementing InVEST’s mission.”
Rick Dinger is the president of Crescenta Valley Insurance in La Crescenta, Calif. He has long been an active member of his community and in 1999 former U.S. Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) asked him to testify in Washington, D.C. before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary in support of the Small Business Liability Reform Act. In April of 2003, the Big “I” presented Dinger with the InsurPac Young Agent of the Year Award. In February 2009, he was installed and served as president of the Independent Insurance Agent and Brokers of the West (IBA West).
Joey O’Connor, III, CIC, is a Trusted Choice® insurance advisor for Insurance Underwriters, Ltd. in Metairie, La. He serves as treasurer of his local association, the Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL). At the national level, he has served as the State of Louisiana Young Agents chairperson, on the National Young Agents Committee, and on the Best Practices Committee for the Big “I.” He holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.
Mike Emery is manager of learning services for Liberty Mutual Agency Markets in Boston, Mass., and responsible for training and talent management initiatives for employees and agency partners. A major emphasis of his work is developing and implementing solutions to filling the talent pipeline for both the carrier and independent agency communities. Emery joined Liberty Mutual in 1998 and has held a variety of positions in management, organizational and professional development. He holds a Master of Education in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Boston University.
“Continuing growth and success of the InVEST program is critical not only to the future of the independent agency system, but to the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I’ president & CEO. “We are proud to announce that such talented and top professionals in our industry will be leading InVEST.”