Big "I" Selects 2010 Best Practices Agencies

IIABA (The Big "I") announced the 224 independent insurance agencies from across the country that have been selected for the 2010 Best Practices Study.

Congratulations to the following IBA West member agencies in California:

  • Barney & Barney, LLC, San Diego
  • Bolton & Company, Pasadena
  • Cavignac & Associates, San Diego
  • DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, LLC, Fresno
  • Jaffe Insurance Agency, Marina Del Ray
  • John O. Bronson Co., Inc., Sacramento
  • McDermott-Costa Company, Inc., San Leandro
  • R. C. Fischer, Walnut Creek
  • Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc., Santee
  • Stratton Agency, San Carlos
  • Suhr Risk Services of California, San Jose
  • Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers, Santa Monica
  • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., San Francisco

The Best Practices Study was initiated by the Big “I” in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance and enhance agency value. The survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of these “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.
“The Big ‘I’ is proud to have such a fine cross-section of the independent agency system represented in the 2010 Best Practices Study,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “Inclusion in the Best Practices Study has become a prestigious recognition for the top insurance agencies in the United States and we look forward to showcasing the results.”
Once every three years, the Big “I” asks its insurance company partners, state association affiliates and other industry organizations to nominate those agencies they believe to be among the most efficient and high performing agencies in the industry for each of the studies’ revenue categories. “Best Practices” firms throughout the nation are selected for outstanding management and financial achievement in six revenue categories (under $1,250,000; $1,250,000 to $2,500,000; $2,500,000 to $5,000,000; $5,000,000 to $10,000,000; $10,000,000 to $25,000,000; and over $25,000,000). More than 1200 independent agencies and brokers of varying sizes across the country were nominated to take part in the study.
The leading agencies included in the annual study must be nominated for participation. These agencies are asked to submit operational information in many areas. This information is carefully evaluated and ranked, culminating in the choice of the top 30-35 agencies in each revenue category earning the status of “Best Practices Agency.”
Click HERE for a list of the 2010 Best Practices Agencies. More information is also available at or including an HTML version of executive updates; download a Best Practices comparison spreadsheet to compare your agency’s year-end results with the study’s results; access other Best Practices studies, tools, and products; and download order forms.