Insurance Agents & Brokers

Tune in as Mitch Dunford, National Alliance CMO talks with IA&B CEO Jason Ernest, and Education Senior Director Jess McWilliams about the challenges independent agencies face today.

Are you struggling to recruit younger talent? Want to learn how technology can help smaller independent agents compete? Wondering if earning a designation worth it? This podcast has all the answers. Don’t miss it! 

Jess McWilliams – Jess is the Education Sr. Director with Insurance Agents & Brokers (IA&B) and has been with the Association for 24 years, joining directly out of college.  Jess loves working with the association members and education participants to navigate their continuing education needs and career goals  She loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and spending time traveling with her husband, Nate and two daughters, Delaney and Ava.

Jason F. Ernst – Jason F. Ernest, Esq. is President & CEO of Insurance Agents and Brokers (IA&B), a professional trade association serving independent insurance agents in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Prior to his current role, Jason oversaw IA&B’s legal, government and industry affairs, as well as its marketing and communications efforts. He continues to engage with member agents on a daily basis to assist them with legal compliance and offer statutory, regulatory and contractual analysis and interpretation. Jason also works with insurance carriers in matters of mutual interest, and he oversees IA&B’s lobbying efforts in Harrisburg, Annapolis and Dover. During his 17-year tenure with IA&B, Jason has ingrained himself within the independent insurance agent community. He uses this knowledge and expertise to help IA&B members become better agents. Jason is an undergraduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Public Policy. He attended law school at Widener University and became licensed to practice in Pennsylvania in 2005. While at IA&B, Jason has argued successfully before the Insurance Department and the Commonwealth Court, where he represented the interests of independent agents. He resides in Hershey, PA with his wife Lisa and son Brayden.

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