The Saucy Benefits of Memberships


Don’t miss out on time-saving membership benefits just because you’re short on time!

In this episode of Awkward Insurance, Hosts Dustyne Bryant & Ashley Fitzsimmons talk with the Ohio Insurance Agents Association membership manager, Seth Marana, CIC, CRM to uncover benefits that insurance professionals can tap into when they are members of professional organizations or agent associations.

No matter what association you are a member of, there are usually benefits available to you… no one has to go it alone.

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Seth Marana, CIC, TRA, CRM- Member Experience Manager – Ohio Insurance Agents Association 

Optimist, self-proclaimed IA hype-man, and insurance nerd, Seth Marana fell into the insurance industry and has been running full steam ahead to make his dent within the independent agency channel.

Having served as both a Personal and Commercial Lines agent for nearly 6 years and while earning his CIC, CRM, and TRA designations, he gained real-life experience and knowledge to serve in his new role as the Member Experience Manager with the Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA).

In 2022, Seth transitioned to the OIA to serve the broader agents’ community by coaching and mentoring agents, while equipping them with the tools for everyday agency life.

Aside from insurance nerding, Seth’s main passion is business experience and coaching others about it. He helps others elevate their existing model and understanding of how to delight their clients or customers in fresh and meaningful ways. This helps strengthen relationships, increases client satisfaction, grows referability, and makes doing business a lot of fun!

Dustyne Bryant- Personal Lines Academic Director

Dustyne Bryant,  is the Personal Lines Academic Director for The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. In her role, Dustyne collaborates with National Alliance faculty and industry colleagues to research and analyze Personal Lines segment trends, data, and coverage in an effort to deliver relevant and quality educational content to growing insurance professionals. 

Ashley Fitzsimmons, CISR

Director of Professional Development, Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.

Awkward Insurance Co-Host

Known as the Beyonce of Insurance, Ashley has grown up in insurance. She has real life experience on the agency side – for nearly the last decade. She has had to overcome the same daily struggles and has personally researched and implemented many tools and programs to help her family agency run more efficiently.

Nine years spent as the fourth generation in a family agency located near Scranton, PA, obtaining her CISR designation, multiple speaking engagements across the country as well as being nominated the 2018 National CSR of the year has given her the knowledge and experience to help other agents thrive instead of just survive.

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