ARM National Conference Premiers New Video and Welcomes New Chairman

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A dynamic new video was a highlight of the 2008 National ARM (Associated Risk Managers) Conference held this year at Bally's in Las Vegas, April 8th and 9th. Introduced by Robyn Konlon of Konlon & Associates, Inc., (Park Ridge, IL), the presentation supports ARM's vision for national expansion. It features an engaging visual history of ARM, as well as a summary of the organization's benefits, to be used for promoting new ARM members, assisting with expansion into new states, and communicating ARM's story to the insurance marketplace.

A dynamic new video was a highlight of the 2008 National ARM (Associated Risk Managers) Conference held this year at Bally's in Las Vegas, April 8th and 9th. Introduced by Robyn Konlon of Konlon & Associates, Inc., (Park Ridge, IL), the presentation supports ARM's vision for national expansion. It features an engaging visual history of ARM, as well as a summary of the organization's benefits, to be used for promoting new ARM members, assisting with expansion into new states, and communicating ARM's story to the insurance marketplace.

The conference also welcomed renowned juggler and motivational speaker Greg Bennick, who entertained attendees and supported the conference theme, "Bright Lights… Bold Moves… Winning Big." Attendees were receptive to this year's new format, which was filled with opportunities to learn, share, and socialize. Breakout sessions, trade fair, luncheon, and group discussions helped connect independent insurance agents from all over the US.

As part of the conference, ARM also elected its new Board of Directors, which will continue ARM's mission to provide educational programs, resources and revenue-generating opportunities for independent insurance agents.

New Chairman Larry McSpadden from Indiana will lead the organization, with Craig Payan from Illinois as New Vice Chair. The Board also welcomes new members John Nave from Ohio and Shaun Borth from Washington, to make up the following Board in its entirety:

Chairman, Region 3                                     Larry McSpadden
Vice Chairman, Region 3                             Craig Payan
Immediate Past Chairman, Region 5             Larry Johnson
Secretary | Treasurer, Region 2                 Richard Simmons
Region 1                                                        John McLaughlin
Region 1                                                        Kelly Shea
Region 3                                                        John Nave*
Region 3                                                        Bob Weaver
Region 4                                                        Brenda Case
Region 6                                                        Mike Pierce
Region 7                                                        Shaun Borth*

*New ARM Board Member in 2008.

ARM Chairman Larry McSpadden is confident in the organization's growth outlook. "Independent agencies need all the resources they can find," he says, "and ARM continues to deliver cost-saving tools. It's also a valuable professional network with some of the insurance industry's most entrepreneurial leaders." ARM currently comprises 240 independent member organizations spanning 23 states nationwide.

ARM is the nation's foremost independent agency network, representing $4+ billion annually in premium volume. The 2009 ARM National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. For more information, contact Scott Spangler, ARM Partners, Two Pierce Place, 20th Floor, Itasca, IL 60143-3141. Phone: 630-285-4324. http://www.armiweb.com Strong as Many. Powerful as One.

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