Schaumburg, IL (November 1, 2012) - On November 9, 2012, Assurance CEO Tony Chimino will be participating in a panel discussion on best practice management strategies for leading independent agencies. The panel is part of the Sixth Annual Insurance Brokerage Summit held at the Intercontinental in Chicago, Illinois. Under the conference theme of achieving growth either organically or through acquisitions, Tony will speak to independent agency executives on how to navigate past development challenges such as an uneven economy, soft premium rates, evolving carrier demands and competitors luring away clients and top-performing employees.

In 2011, Assurance saw 16.11% growth, making it only one of nine insurance brokerages in the Top 100 list to grow by more than 15%. Additionally, the independent brokerage earned 1,200 new clients last year. Tony will use this success as a catalyst for the different strategies executives can use to generate positive industry growth.

"The Insurance Brokerage Summit is a great avenue to exchange ideas and best practices with industry peers who are undergoing many of the same challenges," noted Chimino. He continued, "I'm looking forward to sharing Assurance's success story and how we've worked together to build a company that has become the second largest independent insurance brokerage in Illinois."