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            Hopkinsville, KY, August 6, 2021 – Higgins Insurance retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and Study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

            Since 1993, the Big “I” and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, have join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.

The selected Best Practices agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. This is the third year of the current three-year Study cycle (2019-2021), where over 1,000 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual Study in 2019, but only 262 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. 

            Founded in 1897 by Mr. Archie Higgins, Higgins Insurance has become a regional leader with global reach. Divisions specializing in retail insurance brokerage operations, including employee benefits, agribusiness, public entity, manufacturing, hospitality and more. With clients in all 50 states and 8 countries, ranging from Wall Street to Main Street, we’ve got you covered.

For further information, please contact Higgins Insurance at 270-886-3939.

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.

In efforts to lift the spirits of graduating seniors we are thankful we could participate in sponsoring seniors at Christian County High School and Hopkinsville High School. The donations were used for class gifts to commemorate their senior year. This contribution was made with matching funds from Erie Insurance. Congratulations graduates! #ERIEAgentsGivingBack

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for recognizing Higgins Insurance with the Quality Service Award. We are truly humbled and honored to receive it. This wouldn’t be possible without the valued support of our clients.

PRESS RELEASE:   For Release September 2017

Brad Bolinger Graduates from Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

Brad Bolinger of Christian County, Kentucky graduated from the Kentucky Agriculture Leadership Program (KALP) on September 7, 2017 at formal ceremonies held at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bolinger is among twenty-two members of KALP Class XI. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.

Dating back to the mid-1980s, the program was originally named the Philip Morris Agricultural Development Leadership Program, though it was never commodity specific. Philip Morris fully funded the first seven classes. Now financial supporters, including the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky agribusinesses, farm organizations, program alumni and participant tuition, provide funding.

The program is not only about agriculture, but gives participants the tools to polish essential leadership skills, identify common rural and urban concerns, understand current public policy issues and establish a basis for lifelong learning and development.

Class XI had ten domestic seminars devoted to important agricultural issues. Sessions also focused on improving participants’ communication, leadership and management skills. Class members visited a variety of Kentucky agribusinesses, Frankfort, Washington D.C., California, Austria,

Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic to explore agriculture in different settings.

Brad Bolinger, Partner at Higgins Insurance, works as the President of Agribusiness, which provides insurance solutions to farmers, co-ops, food processors, milling facilities, as well as countless other industries involved in the agribusiness sector. He graduated with a B.S.and MBA from Western Kentucky University in 2006 & 2007 respectively. He is a member of the Christian Co. Agribusiness Association, Gideons International, and serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Pennyrile. Brad Bolinger and his wife Fowlen Bolinger have 2 children, Isabel Blane and Soyar Pace , and are expecting their 3rd in January of 2018.

For questions or comments, contact:
Brad Bolinger
240 Remington Road 
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
 Photo by Steve Patton, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Left to right: Dr. Will Snell, KALP Co-Director; Brad Bolinger,
KALP Class XI Graduate; Dr. Gary Palmer, University of Kentucky
Associate Dean for Extension; Dr. Steve Isaacs, KALP Co-Director.

Higgins Insurance is honored to be presented with the Quality Service Award, sponsored by Edward Jones and given by the Chamber of Commerce for this month. We would like to thank everyone, especially our customers, for their continued support.


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