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December 2019 UIA e-Newsletter      

    In this Issue

Dental Program – sign up today

DocuSign – Member Benefits

UIA Membership – 2020 Renewal

2020 Corporate Partnership Opportunities

ACORD Forms – What’s Really Happening?

Spring Conference

Social Media Tips

Agency E&O: Risk Rises Along with Rates

2020 Commercial Insurance Rates to Increase

Event Calendar – Don’t Miss Out

Dental Coverage – available now!

Visit UIA’s home page to learn more and sign up.

 Product Highlights

  • Always open enrollment – available year around.
  • Three coverage options – you pick your coverage and cost.
  • Orthodontic coverage options. 
  • All owners, managers, staff, and their families are eligible. 
  • Standard program waiting periods can be waived with proof of prior coverage.

Click Here

Contact Matt Child for more information – (801)269-1200 or 

DocuSign – UIA member discount!

Exciting News…

UIA has partnered more closely with DocuSign to assist you in creating a fully digital agency.

DocuSign partners with many of the top AMS systems, many of which have built out of the box integrations that allow you to digitally sign within the system you already invested in.

Reach out to to learn more about DocuSign and your AMS and to receive the UIA discount.


UIA Membership – 2020 Renewal

Log onto and renew your membership today!

Why agencies joined UIA in 2019?

  • 2 hours of Classroom CEper year for each licensed person in your agency.
    • Simply e-mail UIA your staff names and license numbers and receive the CE.
  • Profit Sharing Program – starting January 1, 2020.
    • Workers Compensation, Cannabis, Safeco, MetLife, and much more.
  • Dental Coverage available for you, your staff, families, and even your customers.
  • ACORD Forms Access – for free
  • Market Access.
    • HCIT, Mexico, Umbrella, WCF, Cannabis, P&C, Commercial, Special Events
  • Exclusive Member Pricing.
    • Agency Management, Payroll, Comparative Raters, & more.
  • E&O Markets.
    • Over 60 markets available.
  • Professional Development.
    • CE, CISR, CIC, Rubles, and sales training
  • National and local brand recognition.
  • Agency best practices.
  • Networking Opportunities.

Click Here to Join or Renew with UIA

        UIA Corporate Partnerships

With growing agency membership, and more opportunities to interact with agencies than ever – the value of corporate participation has never been greater.

UIA encourages all carriers and service providers to join UIA as corporate sponsors and gain the recognition and increased value that comes with interacting with over 1,000 agencies and over 3,000 licensed insurance professionals. 

Click HERE to join UIA as a corporate sponsor.

Thank you to the following companies that have already chosen to support UIA in 2020:

Cochrane           NAICO                 Prime                  Capital Premium Finance              Auto Owners

Paul Davis Restoration                Employers                        AmTrust                           Farmers Union 

First Insurance Funding               Safeco                         Liberty Mutual                      Am Wins

Alpine Cleaning & Restoration

 What’s Really Happening?

Member Benefit

Earlier this year, ACORD announced they will begin charging agencies for the use of their forms in 2020. 

Your membership in UIA will ensure your access to ACORD forms will continue without additional cost.  UIA will automatically report your membership to ACORD.  No additional effort needed to realize this benefit. 

  • Active UIA member agencies with annual revenue under $50 million will not be charged.
  • ACORD has not formally announced how they will charge agents – only that they will charge for use.



UIA Spring Conference 2020

March 12-13

Hilton Garden Inn

St. George, UT

UIA will host our Spring Conference in beautiful St. George, UT in March.  I encourage you to join agents, company representatives, and professionals for this amazing event.

CE, Classroom Credit (3 Hours)                                        Networking Opportunities 

Professional Improvement                   Discounted Hotel Rate Available

Early Registration Incentive Drawing

Event Registration – Click Here

Hotel Room Reservation – Click Here              Lower Rates Negotiated for Conference Attendees

March 12

11:30           Lunch

1                   CE Credit           Speaker             Sydney Roe                    

2-2:30         Vendor Interaction Opportunity

2:30             CE Credit           Speaker             Terry Bucker

                      CEO, The Bucker Company      “Building a Business of Value”

3:30 – 4      Vendor Interaction Opportunity

4                   CE Credit           Speaker             Cameron Tolman        Podium

5:30             Dinner

March 13

8                   Breakfast

8:30             State Cornhole Championship

11                 Professionally Guided Tours w/ Lunch - Mountain Bike or Hike       

Sponsoring Partners – Thank You!

Alpine Cleaning & Restoration                   Burns & Wilcox                    West Pac

Capital Premium Finance                              Paul Davis Restoration       Belfor

Prime                 Cochrane                        HCIT            BBSI

Social Media Tips

Provided by Little Dog Media (UIA’s Social Media Editor)

1.  Review your business information and graphics on Facebook

  • Check your phone number, address, website, etc. and verify that all information is correct and complete.
  • Make sure your cover photo and profile picture are properly sized and not blurry.

2.  Update your listing on Google My Business

  • Go to and search your business name and location.
  • Check your information on Google and update if needed.
  • What is your Google rating?
  • Do you have any reviews? Have you responded to your reviews?
  • Are your graphics up to date?

3.  Encourage check-ins at your business

  • Ask customers, coworkers, and visitors to use the check-in feature on Facebook and Yelp to share their location.

4.  Engage with your followers

  • Reply to comments and messages you receive.
  • Leverage customer testimonials.
  • Post content every other day.

Content Ideas

  • Holiday Information:

Post tips to help your followers and their families stay safe. Some examples include: keeping your Christmas tree properly watered; installing Christmas lights on your house; favorite holiday recipes.

  • Wildlife Collisions:

Share tips on avoiding wildlife collisions and what to do if a collision occurs.

  • Home Maintenance Tips:

Encourage seasonal home maintenance for fall and winter, to help your followers avoid costly damage to their homes. Share a preventative home maintenance checklist.

  • Weather:

Share local weather advisories, as well as tips and checklists on how to prepare for and/or recover from severe weather.

  • Distracted Driving:

Share scary facts and statistics on distracted driving, along with tips on how teens and adults can avoid distracted driving.

Contact Little Dog Social Media for help with all your social media needs!

 Please like Utah Independent Agents on Facebook!

Little Dog Social Media

446 N Mechanic St. Cumberland, Md.

 (888) 212-0580

Agency E&O: Risk Rises Along with Rates, Cats and Customer Switching

By Andrea Wells

Agency errors and omissions (E&O) coverage is likely the most important insurance policy an agency purchases. As customer demands rise to an all-time high, having the right E&O coverage and ensuring best practices are followed to prevent E&O claims is more important than ever. Today agencies must be diligent about best practices at every level of the organization to protect against E&O claims, experts say.

Errors and omissions best practices at the agency level have never been more important than today, according to Rex Hickling, president of Premier Group Insurance, in Denver, Colo.


For 2020, Expect Biggest Commercial Insurance Hikes in Years: 

Willis Towers Watson

North American commercial insurance buyers will face sizable price increases in 2020, across most lines of insurance, according to insurance broker Willis Towers Watson’s 2020 Insurance Marketplace Realities.

While the report finds that capacity is available in all but the most challenged lines, Willis Towers Watson says underwriters are showing unprecedented discipline in its deployment, especially for risks they find perilous.

Overall, with buyers sitting squarely in a seller’s market, 19 lines are expected to see price increases according to the report, with property, umbrella, and public company directors and officers (D&O) experiencing the most widespread hikes (20% and higher) and capacity withdrawals. Across two lines, international casualty and surety, the company expects price decreases. Six lines — fiduciary, environmental, marine, political risk, kidnap and ransom, and terrorism— will have a mix of both or flat renewals.


Calendar of Events                        



1                          UIA Agency Membership Renewal

28-31                  CISR & CIC                       Sandy, UT


TBD                     Legislative Lunch on the Hill   Capitol Hill, SLC


12-13                  Spring Conference       St. George, UT

17-20                  CISR & CIC                       Sandy, UT


8                          March Madness Lunch


20                        UIA Golf Tournament


9-11                    Annual Convention​