By John Walters
Arizona Insurance Institute (A I I) began in 1989 to bring a unified voice to address industry challenges here in Arizona. Our member companies came together and collaborated with state regulators and lawmakers to help create the business friendly climate that has benefited the citizens of Arizona for 28 years.
The current positive business and economic climate in Arizona is one of the key drivers for the exponential growth and local job creation. Fortune 500 companies are now expanding operations into our state, bringing thousands of jobs with them. This is exciting news for our State, local communities and our industry.
A I I’s mission is to support the growth and vitality of the insurance and financial services industry in the State of Arizona. We welcome companies and individuals from all facets of our industry to partner with us to continue to build a strong and stable industry while providing an economic engine for the future growth of Arizona.
Our focus in 2017 will be in three key areas:
Workforce development: Working with educational institutions, veteran groups, cities and State of Arizona, A I I will help lead the development of a strong, skilled and motivated workforce for the expanding insurance and financial services industry in the State of Arizona. We seek to facilitate a pipeline of quality candidates for our member organizations that unites qualified candidates and quality companies (QC²).
Speakers Bureau: A I I will continue to be Arizona’s primary information source for the risk management industry that serves to inform, educate and promote understanding between consumers, businesses and our industry. Our professionally trained speaker’s bureau educates on consumers’ and businesses’ specific concerns as well as promotion of employment opportunities in the industry.
Leadership Development Forums: A I I will also serve our members by supporting a well-rounded foundation for current and future executives. We support this through our regular senior leader forums and formal mentorship opportunities.
We have a lot happening at A I I in 2017 and I am honored to serve as President of the Arizona Insurance Institute. Please take a few minutes to explore our website for industry information, job opportunities or how you can participate in the A I I.
I personally invite anyone interested in helping to continue to build Arizona as a premier destination for insurance, risk management and financial companies to come join us.
President, Arizona Insurance Institute
John Walters is a Senior Branch Manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance. He has served on the A I I Board of Directors since 2016 and was Chairman of the Workforce Development Committee in 2016.