Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC) was recently selected to be part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States that will participate in the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.


Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, 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 selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. 


“We are honored to be selected as a Best Practices agency,” said CEO Dean Hildebrandt, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting.  “Our employee benefits, retirement planning, risk management, and HR solutions leverage our intellectual capital to deliver healthier, safer, and more productive work environments. It is doubly gratifying to experience the benefit we bring to clients, and then be recognized as performing among the best in our industry.”


More than 1,800 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 254 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. 


ABRC was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.


The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the highest performing agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.


Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance – property, casualty, life and health – as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products.  Web address: