WELLAND, ON JUNE 7, 2021/insPRESS/ – On May 28, 2021, Billyard Insurance Group hosted the 2021 BIG Insurance Awards ceremony to recognize the many achievements of their top performing brokers and affiliates. The live event was held virtually from the Billyard Insurance Group headquarters in downtown Welland, ON, under the direction of company president Stephen Billyard and vice president Cody Douma.
In their opening speech, Billyard and Douma praised the entire BIG team for exemplifying resilience amid the obstacles 2020 presented. Despite the challenges, Billyard highlighted BIG’s numerous achievements, including prominent industry awards, expansion into Canada, new contracts with key partners, and recognition as one of Canada’s top-growing companies by the Globe and Mail.
“BIG brokers are some of the best in the business, so it takes something really special to get to the very top of the list of outstanding professionals. Today we are going to recognize those individuals who have raised the bar for all of us just that little bit higher. They’ve earned our recognition, our applause and now some new hardware for their desks,” Billyard announced as they continued to award the winners.
The various awards were presented by the division directors Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Life & Financial, Business Development and BIG Hearts of Billyard Insurance Group. The first celebration focused on individual BIG brokers whose exceptional performance set them apart in the following categories:
Elite Service Award – awarded to the top five brokers with the highest retention rates and $250k+ in renewals.
Elite Personal Lines Broker Award – given to the top producers with the greatest overall retention.
Elite Life & Financial Broker – awarded to the top five life insurance producers.
Elite Commercial Broker Award – given to the top five commercial insurance manufacturers.
BIG Hearts price – awarded to a broker who has made outstanding philanthropic contributions in 2020.
Next, the event hosts turned their attention to awards that celebrate the remarkable success of specific branches of the BIG family. Prizes were awarded to deserving recipients in the following categories:
Service Excellence Award – awarded to five sites with the highest retention rate.
Audience Award – give the top three establishments with the highest number of highly rated Google reviews.
Life brokerage of the year – awarded to the sector with the most living and living wage production.
Commercial Brokerage of the Year – given to a site with the most commercial line production.
BIG Personal Brokerage of the Year – Awarded to the industry with the best production and sales of personal lines in terms of retention and new business.
BIG Profit Award – top ten sites with over $1 million in premiums and the best loss ratios in the BIG family.
The event concluded with the two most prestigious awards being presented: New Brokerage of the Year and BIG Brokerage of the Year.
The New Brokerage of Year Award recognizes an industry that joined the BIG community in 2020 and had the best year on several metrics including overall production, commercial lines and life and financial.
BIG Brokerage of the Year is awarded to the industry with the best total production and profitability in personal lines, commercial lines, and life and financial, while also maintaining a high retention rate. Speaking of this award, Billyard said: “It’s quite impressive to be able to grow your real estate business in a multifaceted and industry-leading way in so many spaces. It really is an example for all of us.”
As the event drew to a close, both Billyard and Douma brought their final congratulations to all the winners. “We have a lot of winners, a lot of people who should be extremely proud of what they brought in in 2020. It’s been a year like no other, so the fact that you’re coming out with some hardware and some recognition for the hard effort and work you’ve put in really is a testament.” exclaimed Douma.
As the company looks to 2021, Billyard said, “we’re really looking forward to what” [the year] for us as we continue to do BIG things together.”
About the Billyard Insurance Group
The Billyard Insurance Group is an independent and award-winning Canadian insurance brokerage. Their holistic approach to insurance ensures that their clients receive the best coverage for home insurance, auto insurance, commercial insurance, travel insurance, life insurance and financial planning services. In recent years, BIG has witnessed exponential growth, with President Stephen Billyard and his team paving the way for growth and innovation. What started as a local, family-run brokerage in Welland, Ontario, has now grown to 50 locations in Ontario and Alberta’s key cities. Their growth strategy is fueled by a vision to acquire top talent through industry-leading training, technology and broker support.
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