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Upper Peninsula of Michigan Association of Independent Insurance Agents
upaiia 2003 Convention Memories

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The UPAIIA 2003 "Team U.P. and Play" Convention held at the Ramada Inn of Marquette on April 2-4 was a great success.
 
A special thanks to all of the committee members, sponsoring companies, event speakers and the Ramada Inn for contributing to making this event so wonderful.
 

The opening night...
"Tailgate Party Extravaganza"

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featured company exhibits, surprise cheerleaders, great tailgate food and beverages, local singing artists
"Jim and Ray" and lots of great prizes.
 
 
 
 

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    Irmie and Carl Roggow
    (Eastern U.P. Insurance Agency)
 
    enjoyed the festivities
and dressed perfectly
for the occasion

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UPAIIA President
Scott Lyman
(Iron Range Agency, Ishpeming)

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Highlight Speaker
 
BLAISE WINTER, former Green Bay Packer, truly reached the inner souls of the 2003 Convention attendees.
 
Blaise spoke from the heart about his life changing experiences.  He gave a clear message on how each and every person can make a difference, what it takes to stay in the game, and the importance of living for the moment.
 
Other sessions included
"Pardon My Garden" presented by Tony Quist of Bark River
and
"Get into the Swing-Golf Tips"
presented by golf pros, Kevin Manninen and Marc Gilmore of the Marquette area.
 

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The
2003 U.P.Y.A.C Award
recipient, Bill Caley Jr.
(Twin City Insurance - Menominee)
was not present to
receive this glorified award.
Where was Bill?
Your guess is as good as any!

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Dennis Garrison
(Rye Agency-Rogers City)
smiled as he received the "Apple Knocker" Award for his many years of attending the Upper Peninsula Convention as a Lower Peninsula Agent.

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Simbob entertained the banquet crowd with several vocal selections

 
 
Paul and Lori Dzik
 
teamed U.P. as the 2003
Convention Coordinators 

On a more serious note...
presentations to the
Michigan Association of Independent Agents
by the U.P. of Michigan
Association of Independent Insurance Agents

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(left picture)
CJ Heidisch (MAIA Executive Committee Treasurer)
accepted a $1,000 UPAIIA donation in the memory of Shawn Brown, to be applied toward scholarships in the area of insurance.
(right picture)
Mike Larges (MAIA Immediate Past President)
accepted $5,000 from the UPAIIA to help defray expenses promoting AgentPAC.

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Roger Stoor CIC, LIC
Lud Stoor Agency, Crystal Falls

MAIA Board of Director, District 20 

presented
"Agents' Responsibilities"
 as part of the
Independent Insurance
Agents continuing ed.
 
 
 
 

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Participating insurance companies discussed leading topics in the insurance industry, including automation and
credit scoring.
 
Participants included:
Tom Williams (Allied)
Kelly Havinga (Moderator)
Jerry Quello (Northern Mutual)
Rich Martin (Frankenmuth)
Dave Johnson (Citizens)
Ed Skinner (Auto-Owners)

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Joe Tavernini
(Tavernini Agency - Norway)
Pioneer Award recipient...
 
Thank you Joe,
for all of your dedicated
years of service
to the insurance industry
and the Association.
 

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IMPORT BEER
and
WINE SAMPLING

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were part of the fun activities

 

 

 

(pictured from left)

Bonnie Wenick-Kutz

(Garceau, Wenick-Kutz, Magowen Agency - Escanaba)

Winnie Sanville

(Garceau, Wenick-Kutz, Magowen Agency - Escanaba)

Lori Dzik

(2003 Convention Coordinator)

Mike Ward

(Wine Tasting Connoisseur and Presenter)

Mike Britt

(Citizens Insurance Company)

Fred Edmond

(Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company)

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