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j.barnes Jul 8, 2009 3:42 PM
Hi, Good afternoon to all of you on this saaid forum, I am a said new agent who is starting a new P&C agency and would like your said advice/input. I have discovered that it is hard to get a stated appointment from the standard insurance carriers without the experience. I am located in the great State of Texas, City-Houston. The question that I would like to pose to this forum is: Could you please steer me in the said direction of where and how to start out getting these appointments. Thanks a million. Regards, Jhon
jrixie Jul 9, 2009 1:06 PM
Try working through an insurance Alliance and building your book of business with a carrier that way and then in a year or two you could probably get the appointment directly through the insurer. In the Northwest some new agents use the Pacific Insurance Alliance. I am sure there is a similar program in the south. If that doesn't work you could work as a producer somewhere and buy your book of business when you have enough to get an appointment. This way you would have the benefit of an agency's experience and have an opportunity to network with different insurers. It would also eliminate the beginning overhead that you would experience doing your own business. Jamie Rixie
NFAN Jul 10, 2009 11:37 AM
Go to click on locations and call the Strategic Master Agency (SMA) in the Houston area. SIAA has a great solution for you.
jeffarnold Jul 10, 2009 12:40 PM
You can go to Combined Group, they have a local marketing rep and have been wonderful for me. We are up over 200% year to date already! Their rep in Houston is John Bruce. They represent Hartford, Safeco, CNA, Travelers, Liberty etc. Their brokerage division is also excellent and can work out of the box! Contact me on my private e-mail ( or call my cell phone at 575-644-9401. I will give you John's info and provide a reference after we make contact. The majority of standard markets, actually almost all, are not giving out contracts which makes CG such a valuable tool for me. Approx 80% closing ratio for us. Thanks and good luck, Jeff Arnold
DustinF534 Jul 24, 2009 11:46 AM
You're most likely not going to get direct appointments with carriers starting out. Instead, use wholesalers that are looking for your business; look on these forums for wholesalers that respond to these messages with advertisements for their offices and use them. They're advertising here because they WANT new agencies to work with, so that's a great place to start. Hope this helps!
maryh Jul 24, 2009 4:30 PM
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MISSINSURANCE Jul 29, 2009 2:15 PM
Jhon, I'm nearby you here in The Great City of Austin TX lol. Im a territory manager for Superior Access Ins Services we are the nations largest online distributer of insurance. We have over 65 carrier and 95 lines of business. Many of our agents just use us as a stepping stone towards getting those Direct Appointments. Consider shooting me an email or calling me I would to discuss more. 949-268-1033 or . Thanks and talk to you soon!!
nancydurrett Jul 29, 2009 2:22 PM
Hello, We are a mono-line work comp MGA/Wholesaler with access to multiple A rated carriers on a national level. Offer pay as you go, no premium commitments and an online platform. You can register on our website at Will be happy to answer any questions. Nancy Durrett Marketing Representative 850-363-2839
parthiv007 Aug 13, 2009 12:41 AM
Hello John, I was in the same boat 3 months ago.... I had really tough time getting market through wholesaler, then I decided to go through and These companies have great markets and great ideas. has rater, which can give you instant quote, but, binding and getting actual policy, it takes forever. The process is like you get the quote and then submit the business to superioraccess / insurancenoodle and then their underwriter will look at it and then again respective carriers' underwriter will look at it and then issue the policy. If u/w from carrier have any question/s, they will let superioraccess / insurancenoodle know and then will let you know. It is not fun - you need something with direct talk with carriers' u/w to get speed up the process. ISU network provides direct access to carrier Good Luck
preferred Aug 31, 2009 2:06 PM
John, You have the guy's you need in your back yard. Select Insurance Markets, call them at 713-939-9899, ask for Robert, Shawn, Susan or Liz. Very good to work with. Virgil

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