AUSTIN, Texas, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) announced that it hosted a Certified Risk Architect® (CRA) Program with 23 CAA professionals participating in this exclusive training April 22-23 and making up the class of 2014. The Certified Risk Architect®, or CRA, is a new breed of insurance agent that is diagnostic, results-oriented and focused on managing and mitigating risks rather than just selling insurance. With 51 members based in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, CAA is an MGA committed to strengthening the independent insurance agency system through profitable growth and exceptional service for its member agencies.
"To go above and beyond to meet our clients' needs and risk exposure, our group of industry experts enthusiastically gathered in Austin last week to participate in this exclusive risk management training and earn the CRA Risk Architect designation! This is just one more way CAA works to go beyond insurance and provide its members with exclusive programs that distinguish our group among insurance professionals," said Roger Luttrell, CIC, CAA president and president of Benton-Luttrell-Brown in Van Alstyne, Texas.
The CRA program is comprised of a rigorous risk management training curriculum, designed to teach attendees how to conduct risk management audits, identify specific exposures, design and build comprehensive risk reduction plans, and to continuously monitor and update the plan based on the client's needs or changes to their operations. The CRA professional designation consists of a 12-month program to train and certify select industry professionals in the Beyond Insurance® process. To keep the designation, individuals must submit continuing education assignments.
"These 23 Certified Risk Architects from CAA are positioning themselves to effectively deliver enterprise risk management solutions to their clients," said Scott Addis, CPCU, CRA, President and CEO of Beyond Insurance. "I am confident that both their prized clients and carriers will receive significant value from the innovation, education, and leadership these professionals bring to the industry."
Beyond Insurance is a coaching and consulting company whose purpose is to transform the process that insurance agents, brokers, and carriers use when working with their clients. Scott is recognized as an industry leader having been named Inc. Magazine "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Philadelphia region as well as one of the "25 Most Innovative Agents in America" by the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research (Austin, TX).
About Combined Agents of America, LLC Founded in 1997, Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) is based in Austin, Texas, and is comprised of 51 independent insurance agencies located throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. By funneling the agencies' combined premiums, CAA brings larger volume commitments to insurance companies, while empowering its members to realize greater benefits from insurance companies, vendor discounts and other incentives. In 2012, CAA generated more than $566.7million in combined property and casualty annual premiums, and currently works with 18 of the largest insurance companies in the nation. All CAA member agencies remain independent and are recognized by insurance companies as a key component to their future growth and goal commitments. Additional information is available at www.combinedagents.com .
CAA member agencies include: Aars & Nelson Insurance Agency, Barnard Insurance Agency, Bartlett, Baggett & Shands, Benchmark Insurance Group, Benton-Luttrell-Brown Company, Bigham-Kliewer-Chapman-Watts Insurance Agency, Bibby Brilling & Associates LLP, BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants, Bridges Group Inc., Bosworth & Associates, Bryan Insurance Agency Ltd., Brownrigg Insurance Agency Inc., Cravens Warren & Co., Crockett Insurance Service, Duncan-Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency Inc., Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Ed Weeren Insurance Agency Inc., EFGI Insurance & Bonds LLC, Elliott Insurance Group, Evans-Ewan& Brady Insurance Agency Inc.,First Insurance Services, First Texas Insurance Services LLC, Fouts, Davidson, Burks Agency LLC, Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance,Henry Norris Insurance Agency, Inc., HC&H Insurance Group, Garrett Insurance Agency, Inc., GBS Insurance Agency Inc., Grona Boles Martin & Bloxsom Insurance, Hill County Insurance Agency, HC&H Insurance Group, ICI Insurance, Insurance Net Inc., JHC Insurance Agency Inc., J. S. Edwards & Sherlock Insurance Agency, McCorkle Commercial Insurance Agency, Mr. Insurance Agency, Inc., NTX Insurance Group, Inc., Pierson-Fendley Insurance Agency, LLC, Pinnacle Insurance Group Inc., Porter Insurance Agency Inc., Purifoy Insurance Agency, LTD, SBS Insurance, The Shropshire Agency Inc., Siegeler Insurance Agency, Inc., Southern Star Insurance, Walthall-Sachse & Pipes, Inc., The Weatherby-Eisenrich Inc., Wellmann Insurance Agency, Inc., Western Insurance Agency, Whorton Insurance Services, and Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc.