Gary Van Baak -- Van Baak Agency -- Chisholm, Minn.; Elected President Of Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents (MIIA)

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Membership of the Minnesota
 Independent Insurance Agents elected Gary J. Van Baak President of the
 association which represents over 4,500 independent agents, producers and
 agency staff throughout Minnesota.
     Van Baak has been involved in the insurance business for over 25 years.
 His career began in the early 60's as a claim representative for MSI.  After
 leaving MSI he purchased the agency in Chisholm in 1986.  The Van Baak Agency
 specializes in personal lines, commercial lines and life and health coverages
 for the consumer.  His wife Dorothy also works in the agency along with Deb
 Backman who also is a licensed insurance agent.  The agency represents
 companies such as Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Farmers Home Group,
 Progressive Insurance Company, Metropolitan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
     Van Baak's goal as President is to emphasize the need to bolster
 communications between insurance company executives and their marketing force,
 the independent agent.  Van Baak's stressed the need for member agents to
 become more actively involved in the association.  He stressed in his
 acceptance speech that "agents can no longer sit on the sidelines as our
 industry changes.  The legislature on a State and Federal level are constantly
 intruding into our business and agents must become actively involved in the
 grass roots lobbying efforts of the association."
     Van Baak will head-up a large delegation of agents from MIIA headed for
 Washington, D.C. on May 1st to lobby congress on issues facing independent
 agents.  This delegation will be personally visiting with each congressman and
 senator from Minnesota discussing our members business issues.
     He is also active in the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited.
     Van Baak and his wife Dorothy currently reside in Tower, Minn.
 
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SOURCE Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Membership of the Minnesota
 Independent Insurance Agents elected Gary J. Van Baak President of the
 association which represents over 4,500 independent agents, producers and
 agency staff throughout Minnesota.
     Van Baak has been involved in the insurance business for over 25 years.
 His career began in the early 60's as a claim representative for MSI.  After
 leaving MSI he purchased the agency in Chisholm in 1986.  The Van Baak Agency
 specializes in personal lines, commercial lines and life and health coverages
 for the consumer.  His wife Dorothy also works in the agency along with Deb
 Backman who also is a licensed insurance agent.  The agency represents
 companies such as Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Farmers Home Group,
 Progressive Insurance Company, Metropolitan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
     Van Baak's goal as President is to emphasize the need to bolster
 communications between insurance company executives and their marketing force,
 the independent agent.  Van Baak's stressed the need for member agents to
 become more actively involved in the association.  He stressed in his
 acceptance speech that "agents can no longer sit on the sidelines as our
 industry changes.  The legislature on a State and Federal level are constantly
 intruding into our business and agents must become actively involved in the
 grass roots lobbying efforts of the association."
     Van Baak will head-up a large delegation of agents from MIIA headed for
 Washington, D.C. on May 1st to lobby congress on issues facing independent
 agents.  This delegation will be personally visiting with each congressman and
 senator from Minnesota discussing our members business issues.
     He is also active in the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited.
     Van Baak and his wife Dorothy currently reside in Tower, Minn.
 
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