It is with gratitude for his 42 years of service that I share Big I Connecticut President Warren C. Ruppar will be retiring on March 31, 2021.
Warren truly built the Big I Connecticut of today. His greatest strength has always been in building relationships. Relationships with agents across our great state, insurance carriers, our national association, and legislators at the capital. Connections that earned us influence, access, and success. He led us through obstacles, including challenges to agent compensation, preservation of state regulation of insurance, and a pandemic. He brought us forward with a brand change and a new relationship with our New York sister association to increase members' benefits. Warren has always been committed to you and our industry.
In a recent conversation, Warren shared the following:
"It's been a privilege to serve Connecticut's independent agents. One of my greatest joys has been watching their success grow. It's been remarkable seeing agents just starting in one of my classes become agency principals.
From visiting agencies on Main Street to fighting on their behalf in D.C., there hasn't been a bad day. We had a job to do, and we did it together. I'm grateful for this wonderful career."
Though Warren will continue to be a champion for agents, his decision to retire allows him to enjoy more time with his wife and family, especially his greatest source of pride - his daughter.
As a member, you'll see a continued increase in benefits and communication from us. We're growing our relationship with Big I NY, streamlining to serve you the very best and reinvigorating our community. Big I NY will work with the wonderful team we have in our Wethersfield office.
From all of us on the Big I Connecticut board, our sincerest thanks to Warren for his leadership and to you for allowing us to serve your agency.
Big I Connecticut - Chairman