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Go Big


Dr. Robert Hartwig
Insurance Policy Advisory Committee
Federal Reserve Board
Clinical Associate Professor of Finance and Insurance & Director
Risk and Uncertainty Management Center, University of SC

Ted Walsh
CEO, Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. Incoming
Big I NY Chair of the Board

Brooke Lugonjic
Senior Vice President 
Growth Advisory, MarshBerry

Steve Anderson
CEO & Co-founder

Dan Campany
VP Innovation, Head of IoT
The Hartford

John Finston
Executive Deputy Superintendent of Insurance 
New York State Department of Financial Services

John Costello
IIABA Chairman
Senior VP 
USI Insurance Services

Emmanuel Osuyah
Alpha Direct Agency


Mike McBride
Big "I" Chairman-Elect
Mason-McBride, Inc. & Mason McBride Capital Advisors, Inc.

Lisa Lounsbury
President & CEO
Big I New York

Ashley Smit
Personal Lines Marketing Specialist 
Borg & Borg 

Carrie Shaw
Account Manager 
Mirabito-Grehsam Insurance

Thank you to everyone who attended Go Big!

May 24, 2023 | Fox Hollow | Woodbury, NY

Even if you only attend one insurance event this year, it should be Go Big 2023. This one-day event was crafted specifically for NY agencies. You know who you are. The ones driven towards success. The businesses who look for insights that only the industry’s foremost thought-leaders can provide. The leaders who build value in their organization and simultaneously empower team members to super-serve customers.

NY agencies are strong and committed. And Go Big will give you the information, tools, and connections to do more.

Insights you'll learn: The state of the P&C market - and what’s coming, pro tips for communicating in a hard market, which tech platforms agencies are using and how each impacts value, the IOT you need to understand that will impact risk and rates, and how to attract and keep superstar young talent.

You’ll also connect with best-in-class solution providers and network with people who can make a difference. entered for cash prizes.

* Important * We’ll be in a beautiful space in the center of Long Island this year. Not only will it make for an ideal setting, the space limits the number of members we can include. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED - register quickly. Go Big 2023 will sell out.


MAY 23rd (Preview night)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  |  Industry Marketplace Sneak Preview Reception 

  • Connect with solution providers in a relaxed and intimate environment with food and drink. This top-notch reception is included in your registration.

May 24th (go big)

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM |  Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Memic
Check in and grab coffee and a pastry. Network with peers and meet new Big I New York Chair of the Board, Ted Walsh.
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM  |  Kickoff Session
Sponsored by Cowbell Cyber
  • Connected Islands

  • State of the P&C Market: What You Need to Know

    Dr. Robert Hartwig | Insurance Policy Advisory Committee, Federal Reserve Board; University of South Carolina
    Making the right decisions for your business is critical. With a hard market, talk of a recession, and a new economic landscape, the insights of an industry veteran and renowned economist are more valuable than ever. Added bonus, Bob is a fan-favorite speaker.
  • Pro Tips: How to Communicate Your Value in a Hard Market

    Brooke Lugonjic | MarshBerry 
    It's rarely easy to get prospects and customers to understand the immense value you bring to the table (until there's a claim). Add on rising premium costs and team members with less hard-market experience, and the task becomes more challenging. Learn the language and strategy you need to communicate value and grow.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM |  Industry Marketplace
Sponsored by IPFS
Connect with top solutions for your agency in a relaxed space.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM |  Luncheon and Awards Celebration
Sponsored by Liberty Mutual/Safeco
Stand-out agents and top carriers will be honored. Network at your table with peers, carriers, and solution providers.

Fireside Chat  
John Costello | IIABA Chairman; Mike McBride | IIABA Chairman-Elect; Lisa Lounsbury | President & CEO of Big I New York. Moderated by Ted Walsh.

NYS Department of Financial Services Update
John Finston | NYS DFS


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Dessert & Coffee, Networking in the Industry Marketplace
Sponsored by IPFS
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Tech Block
Sponsored by Catalyit

    Steve Anderson | Catalyit
    Wish you could see which tech platforms other agencies are using and how they rate each piece? Wouldn't it be great to know which tech to implement to increase your agency's value. This session has it all! 

  • IoT Innovation Lab: Show & Share

    Dan Campany | The Hartford
    IoT (internet of things) refers to connected devices that collect, share, and act on information. Virtual assistants, thermostats, water sensors, appliances, security cameras, and watches are being used by our industry to help predict, prevent, detect, mitigate losses, and determine risk. Join us for this enlightening session to see the tools in-person that are driving this change and learn what's critical to understand to help your customers.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Happy Hour Huddle: Panel Discussion
Sponsored by RT Specialty


    Panel: Carrie Shaw, Ashley Smit & Patrick Marlowe. Moderated by Emmanuel Osuyah
    Grab a beer and snack, and get ready for a candid conversation. NextGen team members share what qualities would attract them to an agency and what will keep them there. Your business is only as strong as its people, and with finding and retaining top talent a challenge, these insights can change everything.

Registration includes lunch and the Industry Marketplace Sneak Preview Reception the night before on May 23rd.

Early Bird (Ends March 31)   Member: $225  |  Non-Member: $275
Regular (April 1 - May 15)  Member: $250  |  Non-Member: $300
Last Minute (May 16 - May 24)  Member: $275  |  Non-Member: $325



allison.just.jpg Allison Just
Meeting & Event Manager 
800.962.7950 EXT: 249