Benefits of Membership
WSIA member firms and their employees have come to rely on the association to provide a host of services that enhance the effectiveness and successes of this dynamic and innovative industry. These services can be categorized into five main areas of benefit.
Perhaps most widely-recognized for its Annual Marketplace and Underwriting & Leadership Summit, WSIA members rely upon these unparalleled networking opportunities to help grow their business. Unparalleled as premier surplus lines industry events; they are attended by thousands of delegates each year.
Legislative Advocacy & PAC
Many legislative issues impact the surplus lines industry, and WSIA monitors and focuses on these issues every day on behalf of its members. This presence and expertise at the state level and in Washington D.C. is a benefit that most members could not afford to be without, but also a difficult task to undertake individually. A collective voice for the industry is vitally important and the Association makes that happen seamlessly for members by developing relationships with other industry trade associations and legislators.
WSIA’s legislative efforts are also advanced by the WSIA PAC, which is committed to supporting candidates for the U.S. House and Senate whose philosophies and attitudes are consistent with the goals of WSIA, the surplus lines industry and the wholesale distribution system.
Education and Career Development
WSIA offers career-long professional learning to advance the careers and develop the talents of members' employees. The Association offers a full-slate of education courses for new and seasoned E&S professionals. WSIA education programs offer students exposure to a variety of perspectives from industry professionals and are hosted in locations across the county. Designed to strengthen knowledge and cultivate strong leadership skills, WSIA schools are offered in a progressive format so students are appropriately challenged from the time they enter the industry throughout their careers.
Career Awareness, Internships & U40
Committed to all phases of career development, WSIA also places college students in paid summer intern positions with member firms. WSIA interns work with both company and wholesale broker members and gain hands-on experience in all facets of the surplus lines business in locations across the country, preparing them for fulfilling careers in the industry upon graduation.
WSIA is comprised of employees of member firms who are 40 and younger, and work to raise awareness about career opportunities in surplus lines by conducting educational visits at college campuses and symposiums across the country.
Wholesale Value Messaging
WSIA and its members are committed to the wholesale distribution system and know that its ability to respond with speed, skill and agility fills an important need in the insurance marketplace. Wholesalers bring expertise and vast experience in working with niche markets and are dedicated to covering exposures that don’t fit in the standard market and they do it with creativity, flexibility, value and integrity which ultimately benefits retail agents and end consumers. WSIA messages that value to the insurance industry through earned editorial content, paid advertising and the use of social media.