IMS Independent Market Solutions
A market access solution to fit any need for any size agency.
Access to markets shouldn’t prevent you from writing business. Big I Illinois understands this and has joined with 14 Big I associations in 16 states to develop IMS – a standard market access solution to fit every member.
Independent Market Solutions facilitates relationships between agents who are unable to secure company appointments due to any number of reasons, and carriers with an appetite for writing property coverage.
After the contract process, new or small agencies with little or no direct appointments can begin writing policies immediately following carrier appointment.
Mid-sized to large agencies can place a niche piece of business to satisfy clients' needs without taking on additional minimums or placing less desirable risks with an existing market.
Access to IMS is available at no charge to Big I Illinois members, and there are no minimum premium volume requirements.
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What You Need to Know
No joining costs or monthly fees
Standard commissions plus profit sharing
Agent owns 100% of expirations
Own your book of business
Direct working relationship with carriers to help you build relationships
Opportunity for direct appointments when minimum volume thresholds are met
Exclusive Big I Illinois program
New carriers/products added regularly
Exceptional customer service
The Purpose of IMS
Provide member agents access to markets and alternatives that may be otherwise unavailable.
Offer more choices for independent agents, which equates to greater competition for their services.
Create added marketplace leverage, particularly for smaller agents, through IMS negotiated contract terms.
Big I Illinois Participating Carriers
Attune: Business Owners Policy (BOP), Workers' Compensation, Excess Liability
Branch Insurance: Automobile, Homeowners
CNA Surety: Bonds
Coterie: Business Owners Policy (BOP), General Liability (GL), Professional Liability (PL)
Foremost Signature Auto & Home: Foremost will resume appointing IMS agents in 2Q 2022. Please continue to check our website for further updates.