Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois names new president

The Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (IIA of IL) has elected William “Bill” Wirth to serve as the association’s president, effective October 01, 2019. In his role as association president, Wirth will serve as a member of the six-person executive committee of the IIA of IL board of directors. He will also assume general leadership functions for the association, and will serve as an official delegate of the group at state and national functions. Wirth is the president and agency principal of Wirth Agency Insurance in Waterloo, IL. He co-founded the agency in 2006, when it was first called Insurance Planning & Management of Waterloo. Wirth Agency is a full-service commercial and personal lines independent agency that serves clients in both Illinois and Missouri.

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