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August 30, 2016
For Immediate Release

Sarah Hubbart
CIRB Announces Second Emerging Leaders Program Class
ELP Program Builds Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Leaders
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) announced the selection of 11 participants for the second annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), more than doubling in size from last year's inaugural class. The program increases crop insurance professionals' knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates.

"The Emerging Leaders Program is an important tool for CIRB and its members. It develops new advocates for the industry, which is more important than ever before," said Sheri Bane, Chair of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau. "This program helps the entire industry since it equips the next generation of leaders around the country to speak out on the most critical crop insurance issues."

The program incorporates monthly activities that provide hands-on learning experiences, advocacy training, and networking with CIRB leadership, peers and governmental leaders. Through both webinars and in-person events, participants will gain insights into the political process and learn the importance of collaboration. They will also have the opportunity to attend meetings with the CIRB Executive Committee, on Capitol Hill, at USDA's Risk Management Agency and with other allied groups that will broaden their connections and understanding of the industry. 

The 2016-2017 CIRB Emerging Leaders Program class is listed below:

Jody Bauer, AFBIS
Ryan Benes, Farmers Mutual Hail
Maxwell Channon, Guy Carpenter
Jeffrey Hawn, Holborn
Chock Hefner, Farmers Mutual Hail
Brian McIntyre, ARMtech
Nicholle Renshaw, RCIS
Lindsey Rinkenberger, COUNTRY Financial
Curtis Swain, Farmers Mutual Hail
Travis Trueblood, ADM
Brian Wiggins, ADM

You can learn more about this year's class and follow along with updates from their activities at Please contact Kerry Lynch with any questions about the program.
About CIRB:

Founded in 1964 and headquartered on Capitol Hill, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is proud to provide unparalleled advocacy, support, and membership services to the crop insurance and reinsurance community. Today, CIRB members provide a vital component of the farm safety net, writing policies in every state and providing billions of dollars in crop protection.  Learn more about us at


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