FAQ's

 

What is The Big Event?

Who can I contact
with questions?

What does a Full Registration entitle me to?

How do I register?

What is Appreciation
Saturday?

What is a Pre-Conference Intensive?

What is the CPPL:
Personal Insurance Professional?

What is CPPL:
Whole Person - Whole Employee

What’s included in a Complete Friday Only Registration?

What’s included in a Complete Saturday Only Registration?

Can I just attend the
Trade Show?

Where do I pick up my conference material?

Can I register on-site?

What is the dress code?

Is there Parking?

Will there be a place
to put my coat?

What about meals?

How do I make a hotel reservation?

 

What is The Big Event?

The Big Event is the Annual Conference and Trade Show put on by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents. The event attracts insurance professionals from all over the state as well as vendors from across New England and across the country.

 


Who can I contact with questions?

General & Registration: Sheron Gagnon or Heather Kramer or call 800-742-6363
Seminars & Speaking: Heather Kramer or call 508-634-7375
Exhibiting & Sponsorships: Sheron Gagnon or call 508-634-7378

 


What does a FULL Registration entitle me to?
When you pay $375 for a Full Registration that entitles you to the following:

  • All education sessions, meal functions and Trade Fair pass happening on Friday and Saturday
  • A person of your choice may attend one of the Pre-Conference Intensives offered on Thursday
  • All inside support agency personnel may attend Appreciation Saturday for FREE
  • A person of your choice may attend Sunday GAME Day!
  • PLUS ... For an additional $120.00 per person, any number of your agency staff may attend the 2-day P&C Licensing Study Review Class in Boston.

 

How do I register for the conference?
You may register for the conference by clicking on REGISTER and completing a registration form.  Verify your selections and total amount. Pay with a major credit card or by check.

Although most people pay online with a credit card, which locks in their session selections immediately, you may complete your registration by fax or mail if you prefer:

  • Fax: Complete the PDF registration form, and fax to 508-634-2930.
    Credit card payments only.

  • Mail: Complete your registration form and mail with payment to:
    MAIA, 91 Cedar Street Milford, MA 01757

  • Phone: For assistance with your registration please do not hesitate to call Sheron or Heather at 800-742-6363.

    Note: Your registration is not completed until payment is received.


What is Appreciation Saturday?

Appreciation Saturday is for inside support agency staff. If a person from your agency is registered for the Full Convention, any number of your inside support agency staff may attend FREE of charge. The program for the day is designed specifically with these people in mind. Many agents reward their staff with a trip to Boston and this event.



What is a Pre-Conference Intensive?
A Pre-Conference Intensive is one of 6 seminars offered on the Thursday before the conference formally begins.  The format is an intense study of a particular subject.  It is a full-day program that includes a luncheon and an evening reception.



What is CPPL: Personal Insurance Professional?

The Personal Insurance Professional (PIP) Program* is a very rigorous 2-day program offered at The BIG Event. It's one piece of the 5-Part Certified Professional in Personal Lines (CPPL) Designation.

Finally, bragging rights for Personal Lines Account Managers!
For those who want...

  MORE than JUST coverage...because an insurance professional MUST know more
MORE than merely listening...role playing …putting yourself in the clients’ shoes...in your competitors’ shoes
MORE than just the policy...making sure we “know the lingo” – insurance terminology that any real professional agent needs to know
MORE than just product knowledge...the art of effective listening...to increase sales and manage your client’s risk and exposure
MORE than just sitting there...active case studies...can you handle it?
MORE than just attendance...to obtain the certificate you’ll test your knowledge throughout the course...
Day 1 will be offered on Friday, October 26th.
Day 2 will be offered on Saturday, October 27th.
*Offers 14 CEs and you must attend BOTH days to receive CEs.

CPPL Courses are sponsored by:


What is CPPL: Whole Person - Whole Employee ?
CPPL: Whole Person - Whole Employee is one (required) part of MAIA's Certified Professional in Personal Lines (CPPL) designation.


What is included in a Complete Friday Only Registration?
A Complete Friday Only registration includes almost everything that is happening that day.  It includes your choice of seminars (excluding PIP), Trade Fair pass, breakfast, lunch, and the reception at the end of the day.



What is included in a Complete Saturday Only Registration?
A Complete Saturday Only registration includes almost everything that is happening that day.  It includes your choice of seminars (excluding PIP), Trade Fair pass, breakfast, lunch, and the reception at the end of the day.



Can I attend the Trade Show Only?
Yes. The cost for the Trade Show Only is $25 for a one-day pass.  Admission to the Exhibit Hall is included with all Conference registrations.

Reminder... We LOVE kids but... Again this year, we will continue with a "NO children" policy in the Exhibit Hall. Space is tight and we want to provide an atmosphere where business can be conducted during the show hours. 


Where do I pick up my conference material?
Registration and conference material will be mailed directly to attendees up until 2 weeks prior to the conference. Participants registered after that may pick up their conference material at the registration area on the third floor of the hotel. 


Can I register on-site?
Yes, you may sign up to attend at the registration area on the third floor of the hotel.  We encourage people to register in advance to avoid any lines or waiting.


What is the dress code?

The dress code for The Big Event is casual or business-casual.  Be comfortable while soaking up that new knowledge and meeting those new people who will be resources for you in the future.  You’ll probably do lots of walking, so choose your shoes carefully. 


Is there Parking?

Yes, there are pay-to-park garages in the area. We realize that this is an expense and encourage you to carpool, or take public transportation when able. 

AREA PARKING:

  • Copley Mall Parking Garage / (617) 369-5025
    The Copley Mall Parking Garage is physically connected to the Marriott Hotel but is NOT run by the hotel.

    Other Parking Garages in the area are:
    • Prudential Center Parking Garage / (617) 236-3060

    • Sheraton Boston Hotel / (617) 236-6172

    • Colonnade Hotel Parking / (617) 424-7000

    • Westin Copley Place / (617) 262-9600

    • Dartmouth Street Garage / (617) 266-9046

AREA TRANSPORTATION:


Will there be a place to put my coat?

Coat racks will be available; however, they are not supervised.  We have not had a problem in the past, but perhaps you may want to leave your best leather jacket at home, or plan to carry it with you for the day.


What about meals?

Meal functions are included in your registration fee, unless you are registered for an Education Session Only, Trade Show Only or attending the Licensing Class on Friday. Meal tickets can also be purchased separately.


How do I make a hotel reservation?

Complete hotel information can be found on The Big Event website, HERE. 
Be sure that you get the conference rate.