Gillis, Ellis & Baker Chairman, Parke Ellis
, recently received the highest honor given by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana
(IIABL), the Lou Daniel Award. He received the honor on June 20th during the IIABL Annual Convention at the Sandestin Beach Hilton in Destin, Fla.
Lou Daniel was an independent agent from Baton Rouge, who served as the Legislative Chairman for many years and served as the Louisiana State National Director to the national Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America for many years.
The IIABL Lou Daniel Award is only awarded when someone has contributed to IIABL and the Louisiana insurance industry over many years and clearly rises above the contributions of other valuable association volunteers. Parke is the 27th recipient of the Lou Daniel Award, which has been given out since 1965.
Parke served with distinction on the IIABL Board of Directors, rose through the officer chairs, and served as IIABL President in 2013-2014. During his time on the IIABL Board of Directors, one of the primary strategic goals of IIABL was to bring new young talent into our Louisiana independent agencies. The IIABL Board frequently discussed various ways to recruit, train, and employ young people into local agencies.
As part of this effort, Parke created the Louisiana Insurance Academy
(LIA). Parke worked with Delgado Community College in New Orleans to recruit a wide variety of new prospects into the Academy program, developed curriculum, recruited instructors, taught classes, managed the program, counseled students, and graduated 29 newly trained people into Louisiana independent agencies and brokers.
The passion which Parke has for career opportunities in independent agencies, his hard work, and the enormous amount of time he has spent in creating this program is truly inspiring.
Parke has been with GEB since 1981 and is a graduate of the Williams School of Business at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
In addition to the IIABL and the LIA, Parke serves the insurance industry in the following capacities:
- President – Associated Risk Managers (ARM) of Louisiana
- Board Member – Associated Risk Managers (ARM) International
- Past President – Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana is the go to information resource and primary advocate for independent insurance agents in Louisiana. IIABL is a member-based, professional trade association serving more than 400 independent insurance agents, meeting the education, political and business needs of members to maximize business opportunities. Learn more at www.iiabl.com
About Gillis, Ellis & Baker:
Founded in 1933, Gillis, Ellis & Baker is in its fourth generation of providing for the insurance and risk management needs of the families and businesses of the Gulf Coast. Locally owned and headquartered in New Orleans, the firm offers commercial insurance, personal lines, employee benefits, captives, and risk management services. Gillis, Ellis & Baker is the exclusive New Orleans affiliate of Assurex Global, a highly selective worldwide network of agencies providing access to international coverage in addition to local, intimate service. Learn more at www.gillis.com