Each year we host meetings around the state of Missouri for our independent agents. Those meetings are an opportunity for us to connect with our agents in their area and educate them about items related to insurance in general and Barton specifically. The meetings are spread across two weeks, and six of our employees attended every meeting as presenters. President/CEO Brian King brought updates on our company from the past year. Director of Digital Marketing/Project Manager Tabitha Beaman discussed the upcoming changes for agents working with Barton as we replace our policy administration system. Claims Administrator Dawn Slinker covered commonly asked claims questions, from both agents and insureds. Vice President/COO Dorothy Spivey tackled some common policy endorsements, and she talked about our Artisans program. One of our Directors of Field Operations, Josh Roy, discussed water damage claims and ways to stop water losses before they happen. Marketing Representative Dave Barrett had the pleasant task of discussing 2020 rate reductions and reminding agents about our profit sharing bonus and co-op advertising.
Because it is our 125th anniversary this year, we gave away two $125 cash prizes at each of our meetings. Attendance was great this year, and we were thrilled to see everyone who came out. Smart Choice sponsored all of our meetings and Craig and Janet Olmstead joined us for the meetings.
The first week, we started in St Louis, moved to Columbia and wrapped up in Blue Springs. The second week, we traveled across southern Missouri to Cape Girardeau and ended in Springfield. We love getting to travel across our beautiful state, but there is no place like home. We would love to connect with even more agents next year, and we hope to have several new updates to bring to you!