BURLINGTON, N.C. – National Agents Alliance is ready to return to the Raleigh Convention Center, which means the city of Raleigh is set for an economic shot in the arm.
NAA, an insurance marketing organization based out of Burlington, N.C., will host its “In the Hunt” National Convention January 23-25 at the RCC. This will bring hundreds of insurance agents flocking to downtown hotel, restaurants and other businesses.
NAA President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright said he expects the January event to be the best his company has hosted since its inception in 2002.
“We are very proud to partner with the city of Raleigh and the staff at the Raleigh Convention Center,” Albright said. “Our events have continued to grow and this event will be no different. Our team has worked hard to put together a weekend that will be talked about all year long. It’s going to set to tone for our team in 2015, and I can’t think of a better city and facility than Raleigh and the RCC to host our event.”
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The Alliance was the first company to host a major event at the RCC when it opened for business in September of 2008. NAA returned for events from 2009-2012. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau said the direct economic impact provided in these previous years has been as high as $2.4 million for Raleigh. This projection factors in visitor dollars spent at hotels, restaurants, shops and small businesses.
The three-day event will feature the top agents from NAA. The convention also welcomes Bishop Trevor Manhanga as its keynote speaker. Bishop Manhanga maintains and manages more than 250 churches in Africa. His appearance comes on the heels of NAA partnering to donate hundreds of goats to villages in Africa through a partnership with New Directions International during a mission trip in August of 2014.
North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin will help kick the event off on Friday evening, along with Albright and other guests.
Prior to the event’s kickoff, there will be a men’s and women’s leadership seminar on Friday morning. Ebony Hinton, the Director of the Albright Entrepreneurs Village at North Carolina State University, will headline the women’s seminar. Tim Goad, founder of Tim Goad International, will be among the main speakers at the men’s seminar.
The return of NAA’s National Convention is exciting, according to Laurie Okun, Raleigh Convention Center Director of Sales & Marketing.
“As our very first convention when we opened in 2008, their business is not only very important to us as a major convention for our City, but their work is important, as well – not to mention NAA is North Carolina based! Welcome home, NAA!”