IOA Advocate Gives Back to the Insurance Industry by Giving Back to the Community

Andrew Giambarba has been in the insurance industry since 2004, specializing in real estate and professional liability. Although insurance was Andrew’s second career choice, his passion grew for the field, leading him to earn the position of Vice President of Commercial Lines at Insurance Office of America’s (IOA) Miami branch location. Andrew has lived all over Latin America, including Chile, Argentina and Peru, but calls Miami home. He spends much of his free time volunteering with local charities, cooking, and traveling.

His years of experience in the insurance industry has taught Andrew the importance of being an educated consumer. As such, Andrew became part of InVEST, a program developed in 1970 by the Independent Insurance Agents of Los Angeles. This program was developed to improve insurance literacy among millennial students and attract fresh talent to the industry. The program is free and funded by scholarships.

Andrew is a seventh-year instructor and has been Chairman of the InVEST Program since 2008. He teaches vital lessons within the classroom for young adults ultimately making insurance more “human”. Students also have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience through job shadowing and internships with the overall goal of obtaining a career in the insurance industry after graduating. Networking has also proven to be beneficial in Andrew’s career advancement and is one of many topics that he teaches. “… I think it is a sensational program for a number of reasons- the greatest of which is the chance to give back to the industry…” states Giambarba.

When asked what his favorite aspect of the program, Andrew advised:
“Nothing beats calling students at the end of the year and telling them they have won an InVEST scholarship.”
Andrew’s desire to mentor potential, future Insurance Professionals is aligned with Insurance Office of America’s Vision, Mission, and Values, which focuses on building community and relationships. He is an asset to the company, the industry, and the community that he serves.

Insurance Office of America (IOA) is a full-service insurance agency founded in 1988 and is one of the fastest-growing independent agencies in the U.S. IOA is currently the thirteenth privately-held insurance agency in the US by Insurance Journal and is the twenty- eighth largest American broker according to Business Insurance magazine. The IOA headquarters is located in Longwood, Florida, a contiguous community of greater Orlando. IOA has more than fifty branch offices across the United States and an international office in London, UK. With more than one thousand associates, IOA specializes in providing insurance solutions for many industries of business. We invite you to engage our people, discover the difference, grow your business and experience a service you never want to leave. For more information about Insurance Office of America call (800) 243-6899 or www.ioausa.com.