Press Release


TAMPA, FL (October 21, 2013) – Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) has been chosen by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) as a “Best Practices Agency,” joining the ranks of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. BKS-Partners is one of only four Florida independent insurance agencies selected for this honor. There are currently over 2,000 agencies throughout the state.

Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the operating statistics of the country’s leading agencies and brokers. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and are awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The nomination for participation comes from an insurance carrier or an IIABA state affiliated association.

“We are proud to be ranked among the top performers in the annual Best Practices Study,” said Trevor Baldwin of BKS-Partners. “Out of over 1,100 independent agencies nominated, we were included in the 216 that qualified for the honor, positioning us alongside these outstanding agents and brokers as an industry leader.”

To be chosen for the Best Practices Study, BKS-Partners ranked among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. BKS-Partners and the other “Best Practices” agencies will retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting detailed financial and operational information for inclusion in the study. The data will be analyzed, scored, and ranked objectively on the basis of operational excellence in growth, profitability, productivity and financial stability.

“The designation as a Best Practices Agency encourages us to continuously improve our firm’s performance and stay accountable by documenting our year-end results and operational practices for review,” said Laura Sherman, Partner at BKS-Partners. “We look forward to setting an example as a “best” agency and hope other firms will adopt and learn from some of the practices we have in place.”


Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) is an independent insurance brokerage firm that offers a client centric approach of a boutique firm with ample resources and industry specialization. Headquartered in Tampa, with offices in Naples and Sarasota, we create personalized client relationships that allow us to design, implement, and manage holistic insurance solutions for companies and sophisticated individuals—all from a convergent perspective. We are experts in private risk management, commercial risk management, employee benefits, and wellness and safety programs, working with clients wherever life takes them throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit


Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance – property, casualty, life and health – as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:

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