SPRINGFIELD, MO – Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors retains its “Best Practices” status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of American (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the best agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Since 1993, the Big “I” and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, have joined forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.

The selected Best Practices agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. This is the third year of the current three-year study cycle, where more than 1,000 independent agencies through the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study in 2019, but only 262 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen the agency has to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

“For our clients the fact we were named a Best Practices Agency demonstrates that we are doing our part and our due diligence to make sure that we are still relevant, competitive and doing the best for our clients that we can. It is a measure of both efficiency and effectiveness,” says Katy Stewart, Controller for Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors

About Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors

Since 1885, Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors has provided insurance services to businesses and communities in southwest Missouri. Ollis/Akers/Arney provides business risk assessments and solutions, health and group benefits, human resources solutions and commercial as well as personal lines of insurance. Offices are in Springfield, Branson and Bolivar, Missouri and serve a four-state region. Ollis/Akers/Arney has been nationally recognized by Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. Best Agency in the United States and as a Top Insurance Workplace from Insurance Business America in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The agency has also received the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau and Best Places to Work from Biz417.

For more information, contact Tammy Johnson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at (417) 881-8333 or visit