You are Invited to the 2018 BIIA Christmas Open House

You are invited to attend the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents’ annual Christmas Open House and Installation of Officers. The event will take place at noon on Wednesday, December 5th at The Big I  (141 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211).

Come meet your BIIA board members, listen to festive holiday music, and enjoy lunch while you learn about what we’ve done as an organization in 2018 and how we plan to benefit the community in 2019.

This year, we are collecting toys for Christian Service Mission. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to them. Your toys will help bring joy to a child in need this holiday season.

Also, we are collecting children’s books to benefit Better Basics. Please bring a new unwrapped book to help promote literacy. Better Basics helps to advance literacy in the Birmingham community. They need children’s books ranging from board books, to picture books, to leveled readers, and easy chapter books.

To attend the Christmas Open House, please reach out to Emily Carr, or call the Big I office at 205-326-4129.

We hope to see you there!

2019 BIIA Gala Date Announced


The 2019 Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents’ association (BIIA) is pleased to announce the annual insurance gala will be held on January 25, 2019!

In previous years, we have been able to award beneficiaries more than $10,000. The beneficiaries for the previous two years have received around $20,000 each. For 2019, we plan to have two beneficiaries: American Heart Association and the March of Dimes!

By sponsoring or donating to the event, attending the event, or participating in the silent auction, you will have a direct impact for two amazing non-profits!

Mark your calendars for January 25th!



2018 Firefighter of the Year Awarded to Desland James

The 59th annual Firefighter’s Award and Appreciation Luncheon was held on October 11th at the Alabama Independent Insurance Agent’s office. Local firefighters, community members, and politicians showed up to honor the brave men and women who serve our community.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at the 2018 Firefighter Appreciation and Luncheon.

After enjoying a catered lunch, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke and shared personal stories about the impact they have on the community. Afterward, the 2018 Firefighter of the Year Award was announced.

Firefighter Delsand James won the award for his actions from January 27th of this year. After he arrived at an apartment fire which trapped a three-year-old girl, his actions helped to rescue, treat, and save the girl from the fire. The girl along with three others, including a police officer, were taken to the hospital for treatment from smoke inhalation.

Desland James won the 2018 Firefighter of the Year award.


James received a monetary prize along with a plaque and his name on the Firefighter of the Year trophy.

Read the article from the mother’s perspective with an account of what happened that day.