Council Director's Message

Greetings Members of California. 

I am excited to begin this journey as your Council Director (CD).  The next two years will be action-packed with anticipated growth and development throughout the state.  As your CD, it is important that members are invited to be involved, presented with educational and networking opportunities as well as having an extended leadership ladder should they want to move up in this organization.  The Public Relations and Membership Chairs have formed strong teams that will bring experience, knowledge, excitement and new ideas to California Council of IAIP.   Please check the “YOUR TEAM” page on this website. 

One of the first programs that we are inviting members to be involved in is the Ca Members Leadership Summit being held on July 28th.  This is the first project your Council Cabinet will be working on as a team.  It is for all members and if you are new to IAIP, I encourage you to attend.  You can find more information in the Calendar section of this website.  The Insurance Associates of Fresno (IAOF) is also working hard to prepare for the CA Council Meeting that will be held October 12th and 13th at the Hotel Piccadilly in FresYes.  More information regarding this will be coming from IAOF shortly.

Communication is the key to a successful team and the organization, so as your Council Cabinet we plan on communicating with members as frequently as we can to keep you apprised of upcoming events and or programs.   For Associations, kindly forward your current President, membership and program chair’s contact information to Dawn Manzano, CISR the Public Relations Chair@ and Jenny Schaeffler, the Membership Chair  They will keep the Presidents and MAL’s of upcoming events.   If you haven’t updated your personal profile on the IAIP website, please do as this is the way the Council Cabinet will be communicating with you. 

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer for a Chair or committee at the Council Meeting, please contact Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW (NC Assistant) and Brooke Lesniak (SoCal Assistant) Helen Jang, CLP is still in the background assisting where and when I need it.   You can also contact any member of the Council Cabinet. 

Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride but well worth the thrill!   

Remember, together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present, and future of IAIP. 

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP

Ca Council Director

I send you warm greetings California.

Brrrrr, it has been cold in these their parts.  We really needed the rain; however, our hearts go out to those in the fire areas that are now experiencing flash floods and mudslides.  In insurance, we know all too well the various claims that occur, and losses suffered.  2018 brought an excess of 420 million insurance losses from mudslides in California and I can only imaging what 2019 numbers will be.  February is supposed to be the wettest month but let’s hope that foliage starts to come back, and spring arrives drying up the hills!   

Well everyone we got through January and it flew by.   I had the opportunity to attend San Diego Association of Insurance Professionals (SDAIP) and the Insurance Professionals of Orange County (IPOC) membership mixers.  They both had a great turn outs, SDAIP had three new members and IPOC had two.  Congratulations.   San Francisco Insurance Professionals has their new membership drive scheduled for March 7.  Membership Mixers are a great planning opportunity to attract and pull in new members.    If you need ideas or want to brainstorm, contact Jenny Schaeffler, Dawn Manzano or myself and we will be more than happy to help. 

The Inter-Coordinating Council Meeting (ICC) was held on January 26th and 23 members across the state were in attendance.  It was great to see members that I had not seen in sometime participate in ICC.  A huge thank you to the IPOC for hosting this event.  We learned the do’s and don’t of ergonomics, interviewing woes and a good panel discussion about leadership with yours truly as one of the panelists.      

Have you checked out the website?  Regina Lemanowicz has done a great job keeping the website updated.   But wait, hold up, Whaaaaatt, Ca Council of IAIP is on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter, yes, that is correct.  We are on all the social media pages.  You’ll see information when you visit the website- connect and follow Ca Council.  Please remember, if you have an article, event or news to share, send the information to Dawn or Regina and they will get it up on the website.   Check out the Association Spotlight.  If you are doing a community action event, don’t forget to let Dawn know so that the word gets out statewide!

Members don’t forget to get your registration in for the Region VII conference being held in Sacramento and hosted by Insurance Professionals of Sacramento (IPS).  The Conference dates are March 14th – 16th at the Doubletree in Sacto.  The registration form is on the Ca Council website for your convenience.  Kim Cameron, RVP and IPS have planned great educational courses with some phenomenal instructors as well as some fun events.   Join us 😊

As a reminder, please update your calendar with these important events:

•             Don’t forget to save the date for the Region VII Conference being hosted by Insurance Professionals of Sacramento (IPS) on March 14 – 16. 

•             The National Convention will be June 5th – June 8th in Reno, Nevada.  You don’t want to miss it.

•             The Leadership Summit will be Saturday, July 20th in Santa Ana.  We will be focusing on 2019 L.I.N.K.E.D to IAIP.

•             October 4th & 5th will be the Ca Council Meeting at a hidden jewel found in Glendale and hosted by the Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles, Inc. (IPLA).   We will be looking for volunteers immediately following Region VII conference.  Psssst: Rumor has it that IPLA will be offering an early, early bird pre-registration 1-day only.  Look for the IPLA booth at the Welcome Party to get your early, early bird pre-registration and save $40

If you are planning a membership mixer, business meeting or an educational class, please let us know so that your Council Cabinet can have representation.  We are here for you!!!

Hope to see you all soon!

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP     

Ca Council Director

Together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present and future of IAIP!


Assistant Messages:

Welcome to the California Council of IAIP’s website.  I’m looking forward to an exciting time as the Northern California assistant to your new California Council Director, the fabulous Christine Chandler Tillett (even if she is a Broncos fan).  We are all very excited for this year’s California Council meeting, which will be hosted by the Insurance Associates of Fresno on October 12, 2018.   Christine and the host committee are planning a wonderful event, so we hope to see you all there.   But first, don’t forget about the Leadership Summit being held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Santa Ana on July 28th.    There will be amazing presenters giving us the “Back to Basics”, which I’m sure we can all use.    I look forward to seeing all of you at the various events throughout the coming year.

In fellowship,

Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW - Northern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Welcome and I am glad you stopped by the California Councils website.  I am very excited about serving as the Southern California Assistant to your new California Council Director. For the upcoming year we will be having exciting events where we will be continue to build a great foundation and focusing on growth for your future in IAIP and your professional career. See you at the Members Leadership Summit at the end of July in Orange County!

In the fellowship, 

Brooke Lesniak - Southern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Important Dates Coming up....   For additional details and other events, check our calendar.

March 14-16, 2019 - Region VII Conference - Sacramento, CA

June 6-8, 2019 -International Convention- Reno, NV

July 20, 2019 - Leadership Summit - Orange County, CA

October 4-5, 2019 - CA Council Meeting - Glendale, CA