IIABA Names Riedel Political Director

NU Online News Service, Aug. 29, 11:19 a.m. EST?The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America announced staff changes yesterday in their political fundraising operations.

Robert A. Rusbuldt, the chief executive officer for Washington-based IIABA, said Nathan Riedel, the manager of InsurPac, the organization’s political action committee, has been promoted to the post of political director. Mr. Riedel fills a position formerly held by Elizabeth Leger, who left the organization to form a consulting business, an IIABA representative said.

In addition, the IIABA has hired Anne-Wesley Roberts as political action committee administrator.

Mr. Rusbuldt said Mr. Riedel’s new role will involve overseeing the political operations of the association, including InsurPac. According to IIABA, InsurPac is the nation’s largest property-casualty insurance industry PAC.

Additionally, Mr. Riedel will be responsible for managing fundraising; demographic, political, and campaign research; political coordination with IIABA’s state associations; planning political fundraisers; as well as working with campaigns and party committees. His duties will also include representing IIABA on candidate and party steering committees.

“Nathan has provided considerable political and fundraising acumen since joining the association. His capabilities and political savvy will catapult our political program and InsurPac to new heights,” said Mr. Rusbuldt.

Before joining IIABA, Mr. Riedel managed the National Mining Association’s PAC, was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s finance team during the 2000 elections, and worked for then U.S. Rep. John Ensign, R-Nevada, who is now a U.S. senator.

Ms. Roberts, as IIABA InsurPac administrator, will be responsible for the daily operations of the political action committee, focusing primarily on fundraising, state relations, and administration, the group said.

A recent graduate of the University of Kansas, Ms. Roberts’ prior political experience involved working in the legislative operations of DaimlerChrysler Corp., and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.

Maria L. Berthoud, IIABA senior vice president of government affairs, said Ms. Roberts’ “considerable experience will help propel InsurPac to making our fundraising goals. Her hands-on involvement will raise IIABA and InsurPac’s profile on Capitol Hill, especially as we move to a new campaign finance system that relies on ?hard’ dollars to finance federal campaigns.”

Ms. Berthoud said the IIABA’s actions are a first step towards an objective of “giving agents a stronger voice on Capitol Hill.”