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Janet K. Holstine, BA, MSL, CIC, LIC, CPIW, AIT, DAE, CPIA
Updated August 2013

Co-Founder and Current Owner of Insurance Educators, Inc. 
Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame Member
Licensed Insurance Agent
Member of International Association of Insurance Professionals

Janet K. Holstine is the President and a Founder of Insurance Educators, Inc., an insurance training and continuing education firm incorporated in 1993.  Janet has extensive experience providing education, training and continuing education to the insurance industry through work with designation programs, individuals, agencies, associations, companies and college programs.  Her efforts have benefited many insurance professionals.


 
 

Janet has extensive experience providing education, training and continuing education to the insurance industry through work with designation programs, individuals, agencies, associations, companies and college students. Through her encouragement and efforts many insurance professionals have achieved designations, college degrees and received meaningful, informative continuing education classes.

She is the President and a Founder of Insurance Educators, Inc., an insurance training and continuing education firm incorporated in 1993. From 1989 until 1994, Janet was the Director of the Insurance Program and Assistant Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Olivet College. She served as Educational Consultant for the Certified Insurance Counselor program in several states, primarily Michigan, from 1992 – 2005. Beginning in 2005 she served on the faculty of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College offering insurance courses online. Other positions she has held in the insurance industry include risk management consultant, contract trainer for agency management systems, classroom and seminar educator, marketing rep/account manager for Premium Financing Specialists, opening Michigan as a viable territory and licensed agent for all lines of insurance. Before becoming part of the insurance industry, she was a teacher and library media specialist in K-12 public schools and served as the Professional Librarian for Regional Educational Media Center 7 (REMC-7).

While the Assistant Professor of Insurance and Risk Management, Janet served as Academic Advisor to students in the Insurance Program and also was the Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a national scholastic insurance fraternity. The Alpha Alpha Chapter won its second Edison L. Bowers award (“Best Chapter” in the nation) for the 1990 to 1991 year. Under Janet’s advisorship, the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma continued to be recognized with various awards at the state, regional and national levels. During Janet’s leadership, the Olivet College Insurance Program began offering evening courses for the Insurance Institute of America General Insurance (INS) series, and the CPCU program in 1993. In 1993, members of the Michigan Council of the National Association of Insurance Women worked with members of the Olivet College Insurance Program Advisory Committee to organize the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame.

Janet had a significant impact on the students at Olivet College including those in the Insurance Program. During her tenure at the college, she was the recipient of the student selected Presidential Award for Teaching in 1991, 1992 and 1993. In 1993, she also received the coveted faculty-selected Reithmiller Award for Academic Advising.

Beginning in 1990, Janet has served numerous terms on the Agent’s Education Council for the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), a position appointed by the Director of Insurance.. She served as chair of this council three terms. When MI changed its agent’s license format, Janet was asked to serve on the committee as a test writer. She has served several times on the MI insurance agent’s license test development committee, including the most recent revision. She has represented Michigan at a number of national test development events. Janet has been invited to once again serve on the national Insurance Job Analysis Property and Casualty Committee – a group that helps determine the relevancy of items on which insurance agents are being tested.

Janet has been a leader and driving force for the International Association of Insurance Professionals since joining the organization in 1992. Her involvement in IAIP at all levels (local, state, regional and national) has had an impact of many areas of the organization and the industry. She served on several special committees including IT, education, cybercrime, professional development, corporate partners and Region IV 2013 Conference Co-chair. She has held various offices, including president of two local associations several times. She helped charter two associations and is currently a member of the Insurance Professionals of Southwest Michigan as immediate past President. She served as MI Council of IAIP State Director 1997-1998 and 2004-2005, the first person elected to hold the office twice. Janet was awarded IPSM Insurance Professional of the Year four times, the 2003 State Loyalty Award, the 2003 State AAMGA Award, the 2004 Regional AAMGA Award, several local and State Education Awards, 2008 State Vision award, 2010 - MI Council IAIP Yes - Can Do Award, 2011 IPSM Superstar of Insurance Education Award, 2011 IPSM Insurance Professional of the Year, 2011 Region IV IAIP Insurance Professional of the Year.

At the local level, Janet was instrumental in organizing the IPSM Continuing Education offerings and has served the association in various capacities continuously since becoming a member of the local in the mid-1990s. She served as president in 1997, 2003 and 2010 - 2013. Under her leadership IPSM was awarded the 2004 Cheryl Blair Spirit Award and 2004 Pinnacle Award and 2007 Pinnacle Award. The association continues to be recognized for leadership winning the Cheryl Blair Spirit Award again in 2008.

In 2008, Janet was inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame was established in 1994 as a way to pay tribute to individuals who have made a significant impact on the ability of the Michigan insurance and risk management industry to serve the public.

 
 
     
     

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