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Suzette Raines-Ashley Elected 2024 Big I WV President, Gets to Work on Important Issues

Charleston, WV — March 28, 2024 — The Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia (d.b.a. The Big I WV) recently elected Suzette Raines-Ashley of Ashley Insurance Agency, as President of its Board of Directors.


Raines-Ashley becomes only the second female ever to serve as Big I WV President, and she stands out as one of the very few small-town agency principals to lead this high-profile, statewide organization.  After being nominated by past presidents, Raines-Ashley’s election by the full organization's membership highlights her exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to advancing the insurance industry in West Virginia.


Suzette Raines Ashley
Suzette Raines-Ashley, 2024 Big I WV President

2024 Big I WV Slate of Officers

President Suzette Raines Ashley welcomes and congratulates the full slate of officers elected to serve on the Big I WV Board for 2024, which include: Chris Parker, Vice President, Ferrell & Hill Insurance Agency LLC, Madison; Anthony Deal, Treasurer, Insurance Centers, Inc., Morgantown; Chad Nuzum, Immediate Past President, Hood Insurance Group, Fairmont; Terri Dodrill, National Director IIBA, McGriff Insurance Services, Charleston; Brady Campbell, Young Agent Committee Chair, Mountain State Insurance Agency, Inc., Charleston.


Serving as new board members to the Big I WV are Beth Bailey, Bill Bailey Insurance Agency, Williamstown; and Mike Cvechko, Cvechko Insurance Services, Philippi.


Traci Nelson serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Big I WV.


Fostering Growth in Insurance, Growing the Big I WV

As she is committed to fostering industry growth and professional development of the insurance industry’s workforce within the state, Raines-Ashley is excited to spearhead the creation of an insurance education initiative at Bridge Valley Career & Technical Center, in collaboration with Dr. Casey Sacks and her team.


This nationally-driven program will provide invaluable hands-on training to aspiring insurance professionals, which responds to a direct, growing demand for knowledge-base expansion for member agencies of the Big I WV.


Advocacy in State Government

President Suzette Raines Ashley is actively engaged in important advocacy efforts at the State Capitol, working closely with Big I WV’s Legislative Committees and lobbyist, Daniel Hall. Recently, the BIG I WV team was warmly welcomed by the staff of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to discuss key industry issues and promote positive change.


Advocacy in action in the office of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. Standing L to R: Michael Winter (Board Member), Chris Parker (Board VP), JR Marshall (Member), Daniel Hall (Government Relations Representative); Seated: Suzette Raines Ashley (Board VP)

More About Suzette Raines Ashley

A native of Belle, Suzette Raines Ashley and her husband Ben Ashley own and operate Ashley Insurance Agency in Spencer. Prior to her career in insurance, Suzette owned & operated Capital Communications Group, a strategic government affairs and public relations firm.  Suzette is a former Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, a former legislative director for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and a former Director of Development for the American Cancer Society in WV. Suzette and Ben are proud parents of a 5-year-old daughter, Alaina, and together they live in Charleston.


For additional information, contact Ben Ashley at (304) 881-7972, or visit our website at AshleyInsures.com.


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