Thad Bynum, CLU, ChFC, of Bynum Insurance Agency, a Trusted Choice agency in Clayton, GA, was installed as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, on June 10 during the association’s 120th annual meeting, convention and trade show at Amelia Island, Fla.
Thad has a long history of service to both the insurance industry as well as his community. He graduated from Piedmont College with a degree in accounting and served 10 years on active duty and reserves in the U.S. Army and Georgia National Guard. In 1989, he began his insurance career working as an agent and then as a manager for Georgia Farm Bureau. In 2002, Thad made the transition to become an independent agent when he and his wife Janelle opened Bynum Insurance Agency.
“I’ve known Thad Bynum for seven years and he is a great asset to our association. He always tells it like it is, is honest and down to earth. He entered the independent agency system when he started his own agency and he has a lot to offer based on his experience, said Betsy Olson, IIAG Chief Executive Officer. "Thad always includes his wife Janelle in our events so the association gets the benefit of two strong voices for the small agencies and the benefits they receive from IIAG,” Olson, continued.
Thad served as IIAG District 2 Director from 2010 to 2015 at which time he was elected to serve on the IIAG Executive Committee. He also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations.
Outside of the industry, Thad has been actively involved in his community and has served on the board of directors for the Rabun County and Northeast Georgia Regional Libraries, Rabun Cross Society, Northeast Georgia Chapter of Red Cross, Rabun County Jaycees, and has served on the deacon board of Battle Branch Baptist Church for over 20 years.
"It is an honor for me to serve as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia," Thad commented on being elected. "As one who has made the transition from a captive agent to an independent agent, I feel that I am uniquely qualified to get the message out on the value of belonging to this great organization. From start-up agencies like mine to the largest of agencies this association is a valuable resource for all. I look forward to serving you this year."
Thad and Janelle have two sons, Lucas and Andrew, and live in Clayton, GA.