Awkward Insurance Podcast Wins Silver at the IMCA’s 65th Annual Showcase Awards


The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research is proud to announce the prestigious recognition of their Awkward Insurance Podcast at the 65th Annual Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) Showcase Awards. The podcast’s impactful episode, “What’s Legal Isn’t Always What’s Fair,” won a Silver Award in the Best Single Podcast Episode category.

Competing with the highest number of entries in the Showcase Awards’ history, across 53 distinct categories, the award recognizes a commitment to aligning with target audiences, achieving business objectives, and delivering measurable marketing results.

The episode “What’s Legal Isn’t Always What’s Fair,” evolved from a discussion between podcast host Dustyne Bryant and faculty member Ted Kinney about his Ruble Graduate Seminar “Exploring Personal Auto Claims & Coverage Scenarios.” The duo explored a series of scenarios, with one of Mr. Kinney’s real-life experiences resonating deeply.

The coverage scenario dissected the tragic accidental death of a foster child by a hit-and-run driver and how the foster parent’s Uninsured Motorists Coverage responded. Beyond providing educational insights into who is defined as an “insured” by the Uninsured Motorists Coverage, Mrs. Bryant draws from her personal experience as a former foster parent. Their conversation expands into a message of compassion, emphasizing the profound human element embedded within insurance coverage. The episode concludes with a heartfelt sentiment, “you never know when you are the one person that changes the trajectory of someone’s life.”

“We are deeply honored by this recognition and remain committed to advancing the knowledge, skills, and careers of insurance and risk management professionals through dynamic educational experiences. We thank the IMCA for recognizing our efforts to amplify Dustyne’s unique perspective and share her energy with other industry professionals. We recognize Podcast Producer, Mac Leberman, Director of Media Production, Amanda Stewart, and Digital Content Manager, Jeff Buck for this award as well,” shared Marketing Director, Griselda J Castillo.

Listen to the award-winning episode and join the Awkward Insurance Facebook Group.

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About Our Guest:


Ted Kinney is the owner/President of Kinney Training and Consulting, LLC, which specializes in providing quality insurance training programs to agencies and companies throughout the United States. Ted also serves as the Director of Education and Technical Affairs for the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents in Birmingham, Alabama.  In this position, he is responsible for developing agent education programs and providing technical assistance to association members. Ted has been in the insurance business since his graduation from the Ohio State University in 1973.  During his career, he has worked as an underwriter, field sales manager, department supervisor, marketing specialist, trainer and insurance agent.  From 1994 to 2003, Ted was the Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development for PIA of Ohio & Indiana.  He is a member of the national faculty of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, the American Insurance Marketing Society (CPIA) and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America’s “ask the expert” service.  In addition, Ted is a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, and the National Academy of Producer Insurance Studies.

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