Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is a federation that includes the national association and 51 independent state associations, each led by an executive, staff and a volunteer agent leadership team. Many states also have local chapters. When an agency joins a state association, it also becomes a member of Big “I” national and the Trusted Choice® brand. Together, we support nearly 25,000 independent agency locations nationwide. The Big “I” also has an international agent and broker members.