A Message from PIA's President
Our association has just gone through a renewal and rebirth. Over the past two years, PIA overcame some challenges and refocused our goals, and we are now headed in the right direction. We need to stay on the course that we have charted, which has yielded much success.
Many of you who attended the September Board and committee meetings commented that they were the most positive, productive and upbeat PIA National meetings that we had attended in a very long time.
We must continue all of the initiatives that have produced this positive change. A lot of the credit goes to my predecessor Andy Harris and our Executive Vice President, Ron Von Haden. They, in conjunction with the executive committee and our dedicated staff, have helped restore confidence and trust in your National Association.
I have set several initiatives for this coming year:
The Membership Marketing Program – This is a win-win program for both the Affiliate and National. Not only will it attract new members and make them aware of our PIA Trust products and E&O programs but it will also keep our logo and name in front of potential members.
Company Visits – We want to further brand and promote our image by visiting our company partners. We need to persuade them to use the PIA logo on all of their correspondence and proudly display their affiliation with us. We also need to expand our efforts to recruit new company members to The PIA Partnership.
Grow PIAPRO – We need to continue our push to grow PIAPRO. It is our E&O program, one that we own and operate. As the market tightens on this type of insurance, we can be an asset to every affiliate.
PIA National will continue to provide the full range of advocacy, products and services that all of our stakeholders have come to expect. We remain fully committed to The PIA Partnership, PIAPRO and to all of our ongoing relationships with our business partners.
We will also continue our involvement with groups such as the NAIC, NCOIL, NCSL and ACORD. That award-winning PIA Branding Program, the Pinnacle Partner program, the PIA National Agency Marketing Guide, PIA Connection — all provide great value to PIA affiliates and PIA members.
The leaders of PIA National are determined that our successes will continue for many years to come and that PIA will remain a vibrant, national association representing all of its members.
We've come through some really tough years as agents. The important thing is we've weathered it all. One of the reasons we have prevailed is that we have an association that shares our values — and always has our backs.
Our future is bright. I am very optimistic about our future. We can achieve great success by all of us working together to promote the advantages of being a PIA member.
I am fully committed to the success of PIA.
Remember: There's nothing we cannot accomplish if we all work together!
John G. Lee