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Former PIA National Director Leonard Freeman Dies

Leonard Freeman, founder of Freeman & Pearce Insurance Agency Inc. in Orange, Calif., died at his Southern California home on Sunday April 29 after battling Alzheimer’s disease
May 8, 2012

Leonard Freeman, founder of Freeman & Pearce Insurance Agency Inc. in Orange, Calif., died at his Southern California home on Sunday April 29 after battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.

Leonard Freeman was instrumental in reestablishing PIA in California,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Leonard C. Brevik. “In the early 2000s, he returned to the PIA National board after a long and successful stint in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a great leader at the state and national levels who was universally respected by his peers and the PIA National staff.”

“Leonard Freeman was bright, successful and forward-thinking,” said PIA National Senior Vice President Patricia A. Borowski, who worked with him during his two stints on the PIA National Board of Directors. “He was a pioneer in the development of insurance agency clusters. Coming out of the market crisis of the early 1980’s, he formed one of the first clusters, with two other agencies, and continued to refine the concept to better adapt to changes in the marketplace. His work developing models for successful clusters was shared with all PIA members in the 1995 PIA National Report on Clusters.”

“Leonard Freeman really understood the insurance business,” Borowski said. “Above all, he was a great businessman who was able to translate his business acumen to insurance agency operations. Many PIA members have benefitted from his pioneering efforts which he pursued with a quiet, professional demeanor along with a strong commitment to giving back to the industry and his fellow agents.”

“We send our condolences to Leonard’s family members,” Brevik said. “His son Steven followed him into the business and is a past PIA Group board member.” In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be made in Freeman’s name to Memories in the Making, The Alzheimer’s Association – Orange County, 17771 Cowan, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614.

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