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PIA National’s 2013 Agent of the Year Is Donna Cunningham

Donna Cunningham, CPIA, president of ADP/Statewide Insurance of Florham Park, New Jersey, has been named the 2013 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year...
April 23, 2013

Donna Cunningham, CPIA, president of ADP/Statewide Insurance of Florham Park, New Jersey, has been named the 2013 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year. The award was presented by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) during a gala awards ceremony on April 12, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

“Donna realized early on that to be successful, she needed to immerse herself in the business of insurance,” said PIA National President Andy Harris, who presented the award. “That started her commitment to education – for herself and her employees.”

“She has extended her involvement in the industry to her carriers, and to PIA,” Harris said. “She has served as Chairperson of the Travelers Insurance Company Agents Advisory Council, and as a member of the agent councils at Skylands and Peerless. For more than a decade, Donna has served in virtually every volunteer capacity with PIA of New Jersey. She was President of PIA of New Jersey in 2010-2011. New Jersey honored her as its Agent of the Year last year.”

“Donna isn’t afraid to tackle new frontiers to support causes she believes in,” said PIA of New Jersey Executive Director Diane Fowler, who accepted the award on behalf of Cunningham. “Several years ago, she was the driving force behind the creation of PIANJ’s Women’s Business Forum, which established a series of programs to provide female insurance professionals with career development and networking opportunities. She continues to be actively involved in this program, which has a loyal following among agency and company personnel alike.”

During her term as President of PIANJ, she led an effort to establish programs designed to assist newer producers of ethnic descent to gain the markets and skills needed to build a successful agency. Donna established this initiative, not only to help producers get started in the business but to ensure that communities with large ethnic populations were adequately served by professional insurance agents.

Fowler added that a member of her agency family was being married that day, so Donna couldn’t accept the award in person, although she very much wanted to do so. “As always, Donna put the feelings and interests of others before her own. That’s Donna.”