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PIA’s Federal Legislative Summit Is This Week!

This is the week! Members of PIA from around the country will come to Washington, D.C. for the annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit....
April 10, 2013

This is the week! Members of PIA from around the country will come to Washington, D.C. for the annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

It begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 10 with an in-depth issue briefing session at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, PIA’s headquarters hotel. At the end of the day, participants will attend a reception sponsored by The PIA Partnership as well as the annual Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC) Awards Dinner.

On April 11, participants will gather for a kickoff breakfast. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Agents will then spend the remainder of the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers.

“The PIA summit occurs this year as agents continue to face unprecedented challenges,” said PIA National President Andrew C. Harris. “Obamacare, flood insurance, crop insurance, taxes and the threat of federal encroachment into our industry are all issues that concern us. It is critical that we continue our campaign of advocacy on behalf of Professional Insurance Agents, our clients and the American free enterprise system.”

“PIA is an aggressive, activist organization that is never afraid to speak up and speak out on behalf of our members and clients,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Ron Von Haden. “Every year, we find it necessary to fight off new and recurring threats to our ability to compete and succeed. Our legislative summit is just one part of PIA’s year-round grassroots advocacy program.”

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“Many of the issues of critical importance to professional insurance agents are in play in Congress this year,” said Gary Blackwell, Chairman of the PIA National Government Affairs Committee. “That’s why it’s important that PIA members connect with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill, up close and personal. It gives lawmakers the opportunity to meet with Main Street insurance agents from their districts who do business with real people, in the real world.”

To all of you who are planning to attend the PIA Federal Legislative Summit, we look forward to seeing you. To those of you who have thought about it, know that we accept walk-up registrations. Just show up and join us! Safe travels, everyone.

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