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Matthew Simon Named 2013 PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year

Matt Simon, an insurance adviser with Hill & Hamilton Insurance of Bellefontaine, Ohio, is the recipient of PIA National’s prestigious 2013 Young Insurance Professional of the Year award, presented April 12, 2013 during a gala awards luncheon in Arlington, Virginia...
April 23, 2013

Matt Simon, an insurance adviser with Hill & Hamilton Insurance of Bellefontaine, Ohio, is the recipient of PIA National’s prestigious 2013 Young Insurance Professional of the Year award, presented April 12, 2013 during a gala awards luncheon in Arlington, Virginia.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be recognized as the Young Agent of the Year, but it’s really a reflection of the people I work with,” he said. “If I wasn’t surrounded by the talented, experienced and hard-working associates that I’m blessed to work with, I certainly wouldn’t have been in a position to win this award.”

Simon added that he is totally committed to being a Professional Insurance Agent. “I believe as professional insurance agents, it’s not just our job but more importantly our responsibility, to educate our clients on the importance of their insurance protection. As consumers are increasingly bombarded with advertising that encourages them to base their insurance buying decisions solely on the price of the coverage, I feel even more obligated to advise my clients on exactly what they’re purchasing. At the end of the day, if you don’t have the coverage you need for a devastating claim, it doesn’t really matter what you paid.”

“Matt Simon clearly represents the vanguard of what successful, professional independent insurance agents must be, as we move further into the 21st century,” said PIA National President-elect Johnny Lee, in presenting the award. “He understands the need to address the expectations of long-term clients of an agency, as well as how younger Generation X and Y clients prefer to transact business.” The PIA National Young Insurance Professional Award was sponsored for the eighth year in a row by The Rough Notes Company. Dick Schoeninger, vice president of advertising with The Rough Notes Company, Inc., participated in the presentation.

Simon Named Young Agent of the Year (Bellefontaine OH Examiner 4/16/13)