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PIA and Rough Notes Magazine Announce Inaugural National Young Insurance Professional Award

WASHINGTON, January 31, 2006 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) and Rough Notes magazine have announced the creation of...
January 31, 2006

WASHINGTON, January 31, 2006  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) and Rough Notes magazine have announced the creation of the PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award to recognize outstanding achievement by an individual under age 40.

"Encouraging young people to consider a career in the independent insurance agency system must be a top priority for all of us," said PIA National President Ray L. Peretti, himself an agency owner. "Perpetuation of our agencies and of our industry depends on attracting talented people and giving them the recognition they deserve."

"We are particularly pleased to partner with the Rough Notes Company in this important effort," Peretti said.

The inaugural PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award will be presented during a luncheon on April 8, 2006 in Arlington, Virginia, in conjunction with the 2006 PIA Federal Legislative Summit. Two additional awards, honoring an outstanding agent and a CSR, will also be presented at that time.

"Attracting more young people to join our industry is a critical mission," said Rough Notes President & CEO Walter J. Gdowski. "We are pleased to join with the PIA to recognize the outstanding young insurance professionals who are making our industry their career choice."

Nominations are being accepted between now and February 24, 2006 from PIA members for the PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award and the CSR of the Year Award, sponsored for the third year in a row by Zurich Small Business group. Nominations for the Professional Agent of the Year Award are made by PIA state and regional affiliates, who may also submit nominations for the PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award.

The deadline for all nominations is February 24, 2006.  Nomination forms and instructions are available here.  

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association which represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006.