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Spalding: Banish Negative Thinking Because PIA "Can Do"

Jon D. Spalding wrapped up his year as President of PIA National with an assessment of PIA's status on behalf of professional insurance agents. Speaking...
October 7, 2010

Jon D. Spalding wrapped up his year as President of PIA National with an assessment of PIA's status on behalf of professional insurance agents. Speaking at a Board of Directors meeting October 3 in Traverse City, Michigan, Spalding said that PIA is "a major-league player" but could not have gotten to this point if it had not "first banished minor-league thinking on our part."

"When I accepted the honor of being your President, I summed up how I felt about my upcoming year," said Spalding. "I said, 'It's not about me.' That's the way I have tried to guide PIA National over the past year. I have always believed that there is nothing that PIA cannot achieve, if we all pull together."

"That is how I have tried to lead - by encouraging everybody to work toward the common goal of success for PIA," Spalding said. "All of us - volunteer leaders, affiliate leaders and National staff - share the same vision: a successful, growing PIA that serves all PIA members."

"A little over six years ago, there was a sea change in PIA National," he said. "Prior to that time, an attitude of 'can't do' had taken hold. But then, a series of leaders with a clear vision of a better future for PIA stepped up to the plate. Instead of thinking that things would always get worse, these leaders knew that with the right attitude, PIA would come back to greatness. The key was replacing 'can't do' with 'can do.' PIA again rose to greater prominence when we stopped doubting ourselves, and started believing in ourselves."

Spalding also commented on his visits to 18 PIA affiliates, as well as his address to the national board of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). He said with the ongoing threat of federal insurance regulation under a so-called "optional federal charter," it is time for everyone to have a consistent message of support for state insurance regulation. "In times like this when we're all under attack, it helps to circle the wagons," he said.

"As PIA heads toward its 100th anniversary in 20 years and 10 months, remember this: Do not ever listen to anyone who says that PIA 'can't do,'" Spalding said. "Don't ever let that kind of negative thinking gain a foothold in this association. Choose your future leaders very carefully. Make sure that they all believe that PIA 'can do.' As I said one year ago, 'It's not about me.' It's all about us. Because we are truly the PIA Family. Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving you."

Click here to read Spalding Remarks to PIA National Board (10/3/10)

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