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Jeff Smith New CEO of PIA Affiliate in Ohio

The PIA affiliate in Ohio, the Ohio Insurance Agents Association, is excited to announce new leadership for 2017. Jeff Smith will transition to CEO effective Jan. 1, 2017. He will be the driving force of the association’s initiatives to ensure independent insurance agents thrive in a rapidly changing insurance marketplace, and meet the demands of the modern insurance consumer...
December 20, 2016

The PIA affiliate in Ohio, the Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA), is excited to announce new leadership for 2017. Jeff Smith will transition to CEO effective Jan. 1, 2017. He will be the driving force of the association’s initiatives to ensure independent insurance agents thrive in a rapidly changing insurance marketplace, and meet the demands of the modern insurance consumer.

Most recently, Smith led OIA’s advocacy, legal, human resources and membership activities. As CEO, his top priorities include inspiring the next generation of insurance leaders and developing business solutions to strengthen the relationships between independent agents and their clients.

Smith will replace long-time CEO George Haenszel. Leading the association for 32 years, Haenszel dedicated his life’s work to independent agents. Haenszel will transition into the role of Senior Director to mentor Smith and the senior leadership team.

“PIA National is pleased to welcome Jeff Smith to his new role serving agents in Ohio,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Mike Becker. “PIA looks forward to a long, productive relationship with Jeff, as well as a continuing relationship with George Haenszel, who has been the driving force for PIA members in Ohio for many years.”

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