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Augusto Russell is PIA’s 2016 Professional Agent of the Year

Augusto Russell, CIC, of Farmington, Connecticut, has been named the 2016 Professional Agent of the Year by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents...
April 20, 2016

Augusto Russell, CIC, of Farmington, Connecticut, has been named the 2016 Professional Agent of the Year by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). Russell is a partner with May, Bonne & Walsh Inc. in Glastonbury, Connecticut. “This award is PIA’s highest honor,” said PIA National President Robert W. Hansen, Jr. “It recognizes the achievements of one Professional Insurance Agent who is an outstanding member of PIA.”

“In my opinion, which is not just that of a Governor but as someone raised in a family of insurance brokers—I recognize the value of a committed professional who cares deeply for both his customers and his community. Mr. Russell exemplifies that in every regard,” wrote Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy in support of Russell’s nomination for the PIA award.

Former Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut Thomas Leonardi said that while there is much discussion about the need to attract bright young people into the industry, “Augusto has actually done something about it!” He was referring to how Russell initiated a program with Goodwin College to create a course curriculum to allow students a pathway into an insurance career. Board members of PIA of Connecticut collaborated in the effort.

“I believe he is one of the finest human beings I have come across in my career,” Leonardi added. “He genuinely cares about people, his community, and his profession.” The award was presented during a gala luncheon ceremony on April 8, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, held during the national PIA meetings, which followed the 2016 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS).

2016 Agent of the Year

 

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