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NAIC President Mike Pickens to Address PIA National

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2003 - Mike Pickens, President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), will address the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents...
March 14, 2003

Insurance Regulatory Agenda to be Topic at April 5 Meeting of Agent Group

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2003 - Mike Pickens, President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), will address the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents on April 5, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. Pickens will speak on industry issues during the PIA National Awards program and participate in meetings of PIA National policy committees.

During his remarks to PIA, Pickens will elaborate on his new initiative, ASSURE, the Alliance for Sound State Uniform Regulatory Efficiency. ASSURE is a non-profit coalition made up of regulators, consumers, legislators, industry and business leaders who believe that state governments are best equipped to regulate the insurance industry.

"PIA is pleased to welcome President Pickens and looks forward to hearing his perspective on the critical issues of importance to our members," said PIA National President Carl G. Stoecklin. "In addition, we are proud to participate in ASSURE as part of PIA's ongoing engagement with the NAIC. The financial services marketplace is continuing to evolve and our system of state-based insurance oversight must also continue to evolve to be more responsive to our members' needs and the needs of their clients."

PIA National has been a participant in ASSURE from the outset because the effort supports the outcomes that PIA members need now and in the future to improve functional insurance oversight. PIA affiliates are being asked by their Departments of Insurance to participate in ASSURE as well

ASSURE's mission is "to improve and defend state insuranceregulation by supporting greater efficiency and uniformity in regulatory practices while proactively and aggressively maintaining vital consumer protections and education initiatives, as well as promoting streamlined national standards that recognize a unique and evolving state-based marketplace."

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.

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