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PIA Names Selective Insurance Recipient of 2004 PIA National Company Award of Excellence

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2004 - Selective Insurance has received the 2004 Company Award of Excellence Award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)....
September 15, 2004

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2004 - Selective Insurance has received the 2004 Company Award of Excellence Award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA).  This prestigious award was presented recently during a ceremony in Orlando, Florida.


Jim Ochiltree, Senior Executive Vice President of Insurance Operations for Selective Insurance Group, recipient of PIA National's 2004 Company Award of Excellence (center) with Carl G. Stoecklin, CIC, CPIA, President, PIA National (left) and Terry R. Adams, President-elect, PIA National

The annual PIA National Company Award of Excellence honors companies for their commitment to PIA, to the American Agency System, and to furthering the interests and creating a better business environment for independent insurance agents.

The award was presented by Carl G. Stoecklin, president of PIA National. "Selective is truly a partner with PIA independent agents," said Stoecklin. "Selective is not only at our side, Selective is on our side. Our winner this year is 100-percent dedicated to the independent agency distribution system and uses independent agents exclusively to market its products." 

Jim Ochiltree, senior executive vice president of Selective's Insurance Operations, accepted the award. "Professional independent agents - and the quality of our relationships with them - are the foundation of Selective's success," says Ochiltree.  "Being recognized as the PIA's national 'Company of Excellence' is especially rewarding, since it affirms Selective's commitment to a 'high-tech, high-touch' business approach that provides agents with the products, services and technology they need to exceed customer expectations and grow profitably."

Selective Insurance Group, Inc., headquartered in Branchville, New Jersey, is a holding company for six property and casualty insurance companies that offer primary and alternative market insurance for commercial and personal risks. The insurance companies are rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best. Through other subsidiaries, the company offers medical claim management services; human resources administration services; risk management products and services; and flood insurance policy, administration and claim services. Selective maintains a website at http://www.selective.com/

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. Visit PIA at www.PIANET.com

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