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PIA Names Zurich Small Business Recipient of 2005 PIA National Company Award of Excellence

Leslie S. Welker, Executive State Agent,Zurich Small Business, accepts the 2005PIA National Company Award ofExcellence on behalf of Zurich. Theprestigious award was presented inPortland, Oregon...
September 10, 2005



Leslie S. Welker, Executive State Agent,
Zurich Small Business, accepts the 2005
PIA National Company Award of
Excellence on behalf of Zurich. The
prestigious award was presented in
Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2005.

Portland, Ore., September 10, 2005  - Zurich Small Business has received the 2005 Company Award of Excellence Award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA).  This prestigious award was presented recently during a ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

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 of and creating a better business environment for professional independent insurance agents.

The award was presented by Terry R. Adams, president of PIA National.

"The professional independent agency distribution system is at the core of Zurich's distribution strategy," said Adams. "Zurich Small Business distributes its products through approximately 11,000 professional independent insurance agents across the country. Zurich believes in the American Agency System and in professional, independent insurance agents - and backs it up in many ways."

"With over 40 local field offices and approximately 250 dedicated small business field employees, Zurich Small Business is committed to local, personalized and responsive service,"  Adams said. "Zurich shows it's commitment to the agency-carrier partnership through its active involvement in the PIA Company Council of Executive Officers and its support of PIA at the national and state level."



PIA National President Terry R. Adams, right,
presents Leslie S. Welker, Executive State Agent,
Zurich Small Business, with the 2005 PIA National
Company Award of Excellence. In addition
to winning this year's company award,
Zurich helped found PIA National's CSR of
the Year award which is presented each spring.

"Independent agents are critical to Zurich's Small Business success," said John Lynch, Head of U.S. Small Business for Zurich. "We are proud to be recognized by the PIA with this award and look forward to continuing to work with the organization at the national and state level in their efforts to further the interests of professional independent insurance agents."



Top row, from left: PIA National Executive Vice President Leonard Brevik; PIA National President-elect Ray L. Peretti, CIC, FMS; Terry R. Adams, President, PIA National. Bottom row, from left: Leslie S. Welker, Executive State Agent, Zurich Small Business; PIA National Vice-President Donna L. Pile, CIC, CPIW, CPIA.

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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