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PIA National Issues Call for Nominations

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2005 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for two prestigious...
February 11, 2005

Professional Agent of the Year, CSR of the Year to be Honored

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2005  -  The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for two prestigious national awards.

Nominations are being accepted between now and February 24, 2005 for the association's Professional Agent of the Year Award and the PIA National Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year Award.

The PIA National Professional Agent of the Year is nominated by PIA state and regional affiliates. PIA member agents make nominations for the PIA National CSR of the Year Award, which is being sponsored by Zurich's Small Business group.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon in Arlington, Virginia on April 9, 2005 held in conjunction with the 2005 PIA Federal Legislative Summit and the PIA National board and committee meetings.

The PIA National Professional Agent of the Year award is PIA's highest national award of distinction, presented annually to one outstanding professional insurance agent who is a member of PIA.

The PIA National CSR of the Year Award is given to an outstanding agency customer service representative who works for a PIA member insurance agency. For the third year in a row, the CSR award is sponsored by Zurich's Small Business group, a member carrier of the PIA Company Council of Executive Officers (PIA-CCEO).

"Customer service representatives are a vital part of the independent agency distribution system," said Shelly Diegel, Vice President of Distribution for Zurich Small Business. "Zurich Small Business is proud to join with PIA to honor the professionalism and dedication of the agency CSR."

PIA's two other major national awards -- the Company Award of Excellence and the Company Representative of the Year -- will be presented in Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2005 in conjunction with the association's fall meetings.

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.

Zurich's Small Business group offers a broad, customized coverage portfolio of property, liability, commercial auto, umbrella and workers compensation. It provides solutions for small businesses in the retail, wholesale, service, office, institutional and manufacturing fields and residential and commercial builders risk.

Additional information and nomination forms are available on PIA National's web site.

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