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PIA National Issues Call for Nominations

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2006 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for three prestigious...
February 1, 2006

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

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2006  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for three prestigious national awards.

Nominations are being accepted between now and February 24, 2006 for the association's Professional Agent of the Year Award, the PIA National Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year Award and the inaugural PIA National Young Insurance Professional 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 for the third year in a row by Zurich Small Business group.  In addition, this year PIA will present the first PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award in conjunction with Rough Notes magazine. Nominations for this award may be submitted by PIA members as well as PIA state and regional affiliates.

The PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award is given to an outstanding individual under age 40.

"Attracting more young people to join our industry is a critical mission," said Rough Notes President & CEO Walter J. Gdowski. "We are pleased to join with the PIA to recognize the outstanding young insurance professionals who are making our industry their career choice."
 
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."

All three awards will be presented during a luncheon on April 8, 2006 in Arlington, Virginia, in conjunction with the 2006 PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

Nomination forms and instructions are available here. 

PIA's two other major national awards -- the Company Award of Excellence and the Company Representative of the Year -- will be presented in Savannah, Georgia on September 9, 2006 in conjunction with the association's fall meetings.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association which represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006.

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