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PIA and Florida Insurance Council Slate Panel on Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2007 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) and the Florida Insurance Council (FIC) have joined forces to...
June 15, 2007

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2007  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) and the Florida Insurance Council (FIC) have joined forces to bring together a panel of high-level leaders who are directly involved with insurance issues as they relate to insuring for natural catastrophes.
 
PIA National, PIA of Florida and PIA of Louisiana, together with the FIC, are sponsoring a panel entitled "Government and Insurance Markets: Achieving the Balance." It will be held on June 26, 2007 in conjunction with the Florida Insurance Council's 2007 Annual Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Marco Island, Florida. The purpose is to help better define problems and work toward viable solutions.

"Natural disasters are creating new and unique challenges for the insurance industry almost on a daily basis," said PIA National President-elect Robert Page. "Government is seeking practical political solutions, while the insurance industry is seeking practical economic solutions. Both need to come together to craft common sense solutions for the benefit of taxpayers, carriers and policyholders."

Page is an agent in Louisiana who lived through Hurricane Katrina. He is executive committee liaison to the PIA National Natural Catastrophe Task Force.
 
The four hour session will consist of two panels comprised of leaders in key positions in government at the federal and state level along with insurance industry leaders. They will discuss issues related to natural disasters, their impact and aftermath, focusing on insurance.
 
In addition to elected officials, the CEOs of carriers, reinsurers and state-backed pools along with state insurance commissioners and federal and state regulators are scheduled to participate.

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. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.

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