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PIA National Announces The Hartford to Sponsor Annual CSR of the Year Award

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2007 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) is joining with The Hartford to honor an outstanding...
December 19, 2007

PIA Member Agents Encouraged to Nominate a Deserving Agency CSR


WASHINGTON, December 19, 2007  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) is joining with The Hartford to honor an outstanding customer service representative (CSR) who works for a member of the association.

The Hartford will sponsor the annual PIA National Customer Service Representative of the Year Award, which will be presented during an awards ceremony and luncheon on March 1, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia.

"PIA is pleased to welcome The Hartford's sponsorship of the PIA National Customer Service Representative of the Year Award," said PIA National President Robert Page. "The Hartford's commitment to the ongoing partnership with professional insurance agents is exemplary and its dedication to recognizing the key role customer service representatives play in our agencies strengthens that partnership."

The PIA National Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding agency customer service representative who works for a PIA member insurance agency. Nominations for this award are made by PIA members. The award recognizes a CSR who has improved operations of the agency, served their clients in a unique or extraordinary way and engaged in community involvement and activities to advance the betterment of the insurance industry.

"The Hartford is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the PIA National CSR of the Year award," said Dan Brown, executive vice president for sales and distribution for The Hartford. "We have long recognized and appreciated the many hats CSRs wear in their agencies, but especially the role they play in providing exceptional service for their customers."

The PIA National CSR of the Year Award will be presented during an awards luncheon on March 1, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia, held in conjunction with the 2008 PIA Federal Legislative Summit and Spring 2008 Board of Directors and committee meetings. The deadline for nominations is January 17, 2008. Nomination forms are available on PIA National's website.

In addition to the CSR award, PIA will name the 2008 Professional Agent of the Year and Young Insurance Professional of the Year during the March 1, 2008 luncheon ceremony. PIA's three other major national awards -- the Company Award of Excellence, the Managing General Agency of the Year and the Company Representative of the Year -- will be presented in Austin, Texas September 20, 2008 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. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America(SM). PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.

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