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PIA National Issues Call for Award Nominations

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2007 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for three prestigious...
February 1, 2007

Professional Agent, CSR, Young Insurance Professional to be Honored

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2007  - 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 16, 2007 for the association's Professional Agent of the Year Award, the PIA National Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year Award and the PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award.

The PIA National Professional Agent of the Year, the association's highest national award of distinction, is presented annually to one outstanding professional insurance agent who is a member of PIA. Nominations for this award are made by PIA state and regional affiliate associations.

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. For the fourth year in a row, the CSR award is sponsored by Zurich, a member carrier of the The Partnership (formerly the PIA-CCEO).

"Customer service representatives are a vital part of the independent agency distribution system and a key aspect of customers' positive insurance experiences," said Eleanor Barnard, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Distribution for Zurich North America Commercial. "Zurich is proud to join with PIA to honor the professionalism and dedication of the agency CSR."

The PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award is given to an outstanding employee, owner or principal of a PIA member agency. Both PIA members as well as PIA state and regional affiliates may make nominations for the award, which is sponsored by Rough Notes magazine.
 
"Attracting more young people to join our industry is a critical mission," said Rough Notes President & CEO Walter J. Gdowski. "For the second year in a row, we are pleased to join with the PIA to recognize the outstanding young insurance professionals who are making our industry their career choice."
 
All three awards will be presented during a luncheon on March 31, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia, in conjunction with the 2007 PIA Federal Legislative Summit and Spring 2007 Board of Directors and committee meetings.

Nomination forms are available here: /awards.htm

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 15, 2007 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).

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