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PIA National Names Robert Franzese 2007 Professional Agent of the Year

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2007 - Robert Franzese has been named the 2007 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year by the National Association of...
March 31, 2007


2007 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year
Robert Franzese addresses the crowd at the
PIA National spring awards luncheon in Arlington,
Virginia on March 31, 2007.

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2007  - Robert Franzese has been named the 2007 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. The award was presented during a luncheon on March 31, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia.

Franzese was honored for his tireless work on behalf of professional insurance agents, his commitment to the highest standards of professionalism in his industry, his active leadership in PIA and his dedication to his community.

"Each year, PIA National honors one of our best. Without a doubt, Bob Franzese is one of PIA's best," said PIA National President Donna L. Pile. "He has demonstrated a deep level of commitment to our industry and his fellow PIA members. He personifies what it means to be a professional, independent agency owner."

Franzese is Chief Executive Officer of Capital Bauer Insurance Agency, Inc. of Albany, New York.  What Franzese began as a start-up agency in 1991 has grown to one of the largest property/casualty agencies in New York. A member of PIA since 1991, Franzese has served in virtually every volunteer PIA position. In 1999, he served as President of PIA of New York. From 2000 through the present he has been active as a past president for PIANY, and is a spokesperson on the association's behalf on legislative and regulatory issues.

"Bob has been an outstanding supporter of PIA and a close friend," said PIA National Director from New York Thomas J. Derella. "His commitment to PIA's interests is well known. I know of no other person more deserving of recognition as PIA National Professional Agent of the Year."

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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