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PIA National Issues Call for Awards Nominations

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has announced a call for nominations for three prestigious...
December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009  - 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 January 22, 2010 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 Award, 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.

"To be named by one's PIA peers throughout the nation as Agent of the Year is truly a distinction that has no parallel," said PIA National President Jon Spalding. "As an agent-driven association, the recognition afforded each year to one of our fellow member agents has special significance."
 
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 CSR of the Year Award is sponsored by The Hartford, a member carrier of The PIA Partnership.

The Hartford is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the PIA National CSR of the Year award. "For 200 years, The Hartford has been committed to excellent customer service," said Juan Andrade, President and Chief Operating Officer, Property and Casualty Operations, The Hartford. "As we celebrate our bicentennial in 2010, we are excited to recognize the industry's finest CSRs for the role they play in providing exceptional service for their customers."

The PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award is given to an outstanding employee, owner or principal of a PIA member agency who is under the age of 40 or a member of a PIA-affiliated Young Insurance Professionals association. Both PIA members as well as PIA state and regional affiliates may make nominations for this 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 fifth 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 20, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia, held in conjunction with the 2010 PIA Federal Legislative Summit and Spring 2010 PIA National Board of Directors and committee meetings.

Nomination forms are available here.

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 Traverse City, Michigan on October 2, 2010, 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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