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PIA National Names Scott Harwood, Jr. 2009 National Young Insurance Professional of the Year

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 - Scott M. Harwood, Jr., CIC, CISR, has been named the 2009 PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the...
April 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009  - Scott M. Harwood, Jr., CIC, CISR, has been named the 2009 PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year. The award was presented April 4, 2009 by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) and was sponsored by Rough Notes magazine.

Harwood is President of Harwood & Son Insurance, a PIA member agency in Farmville, Virginia.

The PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a young insurance professional. The award was presented during a luncheon ceremony on April 4 in Arlington, Virginia. Harwood was honored for his many activities in support of professional insurance agents and his efforts to attract more young people into the insurance industry.

"Scott has given of his time as a volunteer leader of PIA of Virginia & D.C. serving on its Board of Directors, as a member of its Executive Committee and as President of his PIA affiliate," said PIA National Vice President-Treasurer Brian Marino. "Scott has actively participated in PIA's insurance lobbying at the state and federal levels. He has also presented information about careers in insurance at Longwood University's School of Business and Economics and will be writing articles for the Automated Agency Report. 

"Scott's community involvement includes participating in his church's medical mission to Honduras in 2007, and he's going back again in 2010," Marino said. "He is truly one of PIA's outstanding young insurance professionals.

During Harwood's term as president of PIA of Virginia & DC a school was established that is designed to take a young person from any background, industry or education level and have them finish as licensed agents with the equivalent of several months of agency experience. And a second school was established, a producer "boot-camp" in partnership with the National Alliance designed to get young producers onto the fast-track of sales and building large books of business.

The PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award was sponsored by Rough Notes magazine for the fourth year in a row.

"Encouraging young people to consider a career as a professional insurance agent must be a top priority for all of us," Marino said. "We are particularly pleased to partner with the Rough Notes Company in this important effort."


2009 PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Scott M. Harwood,
Jr., CIC, CISR of Harwood & Son Insurance in Farmville, Virginia, center, poses
with Samuel W. Berman, Executive Vice President, COO, The Rough Notes Co.,
Inc., sponsor of the YIP award, left, and and PIA National President Kenneth R.
Auerbach, Esq.

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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