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PIA National Names Sheldon Palefsky 2009 Company Representative of the Year

2009 PIA National Company Representative of the Year SheldonPalefsky of Columbia Insurance Group (center) accepts the awardfrom incoming PIA National President Jon Spalding (left) andoutgoing...
October 13, 2009

PIA National Names Sheldon Palefsky 2009 Company Representative of the Year
2009 PIA National Company Representative of the Year Sheldon
Palefsky of Columbia Insurance Group (center) accepts the award
from incoming PIA National President Jon Spalding (left) and
outgoing PIA National President Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq., (right).

San Diego, CA, October 13, 2009  -  The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents has named Sheldon M. Palefsky, CIC, of Columbia Insurance Group as its 2009 Company Representative of the Year. The award was presented October 3, 2009 during a ceremony in San Diego, California held in conjunction with a national PIA board of directors meeting.

"Our winner brings a special perspective to his responsibilities," said PIA National incoming President-elect Brian T. Marino, who presented the award. "He was an independent agent before becoming a company representative "Sheldon Palefsky has raised the bar for all marketing representatives, demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to the success of independent insurance agents."

Palefsky is Branch Marketing Manager for the Atlanta branch office of Columbia Insurance Group.

"We are very proud of Sheldon.  He first impressed us as an agent and has brought the same caring attitude and integrity with him as a member of our team," said Robert J. Wagner, Chairman and CEO of Columbia Insurance Group.

The criteria used to select the PIA National Company Representative of the Year includes professional experience, assistance given to agents, technical knowledge and demonstrated awareness of industry problems and market conditions. Their contributions to the industry through participation in PIA and other insurance organizations are also considered, as are their contributions to serving the public and their community.

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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