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PIA National Names Southern Insurance Underwriters 2009 Managing General Agency of the Year

Southern Insurance Underwriters Named 2009 PIA NationalManaging General Agency of the Year. Shown here are SIU PresidentWesley C. Duesenberg, Jr., second from right, and SIU...
October 9, 2009

Southern Insurance Underwriters Named 2009 PIA National Managing General Agency of the Year. Shown here are SIU President Wesley C. Duesenberg, Jr., second from right, and SIU Vice President of Operations Tripp Duesenberg, second from left, with PIA of Geo
Southern Insurance Underwriters Named 2009 PIA National
Managing General Agency of the Year.
Shown here are SIU President
Wesley C. Duesenberg, Jr., second from right, and SIU Vice
President of Operations Tripp Duesenberg, second from left, with PIA
of Georgia Executive Vice President Jerry Duke, far left, and PIA
National President Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq., far right.

San Diego, CA, October 9, 2009 -  The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents has named Southern Insurance Underwriters, Inc. as recipient of its 2009 Managing General Agency of the Year Award.

"Southern Insurance Underwriters has partnered with PIA of Georgia for over 40 years, for the exclusive benefit of the independent insurance agent," said PIA National President-elect Jon Spalding during the presentation ceremony for the award on October 3, 2009 in San Diego, California. "Southern Insurance Underwriters always goes the extra mile to support its independent agent partners. For example, SIU is a charter member of the award-winning PIA Branding Program and has voluntarily placed advertising supporting the program."

The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in furthering the interests of agents, a commitment to the agency system and successful efforts to create a better business environment for professional insurance agents.

"Being recognized as PIA National's 2009 MGA of the Year is one of the highest honors we have ever experienced," said Wesley C. Duesenberg, Jr., President of Southern Insurance Underwriters. "Our appreciation of and involvement with PIA in Georgia, Alabama and Florida has been rewarding and we look forward to continuing to serve the agents in any way possible. We are truly humbled and thankful to PIA National for this very prestigious award and we will continue to live up to the expectations that this award represents."

SIU has been underwriting insurance independently as a family owned business for over 45 successful years. Recognized as one of the most innovative managing general agencies (MGA's) in America, SIU is a leader in service and new technologies. Wes Duesenberg, Jr. is the recipient of the Vincent Donahue Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor awarded by the American Association of Managing General Agencies (AAMGA).

"The relationship between SIU and the PIA of Georgia exemplifies the kind of partnership SIU has with independent insurance agents - long standing, strong, success-oriented and built on mutual respect," said PIA of Georgia Executive Vice President Jerry Duke. "The members of PIA in Georgia and throughout the country are pleased to bestow this honor on such a stalwart supporter of the agency distribution system."

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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