Executive Director's Discussion

Heat of the Summer….
As we enter into the dog days of summer, it is easy to think of the lake, the beach, the kid’s band camp, or the upcoming baseball season. But, just beyond those thoughts is the crunch time of most agencies….4th quarter and planning for the New Year. It is easy to lean back, relax, and take a moment to breathe. It is vital to replenish your “tank” to prepare for the final push of year-end. READ MORE
Did you know?
PIA was founded with objectives that are as relevant today as they were
back in 1931:
• Educate agency owners and staff about insurance concepts;
• Keep agents informed about changing company offerings;
• Allow agents to assist one another in proper underwriting of their business;
• Increase cooperation between carriers and agents;
• Encourage uniform policy writing and assist in proper form completion;
• Advocate for agents and the industry in legislative matters;
• Foster connections among agents so they can support one another;
• Protect the American Agency System
PIA membership is comprised of some
of the most experienced and qualified
agency owners in the business. Over
79% have a professional insurance
designation and nearly 100% of PIA
members are agency owners.
Events & Info
The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most devastating and costly on record. And it can happen again. FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have put together a collection of resources designed to help agents educate their clients about the importance of purchasing flood insurance now before the next storm hits. Materials can be used throughout hurricane season. DOWNLOAD: Hurricane Season Agent Resource Toolkit
  PIA wants to help increase your Commercial sales.
If you are interested in products, training, resources, and information about writing commercial lines contact Kristopher Fisher at 615-771-1177 or kfisher@piatn.com .
The annual spring PIA Federal Legislative
Summit (FLS) is a gathering of PIA members who come together in the nation’s capital to meet with their elected representatives. It is an opportunity for PIA members to meet with their Members of Congress and to discuss issues that are of
importance to independent insurance agents.
Upcoming Events
CPIA 2- Knoxville
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
8:30 AM  4:00 PM
Implement for Success - Course objectives:  During this session, participants will be provided with specific tools for analyzing consumer needs; will learn to utilize risk identification techniques to gather pertinent prospect information; will develop skills necessary to assimilate information gathered into a customized protection program; and will participate in exercises designed to promote effective delivery of proven solutions. Throughout each section of the workshop material, tips for preventing Errors & Omissions are highlighted and discussed.
What's New
PIA National President Tim Russell and Executive Vice President/CEO Mike Becker discuss the PIA Market Access Program. 
Press Release
Contact           Mary Ellen O’Connor
Marketing Communications Manager
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
262-334-6442    moconnor@wbmi.com

West Bend Mutual Insurance makes Top 50 ranking
WEST BEND, WI (July 20, 2018) – West Bend Mutual Insurance Company has made the Ward Group’s list of the 50 top-performing property/casualty insurers for 2018. The recently-released list includes the best performers of the more than 3,000 U.S.-domiciled companies. This is the fifth-consecutive year the company has been included on this list.

To identify the 50 Top Performers, Ward Group analyzes the financial performance of nearly 3,000 P&C insurance companies domiciled in the United States. To be included on the 2018 list and awarded the Ward’s 50 designation, insurers must pass safety and consistency tests, as well as performance tests. Next, companies that meet the minimum thresholds are ranked based on these measurements. Ward Group then compares the top 50’s performance with the rest of the industry for the previous five years.

“We’re very pleased with our results,” said Kevin Steiner, president and CEO. “Being included in the Ward’s 50 again this year is affirmation that West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is truly one of the top property-casualty insurers in the U.S. I extend my thanks to our associates and the independent agents who represent our company. We couldn’t achieve this success without our associates’ hard work and dedication, or without our agents’ continued loyalty.”
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PIA has recorded a series of radio ads for PIA member agencies to tag with their contact information. Preview them below. When you're ready, simply download the broadcast-quality MP3 files and send them to your local radio station where their voice-over professional can add your agency information.

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