August 2022 PIANC News

PIANC Annual Conference

From the President's Desk

In 2014, I joined the board of the PIA of North Carolina.  In 2015, I was asked to take over the President’s spot because I was the only one on the board that hadn’t had the seat yet.  So, I took it, and over the years, as the association has grown, so have I, both professionally and personally.  I wasn’t sure how the journey would go as I took over that spot, but now, here we are, 7 years later, with the help of so many different people that I’ve now become friends with, the PIA of North Carolina is most definitely on the right track.  The Board of the PIA of North Carolina is very strongly connected and everyone on that board has been in the industry for some time.

All of the metrics we pride ourselves on as an association is all looking very positive.  We’ve added some new board members, and even had one retire from the board – these will be announced at the annual conference in Winston-Salem, as will our new slate of officers.

The industry has been changing for years and will continue to do so.  Our association helps everyone to keep up with these changes and help adapt to new challenges as they arise.  There’s product availability, Continuing Education, and much more.  I encourage you to explore our newly designed website:  There you will find a wealth of services available at your fingertips to help you manage your agency.

Thank you all for sticking with us through these hard times we experienced not so long ago. I’m excited about the future here at the PIA of North Carolina and look forward to seeing the continued fruits of our labor as a board.

I look forward to seeing you at the convention in August!

Keith Hayes Headshot

Keith Hayes, AAI, CPIA


August 24-25, 2022

Conference Location

Benton Convention Center
301 W. Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC

Hotel Location

The Winston-Salem Marriott
425 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC


New PIANC Officers and Board Members

PIANC is proud to announce our new officers and board members as of September 1, 2022:


  • President Dean Wooten
  • Vice President Keith Hayes, Parrott Insurance
  • Secretary/Treasurer Chris Meinberg, Piedmont Insurance


Board Members:

  • Joy Bauer, Bauer Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • John Cook, PIA National Director, Pinnell Insurance Agency
  • Todd McLeod, McLeod Insurance Agency LLC
  • Amy Perkins. The Cranford Agency
  • Saray Uribe, CharSan Insurance & Consulting
  • Murray White, Murray White Insurance Agency

Ann Cranford will be stepping down off the Board after many years of service to PIANC. Thank you, Ann for all you have done for PIANC..

AIMS Society Honors PIAVADC Education Director
Sheryl Chasse

Sheryl 2022 AIMS Award

On June 30 at the PIAVADC Annual Convention Awards Dinner, the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society (AIMS) surprised Sheryl Chasse with a special award.

"Sheryl’s exceptional efforts and creativity in marketing the CPIA designation program has substantially increased the level of participation and growth of the program in Virginia, DC, North Carolina, and beyond. Thank you, Sheryl, for all you do – the AIMS Society is so grateful for your outstanding work!"

Founded in 1968 as The Firemark Society (FMS), the American Insurance Marketing and Sales (AIMS) Society provides training, information and networking services designed to increase the personal and agency sales production of property and casualty insurance agents. AIMS was the first organization to honor property and casualty agents for sales excellence and to establish the industry's only sales-based insurance designation...Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA).

Earning/Updating your Designation

CPIA Complete a 3-course Series (CPIA 1, CPIA 2, CPIA 3) within 3 years. Every year by the end of the month in which CPIA was earned Update is satisified with any CPIA course.

Course Offerings E-Blasts

  • E&O, Ethics - For $25 or Less

From PIA National

Cyber Security Question of the Month:

How can you decrease social engineering risk?

Train employees never to provide confidential information via email, phone or text. They should be wary of payment requests through emails and double check domain names and other sources through multiple channels.

PIA National is happy to introduce the PIA 401(k) Program. It is a turn-key, low-cost solution for agency owners and their employees and performs over 90% of administrative tasks by becoming your retirement department support team.

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