January 2024 PIANC News

From the President

To all our members of PIANC, I want to say “Thank You!” for an incredible year and for your support.

As we look back at 2023 and all the changes in our industry, it has been a challenging year; but, as we always do, we had our best year so far. We could not have done it without the support of our members, the companies who support us, and the Board of Directors.

Looking forward to 2024, PIANC is working hard at every opportunity to improve on our commitment to serve our members. Implementing a new management system, GrowthZone, is a big step in delivering on that promise.

Our 2024 convention in Winston-Salem will be bigger and better than ever before, so please keep an eye out for information we will be sending out later. Save the Date: August 21-22, 2024

The annual Golf Tournament Fund Raiser will be April 30, 2024; we hope to see you all!

This being an election year, PIA will be representing you at our annual legislative convention; this is our opportunity to fight for you, our members, and the issues facing Insurance Agents in the U.S.

As president of PIA of NC, I wanted to reach out to everyone and again say, “Thank you!”

I want to wish everyone a wonderful and successful 2024 and looking forward to all we can accomplish together this year. Take care and God bless.

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Dean Wooten, President PIANC

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When Using Wholesalers, You Don’t Want to Assume

Many agents are using wholesalers and the Excess & Surplus Lines (E&S) market more due to market conditions. Dealing effectively with your wholesalers can be a crucial issue to minimize your E&O exposure.

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Floodplain Education

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a Federal program, established by Congress in 1968, that allows property owners to purchase federally-backed flood insurance within communities that participate in the program.  In return for this insurance protection, participating communities implement floodplain measures to reduce flood risks to the new development.  Through this program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and participating communities are able to reduce future flood losses.

See additional information at the links below.

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PIANC Membership

PIA is your resource to help your agency grow and prosper.  We provide quality education, effective advocacy to protect your agency and our industry, networking and leadership opportunities, as well as insurance coverages for your agency.

PIANC offers four types of membership:

  1. Agency Main
  2. Agency Branch
  3. Additional Voting
  4. Retired
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Postings are free for PIA members.

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2024 Course Schedules

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From PIA National

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PIA Partners with Propeller

PIA is proud to partner with Propeller to offer a fully automated, instant issue surety bond solution.

 

By offering a white-labeled surety bond platform backed by "A" rated carriers, Propeller makes it easy to search for, purchase, and distribute bonds while earning a competitive commission and growing your surety revenue through a lead generation-based model.

 

Agency Perks:

  • 30% Commission on all bonds, new and renewal: Contract, Commercial and Fidelity.
  • Performance Plus Program offering up to $1MM in credit-based underwriting for Contract Bonds.
  • Book Roll Bonus Program providing agents a large bonus in addition to the 30% commission on bond purchases for rolled books of business.
  • A library of 7,000 bonds available with dozens more being added each month.
  • Free access to technology, surety markets, and surety experts allowing your agency to become a great bonding resource overnight.
  • An MGA licensed in all 50 states.
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PIA Partners with Ascend

From billing to premium financing to distribution of commissions and carrier payables -- PIA and Ascend have you covered! 

 

Free to Use - No Subscription Fees:  let your customers decide how they want to pay - Credit/Debit Card, ACH, Wire

 

One-Click Premium Financing:  automatically built into the checkout experience without any extra back and forth.

Instant Commissions:  receive your commissions in 24 hours.

Simplify Carrier Payables:  minimize time spent figuring out commissions and carrier payments.

Full Transparency:  get notified when clients pay and markets are funded.

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Introducing Winning@Customer Retention

Demonstrating the value of working with an agency is key. That’s where Winning@Customer Retention comes in. It's a new program from the PIA Partnership designed to help agencies improve customer service and retention. We’ve pulled together resources to help track client retention rates, segment, and communicate with customers.

The program puts spotlight on technology and solutions that play a big part in improving customer communications, referrals, and enabling agencies to select the right solutions and be proactive. Winning@Customer Retention includes a mix of online materials and tools and in-person and virtual sessions and events.

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In the event of cyber business interruption, insurance covers loss and costs in excess of normal operating expenses required to maintain the business and restore operations.

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.

The PIA 401(k) Plan provides what employees want and what independent agents need to deliver it, in an efficient and cost-effective way.

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In an increasingly virtual world, it’s critical that you know how to build relationships online. That’s why PIA National has launched its latest member benefit, The Agent Experience.

"We’ve built this tool to expand your views about building relationships in a virtual world—and to provide access to resources that will help."

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