July 2023 PIANC News

Independence Day Closing

2023 Annual Trade Show and Convention Exhibitor Booth Registration is Open

  • Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem
  • Host Hotel:  The Winston-Salem Marriott
  • 50 Booths will be available and sold on a first come, first choice basis.
  • Payment must be received to complete booth reservation.


Schedule Overview:


  • Tuesday, 8/15/2023, 4-6pm:  Setup
  • Wednesday, 8/16/2023, 7:30am-1:30pm:  Trade Fair open breakfast through lunch.
  • Thursday, 8/17/2023, 7:30-8:30am:  Optional Exhibitor Time
  • Wednesday, 8/16/2023, after 2pm OR Thursday, 8/17/2023, 7:30-8:30am:  Breakdown

Attendee Registration

2023 PIANC Trade Fair & Convention

August 16, 17

Benton Convention Center

301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

  • More exhibitors
  • New CE Topics
  • Special Executive Sessions
  • Professional Headshots
  • Door Prizes
  • Special Appreciation Gift Bags for 1st 50 First-Time Agent Attendees who Register
First time blue ribbon

PIA Member Mr. Ray Von McLeod, June 21, 1940 - June 11, 2023

Ray Von was born on June 21, 1940 in the Lovejoy Community of Montgomery County. He was the youngest of his 4 brothers and 5 sisters. In 1963, Ray Von married Brenda Wood and together they had 3 children:  Renee, Todd, and Chris. He was a member of Asheboro First Assembly, where he also served as a Deacon. Ray Von loved God and sharing God's love with everyone he met. Ray Von was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Brenda Wood McLeod.

For many years Ray Von worked as a milkman for Guilford Dairy and then was employed with Energizer Battery. In 1971, Ray Von founded McLeod Insurance Agency and enjoyed helping his clients over the past 52 years. He joined PIA of North Carolina in 1990 and was an active member for many years. He worked alongside his son Todd, granddaughter Madison, and staff.

Ray Von is survived by his daughter, Renee Brower and husband Rickey of Randleman; sons, Todd McLeod and wife Charlene of Trinity and Chris McLeod and wife Wendy of Denton; grandchildren, Macie and husband Jordan, Madison and husband Bradley, Tyler McLeod, and Dawson McLeod; great grandchild, Lennan-Gray; brothers, Hubert McLeod and Odell McLeod; sister, Loretta Garner; and fiancée, Evelyn Smith.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Christian Academy, 367 Academy Dr., Thomasville, NC 27360 or Asheboro First.

Ray Von McLeod

Ray Von McLeod

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.

Welcome New and Renewing Members and Partners

Renewing Auxiliary Member

  • NC Surplus Lines Association
  • Penn National Ins. Co.
  • Assura

New Agency Member

  • Potter Insurance Agency

Renewing Agency Members

  • Bauer Insurance Agency
  • Jake A. Parrott Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Barnette and Coates, Inc.
  • Pinnell Insurance a division of Watkins Insurance
  • Warlick & Hamrick Insurance

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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From PIA National

Cyber Security Insurance

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.
PIA Propeller

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.

PIA Ascend

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.


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.


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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Neil Armstrong