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Call for Nominations — Fall 2015 PIA National Awards Program
PIA National will be accepting nominations beginning May 20, 2015, for the association’s 2015 PIA National Company Award of Excellence, Company Representative of the Year, Managing General Agency (MGA) of the Year and Excellence in Social Media awards. All four awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony on September 18, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana, held in conjunction with the association’s 2015 Fall Governance Meetings.
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The Value of an Agency — Record Highs or Close
A three-day workshop held in Atlanta by Reagan Consulting a couple of weeks ago is revealing. Agencies and brokerages are fetching higher prices than ever. As the economy gets stronger, cash-heavy companies are consolidating or cashing out.
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Getting Insurers Dodd-Frank Act Relief
Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby is the chairman of the powerful Senate Banking Committee. He wants to reform the Wall Street and bank and insurance regulating Dodd-Frank Act. This includes insurance regulatory reforms.
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Hiring & Working with Millennials — A Challenge
Millennials are the newest, largest workforce in the world. Those born 1980 or later are some of the best employees a company can have — or the worst. A lot of how successful an employer is with a Millennial depends on how they're treated.
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Cyber Security: From New Rules to the Elimination of the Password
Cyber security is the newest and scariest threat to U.S. business. Almost daily we hear of a major breach and the theft of personal data. Many of us — the editor of Weekly Industry News included — have been victims of these attacks.
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Face-to-Face Financial Advice
The Life Insurance and Market Research Association — LIMRA — just finished an interesting study on benefits. It finds a high percentage of us are in debt and do not have a plan to manage that debt.
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Insurance Jobs: Plenty of Them but Few Takers
Jobs in the insurance industry are plentiful. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the industry gained 27,500 jobs in March. That's up 3.9 percent from a year ago.
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Google: First Driverless Autos, Now Pilotless Airlines
It is one thing to face the idea of encountering a driverless automobile but quite another to accept being 30,000-plus feet in the air in a jet without a pilot at the controls. But that's what Google is looking at doing after the success of its driverless autos.
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HealthCare.gov CEO: Too Much Choice?
HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan thinks the federal government's health insurance website may be offering too many choices. On average there are 40 choices and one community has 130 of them. It's too much Counihan said and he claims market research shows consumers actually want fewer options.
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