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The Annual PIA / IIABW Washington Joint Conference and Trade Show — Register Now!
The 2015 PIA/IIABW Joint Conference is September 16-18, 2015 at Tulalip Resort in Marysville, Washington. For those not aware of just where it is, Marysville is just north of Seattle. Both associations encourage agents/brokers, CSRs and marketing reps to attend. The conference is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with fellow agents and company representatives. Plus — you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the finest resorts in the Northwest. This is the only annual statewide industry event in Washington. It is always packed and gives hundreds of agents/brokers the opportunity to meet with and learn from insurance companies, wholesalers and other companies they do business with.
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Montana Producer Seminar — Register Now!
The annual PIA Montana Producer Seminar is Monday and Tuesday, October 5 - 6, 2015, in Helena, Montana. As always, the seminar features comprehensive education, that includes CPIA CE for designees and new agents looking to earn the CPIA designation. Plus, there's lots of networking and fun mixed in with our annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker tournament. It benefits the PIA Community Foundation. The tourney is Monday October 4. The PIA Montana Producer Seminar features plenty of door prizes, cash prizes and vendor prizes and make this event one not to miss.
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Your vote could mean $10,500 for local students in need!
Washington Kids in Transition is used to being the helper — but now this community organization could use a little help of its own. The nonprofit, created by four Edmonds moms to help homeless students in the Edmonds School District, is competing against 32 teams across the country in an online contest for a chance to win up to $10,000. But the competition is steep and currently Washington Kids in Transition (WaKIT) is trailing — that's where YOU can help.
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Insurance Needs to be More Digital Savvy
Accenture just released its annual insurance strategy report. The bottom line? Customer expectations are rising and insurance isn't doing so well in the digital age. Business is being stolen by digital savvy firms that provide innovative products.
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ACE's Greenberg on Chubb Purchase: Agents Still the Focus
Chubb has always been an independent insurance agent favorite. It has now been purchased by ACE and worries are that things will change. Those worries — says ACE CEO Evan Greenberg — are without substance. Or at least that's what he said in a webcast on July 20.
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The New Employment Reality: The Remote Employee
More and more companies — and in our case, agencies and companies — are allowing telecommuting. In many cases people are hired as solo entities in locations where the company or agency does not have facilities. They need to be managed.
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The Economies of the PIA Western Alliance States
MSN Money recently took a look at the economies of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In determining who was best and who was worst, the website checked unemployment rates, gross domestic product per capita, average weekly wages, and recent growth rates for non-farm payroll jobs, GDP, house prices and wages.
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Pacific NW Schools get Earthquake Early Warning System Dollars
Several Pacific Northwest and California schools are going to share $4 million to help develop an early warning system for earthquakes. The schools are as follows.
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Obama Administration Cyber Hack Retaliation
The Obama administration is going to retaliate for the hack of the Office of Personnel Management. Over 20 million federal workers saw their personal information compromised in the attack. This information comes via The New York Times. "The decision came after the administration concluded that the hacking attack was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases did not apply," the newspaper said.
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Insurance Agents Age Average Middle-Age
A survey A.M. Best recently did is scary. Kind of. The ratings firm found most insurance agents are middle-age. Almost 70% are in the 40 to 55-year age group. Just 20% are "younger" says A.M. Best's Spring Insurance Survey.
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ObamaCare and State-Based Reimbursements: $1 Billion in Question
The Affordable Care Act gave millions in federal government dollars to several states for them to set up exchanges — or marketplaces — where people could purchase their required health insurance. Many of those states gave it a shot and failed and they are joining the federal government's exchange HealthCare.gov. One of them is the PIA Western Alliance state of Oregon. It blew through over $300 million and failed to register even one person.
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