Northeast PIA’s Launch New Ed. Program

March 15, 2004

The Professional Insurance Agents of New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Hampshire have announced a new audio-conference series created to help agencies educate their staff at little cost in the convenience of their own office.

The series, entitled “Lunch ‘N’ Learn,” is designed to help insurance agency staff acquire valuable skills to become more productive, efficient and gain a mastery of timely insurance topics.

Each program is less than an hour and includes valuable documents to keep and share. Conducted via operated-assisted conference calls, the seminars are open to an unlimited number of participants from each agency or company.

“These innovative education series are comprehensive and the benefits are simple,” stated T.J. Derella, CPIA, president of PIANY. “The sessions take place in a company’s office-there’s no traveling-and a large number of staff members can be educated for the cost of one participant.”

The program is similar to a large conference call, but provides a more controlled, radio-program-like environment. Participants call an 800 number, answered by a live operator to initiate the discussion. Those involved then listen to the presentations and take part in a question-and-answer session.

“If an office has access to a telephone and an e-mail account-to receive the summary printouts, then its employees can participate in these programs,” indicated John D’Agostino Jr., CIC, president of PIANJ. “Each one will run from noon to 1 p.m., offering a full course with little interruption to the daily work schedule.”

“Each month, insurance professionals will be given the opportunity to explore another arena of the insurance industry,” noted PIACT president Robert B. Gyle IV, CIC. “Future topics include employee versus independent contractors and the legal benefits and pitfalls of an employee handbook.”

The bulletin noted that, as the programs have not been filed for continuing education credits, participants will not need to take a monitored exam afterward.

“The Lunch ‘N’ Learn programs are strictly for the benefit of independent insurance agents and are geared to develop a better understanding of an ever-changing industry,” said Jeffrey Foy, president of PIANH. “The knowledge learned will be something the participants can pass on to their clients and the rest of the insurance-buying community.”

A special introductory fee for each program is $35 per dial-in site for members; $50 per dial-in site for nonmembers.

To register, or for more information call PIA’s Education and Conference Department at (800) 424-4244. Or logon to PIA’s award-winning Web site-www.piaonline.org-and type in EC10050 (New York), EC10049 (New Jersey), EC10047 (Connecticut) and EC10048 (New Hampshire) in the Quick-Link box.

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