IIANJ Honored for State Legislative Work

April 22, 2004

The Independent Insurance Agents of New Jersey, Inc. (IIANJ) was presented the prestigious Maurice G. Herndon National Legislative Award today in recognition of its outstanding government affairs achievements last year.

Awarded annually by the Independent Insurance Agents &
Brokers of America (IIABA) and the Professional Independent Insurance
Agents of Illinois (PIIAI), the Herndon Award is bestowed upon the state
association whose legislative achievements the previous year on behalf
of IIABA and its members have been deemed most outstanding. The honor is named after the former head of IIABA’s government affairs operation.

IIABA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ronnie Tubertini presented the honor to New Jersey President & CEO Sheri A. Acconzo, CMP; Chairman L. Scott Stanford, AAI; and State National Director Charles S. Stults III. The ceremony took place during the association’s 28th Annual National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The New Jersey association was honored for its successful
grassroots efforts in passing much-needed auto insurance reform
legislation in its state legislature. Prior to the reforms, New Jersey
had the worst market for auto insurance in the nation, and insurers,
unable to make profits, were leaving the state. With the enactment of
the reform legislation, insurers are returning to the marketplace

“The New Jersey association is a shining example of the type
of hands-on, grassroots organizing that is crucial to independent
insurance agents and brokers and their livelihoods,” Tubertini says.
“Through their contributions, New Jersey agents have protected their
business interests and the future of the agency system in their state.”

The New Jersey agents also consistently can be counted on to
support InsurPac and IIABA’s grassroots efforts. New Jersey exceeded its InsurPac fundraising goals in 2003, officials said.

“New Jersey agents understand that IIABA’s total government affairs
effort includes participation in InsurPac and our grassroots program,”
said Tubertini.

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