N.J. Insurance Veteran Fernandez Wins PIA Award

October 6, 2011

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named New Jersey insurance veteran Edward Fernandez as its 2011 Company Representative of the Year.

Fernandez is president of the Palisades Companies, an independent agency insurer and part of the Plymouth Rock Assurance of New Jersey family. The award was presented on Sept. 24, during a ceremony in San Francisco held in conjunction with a national PIA board of directors meeting.

Fernandez has 35 years of experience in the property/casualty insurance industry. Prior to Plymouth Rock he was with Chubb Insurance for two decades, during which time he held management positions in marketing, personal lines, and branch management, including managing director and chief field officer for Chubb Personal Insurance.

The criteria used to select the PIA National Company Representative of the Year include professional experience, assistance given to agents, technical knowledge and demonstrated awareness of industry problems and market conditions. Their contributions to the industry through participation in PIA and other insurance organizations are also considered, as are their contributions to serving the public and their community.

“Throughout his career, he has always been an outspoken advocate for professional, independent insurance agents,” said Andrew Harris, vice president/treasurer of PIA National, who presented the award. “He has implemented programs to assist agents and make sure they are full partners in the decisions he makes.”

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