Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc.’s past president, Augusto Russell, has been appointed to a General Assembly task force to improve the insurance industry workforce in Connecticut.
He was appointed by Sen. Len Fasano, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. Russell is a principal with Insurance Provider Group in Wethersfield, Conn.
“As an association supported by members, we strive to assist our members with many issues pertaining to their agencies and businesses,” Russell said in his testimony. “The most reoccurring issue our members reach out to us for tips and advice on is recruiting and retaining talented independent insurance agents. Our members continue to express frustration in this area.”
The perpetuation of the insurance industry was a key issue of Russell’s PIACT presidency in 2013 and 2014. During his term, Russell helped to establish a collaborative effort with Goodwin College to provide training and education for students to explore pathways to careers in the insurance field. PIACT also offers members access to its Agency Staffing Assistance Program, which helps members recognize, recruit and train employees.
“Perpetuation is an issue that continues to affect professional, independent insurance agencies,” PIACT President Ken Distel said in a PIACT press release.
Russell and the other members of the task force will conduct a study on the methods of developing, expanding and improving the insurance industry workforce in Connecticut by evaluating and analyzing the status of the state’s workforce in the industry, reviewing the employment needs of the industry and developing methods of expanding and improving the industry’s workforce.
PIACT is a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies and their employees throughout the state of Connecticut.
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