PIA of Louisiana's 72nd Annual Convention
July 25-28, 2015 • Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, AL
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The Rising — Video Interview With
PIA President Richie Clements

PIA National President Richie Clements recounts to the National Underwriter his story of surviving Hurricane Katrina and the flood of claims that followed in the storm's aftermath, in this first of three video interviews. In Part One, Richie talks about the approach of Katrina and how it initially looked like the hurricane would not be as devastating as it turned out to be. The video accompanies the cover story on Richie's experiences in the March 2015 issue of the National Underwriter.

Upcoming PIA Events
04/07/2015 -- North Shore Chapter Meeting

04/08/2015 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Cyber CE Class

04/08/2015 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

04/09/2015 -- 12th Annual James C Herndon Memorial Charity Golf Tournament - New Orleans Chapter

04/21/2015 -- CISR Personal Residential
(Lafayette, LA)

04/21/2015 -- CPIA-3 Sustain Success
(Baton Rouge, LA)

04/22/2015 -- CISR Personal Residential
(Shreveport, LA)

04/23/2015 -- PIA of Louisiana Membership Cruise Drawing

04/23/2015 -- Acadiana Crawfish Boil

04/28/2015 -- CPIA-3 Sustain Success
(Shreveport, LA)

Virtual Exhibit Hall

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Virtual Exhibit Hall

Countdown to the 2015 PIA FLS Continues!

Members of PIA will bring Main Street to Capitol Hill when they convene March 25-26 in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS). The FLS is a gathering of PIA members who come together to meet with their members of Congress. During the 2015 PIA Federal Legislative Summit, PIA members will advocate on a host of issues, with a prime focus on healthcare, tax reform and insurance regulation. In addition, many PIA members will engage their lawmakers on crop insurance, flood insurance and many other issues.

"A new Congress always brings with it new opportunities," said PIA National President Richard A. Clements. "Issues that have not been at the forefront in recent years, such as tax reform, have a real shot at movement now." Clements said early indications are favorable for passage of legislation backed by agents.

The 2015 PIA Federal Legislative Summit begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, PIA's headquarters hotel, with an in-depth issues briefing session and Q&A to prepare attendees for their congressional visits. The day ends with a reception hosted by PIA's agency-company council, The PIA Partnership, as well as a fundraising dinner cruise on the Potomac River for the Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC).

The following morning, March 26, PIA members will gather for a kickoff breakfast before making their way to Capitol Hill for a day of advocacy visits with their members of Congress.

PIA's presence on Capitol Hill sends a strong message to Congress that agents won't sit on the sidelines while important legislation moves through Congress. We hope that you will join us for the FLS this year! For more information and to register, visit the FLS webpage at www.piafls.com.

April 2015 Changes to NFIP Rates

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is providing a summary of flood insurance rates and other charges for new or existing policies beginning April 1, 2015, as a result of recent flood insurance legislation known as the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Some of the changes taking place in April include rate increases for most policies and an increase in the Reserve Fund Assessment.

Rate Changes. The NFIP will be implementing annual rate changes using rate-increase limitations set by HFIAA for individual premiums and rate classes.

Reserve Fund Increase. In addition, Biggert-Waters required the establishment of a Reserve Fund to help cover costs when claims exceed the annual premium collected by the NFIP.

Please be on the lookout for the NFIP's next news alert about the HFIAA surcharge, and share this alert with your colleagues. Be sure to visit FEMA's Flood Insurance Reform webpages and read the related WYO Bulletins. You can also access the previous alert in this series here.

Social Media Tools on PIA's Website

PIA has a new and growing social media support center available to PIA members on the PIA Branding Program web page of PIA National's website. These resources include:
  • archived social media webinars
  • invitations to upcoming live webinars
  • guidance on using free social media tools
  • customizable social media policies for your agency
  • a new hands-on guide to using LinkedIn to grow your agency

These tools and archived webinars are available exclusively to PIA members at www.piabrandingprogram.com.

The following webinar recordings are now available:
  • Using LinkedIn and Twitter to Promote Your Agency. Aired live 2/18/15, featuring social media expert Ted Janusz.
  • Developing Social Media Strategies for Your Agency for Bottom-Line Business Results — Not for Geeks! Aired live on 12/8/14, featuring social media expert Ted Janusz.
  • Taking Control of Social Media and the Smartphone. Aired live on 10/27/14, featuring social media/insurance marketing guru Tom Wetzel.

Thanks to Our 2015 PIA Partners:

Americas Insurance Company

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

Markel FirstComp

LUBA Workers' Comp

Prime Rate

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.

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