PIA of Louisiana's 71st Annual Convention
July 19-22, 2014 • The Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL
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The PIA Online Silent Auction Was a Hit!

Thanks to all of you that participated in our online Silent Auction. We raised $10,310! This money will be used toward our PR efforts. We were excited to be able to offer to members who were not at our convention the opportunity to participate in the Silent Auction and even more excited to see how many actually did participate. We even had one winning bidder from this group and others that left early for the closing event but were able to put in the winning bid! As always, we appreciate your support and we look forward to using these monies raised to promote the PIA brand and ultimately add value to being a member of the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana.

The 71st Annual Convention Was Another Huge Success!

We made several changes to this year's program and we were excited to hear all the positive feedback from our attendees! We had record participation at our General Session, Exhibit Hall and other events. We'll be highlighting this year's convention in our September issue of The Agent's Voice, but you also can view pictures on our Facebook and soon on our website under the convention page. We hope you'll join us next year at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL on July 25-28, 2015. We'll be emailing all attendees a short convention survey. Please be sure to complete that so we can have your feedback when planning next year's convention! We also want to thank all our sponsors and exhibitors. We'll once again spotlight them in the September issue of The Agent's Voice. We also added some other exhibitors to our Virtual Exhibit Hall, so be on the lookout for that as we update our website.

Free ACA Webinar for PIA Members

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be conducting an Affordable Care Act (ACA) webinar for PIA members that wish to participate in a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) for the 2015 plan year.

The hour and a half webinar (non-CE) will take place Tuesday, August 12, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm ET. It will cover an array of topics, including information on the FFM registration process as well as training requirements required prior to assisting consumers in the FFM for the Individual Market and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). To register, see PIA's bulletin with details.

Registration will close the day before the webinar on Monday, August 11, at 1:00pm ET.

Upcoming PIA Events
08/13/2014 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Flood CE

08/13/2014 -- North Shore Chapter CE Day

08/13/2014 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

08/19/2014 -- CISR Commercial Casualty - 2

08/20/2014 -- CISR Commercial Casualty - 2
(Baton Rouge)

08/21/2014 -- CISR Commercial Casualty - 2
(New Orleans)

08/22/2014 -- YIPs 10th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Sponsorship Opportunities

08/22/2014 -- YIPs 10th Annual Bowl-A-Thon

08/27/2014 -- New Orleans Chapter CE Day

08/28/2014 -- CISR Commercial Casualty - 2

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NFIP Business Fact Sheet Now Available

In our last two issues of The Agent's Link, we provided you with a special update on NFIP changes, which included a consumer fact sheet on HFIAA from FEMA/NFIP. Now we have a Business version of this fact sheet that you can download for your use here. Please remember that previous copies of The Agent's Link and The Agent's Voice are archived and can be found on the PIA website under the Member Resources tab.

Preparations Underway for PIA's District Lobbying Day

PIA National will hold its annual District Lobbying Day (DLD) on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. PIA of Louisiana is now scheduling meetings with our elected officials to discuss issues that are important to Professional Insurance Agents.

While members of Congress are back home in their districts for August recess, PIA is asking each PIA member to meet with their elected officials on or around August 19. Our goal is to mobilize as many PIA members as possible to have a conversation with their elected officials and/or staff members about the critical issues facing the insurance industry. If you are interested in participating in these visits or have a question, please contact Natalie Cooper by emailing Natalie@piaoflouisiana.com or calling 800.349.3434. You may also check out www.piadld.com.

Thanks to Our 2014 PIA Partners:

Americas Insurance Company

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

Markel FirstComp

LCTA Workers' Comp

LUBA Workers' Comp

Prime Rate

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.

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