The PIA Oregon/Idaho’s annual and revolutionary new agent-company networking EXPO was a huge success. On June 21st, over 100 agents and agency representatives connected with each other at the sold-out trade show and many of those attending were highly impressed by keynote speaker Patrick Snow who is an international best-selling author and speaker.
His message got a standing ovation. Weekly Industry News interviewed Snow after his presentation and in the next couple of weeks we’ll share that conversation.
Just before the keynote presentation, the PIA Oregon/Idaho gave its annual Agent of the Year, Company Person of the Year and Blinders Awards to three deserving individuals.
The Agent of the Year Award was given to former PIA Oregon/Idaho president Doug Hartley of Silverton, Oregon’s Hartley Insurance. The award is PIA’s way of saying thank you and recognizing that special individual whose accomplishments exemplify the best qualities an independent insurance agent can possess: integrity, dedication and commitment to the members and goals of the PIA. As an organization, we offer no greater recognition than the PIA Agent of the Year.
Doug Hartley is known as a people person and those living in his community know when they have a difficult insurance need, he will try to find something — anything — to fit that hard to place insurance risk. He’s also a teacher and a trainer and is always willing to go out of his way to give others — like two of his then inexperienced staff members — an opportunity to learn the business. Doug is deeply involved in his community as a leader and a volunteer, and is deeply involved in the PIA Oregon/Idaho.
As the association’s president, his help was critical in the PIA Oregon/Idaho transition through a difficult reorganization of the PIA Western Alliance.
The association’s Company Person of the Year for 2017 is Mike Joy of Sublimity Insurance. Each year PIA members benefit from the contributions of time, money and expertise that come from our insurance company partners. In recognition of those contributions, the PIA honors one individual whose active involvement with PIA helps drive their company to support our efforts with our members.
Mike Joy balances the importance of company responsibility with a very heavy dose of truly caring for the agents and agencies he serves. One of his clients said, “He is not just a valuable resource for our agency, he’s part of it. He listens. He understands. That is very special. No matter what company he represents, he always has the agency’s perspective in mind yet still manages to remain loyal to his company.”
Even with his very busy schedule Mike Joy finds time to work on behalf of the PIA and goes the extra mile with a positive attitude, important input and — most importantly — follow through. He exemplifies what makes PIA Oregon/Idaho a success.
The annual Blinders Award went to Adam Wise of Hull & Company. This award is given to an underwriter or company person who does the opposite of what this award suggests — they take off the blinders and broaden their vision. The broadening of the vision makes it easier for the rest of us to serve our clients.
When asked about Adam Wise the person that nominated him said, “How do you explain him? We deal with a lot of underwriters and he seems to have the same urgency to write business as an agent. He tries to find ways to WRITE an account instead of to NOT write an account.”
Agents love him. They come to him because A) they know he’s going to get the job done and B) they know he views rules much like the rest of us view rubber bands. They aren’t necessarily meant to be broken but they are designed to stretch to the point of breaking.
And if you ask Adam Wise how he is doing he will always say, ”Living the dream.”