PIA Washington/Alaska handed out its annual Agent of the Year and Company Person of the Year awards last week at the Joint Conference of the PIA Washington/Alaska and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington.
Jim Starr of Starr and Brown Insurance in Spokane, Washington is the agent of the year.
The Agent of the Year Award is the 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.
Happiness to Jim Starr is helping his clients understand what they are buying and helping them through tough times when they come. It’s why his clients love him. He fits their needs financially. Honesty and integrity is what keeps those clients staying with him and is what gives Jim a very high retention ratio.
Jim Starr’s staff also loves him. He cares deeply about people near him and around him and that, too is part of what makes great insurance agent.
And he’s deeply involved in his community. He works with his church’s community outreach. It’s helping people get on their feet and assisting them with education needs, food and clothing.
This is kind of a natural for an insurance agent. In fact, Jim is the perfect insurance agent. He’s perfectly involved in his community and the perfect pick as PIA Washington/Alaska’s 2014 Agent of the Year.
The Company Person of the Year is Tom Becker, the Vice President of the East Region of Liberty Mutual.
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.
Tom is an easy-going executive who is knowledgeable about insurance and knows his numbers. He is very loyal to the agents his company works with and to those his company doesn’t work with.
Tom invests a lot in the communities where the agents live and work.
Agents sense his sincerity. And his sincerity is genuine. His love for the industry and for the agents on the front-lines is genuine.
The PIA staff says Tom is our go to guy when the association has a need. We appreciate him as much as the agents of the industry. Congratulations to Tom Becker — the Vice President of the East Region of Liberty Mutual — our 2014 PIA Company Person of the Year.