The PIA Western Alliance is starting Oregon’s first young insurance professionals organization. It’s called Young Insurance Professionals association (YIP) and board member Shawn Carter of Capital Premium Finance said the purpose of the organization is to offer young agents the opportunity to develop professionally, network with peers, participate in industry activities and make positive contributions to the community.
“We want to help those coming into the industry for the first time to understand the different processes and the different ways they can grow and progress as an agent,” Carter said. “It’s an opportunity to network with other young agents.”
Carter noted while this is specifically created for people 35 and under, it also applies to those 35 and above that are new to the insurance industry. All attending the YIP events will benefit. Part of that benefit comes from involvement of older, more experienced PIA member agents and company members in YIP.
“The focus is to help the perpetuation of the industry. A lot of baby boomers are retiring now and we see a lot of agencies being handed down to a son or a daughter, or other family members,” Carter said. “This helps these young agents and the next generation of the industry with networking opportunities.”
The first meeting of the OYIPs
5:00pm to 8:00pm
RAM Breweries and Restaurant
515 SE 12th Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
PIA Oregon and the YIP leadership are looking for other leaders to fill important positions within the association. Needs range from committee members to YIP leadership.
Carter said the point of YIP is to present something new to attending agents during each event. This is practical, up-to-date information that can be immediately applied to the next work day and at client meetings.
Click here for more information on YIP and to join.