PIA National Names Donna Cunningham 2013 Professional Agent of the Year
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Donna Cunningham, CPIA,
President of ADP/Statewide Insurance of Florham Park, New Jersey, has been
named the 2013 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year. The award was
presented by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)
during a gala awards ceremony on April 12, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.
The PIA National Professional Agent of the Year Award is the association's
highest national award of distinction. It is presented annually to one
outstanding professional insurance agent who is a member of PIA. Nominations
for this award are made by PIA state and regional affiliate associations.
"Donna Cunningham realized early on that to be successful, she needed to
immerse herself in the business of insurance," said PIA National President
Andy Harris, who presented the award. "That started her commitment to
education — for herself and her employees."
"Donna has extended her involvement in the industry to her carriers, and to
PIA," Harris said. "She has served as Chairperson of the Travelers Insurance
Company Agents Advisory Council and as a member of the agent councils at
Skylands and Peerless. For more than a decade, Donna has served in virtually
every volunteer capacity with PIA of New Jersey. She was President of PIA of
New Jersey in 2010-2011. New Jersey honored her as its Agent of the Year last
"Donna isn't afraid to tackle new frontiers to support causes she believes
in," said PIA of New Jersey Executive Director Diane Fowler, who accepted the
award on behalf of Cunningham. "Several years ago, she was the driving force
behind the creation of PIA of New Jersey's Women's Business Forum, which
established a series of programs to provide female insurance professionals
with career development and networking opportunities. She continues to be
actively involved in this program, which has a loyal following among agency
and company personnel alike."
During her term as President of PIANJ, Cunningham led an effort to establish
programs designed to assist newer producers of ethnic descent to gain the
markets and skills needed to build a successful agency. She established this
initiative not only to help producers get started in the business but to
ensure that communities with large ethnic populations were adequately served
by professional insurance agents.
Fowler added that a member of Donna's agency family was being married that
day, so she couldn't accept the award in person, although she very much wanted
to do so. "As always, Donna put the feelings and interests of others before
her own. That's Donna."
Fowler added, "[Cunningham] is the epitome of the term 'Professional Insurance
Agent;' always there to serve her clients, a strong advocate for the causes
she believes in and a staunch supporter of her very loyal staff — her agency
family. She is an excellent example of all that every PIA member should strive
for: a true professional who always works to help others and give back."
While Cunningham was unable to accept the award in person, she said, "This is
truly an honor which I accept on behalf of all the insurance professionals who
always do their best for their clients and the companies they represent.
Throughout my career, PIA has provided me with the resources necessary to
become truly a 'professional insurance agent' as well as the tools to allow us
to mentor new insurance professionals, which helped us grow our agency."
Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member
insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of
insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.
PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America (SM). PIA's web
address is www.pianet.com.
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SOURCE National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
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