CPIA Conferment Recognizes 519 New CPIAs
March 29, 2013 -- The American Insurance Marketing & Sales (AIMS) Society recently recognized a professional insurance educator and state insurance agent association for their success in bringing Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) professional designation education to independent agency and brokerage professionals during 2012.
Becky Lathrop, CPIA, CIC, vice president at Tampa, FL-based Optimum Performance Solutions, was named the first-ever CPIA Facilitator of the Year. She was honored at the 26th annual AIMS Society PRO-to-PRO Executive Retreat, which was held in conjunction with the organization's annual meeting in Dallas, TX in late February.
In 2012, Lathrop taught 17 CPIA classes in Florida, Nebraska and Oregon. In presenting the award, AIMS Society Executive Director Kitty Ambers, CPIA, CIC, CISR, CPIW, said, "Becky's strong technical knowledge and engaging presentation style serve insurance professionals well in our CPIA courses. One of her student summed it up when she wrote of Becky's class, 'You don't leave feeling crammed or bored. You leave with fresh new ideas and ready for the next day of work.'"
The inaugural CPIA Seminar Sponsor of the Year Award was presented to Professional Insurance Agents of Florida. In 2012, PIA of Florida offered 18 CPIA classes; 358 students took part and 85 insurance professional earned their CPIA professional designation during the year.
Ambers, who presented the CPIA Seminar Sponsor of the Year Award during PIA of Florida's annual Expo and CPIA Conferment in February, said, "Florida PIA has done a great job helping agencies boost employee skills and performance through the CPIA program. It was exciting to take part in the Expo and Conferment, and see the enthusiasm the entire PIA of Florida Board and Staff has for the CPIA program and the energy they put into it."
During 2012, 519 individuals earned their CPIA professional designation. They were recognized during the AIMS Society Annual Meeting this year in Dallas. More than 4000 people have earned the exclusive CPIA designation since the program was launched in the late 1990s.About AIMS Society:
Founded in 1968 as The Firemark Society, the AIMS Society (www.aimssociety.org) is a national, member-driven organization that provides practical training, information and networking services designed to increase the personal and agency sales production of property and casualty insurance agents. AIMS Society was the first organization to honor property and casualty agents for sales excellence and to establish the industry's only sales-based insurance designation: the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA). Completion of the CPIA designation requirements is not necessary to qualify for membership.