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For immediate release …

Friday, April 16, 2008
Contact: Melissa Nazar
or Mary Christiano (800) 424-4244

CE and seeds for growth at PIWA's Midyear Conference

GLENMONT , N.Y.-The Professional Insurance Wholesalers Association of New York State Inc. will host its 2008 Midyear Conference, May 7-8, 2008, at the Hilton Pearl River, Pearl River, N.Y.

"Part of what makes insurance wholesalers successful is their ability to stay on top of what's going on in the specialty marketplace-the PIWA Midyear Conference offers participants the opportunity to do this and more," said Gary Ricker, president of PIWA. "In two days, members will acquire a great deal of information and tools they need to help them successfully run their businesses."

On Wednesday, May 7, attendees can take part in the annual golf outing at the Blue Hill Golf Club -located near the Hilton Pearl River Hotel-at 11 a.m. Following the outing, participants are invited to take part in the opening dinner at 6:30 p.m. , where the Service to the Industry Award will be presented to Thomas Mulligan, executive vice president for underwriting and marketing, Western World Insurance Group.

Thursday's events are highlighted by a keynote breakfast at 8 a.m. , featuring an address by Mary Ellen Rozzell, president of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices Ltd . Rozzell will share insight and ideas from her nearly five decades of experience in the wholesale insurance industry.

Participants also can attend three education programs Thursday, approved for New York state continuing education: Legislative/regulatory update; Ethics: Utmost good faith; and Subprime implications to the insurance industry.

For more information about the 2008 Annual Convention or to register, contact PIWA's Education & Conference Department at (800) 424-4244, or via e-mail at conferences@pia.org. A registration form also is available here.

Established in 1978, the Professional Insurance Wholesalers Association of New York State Inc. is a trade association of New York state insurance wholesalers serving retail insurance producers with specialty and excess lines markets.

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