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2014-01-28 18:28:05 - Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) Annual Meeting and 2014 Board Members elected

The Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) held its Annual Meeting from January 23-26, 2014, kicking off its 40th anniversary year at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The theme of the meeting, 40 Facing Forward, reflects PIMAs leadership, past and present, in the affinity benefits and direct marketing business. 

The PIMA membership elected its 2014 board at the meeting and Daniel O’Brien, CLU, Vice President, New York Life Insurance Company was installed as PIMA President. 

“PIMA has always connected the leaders in the membership association and affinity benefits market — in order to grow business together. I am honored to contribute to the next phase of our industry’s development,” said O’Brien.

Other new PIMA officers are:

President-Elect– Michael Mercer, Vice President, Business Development, Transamerica
Treasurer – Mark Kelsey, President, Kelsey National Corporation
Secretary – William Suneson, Managing Partner, Next Generation Insurance Group
Immediate Past President (ex-officio) – Samuel Fleet, President & CEO, AmWINS Group Benefits
At Large Officer – Edward Klayman, President, IMAC

Newly-elected Board Directors are:

David Armstrong, President, Sass Associates
Tony Baldus, Principal/Marketing, Mercer
Christopher Petersen, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Shannon Warner, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Affinity Programs, Pearl Insurance

Returning Board Directors for 2014 are:

Paul Clampitt, Institution Solutions, LLC; Stephanie D’Amico, SourceLink; Ann Dieleman, ARAG North America; Sherri Lagana, CLU, ChFC, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; David McCarty, AGIA Insurance Services; and David Schaeffer, AmWINS Group Benefits.

President’s Awards of Merit were presented to Christopher J. Burke of AMA Insurance Agency, Inc., Michael Griffin of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, and Ann Nagle of The Washington Trust Company.

The PIMA MidYear Meeting & Trade Show is scheduled for July 17-20, 2014 in Napa, CA. For more information, visit the PIMA Web site at or call 817-569-7462 (PIMA). 

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