Winter 2017


Calendar of events:

CTYIP Springfest

March 9-10
PIACT Annual Convention
Foxwoods Resort & Casino| Mashantucket

March 9
CTYIP Annual Business Meeting
Foxwoods Resort & Casino| Mashantucket

March 9
CTYIP Board & Committee Meeting
Foxwoods Resort & Casino| Mashantucket

March 9
CTYIP Strategic Planning Meeting
Foxwoods Resort & Casino| Mashantucket

June 20
Annual Golf Open
Lyman Orchards Golf Club| Middlefield

September 7
4th Annual Golden Gala Awards Night
Anthony’s| New Haven

December 14
CTYIP Holiday Social
Amarante’s Sea Cliff| New Haven


Were you there?


2016 Holiday Social

CTYIP Holiday Social

Diamond Club Wrap-up


Welcome new members


Drew Caetano
The Stone Agency

Patrick Fleming
Imperial PFS


Matthew Moss
Farmers Insurance

Greg Provencal
Roland Dumont Agency


Rob Sargent
AmWINS Brokerage of New England


Patrick Swayne
The Thompson Agency


CTYIP board of directors


Nick Khamarji Jr.
New England Insurance


Vice President
Katie Bailey
The Russell Agency


Crystal Cathcart
New Haven

Assaf Ben-Atar
Pullman & Comley LLC

Immediate Past President
Nick Ruickoldt
The Russell Agency

Anthony DeSalva
Georgetown Financial Group

Cathy Finlayson
Servpro of Meriden



Alyssa Harrington
Hillcrest Agency

Ryan Keating
Michael J. Keating Agency
West Hartford

John Mastroianni
Sal’s Clothing Restoration
North Haven

Frank Pingelski
Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group

Nick Sarro
United Cleaning & Restoration

Nick Serra
Serra & DelVecchio Insurance Group


Sponsor spotlight:


Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc.

The premier trade association for the insurance industry, PIACT is dedicated to building the future for insurance agents everywhere. Offering member benefits including advocacy, networking, continuing-education and resources such as Industry Resource Center, members should always Think PIA first. In addition, PIACT offers PIA Creative Services to help agents grow their business. PIACT is affiliated with PIA National. If you are interested in becoming a PIACT member, call (800) 424-4244 or click here.


Did you know?


Licensing/CE Compliance Central

PIA's Licensing/CE Compliance Central is an online tool kit designed and made available to PIA members—professional, independent agents—to help them navigate the latest rules and regulations regarding licensing and continuing-education requirements. PIA has long held a reputation for providing the highest quality education in formats that are easy and accessible to members.
Licensing/CE Compliance Central includes important resources for producers such as information about getting and maintaining a license; rules and requirements for doing business in one's home state and other states; reporting requirements; information on company appointments and terminations; surplus-lines licensing; as well as quick access to state and other licensing authorities, with specific rules and regulations and CE requirements for specific products, such as flood and long-term care. PIA also provides frequently asked questions and answers, and offers members instant access to its member-exclusive Industry Resource Center for more specific or personalized questions.
PIA is committed to meeting our members' needs and to making sure that professional, independent agents are easily able to meet all their licensing and CE requirements.


New two-year member option

Your CTYIP board of directors voted to implement a new two-year member option. This will enable us to maintain our current membership over a longer period of time, while reducing the amount of emails we send you. We'll also save on paper by not having to send you paper bills. It's a win-win for everyone. When it is time to renew your membership, go online and make sure that the two-year member option is checked off, or check the box for it on your paper bill and mail it back to us. It's that easy.

Welcome PIAVT

Late in 2016, PIA of Connecticut welcomed Vermont into the PIA family. That state joins Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York, which are all managed out of PIA headquarters in Glenmont, N.Y.



10 reasons why an insurance career is great for millennials

1. There’s a job for your skills. 2. Insurance careers are sustainable. 3. Career advancement provides opportunities to learn. 4. Diversity is welcome. 5. Teamwork is unavoidable. 6. The work is not boring. 7. You will shape what insurance looks like for years to come. 8. Insurance offers a flexible work schedule. 9. You’ll make a difference toward the common good. 10. Insurance is everywhere. More …


Willis Towers Watson: Millennials are reshaping benefits packages

Here are the top-five trends in employer-sponsored health and well-being benefits in 2017: 1. Employers are moving away from one-size-fits-all health benefits to providing employees with more options to choose from so their individual needs can be met. 2. Most employers are adding or expanding voluntary benefits to appeal to younger generations. 3. More employers are introducing innovative technologies and tools into the benefit experience. 4. More employers are expanding the definition of well-being to include mental, emotional, social and financial health in addition to physical health. 5. A growing number of employers are using or considering private benefit exchanges to address the complexity of delivering personalized benefits to a multigenerational workforce.


Technology: A driving force in insurance distribution

Technology is bringing the insurance industry into the on-demand marketplace as customers expect quality and speed from all service providers, including insurance. To help insurance producers interact the way customers expect, PIA has launched its Buy-Button Initiative.


Annual sponsors



Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc.



Quincy Mutual Group
The Russell Insurance Agency
Utica National Insurance Group



Berliner-Gelfand & Co.
M.J. Keating Agency
NLC Insurance Cos.
Sals Clothing



CT Education Schedule


Click here to view the comprehensive calandar listing all PIA-sponsored courses in Connecticut
course descriptions, CE credits and more.

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