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THREE INSURANCE TRADE ASSOCIATIONS COOPERATING TO DISCUSS WAYS TO PROVIDE NEW SOURCES OF INSURANCE FOR AGENTS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- The No. 1 issue facing insurance agents today -- difficulty in finding companies to cover risks -- will be discussed in the first "Meet the Markets" seminar on Dec. 1, in New York.
 "Survey after survey has shown that independent agents are having increasing difficulty serving consumers because insurance companies are leaving states for a variety of reasons," said Fred Steves, CPCU, president of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA). "That's why our association and two others are opening the channels of communication to help agents find markets and create new insurance options for the public."
 The "Meet the Markets" session will be held Dec. 1, at the LaGuardia Marriott. The event is sponsored by the Independent Insurance Agents Association of New York Inc., the Independent Insurance Agents of America Inc. and AAMGA.
 "As wholesalers, AAMGA members handle nearly $6 billion a year in premiums, mostly through independent agents who operate on the retail level," said Harold Anderson, Zone 3 vice president of AAMGA and a member of the association's executive committee. "Most of those retail agents are members of IIAA, so it is only natural that we work to forge strong business alliances through our association affiliations."
 The "Meet the Markets" seminar idea grew from a study completed in 1990 showing that the availability of certain kinds of insurance was and would continue to be a growing problem. That study, written by C. Courtney Woods, CPCU, ARM, said the rapidly shifting dynamics of legislation, judicial determinations and public demand were creating insurance coverage problems in many areas of the country. Woods currently is president-elect of IIAA.
 AAMGA, established in 1926, is a trade association of local, state and regional insurance offices with contractual authority to perform managerial functions on behalf of insurers. AAMGA is based in Kansas City.
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 ~NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like to attend this meeting, please call Kathleen A. Weinheimer, CPCU, director of education, IIAANY, at 315-432-9111~
 ~CONTACT: Michael Grimaldi or Bev Haskins, of Corporate Communications Group, 913-451-2990, for AAMGA~


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