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PIA of Florida Announces New Board Members

Thursday, March 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
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PIA of Florida Announces New Board Members


Tallahassee, FL – March 5, 2015 – The Professional Insurance Agents of Florida (PIA) has announced that Lori Anderson, Vice President, Moore Fowinkle and Schroer of Bradenton, Dwight Van Lierop, Agency Principal, Van Lierop Insurance Services of Port St. Joe, and Caple Howden, Agency Owner, Caple Howden Insurance Agency of Orlando have been elected to the association’s board of directors, effective February 18th, 2015. Also, reelected to the board are past president Lori Williams, CEO, J. Meyers Insurance Group of Orlando and Lee Rogers, CEO, The Florida Insurance Group of Orlando. In addition, Jeff Rush, Odiorne Insurance Agency of Brandon, started his term of President of PIA of Florida; Dave McFadden, Agency Principal, McFadden Insurance Services of Lutz, began his term as President Elect; and Lori Williams, CEO, J. Meyers Insurance Group of Orlando, took over her new position as Secretary/Treasurer.

Lori Anderson: Lori began her career 27 years ago with Moore Fowinkle and Schroer. She is a licensed 220 Agent and holds the Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC) designation. Lori is experienced in sales, processing, and paying student accident claims, as well as serving as Office Manager. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family in the wonderful outdoors; camping, horseback riding, snow skiing, and bike riding.

Dwight Van Lierop: After graduating from Auburn University, Dwight began his career in sales, selling fresh cut flowers to wholesale florists and supermarket chains throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1997, his eyes were opened to a possible career in insurance and Dwight signed up for the agents license course work and decided to leave the cut flower business. In 1999, he started his first insurance agency. Fourteen years later, Van Lierop Insurance Services has expanded to three office locations across the Panhandle of Florida.

Caple Howden: In 1984, Caple started his career in the insurance industry working primarily life, health, and the annuities market and graduated to the P&C side in 1988 when he started representing Nationwide Insurance Company. As an agent for Nationwide, he has qualified for their prestigious Presidents Club, Champions Award, and Life Eagle Award multiple times over the years. Caple has served on the board of Easter Seals, past President of Nationwide Advertising Agents Association, and currently serve as chaplain at Highbanks Marina and Campground in Debary Florida.

Corey G. Mathews, CAE , CEO of PIA of Florida, said, “We are very impressed with these new directors’ involvement in our association, promoting the insurance industry, and helping to generate more open markets. Each of the officers has been instrumental in the growth of our association and we see these new directors, as well as the rest of the board, furthering the industry even more.”

PIA of Florida is a trade association based in Tallahassee representing agents throughout the state by providing members with legislative advocacy, quality education programs, timely, unbiased information, and discounted member services designed to help insurance agents compete successfully.


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