PIA and NIICA Join Forces

All Members of NIICA Become Members of PIA Under Agreement

NIICA has entered into an agreement with the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National). Under the agreement, NIICA’s  members across the nation have become members of PIA.

On April 16, 2018, Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide announced its decision to shift entirely to an independent agency distribution model by July 1, 2020. At the time of its initial announcement, Nationwide already had relationships with more than 10,000 independent agents across the United States.

 “We extend the warmest welcome to all the Nationwide agents who will be joining the ranks of independent agents, and also joining PIA,” said PIA National President Dennis D. Kuhnke. “This is yet another illustration that the independent agent distribution system is by far the insurance distribution system of choice and that PIA is the best choice for independent agents.”

 “NIICA has throughout its 33-year history always honored the dignity and value of agents,” said NIICA President Thom Polvogt. “Since our beginning, we have been pro-agent, pro-client, pro-company, and pro-active. Now that our agents are transitioning fully into the independent agency system, we are proud to become part of PIA—an association that shares our values.”

“PIA welcomes all of the Nationwide agents who will be joining PIA,” said PIA chief executive officer (CEO) Mike Becker. “We encourage all of the agents who will be joining our association as a result of this agreement to take full advantage of all the many business-building programs offered by PIA that help add to an agency’s bottom line. In addition, PIA advocates for you in Congress and throughout the insurance industry.”

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.

Effective July 1, 2020, the NIICA office is closed and the phone has been disconnected. [email protected] will be monitored until the end of the year.

It has been my pleasure to support NIICA and its members for the past 11+ years. I wish you all the best in your new ventures as Independent Agents.

Don Werner
Executive Director

Class Action Complaint for
Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
Filed 5/2/19 In the United States District Court
For the Eastern District of New York

DeVivo Associates, Inc. and Dennis J DeVivo, Plaintiffs,
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Defendant


593Doc#1-02 Exh B – May 10 2018 Communication

593Doc#1-03 Exh C – March 15 2019 Communication

593#34 JUDGMENT Granting Motion to Dismiss

263#37 NOTICE OF EXPEDITED APPEAL – Appellants brief due 09-23-2019 (3)




Comm No 8390-11 Attachment 263#74 SUMMARY ORDER

Comm No 8390-11 Attachment 263#74 SUMMARY ORDER

Cole Hixon Insurance, Inc., Plaintiff,
Nationwide Mutual Insurance  Company and Robert B Harris, Defendants

Hixon vs NW and Harris 01132020

NIICA’s Objectives Are:

  • To create a professional organization from which rules, ideas, statements, papers, journals, dissertations and studies can be presented publicly for analysis, debate and resolution; and to publish those subjects that are inherent and of interest to the business pursuits of member agents and their principal.
  • To promote professionalism and ethical practice, placing service to the policyholder and public first and foremost.
  • To promote and maintain effective communication between the agent and the company.
  • To foster and encourage fellowship among agents and their families.
  • To encourage increased competence through continuous study and professional industry courses.
  • To search for ways in which career agents may enjoy unique benefits such as curtailment of agency expense, investigate sources of the most economical insurance coverages for members and recommend activities that may prove financially advantageous to the agency force.
  • To research and recommend legislative programs that may provide fair treatment of insurance consumers and Nationwide independent contractors.
  • To provide information for all members on national and local issues that are of importance to them.
  • To provide help to an incapacitated agent for the maintenance and operation of his or her agency.
  • To provide survivor administrative assistance to the family of a deceased member.
  • To assist agents with legal expenses when it is determined that they were unfairly terminated or about to be terminated without just cause.
  • To reject the concept of unionization in any form or fashion.