Savino: PIA Is a Community, Not a Business
On April 4, PIA National President Keith A. Savino addressed a meeting of PIA’s national Board of Directors, with a message: PIA is not a business; PIA is a community.
“We are members of the insurance community, and the insurance community is what created PIA. As members of that community, we are all connected. Often we can get lost as time goes on, and start thinking of ourselves as a business—instead of reminding ourselves that we’re actually a community.
“As a community, we need to keep reminding ourselves that if we are going to build the next generation of an association, then we need to focus on community first. If we lose our way and we forget what we were founded on, then we will no longer be a part of the community, we’ll actually be on the outside as a business trying to sell something to insurance agents and brokers.
“As we work together in building the next generation of our insurance community, always think about what the core mission is. It’s not a building, it’s not the number of employees, it’s not what percentage is earned on what product, it is what are we doing for the members of the insurance community who founded PIA. Because PIA didn’t found the community—the community founded PIA. We are that community. There’s no ‘they.’ There’s only ‘we.’
“PIA has never been stronger than it is right now. Never. This is a very strong organization. And I want you to feel that passion as you speak with somebody on the street and remind them that you, as a member of the community, are looking out for them as a member of the community.” .