PIACT-YIP recognize agency forerunners at first Golden Gala Awards event

The PIACT Young Insurance Professionals remembered a beloved leader and recognized extraordinary agencies from around the state yesterday during its first Annual Industry-Wide Golden Gala Awards Night last evening at Race Brook Country Club, Orange. Lamanna

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(TOP) PIACT-YIP past President David LaManna presents Sue Goodman with the CTYIP Jim Goodman Lifetime Achievement award. (ABOVE) PIACT President Peter Frascarelli, CPIA (left), of Peter M. Bakker Agency, accepts the Maket Innovation award from CTYIP President Nicholas Ruickoldt, CPIA.

Attendees walked the red carpet and celebrated the extraordinary contributions of agencies with a passion for insurance excellence. Master of Ceremonies, PIA past President and PIACT National Director and PIA National Secretary/Treasurer Timothy G. Russell, CPCU, announced the award winners, and detailed the accomplishments of several worthy nominees. Winners of the awards were:

  • Peter M. Bakker Agency, of Avon, for Market Innovation;
  • Paradiso Insurance, of Stafford Springs, for Digital Agency;
  • The Russell Agency, of Southport, for Industry Awareness; and
  • The DiMatteo Insurance Group, of Shelton, with the Green and Groovy award

In tribute to PIACT and CTYIP Past President James Goodman, who passed away earlier this year, the industry leader was recognized by CTYIP past Presidents David LaManna and Joseph Bishop, and his wife Sue accepted the Jim Goodman Lifetime Achievement award. The award will continue to bear his name for future awardees.

“Originally, the committee planned to accept nominations for a Lifetime Achievement award, honoring a deserving agent who has demonstrated, across the span of a career, superlative dedication to the values and ideals of the local Main Street insurance agent as well as longstanding membership and participation within CTYIP and PIACT,” said Russell. “But as the committee considered the award’s criteria, it became clear that CTYIP and PIACT Past President Jim Goodman was the perfect candidate and that the award should bear his name going forward.”

Nearly 100 industry professionals participated in the event. PIACT-YIP President Nicholas Ruickoldt, CPIA, opened and concluded the event. “It’s testimony to both Jim Goodman and the associations he helped to build that so many past presidents and colleagues took time to honor our industry’s most progressive agencies and Jim himself,” Ruickoldt said. “We look forward to hosting this event for years to come in honor of them all.”—Voelker

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