Lorie Yauney, SPHR, was elected by members of the Professional Insurance Agents Southern Alliance to serve as their Chair Person at their recent Annual Meeting. The PIA Southern Alliance is the nation’s sixth largest PIA affiliate, serving agents in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Ms. Yauney currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of J. Smith Lanier & Co., and is based in West Point, Georgia. Lorie is a graduate of Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, where she earned a BA degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. Recently, Lorie has been nominated to serve on the Marsh & McLennan Agency Strategic IT Council.
Lorie has been an active volunteer with PIA for the past fourteen-years, serving as CIC, CISR, and Education Committee Chair before being elected to PIA’s Executive Board in 2009.
In her acceptance speech Lorie said, “I appreciate the support and confidence of my colleagues in electing me to this leadership position. I look forward to working collaboratively with agents in all three states served by PIA South.”
Jerry Duke, PIA CEO stated, “I have been fortunate to work with many talented men and women, each possessing unique characteristics of leadership and management skills. Lorie has always been an active supporter of not only J. Smith Lanier employees, she has taken a proactive role in advocating for the America Agency System. She has never turned down a request to help all our members, regardless of agency affiliation. PIA is very fortunate to have Lorie as our 2018-2019 Chair.”
Originally founded in 1937 as the Mutual Insurance Agents of Georgia, PIA has operated continuously for the past 80 years. Today, PIA South, three-state alliance, was launched in March 2017 and is an organization dedicated to effectively preserving and advocating the independent agency system as a value-added distribution method, and to the development and availability of programs, products, and services that partner with our members and customers in sustaining and advancing their operations in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.