The Society of CIC Honors 30 Year Member Jim Pate

January 30, 2012 – West Point, GA: The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (Cle) recognized Jim Pate of Columbus, Georgia, CIC at J. Smith Lanier & Co., with a certificate honoring his 30 years of faithful participation in advanced education. Making CIC history by being among the first group of ClC's to reach this 30 year milestone, Jim earned the designation through a series of examinations and has maintained his CIC designation by annual attendance at an approved CIC continuing education.

"The professional designation and commitment represented by Jim Pate sets the standard within our industry," said Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU, President of the Society of Cle. "This 30 year accomplishment signifies a career of active involvement in advanced education. Jim's emphasis on professional development positively reflects on the insurance profession as a whole."

The Society of CIC is a member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. This non-profit organization serves over 134,000 participants annually throughout all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Island, and Puerto Rico. The National Alliance is compromised of the Society of CIC, The Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR), Certified Risk Managers International (CRMI), and The National Alliance Research Academy.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 500 employees in eight divisions and 18 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, and risk control.