Thomas Adderhold was named to the association on October 4, 2009

Thomas Adderhold, CIC, of Duluth, Georgia has been selected as an officer of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). The announcement took place during a meeting of the board of directors of the association held in San Diego, California on October 4, 2009.

Adderhold is the CEO & Owner of Preferred Insurance Agency located in Duluth, Georgia and the president of Preferred Insurance Underwriters. He began his insurance career in 1976 by purchasing interest in an existing agency, and in 1979 purchased his present retail agency, Preferred Insurance.

Mr Adderhold has grown this operation to its current level by targetting and cross-selling commercial, aviation, personal lines and life & health accounts. Prior to purchasing Preferred Insurance, he was a sales manager for IBM.

First elected to the PIA of Georgia board of directors in 1996, Adderhold has served on its legislative committee since 1998. He served as president of PIA of Georgia in 1999-2000 and has served on the national PIA board since 2000. In addition, Adderhold is vice chairman of the PIA Services Group Insurance Fund.

PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialise in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.