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PIA Management Services names Lachut director of Government Affairs

GLENMONT, N.Y.—PIA Management Services Inc. has announced it has hired Bradford J. Lachut Esq. as director of Government and Industry Affairs for the five PIA state affiliates managed by the Glenmont, N.Y.-based group.

PIA members will recognize Lachut, as he previously served as PIA’s government affairs counsel, prior to working as a senior manager, government affairs and economic development for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Lachut, a resident of Malta, N.Y., received his juris doctorate from Buffalo Law School and his bachelor of science in government and politics from Utica College, Utica, N.Y. His civic activities include work with the Shriners International on the board of governors of Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, Mass., and as the president of the New York Ontario Shrine Association.

As PIA’s director of Government and Industry Affairs, Lachut will be responsible for strategic planning and association public affairs in multiple states; tracking relevant case law for the insurance agent; as well as drafting legislation and position statements and testimony. As primary legislative contact for PIA members, he will lead a team of experts and attorneys responding to association members’ legal and technical questions, reporting on legislative and regulatory issues, and providing contract reviews as well as serving as in-house counsel.

“We are very pleased to welcome Brad back to PIA in Glenmont,” said PIA Management Services President and CEO Mark LaLonde, CPIA, CIC, AAI. “He is a consummate professional, who our members and staff know and appreciate; and who policymakers in several states respect and recognize.”

Lachut’s previous experience includes work as an attorney for Steven J. Baum, P.C., Amherst, N.Y.; as an associate attorney for the law office of James Morris, Buffalo, N.Y.; and as an intern for Erie County Legislature Chief of Staff and the Hon. John F. O’Donnell, New York Supreme Court.

PIA Management Services Inc. is the umbrella corporation that manages the Glenmont, N.Y.-based Professional Insurance Agents. PIANY, PIANJ, PIACT, PIANH and PIAVT is a partnership of five state trade associations representing independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout their respective states.