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PIANJ to honor Zimmerman with Distinguished Insurance Service

TRENTON, N.J.—Leon J. Zimmerman, PIANJ’s former legislative representative, will receive the Distinguished Insurance Service award at the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey and New York’s Annual Conference, June 11-13, 2017 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.

This award is presented to an individual with a history of service to the American agency system and PIANJ.

Zimmerman retired in December after having served PIANJ and the insurance-buying public for 43 years. Prior to becoming a legislative representative, he was a journalist for nearly 13 years. He served as State House bureau chief and politics editor for New Jersey’s second largest daily newspaper, the Bergen Record, in Hackensack, for nearly six of those years. In recognition of his efforts, the American Political Science Association honored him with an award for "Distinguished Reporting of Public Affairs" in 1969. Together with his lobbying career, Zimmerman has worked full time in the state Capital for half a century.

 "Leon is known throughout the industry as an exemplary advocate for agents and consumers," said Donald F. LaPenna Jr., president of PIANJ.  "With this award, PIANJ honors him for his long-standing commitment to the insurance industry. His professionalism is to be admired and respected."

The three-day conference will allow individuals to choose from six different education sessions and earn continuing-education credits, attend networking opportunities and participate in a sold-out trade show.

PIANJ is a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies and their employees throughout the state.

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