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To the editor: I'd like to compliment the leadership of the National Assn. of Professional Insurance Agents for deciding that no future consolidations of PIA affiliates with non-PIA groups will be approved. It is the right move because it will allow insurance professionals to focus on making our businesses more successful, rather than getting mired in needless controversy.

The consolidation issue has been a difficult one for all concerned. Now that PIA has put an end to the seemingly endless debate on this issue, we can concentrate on what's really important-meeting the challenges of the future. The pace of change affecting the insurance industry will not slow, it will increase.

Those of us who love our chosen profession will need all the assistance we can get to successfully navigate the coming sea changes. Technological advances, increased competition and Washington bureaucrats who want to subvert state regulation of insurance by administrative fiat are just a few of the many challenges professional insurance agents face.

It's time to move forward.

Al Aparicio Jr.


Aparicio, Walker & Seeling Inc.

Metairie, La.

Editor's note: The National Assn. Of Professional Insurance Agents voted in January to prohibit its affiliated state organizations from consolidating with other agent organizations, following several years of discussion of the issue and some state-level affiliations with other groups.