IIABNY Award Represents Generations Of Community, Professional Service By Its Members

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - For more than 125 years, members of a trade association that evolved into the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. financially protected their neighbors and served in their communities. Now, an honor recognizes the individual whose commitment reflects that same sense of involvement. Steven J. Spiro, CLU, ChFC president of Spiro Risk Management, Inc., in Valley Stream, New York, is the first recipient of the IIABNY 1882 Fellow Award.

Named after the year of IIABNY's founding, the 1882 Fellow Award now stands as the most prestigious honor bestowed by the trade association. Spiro's dedication to the independent insurance agency system and community service captures the spirit of the award. Spiro is currently the IIABNY National Director and its former president. He is Chair of the association's state political action committee and has served on IIABNY's nominating committee as well as other executive committee positions. Spiro was also an IIABNY District Director and Regional Vice President. He received IIABNY's Outstanding Local Association President Award in 1991 for his service as President of the IIABNY-affiliated Independent Insurance Agents Association of Nassau County, where he served two terms as its top elected leader. Two years later, IIABNY bestowed Spiro with its Chairperson of the Year Award for his activities with the IIABNY Trust Fund. Also in 1993, he received IIABNY's Young Agent of the Year Award.

IIAA of Nassau County presented Spiro with its Bob Morris Award (1992) for his contributions to the industry through unselfish dedication and commitment; the Joe Bonica Award (1994), which is presented to a board member for untiring efforts, enthusiastic attitude and betterment of his fellow agents and the Insurance Person of the Year Award (1996). He is also a past President of the Downstate Insurance Associations Council.

In his community, he serves on the board of directors of Temple Beth El and is active with the Minyan Society and Ritual committees. He is also a Director of the Five Towns Community Chest.
"I am honored and especially touched to have been selected as the first recipient of the 1882 Fellow recognition," noted Spiro after receiving the award. "I'm also deeply humbled by what this award embodies which is the collective strength, commitment and value that independent insurance agents and broker throughout New York State have brought to our association, the insurance industry and their communities."

Spiro received the 1882 Fellow Award Feb. 2 during another first—the debut of IIABNY's Capital Event in Albany, where for two days member agents participated in workshops as well as discussions with their legislators and a luncheon address by Gov. David A. Paterson. 

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