Louisiana Department Of Insurance Consumer Advocate To Be Introduced At LSU Shreveport On June 19


Baton Rouge, LA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Louisiana Department of Insurance Consumer Advocate, Clarissa A. Preston, will be introduced to the residents of northwest Louisiana at LSU Shreveport on June 19, 2008. The Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services is hosting the event. Preston will address insurance professionals and the general public at LSU Shreveport in the University Center's Webster Room at 7 p.m.

Preston will discuss important insurance topics including residential property storm mitigation incentives, top legislative issues, the 2008 storm season and flood insurance, new insurance companies writing in Louisiana and the depopulation of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, and recently reduced Workers' Compensation insurance rates.

The public is invited to attend and those interested in attending are asked to register with the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services at (318) 798-4121.

Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon appointed Preston as Deputy Commissioner of the newly created Office of Consumer Advocacy within the Department of Insurance in September 2007. Prior to this appointment Preston served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department's Office of Property & Casualty where she oversaw the consumer affairs and insurance rating and policy forms divisions, along with the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission.

Legislation in the 2007 Regular Session created the Office of Consumer Advocacy to provide direct assistance to consumers with their insurance problems. She knows the insurance issues facing our state and is a strong advocate for our consumers.

Preston is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1994. She is a certified insurance counselor (CIC) and was recently honored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors for her dedication and leadership in insurance.

Preston holds both a property & casualty and life & health insurance license (licenses temporarily inactive due to her employment at the Department of Insurance) and is a commissioned civil law notary public. She is a member of many professional and civic organizations including the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals and the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society. Preston also serves as a board member of the Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge and holds offices in several other community service organizations.

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