Member companies of both the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) and the Alliance of American Insurers on January 7 voted overwhelmingly to merge and form a new trade association known as the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).  The new organization, which will officially begin operations today, represents more than 1,000 member companies that write 37 percent of the property and casualty insurance sold in the United States .

Jack Ramirez, former NAII president, is the president and chief executive officer of PCI, and Rodger Lawson, former president of the Alliance of American Insurers, will serve as executive vice president.  The new organization will be headquartered in the current home office of NAII in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines , Illinois .  PCI will also maintain a federal affairs office in Washington , DC and a network of regional offices in Atlanta , Georgia ; Austin , Texas ; Boston , Massachusetts ; Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania ; Sacramento , California ; Tallahassee , Florida ; and Trenton , New Jersey .

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