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Independent agents face several obstacles connected to and separate from the current economic challenges, but agents’ ability to innovate and adapt will help them persevere, said D. Scott Liebert, president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Inc., in his inaugural speech.

Speaking at PIANY’s sixth-annual Hudson Valley Regional Awareness Program, Mr. Liebert said, “Make no mistake, we face challenges that existed long before the financial meltdown…. We face unprecedented competition in a painfully soft market, zealous regulators and policymakers, and an unfairly tarnished image.”

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