NU Online News Service, Nov.10, 1:00 p.m.EST

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The New York Insurance Association announced that Richard J.Zick, president and chief executive officer of Utica FirstInsurance Company, was elected NYIA chairman at the association'sannual meeting last week in Latham, N.Y.

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Mr. Zick will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2010. Hehas served on the NYIA Board of Directors for the past 10 years andwas recognized as the association's 2008 Chair's DistinguishedService Award winner.

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He is also chair of the New York Insurance ScholarshipFoundation, which is affiliated with NYIA, and has served onnumerous NYIA committees.

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Mr. Zick currently is on the Property Casualty InsurersAssociation of America (PCI) board, previously was chairman of theAmerican Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), and he is activewith the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies(NAMIC).

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NYIA said awards bestowed on Mr. Zick include Metro-RAP 2003'sInsurance Executive of the Year, Insurance Professional of theMohawk Valley in 2005, Man of the Year by the Greater New YorkCouncil of Insurance Brokers in 2005, the Presidential Citationfrom PIA in 2005, and UJA-Federation of New York - InsuranceDivision Honoree in 2008.

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