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One of the things I’ve learned from being a lifelong resident of the great state of Louisiana has been the importance of community. Every state in the nation values it, but when you live below sea level in the path of periodic killer hurricanes, the bonds between neighbors grow even stronger in the face of adversity—no matter where that is.

As professional insurance agents, we compete with each other but are drawn together by common purposes. We need more markets. We need to partner with quality carriers. We want to be sure that legislation and regulation doesn’t hurt our agencies, or give our direct-writer competitors an unfair advantage. We have an obligation to our communities to protect them.

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