If there was a single person opposed to the possible union ofNAPSLO and AAMGA, you certainly didn’t hear from them Tuesdaymorning in Fort Lauderdale.

At a Town Hall meeting hosted during NAPSLO’s Mid-YearLeadership Forum at the Marriott Resort in Harbor Beach, leadersrepresenting the two largest professional surplus linesorganizations spent 90 minutes laying out their strategy for thecoming months — including the timeline for the approval vote,details on which annual events would still take place (and when)should the merger come to pass, and a long list of additionaldetails sorted out after months of due diligence by the mergercommittee.

NAPSLO President Dave Leonard; AAMGA President Ed Levy; HankHaldeman, NAPSLO past president and chairman of the AAMGA-NAPSLOMerger Committee; AAMGA Treasurer Bobby Owens, vice chairman of theAAMGA-NAPSLO Merger Committee; and NAPSLO Executive Director BradyKelley took the dais to outline the greater purpose and finerpoints of the proposed new organization, which, should AAMGA andNAPSLO members vote to join forces, will createWSIA — the Wholesale & Specialty InsuranceAssociation.

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