The voting has begun.

Members of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) and the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) are now officially making their voices heard over the creation of a unified, national group of E&S professionals that, if approved, would create a new, world-class member services organization: the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA).

In April, the AAMGA and NAPSLO boards of directors approved a proposal to merge the two long-standing surplus lines organizations. The merger proposal is now up for vote by the memberships of both groups, and their respective boards are recommending that all members vote to approve the merger.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected].