The members have spoken – the vote is now official.

Members of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) and the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) have voted in favor of creating a unified, national group of E&S professionals that going forward will be known as the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA), effective Aug. 1.

The AAMGA received 270 of 348 eligible member votes representing a 78% quorum of its membership, while NAPSLO received 241 of 452 eligible member votes representing a 53% quorum of its membership. With 89% of the AAMGA's votes and 93% of NAPSLO's votes in support of the merger, members have overwhelmingly affirmed the creation of WSIA.

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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].