Concord, NH (December 1, 2014) – The New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents (NHAIA), the state’s predominant association of insurance agents, announced this week that Christopher Nicolopoulos of Bow has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective December 1st Nicolopoulos succeeds Bob Nash, who announced his retirement in October.

Nicolopoulos brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the field of insurance, specifically with regard  to legislation and litigation. He most recently served as an associate at Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau and Pachios, PLLP, a regional law firm with offices throughout New England. In that capacity, he represented the American International Group, CNA Insurance, and National Council on Compensation Insurance for many New Hampshire regulatory issues. Additionally, he has drafted legislation and regulations which have since been adopted by the New Hampshire legislature and the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of NHAIA, Nicolopoulos will manage the association with a focus on the enhancement of relationships with agent members.  He will also serve as NHAIA’s chief lobbyist, acting  as an advocate on state and federal legislation affecting insurance agencies and small business as a whole.

“Chris is the ideal candidate to assume the role of NHAIA President and Chief Executive Officer and I extend to him my heartfelt good wishes,” said Nash.  “He is highly-skilled in government affairs and advocacy, which has steadfastly become a critical component in navigating the ever-changing insurance marketplace.  His lobbying and legislative acumen will serve the association well – now and into the future.”

Nicolopoulos believes his professional background and knowledge of the insurance profession will help him to build upon the positive reputation of the association: “I’m thrilled to assume this role and I  look forward to carrying forward  the  excellent work of  Bob Nash”  Nicolopoulos said.  “By working closely with our agent members, we will maintain a visible presence at the State House, staying at the forefront on all legislative issues affecting our members and their policyholders.”

Prior to joining Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau and Pachios, Nicolopoulos spent five years as Director of Government Affairs for the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.  Prior to that, he was in-house counsel to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He is licensed to practice law in of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire and United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire. Nicolopoulos received a Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.

About the New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents (NHAIA)

New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents (NHAIA), located in Concord, NH, was founded in 1899, and is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).  The goal of the association is to be a valuable resource to its members by proving a competitive advantage to retain existing customers and attract new ones. NHAIA participating agencies are independently owned and operated throughout most communities in New Hampshire as Trusted Choice® agents. Trusted Choice® is a national brand that represents the 140,000 Licensed Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Agents are independent business owners who are bound by a common commitment to serving their customers.

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