(Orig Post Date 12/16/2008) Sacramento, CA — The Alliance of Insurance Agents & Brokers today announced that Michael D'Arelli, has been named the association's Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. D'Arelli has replaced David G. Nielsen, CIC, who recently announced his retirement effective December 15, 2008. "Michael D'Arelli has been instrumental in expanding the Alliance's core group of member benefits," said David Nielsen, "One of Mr. D'Arelli's crowning achievements came when he introduced the Alliance Gateway – a program that provides our members with coveted personal and commercial lines markets without the need for a direct appointment." Mr. Nielsen also commented about how Mr. D'Arelli's experience as a lobbyist was critical to the association's legislative objectives. "Michael was personally responsible for bringing AB 2956 to fruition and helped us become the lead organization in the battle to protect broker fees. "The Alliance is extremely fortunate to have Michael D'Arelli as their new chief staff officer."
Prior to joining the Alliance as Executive Vice President in 2006, Michael D'Arelli was the Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs at the Western Insurance Agents Association and served as a lobbyist for a variety of corporations, associations, and governmental agencies. "Michael D'Arelli is uniquely qualified to lead this organization," said Debra Jackson, Alliance Board President. "Michael has been an agency principal; a financial advisor; he has been a lobbyist and an association executive. Mike is keenly aware of the issues facing the association members and has the savvy, skill and vision in leading the Alliance well into the future." "I wish to thank David Nielson for his many outstanding contributions to the Alliance over the years and respect his decision to retire," said Mike D'Arelli. "I look forward to finding new ways of delivering value to our association members and company sponsors."