The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) is a world-class member service organization representing the entirety of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry. The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association was formed in 2017 through the merger of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) and the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO).
WSIA members strive to build profitable business relationships in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines insurance industry. WSIA is dedicated to developing and strengthening the industry and provides members unparalleled:
- Talent recruitment and development initiatives
- Regulatory and legislative advocacy
- Promotion of wholesale value
WSIA’s membership consists of approximately 800 member ﬁrms, including U.S. Wholesale, U.S. Insurance Market, Associate and Service members, representing tens of thousands of individual brokers, insurance company professionals, underwriters and other insurance professionals worldwide conducting business in the U.S. surplus lines market.
WSIA members of all shapes and sizes gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace through active participation in the only association dedicated specifically to the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines insurance industry.
WSIA Mission Statement
The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association is the non-profit association of professionals and specialty market leaders dedicated to the wholesale distribution system. The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association represents the interests of its members and the valuable role they play in the insurance market through networking, education, talent recruitment and development, regulatory and legislative advocacy for the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry, and by promoting the value of the wholesale distribution channel.
The American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) was established in 1926 and was a respected voice in the wholesale and excess and surplus lines insurance industry for more than three quarters of a century. Those managing general agents admitted to the ranks of the national association demonstrated high standards of excellence and experience, integrity and company representation. In 1983, the AAMGA opened its membership ranks to domestic and foreign insurance companies, underwriters and other organizations that provided significant insurance related services to the Wholesale Insurance system. AAMGA provided valuable networking, education and advocacy for members.
Incorporated in 1975, The National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Oﬃces (NAPSLO) was a professional trade association representing the surplus lines industry and the wholesale insurance distribution system. NAPSLO members included insurance brokers, agents and underwriters committed to the wholesale value distribution system and the surplus lines industry. NAPSLO was an authoritative voice of the surplus lines industry, advocating for the industry’s vital role in the insurance marketplace and in providing innovative solutions for complex insurance risks. The Association provided networking, education and career development programs, and regulatory and legislative advocacy on behalf of members.