The Malvern, Pennsylvania-based Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society is a community of credentialed property and casualty insurance professionals formed in 1944 to promote ethical practices and continuing education among insurance professionals.
The CPCU’s nearly 30,000 members hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, which requires passing rigorous undergraduate and graduate-level examinations, meeting experience requirements, and agreeing to be bound by a strict code of professional ethics. As the organization’s mission statement states, “The CPCU Society is dedicated to meeting the career development needs of a diverse membership of professionals who have earned the CPCU designation, so that they may serve others in a competent and ethical manner.”
CPCU is a highly-regarded designation and is a senior credential for insurance professionals in the property and casualty industry.
The New York chapter, which was founded in 1950 and has just over 500 members, is headed by AIG’s George Corde. Chapter leadership is determined by both election and appointment, depending upon the position. The Greater New York area also has CPCU chapters located in Westchester County, Long Island, Southern Connecticut and two in New Jersey.
Corde, who was installed in June, said the organization’s mission is to support the needs of the area’s insurance professionals in a variety of ways. “I want our chapter to be the premier insurance association in the city of New York as recognized by not only the insurance industry but also the business community at large,” said Corde in a recent phone interview. “My vision is that our chapter be viewed as the most prestigious, relevant and visible professional insurance association in the greater New York area. Our mission is to meet the career development needs of a diverse membership of professionals who have earned the CPCU designation, so that they may serve others in a competent and ethical manner.”