Longtime APRO member and RTO-industry vendor David Kaye was recognized recently for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national professional organization for the insurance industry. Kaye, vice president of sales and marketing for Benefit Marketing Solutions, was awarded a certificate marking more than 25 years as a designated certified insurance counselor. In addition to his recognition, the society also granted him the status of tenured certified insurance counselor. “David’s clients, associates and the insurance profession as a whole continue to benefit from such dedication,” says Dr. William T. Hold, the Society of CIC’s president. “We are happy to have David as part of our team,” says Susan Matthews, Benefit Marketing Solutions president. “This designation helps demonstrate the importance we place on expertise.” The CIC program is nationally recognized as the premier continuing-education program for insurance professionals, with programs offered in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Society of CIC is a non-profit organization and the founding program of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Kaye, who has been involved with the rent-to-own industry as a vendor of marketing clubs and insurance for almost three decades, currently is serving on the APRO vendor advisory committee and was recently appointed to the New York Rental Dealers Association board of directors.