June 17, 2021

PIANJ names Bashwiner Director of the Year

TRENTON, N.J.—Lydia Bashwiner, Esq., CWCP, NJWCP, of Surf City, N.J. was named the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey’s Director of the Year at the association’s annual business meeting. Bashwiner is general counsel/claims manager for Otterstedt Insurance Agency in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of a member of the association’s board of directors who has contributed remarkable time and talent to help support the association and its many programs. This is Bashwiner’s second time receiving this award.

Active in the association, Bashwiner is Legislative/Regulatory chairperson of PIANJ’s Legislative/Business Issues Committee and is treasurer of PIANJ Political Action Governing Committee. She also is a member of the Women’s Leadership Alliance.

“As chair of the Legislative/Regulatory Committee, Bashwiner is a significant contributor to PIANJ,” said Steve Radespiel, immediate past President of PIANJ. “Her work has been instrumental in helping PIANJ provide perspective to lawmakers and policymakers in the state, and helping our members to serve the insurance buying public.”


PIA New Jersey is the premier professional association for independent insurance agents, working to advance the needs of its members and be a leading voice in the insurance industry. PIANJ provides the very best education, information, advocacy, and business tools possible.