Mike DeStasio spotlight

Let’s get to know Mike DeStasio of AssuredPartners Cranford, NJ location! How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I have been with Assured Partners since 1985. I am the Vice President and manage our Transportation Insurance segment.   What niche market are you involved with? I have been involved…

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By Karyn Buckley, Marketing Specialist, AVYST Have you ever had one of those moments where you’ve been doing something in a particular way, that you think is the absolute best way, and then you see someone do it differently, and better? And you think, “Oh Wow”, I could’ve been doing that all along! And it…

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By Kitty Ambers, CIC, CPIA, CISR, Chief Growth Officer, AVYST When I think about the word “Wizard”, the image of a yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City comes to mind. I think about a little dog named Toto pulling back a curtain to expose a middle-aged man operating machinery and speaking into a…

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During recent webinars we’ve been hosting for our customers and partners, we’ve highlighted 5 Key Features of eForms Wizard that have become vital in helping agents during this time of physical distancing, working from home, virtual client visits and other challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic response. These five key features are: Offline Capabilities Education…

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In the recent 2020 NUPC/PIA Independent Agent Survey, technology was a focal point.  There were several responses that caught our attention here at AVYST. One noted that the agency owner “has no time to look at new technologies.” But what happens to an agency when the owner doesn’t carve out time to deal with technology…

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Change does not have to be scary, you must embrace it. We can take a page from David Bowie, when we think about change, just ask Kitty Ambers. Kitty discusses the 5 D’s of Change Management: Decide Design Deploy Deal With Distraction Drive Listen in as Kitty and Chris Cline talk about Change Management and…

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It is only natural that as our country’s Independence Day approaches we revisit history.  Our Founding Father’s were relentless in the pursuit of Independence from Britain and the Declaration of Independence enumerates the many reasons (grievances) for the desired split. During my most recent reading of the historical document, one phrase jumped out at me. …

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You can’t tell the players in insurtech without a scorecard. Here’s one for reference: Crunchbase’s website lists 642 insurtech firms. Their combined total equity funding is $6.1 billion. Their average founding date is April 2011. They have cool names like Pie Insurance, TheGuarantors, Premonition, and Descartes Underwriting. Investor types include accelerator, incubator, angel group, venture…

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(IIANC magazine May 2018) Q&A: AVYST Partners with IIANC Members on Smoothing Applications Carolina Agents Journal recently spoke with Linda Dodson, chief experience officer of AVYST, an insuretech firm providing sales and risk management solutions to independent agents and carriers. IIANC is partnering with AVYST to provide its eForms Wizard tool to members to eliminate…

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