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By Kitty Ambers, CIC, CPIA, CISR, CPIW, Chief Growth Officer at AVYST As insurance sales professionals, we have learned the impact of “The Loyalty Effect” on agency profitability. In his book, published by Harvard Business Review, author Fred Reichheld explains that generating new customers will cost your business five to 25 times the cost of…

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Meet Jon Black, Owner of Curtis Black Insurance Associates in Danbury, CT! How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I established the firm in 1995 with partner Wayne Curtis. I am the sole owner today, Wayne retired in 2017. We stressed quality, not quantity. There are 2 of us and…

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Meet Susan Coblin, Agent/Owner of Chenault & Hoge in Frankfort, KY! How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? Unofficially 40 years. My dad owned the agency and I was here all the time (after school, snow days) answering the phones, filing and helping out. I worked here all through…

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As insurance professionals, the protection of client data must be a critical consideration when selecting technology solutions. By Kitty Ambers in NU Property Casualty 360 Strategies, guidelines and protocols for reopening America post-coronavirus shutdowns are hitting headlines on both micro- and macro-levels. Every business and organization imaginable, from churches to salons, must rethink and retool how…

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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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Consider your agency integrations before you accidentally walk the plank. By Kitty Ambers, CIC, CPIA, CISR, Chief Growth Officer at AVYST Strategies, guidelines, and protocols for Reopening America are hitting headlines on both micro- and macro-levels. Churches, schools, restaurants, offices, salons – every business and organization imaginable is having to rethink and retool how they…

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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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