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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Author Tim Fargo sums it up nicely, “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” To grow, expand, change, evolve, transform or whichever term you choose to describe your strategy, you must DO something. Doing is what leads to progress. To focus our doing, it’s wise to first define some milestones and action…

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Many insurance professionals are interested in cyber security not only for their own organizations but for their clients.  During this InsurTech Talk,  Kitty Ambers and George Robertson speak with special guest Dustin Mooney of RigidBits about the most common misconceptions surrounding cyber security including common terms that can be confusing and what compliance requirements are…

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AVYST, as a member of Vertafore’s Orange Partner Program, is waiving fees for All Vertafore Customers on our eForms Wizard GOLD Subscription through July 31, 2020 as part of a special “In It Together” initiative.  To learn more, and to sign up, visit our Partnership page. AVYST remains dedicated to helping the insurance industry decrease redundant entry of…

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At AVYST, we feel fortunate. Our organizational model is that of a distributed workforce. Most of us already work remotely and we have tools in place that help us stay connected as a team. Because we have this firsthand knowledge and experience, it is our pleasure to provide some tips to help others adapt to…

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Most professionals know LinkedIn as the best social network for business people to connect and share their experiences and promote their own personal brand.  However, LinkedIn has some little-used features that can truly boost your professionalism.  Join Kitty Ambers and George Robertson for this episode of InsurTech Talk, where you’ll learn about some of the…

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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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Is it possible for an InsurTech to take a page from Switzerland – able to engage with any technology platform, including legacy carrier systems and competing agency management systems? Yes, says Marc Still, an investor and CEO of AVYST. The firm is dedicated to cleaning up haphazard and slow policy submissions, benefiting agents, brokers, MGAs,…

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THE AUGIE GROUP TACKLES INITIATIVES REQUIRING COOPERATION FROM ALL AREAS OF THE INDUSTRY By Christopher W. Cook Before I landed at Rough Notes, I waited tables for over twelve years at various establishments, because that’s what you do with a BFA in creative writing. And while having a collaborative effort from the front and back…

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