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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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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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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New Year's Resolutions

To move forward we sometimes need to look back.  Year-end brings about a time to reflect and a time to plan for the future.  During the last episode of InsurTech Talk this year, Kitty Ambers and George Robertson will share 3 Keys for Turning Resolutions into Reality. You’ll learn: A framework to help you Craft…

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In today’s high-tech society, it is a necessity to regularly update or refresh technology solutions in order to communicate, efficiently and effectively, do our jobs, and satisfy our customers. During this episode of InsurTech Talk, George Robertson and Kitty Ambers will share the 5 steps to selecting an agency management system for your agency.  You’ll…

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During this episode of InsurTech Talk, Kitty Ambers and George Robertson recap the fundamentals shared during our last episode, and outline 3 key ideas to ensure that your technology transformation goes smoothly.  These include: Overcoming the tendency to resist change, Approaching your technology investment as Strategic, and Supporting Strategy with solid Tactics We hope you…

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