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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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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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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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