Is Your Agency Ready for Summer Storms?

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According to the extended forecast in the 2021 Farmers’ Almanac, summer should be stormy, with a greater-than-average frequency of thunderstorms for a large portion of the country. Many of these storms will be strong, particularly over the eastern third of the nation. These summer rainstorms may be severe and spawn widespread tornadoes over the middle part…

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Technology Happened and It’s Not Going Away

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I was flipping through my AARP magazine (shh!), and came across the article “15 Lessons the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Taught Us”. I leafed mindlessly through the pages until I came across Lesson 6: We befriended technology, and there’s no going back”. There are certainly times when “real life” experiences are necessary and enjoyable but there’s…

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Customer Spotlight – Jan Pell, ‘Insurance Mother!’

Meet Jan Pell, ‘INSURANCE MOTHER!’ of Keating Agency Insurance in West Hartford, CT How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there?  I have been at the Keating Agency officially since January 2016.  I started my work in the ‘retail insurance side’ in 2001 at a different agency that was purchased…

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Customer Spotlight – Cliff Golub

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Meet Cliff Golub of Clifford M Golub Associates in Hicksville, NY How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I am the Principal and Owner of Clifford M. Golub Associates.  I started the firm in 1977 when I bought it from my dad. Back then we were the Bernard B.…

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Customer Spotlight – Josh Zylks

Meet Josh Zylks of First State Insurance of DeQueen in DeQueen, AR How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I have been at First State Insurance of DeQueen for a year and a half, since July of 2019. I am a producer, I am new to insurance, and I have been learning a lot every…

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Customer Spotlight – David DeLano

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Meet David DeLano of Kennedy Nemier Insurance in Plymouth, MI How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I’ve been with Kennedy Nemier since September 2014 – so going on 7 years!  I am a Commercial Account Executive there.  If you have a niche market that you’re involved with, how…

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Customer Spotlight – Tom Dolan

Meet Tom Dolan, Owner of the Dolan Agency, Inc in Lake Bluff, IL! How long have you been with your firm and what’s your role there? I am coming up on almost 1.5 years.  I bought the agency from the previous agent/owner.  I have 1 staff member who does servicing and processing and phones.  I…

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VIDEO: Tips for Successful Technology Implementation

IIANC Tech Symposium Closing Session

During the closing session of the 2020 IIANC Tech Symposium, Kitty Ambers and George Robertson provide 3 Key Ideas for Successful Technology Implementation.  The goal of this 20-minute session was to provide attendees with actionable steps for turning what they learned into results. Topics addressed include: Overcoming the tendency to resist change Approaching technology decisions…

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Customer Spotlight – Jon Black

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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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What’s in a Wizard?

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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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