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    INSURANCE NETWORKS: IT’S ABOUT SCALE

INSURANCE NETWORKS: IT’S ABOUT SCALE

Are networks the distribution channel of the future? While the debate about online insurance sales versus in-person agents isn’t particularly novel, it has escalated with the rise of “Insurtech” as an attractive investment sector and the emergence of new, more robust online carriers and insurance markets. Absent from this ongoing discussion are networks. At a fundamental level, insurance networks provide their agency members the opportunity to scale, which is necessary

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    SAFECO “ALL IN” FOR INDEPENDENT AGENTS

SAFECO “ALL IN” FOR INDEPENDENT AGENTS

AGENCY PARTNERS Partnership, customer focus, digital engagement, and innovation provide foundation for independent agency channel growth “Independent agents are at the  heart of everything we do.” Agents and brokers just love to hear those words from carriers, especially when they’re accompanied by actions. At Safeco, Tyler Asher is working to make sure his firm lives out the words in a variety of ways. Asher has been with the insurer since

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    WOMEN AT THE TOP

WOMEN AT THE TOP

Broken Glass Talented team drives agency’s success and carries on a proud tradition Some of us remember when women’s place in the business world was in the steno pool, running the copier, or at the coffee maker. Much has changed since then, but even today women represent only a small percentage of agency owners and executives. Breaking that mold is The Flanders Group, an independent agency based in Pittsford, New

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    AIG IS OUT OF TIME-OUT

AIG IS OUT OF TIME-OUT

Public Policy Analysis & Opinion American International Group is no longer a non-bank systemic risk but is still an insurance company. (Just in case state officials and the NAIC wondered.) “The Friday Afternoon News Dump” is a term of art in the unholy union of journalism and public relations. The term describes the release of newsworthy information on a Friday—when most deadlines for filing have passed. Friday afternoon traditionally was

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    TEXAN WINS THE 2017 OUTSTANDING CSR AWARD

TEXAN WINS THE 2017 OUTSTANDING CSR AWARD

Manager and mentor—a two-hatted lady In his letter recommending Brianne Head, CIC, CRIS, for the 2017 Outstanding CSR of the Year Award, Tom Martina, vice president of Southwest Risk in Dallas, Texas, summed up her qualities in one word: “She is just that, outstanding.” Other nominators agreed with that moniker, citing specific qualities that make Brianne, director of client services for Dallas-based Independent Insurance Group, Inc., worthy of the honor.

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