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    AGENCY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

AGENCY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL ROUGH NOTES AGENCY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES Who will be the 2017 Agency of the Year? One of the agencies featured in a Rough Notes cover story during 2017 will be chosen Agency of the Year. The winner will be selected by votes of the previous 28 years’ Rough Notes cover agents (from the years 1989-2017). The principals of the winning firm will be presented with the award

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    THE COACH IS BACK!

THE COACH IS BACK!

Roger Sitkins launches a new agency network Everywhere you look in the independent agency system, you see networks. From automation users to high-net-worth producers, from clusters to marketing groups, every agent seems to belong to at least one network and often more. Given this crowded landscape, can there really be room for yet another network? If the power behind that network is agency results coach Roger Sitkins, the answer is

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    YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Public Policy Analysis & Opinion A U.S. Treasury Department report on insurance calls for investment in infrastructure (really) It’s a New Year, and in much of the country, the weather makes settling in with a real page-turner seem like the natural thing to do. So why not download the 176-page PDF edition of The U.S. Treasury Report to the President on Asset Management and Insurance? Really! Why not? What’s not

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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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