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The Connected Business of Insurance

The Value of Face-To-Face: Networking in the Digital Age of Insurance

September 20, 2018

by Thad Bauer

As innovation in technology and artificial intelligence continue to enhance opportunities in automation, the value of face-to-face interaction will become increasingly important for certain industries to consider. Managing a successful business requires personal connections, and a large part of business is about building relationships.

While innovation in technology is constantly providing new opportunities for engagement and business growth, increased automation will inevitably change the way we work and interact with people. To fully realize this potential, people and technology will need to work hand in hand.

This can already be seen in the insurance industry today. Mobile and self-service technology are making it easier to stay connected on the go, and insurers and agents alike are benefiting from automated technologies for new distribution and servicing opportunities. However, insurance is complex and is built on the foundation of trusted, specialized advice. Face-to-face interaction holds great value in our industry, so why not go somewhere where you can enjoy those interactions and learn how technology adds a new layer of interaction in the digital age.

IVANS Connect 2018 offers a unique opportunity to not only maximize your investment in IVANS solutions, but to meet and network with a community of insurance industry leaders, technology partners and peers, beyond just connecting through a digital medium. A handshake, swapping news, sharing a meal — all can lead to new business, a new idea, a quick tip, future efficiency and more.

Top 4 Face-to-Face Learning Opportunities at IVANS Connect

  1. ACT and AUGIE Meetings
    IVANS Connect 2018 will be held in conjunction with ACT and AUGIE’s fall meetings. AUGIE and ACT bring independent agencies, insurers, and solution providers together to collaborate on the most effective business processes, practices and technologies, in order to enhance productivity, service, marketing, sales and security. All agents, insurers and solution providers are welcome to attend both of these programs at no additional cost. Pre-registration is required.
  1. Welcome Reception
    To kick off the conference, attendees gather at the IVANS Connect Welcome Reception to network with insurance professionals from across the industry. Whether you are meeting first-time attendees or reconnecting with old friends, the Welcome Reception is the perfect place to jumpstart your IVANS Connect experience.
  1. Education Sessions
    IVANS Connect 2018 includes valuable education sessions offering opportunities for growth and networking. This year, sessions will explore topics such as how to improve agency-insurer connectivity to further automate servicing, future opportunities and the evolution of download, and new collaboration and distribution opportunities with today’s digital agency. Take part in these interactive sessions and have your voice heard during energetic discussions to shape the future of agency-insurer connectivity.
  1. Applied Net
    IVANS Connect precedes Applied Net 2018 the largest gathering of independent insurance agents in the world. Insurers and MGAs can expand networking opportunities even further at the must-attend insurance event of the year. Choose from more than 200 educational and technical sessions that address business and technology challenges facing the industry, enjoy lively and entertaining nightly events to meet industry peers, and participate in exclusive, conference-only workshops to hear from other attendees and experts.

Build New Relationships at IVANS Connect
In the digital age of insurance, it is necessary to recognize the value technology adds to face-to-face interactions in an industry that aims to safeguard and protect what matters most to people. So break from the norm. Invest in yourself and your business, step away from your day-to-day office work and get inspired at IVANS Connect 2018.

Thad Bauer, IVANS InsuranceThad Bauer, vice president and general manager of IVANS Insurance Solutions, has had 25 years of property and casualty experience and has played a key role in furthering the adoption of ACORD standards to exchange data within the industry to improve efficiencies.  He has helped carriers and MGAs realize benefits through innovative technology and workflow implementations of real-time, download, Web service connections to third parties and maximizing data within their enterprise. Prior to IVANS, Thad was president and co-founder of  NxTech, a leading provider of agency-MGA-insurer connectivity and data integration solutions. Prior to NxTech, he spent nine years with BWC Systems and IVANS, Inc. and has worked with more than 350 insurance insurers throughout North America.

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