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Applied Systems Donates $30,000 to InVEST
Gift is largest in the program’s 43 year history.
InVEST dot.jpgALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 17, 2013 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Applied Systems has donated $30,000 to the program.
 
“Applied Systems’ commitment to the InVEST program with this generous gift of $30,000 will help create a career path for the next generation of insurance professionals through financial literacy, insurance education and scholarships,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Companies, educators, volunteers, agents and industry leaders, like the dedicated professionals at Applied Systems, are key to the success of the InVEST program. We applaud and thank them for their commitment to this critical program.”
 
Reid French, CEO, Applied Systems, announced the donation during a keynote presentation at the recent TENCon 2013, the flagship conference for Applied Systems software users, which was attended by more than 2,200 insurance industry professionals. The contribution to InVEST coincides with Applied Systems’ 30th anniversary this year and reflects the company’s continued commitment to investing in the future of the insurance industry.
 
“The business of insurance is changing, and the need to continually attract highly-skilled talent to careers in the insurance industry is vitally important to our industry,” said Reid French, Applied Systems CEO. “InVEST is helping to shape the future of our industry through school-based insurance literacy and career resource programs designed to attract new talent to the insurance industry. We are very proud to continue our support and partnership with this outstanding organization.”
 
InVEST is solely funded by contributions from insurance agencies, carriers, vendors, organizations and individuals. A longtime InVEST advocate, Applied Systems also donates software for use in insurance education courses and has supported InVEST with awareness-building media campaigns.
 
Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. The company is recognized as a pioneer in agency and brokerage management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokers, carriers and their clients. By automating the insurance lifecycle, Applied Systems software enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most. To learn more, please visit www.appliedsystems.com.
 
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
 
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
 
Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
 
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