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Columbia Insurance Group Joins Agents Council for Technology

Missouri-based carrier supports ACT’s technology goals.

ACT Logo - New.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 11, 2016—Columbia Insurance Group, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
 
“ACT welcomes Columbia Insurance Group to the table and applauds the company’s commitment to advancing technology for independent insurance agents and brokers to better serve their customers,” says Ron Berg, ACT executive director. “We look forward to working with the Columbia Insurance Group team on key technology issues that impact the independent agency system.”
 
Columbia Insurance Group’s rich history dates back to 1874 when the Boone County Home Mutual Insurance Company was founded in Columbia, Missouri. In the 140 years that followed, the company changed names, added products and services, and grew. Columbia currently serves clients in 18 states. Five entities currently comprise the company: Association Casualty Insurance Company, Citizens Mutual Insurance Company, Columbia Mutual Insurance Company, Columbia National Insurance Company, and Georgia Casualty & Surety Company For more information, please visit www.colinsgrp.com.
 
“We are dedicated to servicing our independent agency partners and providing technological solutions that will enhance their daily workflow,” says Rory Read, Columbia Insurance Group vice president of information technology. “In our endeavors to continuously improve our offerings, we found ACT to be a complementary fit. ACT’s dedication to refining and improving current processes while identifying new and necessary technology is invaluable. We look forward to actively engaging with the membership, taking advantage of ACT resources and advancing the independent agency channel.”
 
The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) was established in January 1999 by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) to provide a candid, action-oriented forum to address the critical workflow and technology issues facing the independent agency system. ACT helps participants understand the perspectives of the other stakeholders in the process and provides excellent networking opportunities with the participants who are shaping the future for the industry on these issues. For more information about ACT visit www.iiaba.net/act.
 
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) was founded in 1896 and 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 and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:  www.independentagent.com
                                                                                   
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