ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 10, 2018—Western National Insurance is the newest company partner of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's Agents Council for Technology (ACT).
“ACT welcomes Western National as a partner," says Ron Berg, ACT executive director. “We look forward to working with the Western National team to tackle challenges like agent workflow and other issues that affect the independent agency system."
Western National Insurance Group is a mutual insurance company with 115 years of experience serving policyholders' property-casualty insurance needs. From its roots as a St. Paul-based fire insurance company for Minnesota's creameries and cheese factories, to the company's current role as a super-regional insurance company for the Midwestern, Northwestern and Southwestern United States, Western National credits its relationships for its stability and growth over the last century. Western National sells policies exclusively through independent insurance agents.
“Joining the ACT is just one of the actions that Western National is taking in order to facilitate a mutually positive technology experience between our independent agencies and ourselves," says Stuart Henderson, Western National Insurance Group president and chief executive officer. “ACT has done tremendous work over the past two decades in providing technology guidance and resources to IIABA partners. We look forward to adding our support to the group and to contributing to its continued success."
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.
The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) was established in January 1999 by the Independent Insurance Agents & 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.
ACT members include:
Industry associations and consultants: ACORD, CSIO, IIABA, Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, Angela Adams Consulting Services, Steve Anderson Consulting, WSIA
Technology providers: Applied Systems/IVANS, AssureSign, BrokerLift, Citrix Sharefile, CoreLogic Insurance Solutions, CyberClearSafe, Duck Creek Technologies, EZLynx, HawkSoft, InsureZone, ITC, Insurance Agent Mobile Application, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Neilson Marketing Services, North American Software Associates, Simply Easier Payments/EchoSage, Strategic Insurance Software, Vertafore/QQ Solutions, Xanatek, XDimensional Technologies
User groups: Applied Client Network, the HawkSoft Users Group, NetVU, the Nexsure User Group, Partner XE User Community
Carriers: Allstate IA, The Berkley Companies, Central Insurance Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, CNA, Columbia Insurance Group, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, EMC Insurance Companies, Grange Insurance, The Hanover Insurance Group, The Hartford, Hartford Steam Boiler, Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Main Street America Group, Merchants Insurance Group, MetLife Auto & Home, Motorists Insurance Group, Nationwide Insurance, New York Central Mutual Insurance, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, Penn National Insurance, Progressive, Safeco Insurance, Selective Insurance Company of America, State Auto, Travelers, Utica National Insurance Group, Western National Insurance and Westfield Insurance