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Applied Systems Executive Joins InVEST Board

Darcy Waddell brings extensive industry training and software development experience

Alexandria, VA – Aug. 22, 2019 – InVEST, the insurance industry's premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Darcy Waddell has been appointed to its national board. Waddell is vice president of education services at Applied Systems, a leading global provider of cloud-based software that powers the business of insurance.

“InVEST is pleased to welcome Darcy to our board," says Lindsey Shank, InVEST board chair and operations manager/VP for McGriff Insurance Services, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. “She brings a wealth of industry and insurance education expertise to the InVEST board—and we look forward to working with her."

Waddell is the driving force behind the end-user training for some of the largest independent brokers in North America and the UK. Leading a team of more than 60 learning professionals, she draws on her diverse experience in software design, sales, recruiting, IT consulting, product management, and learning and development to support and enhance product adoption within Applied's client base. She enjoys opportunities to work with colleagues and clients to use technology to solve business problems.

“InVEST is vitally important for the future of the independent agency system and the insurance industry as a whole," says Robert Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I") president & CEO. “Educators, volunteers and independent agency leaders like Darcy Waddell are key to the success of this program as it continues to grow and expand into more schools. We appreciate her commitment to this vital program and look forward to her service on the InVEST board."

Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, 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. As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers.

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I") is the nation's oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.

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