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PIA Announces 2019 PIA InsureTech Showcase

PIA has announced a showcase for InsureTech innovators whose ideas can help independent agents succeed.
PIA Announces 2019 PIA InsureTech Showcase
January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has announced a showcase for InsureTech innovators whose ideas can specifically advantage independent insurance agents.

The 2019 PIA InsureTech Showcase will take place on April 2, 2019 in Crystal City, Virginia. PIA has issued a call for InsureTech presenters for this showcase whose ideas can be embraced by insurance agents to enhance their competitiveness as part of the independent agency distribution system.

“This event will provide a unique opportunity for innovators to showcase practical applications for emerging technologies that can specifically help independent agents succeed, not focused on disruption but empowerment,” said PIA National President Keith A. Savino.

“The initial perception was that InsureTech represented a threat to independent agents, but the evolution is to then focus on the power and strength of the agent channel. PIA will help provide a platform for their launch,” Savino said. “The technology exists today to empower agents to better serve their clients, in real time. The goal is to create enhanced opportunities for independent agencies by expanding our business and consumer experience solutions. Agents need to embrace these innovations.”

The 2019 PIA InsureTech Showcase will be moderated by Bill Hartnett, who spent 18 years with Microsoft heading up its vertical marketing for the banking, insurance and capital markets sectors. Previously, Hartnett was an agent and broker who ran a family agency which is still thriving in Rhode Island, and was a PIA national director and board member from Rhode Island. “My roots are in the American agency system and I still think it’s got a lot of life left in it, contrary to popular belief sometimes,” Hartnett said.

InsureTech innovators may apply for a limited number of speaking slots at the April 2, 2019 session. Interested individuals should contact insuretech@pianet.org.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM.PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.

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