Insurance Agents, Industry Executives and Global Thought Leaders Convene at Applied Net 2015

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Conference opens to largest attendance ever with more than 3,000 attendees to discuss the future of insurance and the digital agent of tomorrow

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Applied Systems and Applied Client Network today commenced the annual Applied Net Conference, the largest independent insurance agency and brokerage technology conference in the world, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s conference theme, The Digital Future of Insurance, focuses on opportunities for growth and enhanced profitability for agencies, brokerages and insurers in today’s digitally driven economy.

“The digital future of insurance will be shaped by technology advancements that drive efficiencies and a more connected client experience to further enhance an agency or brokerage’s value as a trusted advisor,” said Reid French, chief executive officer, Applied Systems. “This week’s Applied Net will serve as a forum for exchange of business strategies and practices among peers, delivering new insights and ideas on how digital technology can drive future growth and profitability.”

Applied Net will present remarkable keynote speakers, providing unique perspectives and strategies on leadership, business and customer experience.

  • French will begin the conference with his keynote focused on what defines the digital agent of the future and how agencies and brokerages can harness digital transformation to their benefit.
  • Michael Howe, senior vice president of Product Management for Applied Systems, will announce new product enhancements and discuss the latest developments to Applied’s product portfolio during his keynote.
  • Kris Hackney, executive vice president of Customer Experience for Applied Systems, will detail the company’s enhanced investments in customer experience for the benefit of Applied’s agencies and brokerages.
  • Guest keynote speaker Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, first woman Secretary of State, global strategy consultant and best-selling author, will provide compelling insights on managing and mitigating risk in today’s changing global society. Additionally, Horst Schulze, founding president and COO of Ritz-Carlton, will share his insights on delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Since 2011, the Applied Net conference has tripled in attendance, making it the "must-attend" technology event in the industry. As the leading forum for innovation and education, Applied Net 2015 promises more than 200 education sessions, keynote presentations, networking opportunities and more than 70 exhibitors from across the insurance industry to ensure attendees gain the most from their technology investment.

“As the insurance landscape continues to evolve, we are committed to delivering our members the educational resources necessary to understand the latest technology trends and to fully leverage Applied software,” said Ed Higgins, chairperson, Applied Client Network. “We look forward to this week’s keynote presentations, sessions, and exhibitions, building on the strong momentum that has made this annual conference a flagship event in the industry.”

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About Applied Systems
Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. Recognized as a pioneer in insurance automation and data exchange between brokerages, insurers and their clients, Applied is the world’s largest provider of agency and brokerage management systems. Automating the insurance lifecycle for more than 13,000 agencies and brokerages and 450 insurers worldwide, Applied enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most.

About Applied Client Network
Applied Client Network is the international association that promotes successful technology and business practices through communication, education and advocacy. Founded in 1985 and based in Des Plaines, Ill., Applied Client Network is the only authorized user group for Applied Systems software. Visit

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