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Vertafore Gaining Momentum in Reducing Insurance Agency License Lapses with AgencyEDGE

Bothell, WA –March 6, 2014 – Vertafore (http://www.vertafore.com), the leading provider of software that transforms the business of insurance, today announced that there has been significant adoption of cloud insurance technology AgencyEDGE that automates insurance agency license management and protects them from expensive reinstatement fees. In the last six months more than 700 agencies have begun using the solution, bringing the total number of agencies using the software to over 1,000.

Prior to AgencyEDGE, most agencies were using Excel spreadsheets or a home-made solution for tracking agency licenses. This not only consumed valuable time of agency principals and administrators, but also exposed agencies to E&O and compliance risks and related fines because of unlicensed agents attempting to sell in the field.

“Reinstatement fees and fines can cost up to 3 times the price of regular licensing renewal fees,” said Tim Owen, Vice President of Product Management. “Most agency license renewal fees range from $40 to $200, for agencies at risk of expired licenses these fees can add up quickly at nearly $600 per agency license. Even more costly than paying reinstatement fees is if an agency becomes ineligible for reinstatement and loses the ability to sell insurance in a particular state. This is now an expense and reputation hit agencies no longer need to gamble with. No matter the other insurance software an agency has, AgencyEDGE will work for you and it is a simple and invaluable tool every agency needs.”

AgencyEDGE is accessible 24/7 from anywhere that has an internet connection. In less than two minutes an agency can subscribe to the service and load their agency licenses automatically to ensure they are authorized to sell by state and line of business. The user-friendly interface and extensive in-product video guidance gives agencies quick and easy access to manage agency licenses and also sends agencies alerts when a license is up for renewal.

“AgencyEDGE really revolutionized our agency and its licensing,” said Joyce Sigler, Vice President – Administration/Corporate Secretary for Jones & Wenner Insurance Agency. “In addition to the impact of the time it saves, the financial piece that it saves allows us to put money back in to new programs and into the agency, and that has really just changed us.”

Vertafore AgencyEDGE is also included in the Vertafore Agency Platform™ and is easy to subscribe to since it is hosted in the cloud. In addition, this service provides a convenient monthly invoice, instead of paying per transaction, removing administrative headaches.

Agencies can sign up for AgencyEDGE here.

About Vertafore 
Vertafore’s comprehensive insurance management software solutions lead brokers and carriers to adapt to an evolving insurance industry to efficiently scale their businesses through deeper access to information and insights. The Vertafore product line is built on a platform, empowering customers and other solution providers to adapt and thrive as the market changes. Vertafore’s platform features fast innovation, partnerships with the best technology companies, and customizable solutions to help companies remain independent during a time of industry disruption. As the leader in modern insurance technology with the largest customer base in the industry, Vertafore connects every point of the distribution channel, from agencies and carriers to MGAs, MGUs, and state governments. For more information about Vertafore, visit www.vertafore.com, read the company’s blog, and follow the company on TwitterLinkedin, and Facebook.

About RiskMatch
RiskMatch is a business intelligence and analytics company that delivers a suite of web-based solutions for insurance brokers and underwriters throughout the U.S. Its patented platform delivers an array of portfolio management, analytic and data management services designed to enable brokers and underwriters to enhance performance, reduce costs, facilitate growth, and improve their client service capabilities. For more information, visit the RiskMatch site.

CONTACTS:

Brian Brady
Public Relations Manager, Vertafore
+1 (720) 787-3114
brian.brady@vertafore.com

Alex Stanton
Stanton Public Relations & Marketing
+1 (212) 780-0701
astanton@stantonprm.com

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