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Vendor Partners

The Iroquois Advantage

The Iroquois Group has long working relationships with many other companies that work in the insurance industry, companies that offer services such as agency management systems, publicity and financing, to name a few. Iroquois members are afforded certain discounts or advantages with many of those companies. NOTE: Some of the following opportunites are not available in every region.

ACORD Form Service: InsureHub by Symmetry Technology Labs, Inc.

Since 1998, InsureHub has been providing online ACORD Forms for fill-in, print and email.  The annual subscription also includes access to CertHub, which greatly simplifies the process of creating the same certificate for dozens of certificate holders.  Subscriptions are available to all Iroquois Group members at the special discount price of $119 – a $20 savings!

To receive this special discount, please register at https://www.insurehub.com/Iroquois.aspx Visit our website at:  https://www.insurehub.com for additional information, or contact us at support@insurehub.com

Agency App: myInsurance pro - Mobile Apps

Pro App Development offers a cutting edge new way for your agency to "Touch" their clients via a custom mobile app with some of the following features:
• Get a quote
• Once Click Call
• Push Notification
• Refer a Friend
• Policy info
• Insurance Card
• Make a Payment
• Capture Accident Info
• Inventory Section
• & much more...

Instant access to your agency including Email, Map, Social Media links and an About The Company page. Iroquois members pay a discounted price of $999 for the app, versus the retail price of $1,250.  When ordering use the Promo Code: IROQUOIS.

Visit to learn more: https://proappdevelopmentllc.com/myinsurancepro#iroquoisgroup
CONTACT: Philip Lichter at 888-444-1274 philip@proappdevelopmentllc.com

Agency Management Systems: EBIX

EBIX offers a state-of-the-art Internet-based full service agency management system called EBIXASP. Every agent can have the power of a world-class agency management system at his or her fingertips anytime, anywhere. EBIXASP System features include: Complete agency management system (from accounting to marketing)

  • Remote access capability and firewall protection
  • “No-Downtime” guarantee
  • Comprehensive training and full technical support
  • Discounted set up fees
  • Low monthly user fees

CONTACT: Jeff Larson at 800-433-5744 ext. 2038 jlarson@ebix.com

Agency Management Systems: EZLynx Management System

Painlessly transition from your old agency management system with the EZLynx data experts by your side. After we carefully move your data into our system, you will begin receiving monthly agency health reports via email to help you translate what your data is saying.

You will also be able to remarket without rekeying by syncing information directly from the carrier and choosing the details to import. Management System is built on top of our already established rater, EZLynx Rating Engine, allowing you to quote without leaving the system.

Management System will help you track your premiums & commissions, simplify commission payouts, dig into data with reporting, and manage day to day tasks – all the while tracking your activities for reduced E&O exposure.

Learn how to break free from the chains of your outdated agency management system – call or click today.
877-932-2382
http://www.ezlynx.com/ezlynx-for-iroquois.html
info@ezlynx.com

Agency Management System: IMS from Xanatek

Insurance Management Solutions (IMS) by Xanatek -a powerful, innovative and affordable system that offers comprehensive agency management, document imaging capabilities, ACORD, Real Time, carrier downloads for policy and commission, and so much more!
Designed by insurance agents, IMS helps to increase your office productivity through:
• Improved Customer Service
• Enhanced Office Communication
• Increased Sales
• Reduction in Paper Storage
• Real Time
• Electronic Signatures
• Cloud or Server Installed
• Iroquois Discount

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Iroquois members will receive a discount off the retail price of the IMS software, plus three free months of support.
For More Information
If you would like to receive additional information on Insurance Management Solutions from Xanatek, please contact the sales office toll-free at 800-875-6033 or e-mail us at sales@xanatek.com.

Agency Management System - QQEvolution

QQ Evolution is QQ Solutions' powerful, affordable and modular agency management system. With its comprehensive commissions, scanning, marketing and reporting functions, you can focus more effectively on growing your book-of-business and leave the organizing to them.
An easy-to-use Agency Management System

  • Access client and policy data 24/7 from your home or notebook computer;
  • Go paperless with QQ Evolution’s extensive scanning and imaging;
  • Single and multi-office database functionality;
  • Discounted activation fees;
  • Discounted monthly subscription fees; and
  • Visit their Web site at http://www.qqsolutions.com/Iroquois/ for more information.

CONTACT: Larry Smith 800-940-6600 x144 lsmith@qqsolutions.com

Comparative Rater: EZLynx Rating Engine

Many Iroquois Member Agents have found EZLynx Rating Engine to be an excellent time saver for their producers and CSRs. EZLynx enables agents to generate accurate home and auto quotes from multiple insurance companies with a single data entry point.
Ask your Iroquois Representative for details on Iroquois member-discounts on EZLynx Rating Engine.
To learn more about Rating Engine and other EZLynx Agency Solutions call or click today.
877-932-2382
http://go.ezlynx.com/mga/iroquois
info@ezlynx.com

Executive Search Services: iPeople

Iroquois has formed a relationship with iPeople, LLC, an executive search firm that specializes in placing key insurance professionals. Beyond presenting well-screened potential employees, iPeople presents clients with an unbiased and objective assessment of top candidates, provides support in the negotiations between the client and candidate, and follows up with the successful candidate and the client to insure a smooth transition.

Iroquois Member Agencies receive a discount on iPeople’s fee structure and an extended “warranty” for employees placed through iPeople’s efforts. For more information, visit the iPeople Website at www.theipeople.com  or call Mark Shlien, principal, at 202-544-7675, or email him at Mark.Shlien@theipeople.com

Executive Search Services: Allied Professional Resources (APR)

Allied Professional Resources (APR), one of the leading insurance recruitment firms in the nation today, specializes in Property and Casualty as well as Life and Health lines. They provide suitable candidates for commercial and personal lines CSR’s, account managers, account executives, producers, and Department Managers. They also place candidates for similar positions with employee benefits expertise.

APR charges a percentage of first year compensation to recruit, evaluate and help hire a suitable candidate, and Iroquois members receive a discount on the cost of this service. (Ask your Iroquois Representative for details.)

For more information on APR, visit their website at www.allied-resources.com or contact Jay Mays at 866-271-9158 or jmays@aprcareers.com.

OPTIS Partners- financial consulting

OPTIS Partners is a financial consulting firm providing expert services to the insurance distribution industry. Based in Chicago, IL, OPTIS Partners consists of a small group of highly skilled insurance and finance professionals with extensive insurance industry experience. 
Overview of Services:
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Regardless of your firm‘s position as a buyer or seller, OPTIS Partners is committed to maximizing the return on your investment through our intimate industry expertise and knowledge of the M&A process.
• Seller Representation Services
• Buyer Representation Services
• Due-Diligence of Buyers and Sellers
Ownership Transition and Perpetuation Planning:
The internal transition of ownership from one generation to another is a process, not an event. 
OPTIS Partners works with clients to assess their needs and develop action plans.  They will also provide and/or assist with the following specific deliverables:
• Establishment of the valuation basis from which to start the buy and sell process and updating of the valuation as necessary over time
• Development of plans to fund the transition of ownership between individuals
• Creation of cash-flow projections and other financial projections throughout the term of transition
• Revision of projections and plans as circumstances continue to develop
Valuation Services:
OPTIS Partners, LLC (“OPTIS”) provides Fair Market Valuation (“FMV”) services to various firms across the insurance distribution and related sectors, with particular emphasis on mid-sized Property-Casualty and Employee Benefits insurance agencies. 
Iroquois Members receive a discount on the hourly fees charged by OPTIS Partners.
For More Information:
Daniel P. Menzer, CPA
CM&AA (Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor)
www.optisins.com
menzer@optisins.com
630-520-0490  (o)   630-408-1810 (c)
825 Campbell Drive
West Chicago, IL  60185

Human Resource Services: Iroquois Hiring System (IHS)

Iroquois’ 2,250 Member Agents share a common need to find, hire, train and develop the right employees to help their agencies grow and thrive. To help its members with this critical function, Iroquois worked with insurance consultants George Nordhaus and Virginia Bates to introduce Iroquois Hiring System (IHS).
IHS is a web-based Human Resources portal, providing valuable tools and information on the candidate assessment and hiring process.
IHS takes you beyond simple resume review and standard interviewing, enabling you to focus on objective assessment techniques to learn who a candidate is and what they do, not just what they say. Iroquois Hiring System assessments help:

  • Zero in on a candidate’s thinking style, behavioral traits and insurance skills all at once.
  • Insure that candidate interviews are incisive and productive.
  • Remove the uncertainties of the selection process.

The assessment tools available to Iroquois members at a 15 percent discount from what other agencies would pay for the same assessment tool.
We strongly encourage you to review this website and all of its resources. You can access IHS through iMember, the private portion of our website.

Lead Generation and Marketing: Neilson Marketing Services

Neilson Marketing Services, for more than 25 years, has been providing insurance agencies with a wide range of marketing products, including custom programs that combine telemarketing, Internet Marketing, SEO, and Social Media Marketing. As an Iroquois member agent, you’re eligible to receive discounts on Neilson’s business insurance lists and telemarketing services for qualified leads. Take a look at our some of Neilson's products:

Custom list purchasing: up-to-date, affordable data on 24 million business locations, of which 17 million are business headquarters with decision makers so that you're communicating with the right people about the right products. You can select a list based on SIC code, geography, company size, number of employees, and annual revenue. For certain states, the list can include Workers Comp X-dates for businesses.
• Lead generation and qualification by experienced insurance telemarketing staff using Best Practices and the latest in technology to qualify leads in the industries and coverage lines you want to target.
• Appointment setting for principals and producers to get face time with prospects for new revenue.
• Drip marketing: An automated system with professionally written letters with key touch points to keep the sales pipeline full through ongoing communication with prospects for new sales and with clients for cross-selling opportunities.

CONTACT: Larry Neilson at (800) 736-9741. www.neilsonmarketing.com

Lead Generation Services: Cole X-Dates

Iroquois® has arranged with Cole Information Services to offer its Cole X-Dates on-line database to Iroquois Member Agents at a significant discount.

The purchase of Cole X-DATES OnLine provides you with homeowner insurance expiration information in an easy-to-use-format. You can:

· See expiration dates by month;

· View names, addresses and phone numbers of homeowners, plus purchase prices and purchase dates of homes;

· Sort by streets and zips; and

· Select by home value.

Download custom, targeted prospects lists in an Excel format that can be sorted by many data fields and uploaded to your agency management system.

Use Cole X-Dates surname filters to target ethnic markets or leverage current insured referrals through a “neighborhood search” referral tool. Find Renters, Condo and Coops (including unit numbers and names.) You can also indirectly obtain auto, life and other financial product leads.

Create your own direct mailings or use Cole’s customized, 4-color, postcard mail postcard program.

Business/commercial leads are also available by SIC code.

For more information or a demo, view Cole’s website at: http://www.coleinformation.com or call 800-475-2479.

Loss Runs - allthingsinsurance.net

Fixing the Loss Run Blues

Obtaining loss runs for a prospective client can be a time consuming and costly process but, thanks to the recommendation of an Iroquois Member Agent, we now have an efficient and cost-effective solution for you.

ATIN (allthingsinsurance.net) was started approximately six years ago by an agent who was frustrated by how difficult and time consuming it was to obtain loss runs for commercial lines prospects. The service he helped create gives you the ability to order loss runs directly from the carrier on behalf of the insured. ATIN guarantees 100 percent receipt when requesting from the correct carrier based on the precise language and content of their letterhead, with the added security that, in the event of carrier non-compliance, ATIN’s Loss Run Help Desk will pursue your loss runs for you to make sure you do receive loss runs 100 percent of the time.

For an annual fee, which has been significantly discounted for Iroquois members, you have access to all of ATIN’s current and future services,

For more information, you can view an automated demo of ATIN's service or read a Rough Notes article about us.
 

Marketing, Communication & Technology: AgenciesOnline

www.AgenciesOnline.biz offers a single, integrated platform to consolidate agency communications, marketing and technology.

George Nordhaus, founder of IMMS, Group 500, and other organizations devoted primarily to insurance marketing, and Val Jordan, renowned agency consultant, created AgenciesOnline in 2008. After studying agency websites across North America, they concluded that while the Internet is the communications medium today, current agency websites are seldom visited, and not effective enough to allow agencies to compete with the online insurance sales forces of the little green lizard. AgenciesOnline understands that the Internet and electronic marketing is now, and agencies need to embrace this fact today to more effectively compete.

The creation of interactive websites including video, voice-overs, online chat and a quoting system were the first steps for AgenciesOnline. The system behind the AgenciesOnline website includes lead-generation, marketing programs and campaigns, integration with Rough Notes' PF&M systems, 650 risk surveys, four monthly newsletters linked to the agency’s website, as well as integration with the leading agency management systems for tracking and reporting.

To learn more about AgenciesOnline, you can visit their website at www.agenciesonline.biz or contact George directly at (888) 985-3331 ext. 210 orGeorge@agenciesonline.biz.

Marketing, Communication & Technology: EZLynx Marketing Campaigns

Maximize prospect and customer relationship building with minimal agent effort. Marketing Campaigns will help you build drip campaigns, in which a series of personalized emails automatically go out at designated intervals to keep you in touch while you focus on high priority tasks.

To learn more about agency emails sent by EZLynx Marketing Campaigns call or click today.
877-932-2382
http://www.ezlynx.com/ezlynx-for-iroquois.html
info@ezlynx.com

Marketing, Communication and Technology: purePRM

purePRM – Online sales technology
purePRM was founded in 2009 by successful insurance professionals. purePRM is a revolutionary program designed for the rep and manager alike to target market, track prospects, clients, referrals and sales.
All members of the Iroquois Southwest group qualify for a special discount toward use of purePRM’s online technology, sales tools and individualized sales coaching.
Find them at www.purePRM.com and click on the Iroquois Group logo.
 

E-mail and Telemarketing - The G&D Group

The G&D Group specializes in customizing Commercial Lines new business Appointment Setting programs using E-Mail Marketing & Telemarketing where everything is set up on an on-line system to help their clients maximize their return on investment.
Iroquois Member Rob Squatriglia of Summit Insurance Group in Huntersville, NC has had particular success with their E-Mail Marketing & Telemarketing services. 
G&D’s E-Mail Marketing program includes the following:
•         E-Mail Marketing is billed on a month to month agreement so clients can “pay as they go” & there is no long-term contract.
•         FREE Lists are provided to Iroquois Members with any new business marketing program investment and in most cases, your list will come with 30%+ of names already having X-Dates!
•         On average, their clients get a 10% response rate from E-Mail Marketing alone!
• They will update your database when collecting e-mail addresses to decision makers (Owners, Finance Executives, etc…).
• They will send out 2 e-mail blasts each month that are giving their clients an average 10% response rate each month.
• They will send these 2 e-mails out from YOUR e-mail address & let you know when it goes out!
• They will manage bounce back e-mails, which will come back to them rather than you!
• They will help you with replies to help you maximize your e-mail marketing ROI from prospects that are interested!  
• They will update each record in the AWT (CRM) system on-line of prospects who reply to avoid future e-mails or calls with prospects already resolved by e-mail marketing.
• Appointments are generated from their E-Mail Marketing & Telemarketing services.
•         Telemarketing without effective E-Mail Marketing doesn’t work very well today. However, Telemarketing with an effective E-Mail Marketing campaign behind it works extremely well!
•         G&D’s “Client Portal” allows a client to access their database on-line in real time to monitor activity, track their results 24X7 & much more!
•         All programs are worked from their California office, with no offshore outsourcing.
Iroquois Members receive a discount on the monthly marketing fee.
For More Information:
Contact:
Dion Gutierrez, CEO
Phone: (800) 846-7745, ext 104
E-Mail: dion@thegdgroup.com
Website: www.thegdgroup.com

Artizan's InsWorld customized agency newsletters

Artizan’s InsWorld publications allow you to send personalized electronic communications to your clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner. By providing you with an agency-branded template prefilled with content InsWorld allows you to communicate with your clients and prospects on a consistent basis, keeping them informed of industry news and keeping your agency top-of-mind.

Artizan offers an enterprise-wide solution for the insurance industry. Through Artizan’s InsWorld product’s unique design, your agency’s multi-channel, multi-partner, multi-product, and multi-message requirements are all easily managed. For more details, contact Edward Roemke at eroemke@artizan.com or call 860-925-6020 .

To view a sample newsletter click on the secure link below:

http://sample.insworld.com/generic-samples/ABC_Agency_Risk_Issues.htm

Personal Lines Quoting Software: SEMCAT

SEMCAT Quoting Software is a unique solution that helps insurance agents quote and bind faster on the web. Not an old-fashioned comparative rater, SEMCAT is a leading-edge personal lines quoting solution currently used by independent agents nationwide. Iroquois Members will now receive a 15 percent discount from the already affordable agency pricing.

SEMCAT can provide your agency a competitive advantage by:

· Getting the Real Rate the first time

· Dramatically reducing the amount of time required to get a bindable rate

· Supporting your quoting with over 170 carriers in Real Time (see attachment for list of carriers)

· Providing a FREE Client / Prospect Web Entry Form

· Integrating with .al3 / .xml capable management systems

The patent-pending technology powering SEMCAT, Information StreamingTM, pre-fills data fields on carriers' quoting websites while preserving the integrity of the carriers' work flow and functionality. Because all SEMCAT quoting is done through carriers' websites, you will always receive a Real Time, 100 percent accurate, bindable rate.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a free trial, please contact Nathan Waite, account executive, Allied Strategy - SEMCAT Quoting Solution at 402.875.9204 or nathan@alliedstrategy.com.

J. Brian Day Restoration Services

J. Brian Day Restoration is a leading company servicing Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the business of water, fire, and mold remediation and reconstruction. The company handles work for both residential and commercial property owners and works directly with insurance agencies, insurance companies and adjusters.  J. Brian Day’s certified project managers and technicians are available on a 24/7 basis.  They will work directly with the insurance company adjuster to determine the scope and estimate of the restoration job.

The National Underwriter Company

The National Underwriter Company is proud to partner with The Iroquois Group and provide Iroquois Members with a special 20 percent discount offer on all products and services including the renowned FC&S. (Discount does not apply to any service or magazine renewals.)

To see everything The National Underwriter Company has to offer visit their website at www.nationalunderwriterstore.com

Website Design and Marketing: Confluency Solutions

Confluency Solutions has been delivering websites and digital marketing solutions to insurance agents since 2004.  The core of any sound marketing plan today is a conversion optimized and search engineered website.  Start there, and take advantage of special Iroquois discounts and add social media marketing, email marketing and search optimization services as your agency’s marketing needs change.

•        Learn more at www.confluencysolutions.com
•        Check out a demonstration website http://demo.cfluent.com
•        Contact Confluency to learn more or to schedule a one-on-one consultation http://www.confluencysolutions.com/contact
info@cfluent.com
877.351.2600 ext. 1

Website Design: EZLynx Agency Websites

Your agency’s online presence is essential in this digital era. Not only will EZLynx help you create the perfect website for marketing your business online, but they also integrate other EZLynx solutions into your site to capture leads and provide service to customers.

To see what your EZLynx Agency Website would look like call or click today.
877-932-2382
http://www.ezlynx.com/ezlynx-for-iroquois.html
info@ezlynx.com

Important Introduction

Trust in Iroquois' judgment led a longtime member agent to a very happy client and a new and important carrier relationship. Click on the image for the whole story.