AUGIE Group Plans to Grow its Community by 20% in 2020

New Programs Focused on Agency Automation, MGAs, and Agri-Business Will Drive Momentum

NEW YORK (20 November 2019): The time is now for independent agents to leverage technology to improve their businesses—no agency can be left behind. That is why AUGIE Group, an insurance tech exchange open to all involved in the insurance distribution channel, has set its goal for 2020: grow its community by 20 percent.

With more than 4,000 current members, AUGIE Group is the only industry forum where agents, brokers, carriers, MGA/Wholesalers, solutions providers, and association representatives can come together beyond their affiliations to discuss the technology and opportunities in the insurance distribution channel. As a grassroots-driven organization, AUGIE Group develops ways to take advantage of new approaches and overcome barriers to more automation among carriers and agents.

To grow the community, AUGIE Group will focus on attracting new members from among previously underrepresented groups such as managing general agents (MGAs) and carriers and agents in agri-business lines, as well as motivating more agents and carriers to automate using proven solutions, such as claims download.

“AUGIE Group is about bringing everyone in the industry together, giving all a voice, and to help solve the most pressing issues in the industry,” said Cal Durland, Director of AUGIE Group. “We don’t want anyone left out of the discussion on digital transformation. AUGIE Group’s role is to be an insurance tech exchange, connecting the dots among members and bring existing communities together, helping everyone better serve insurance customers.”

New AUGIE Leadership

AUGIE Group recently announced that Mike Skeele, President, Skeele Insurance Agency, will become Chair of the group in 2020. He succeeds Jim Armitage who will continue as Past Chair and serve on AUGIE Group’s Executive Council. Ted Joyce, VP of Insurance Agency Services, will become Vice Chair.

“This past year has been very important for us. We rebranded the organization as AUGIE Group and built significant momentum around six key programs. We recently relaunched our Ambassador program and introduced monthly Town Halls which help to engage the community on a regular basis. We have all the right elements in place to tackle the top challenges for agents,” according to Skeele. “I look forward to leading AUGIE Group in 2020 and growing our grass roots community to reach all who are impacted by these issues.”

Joyce added, “One of the most important aspects of AUGIE Group is its ability to bring members together to share ideas and influence change. I am honored to be Vice Chair and am looking forward to partnering with Mike to grow the organization.”



AUGIE Group Recognizes Individuals Having an Impact

Recently, AUGIE Group recognized several individuals who have gone above and beyond to fulfill its mission to help agents and brokers provide clients with excellent service and a digital experience.

Kitty Ambers, Chief Growth Officer, AVYST, received the Andy Fogarty Industry Impact Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have taken great strides to help AUGIE Group succeed. She has been involved with AUGIE Group since its inception and participated in many initiatives, including the Power of Change, Real Time Campaign and Commercial Download Pairs initiative. She currently leads AUGIE Groups’ Digital Ecosystem initiative.

Jim Rogers, AVP, The Hartford and Kristin Hicks, Technical Program Manager, Vertafore were also recognized with awards for their continued support. Rogers was honored for his tireless work in improving technology between companies and agents. Hicks is an advocate of claims download and has worked with carriers and agents to increase understanding and usage.

About AUGIE Group

AUGIE Group is a not-for-profit organization open to all in the industry who are involved in the independent agent distribution channel. An insurance tech exchange with more than 4,000 members, it brings members together to share ideas, anticipate market needs and influence change. AUGIE Group is a valuable community where agents, brokers, carriers, MGA/Wholesalers, solution providers, association representatives and others can come together beyond their associations, user groups and other affiliations to discuss industry issues and opportunities. A volunteer-led and volunteer-run organization, AUGIE focuses on practical approaches to using technology to make independent agents’ businesses better and more efficient. To learn more visit

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