Appalachian Underwriters Adopts ClarionDoor MGA Hub

The solution lets Appalachian provide a one-stop approach for independent agents to easily access multiple carriers and products.

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ClarionDoor (Santa Barbara, Calif.), whose acquisition by Zywave (Milwaukee, Wisc.) was announced in late November, provider of the insurance industry’s most intelligent product distribution, standalone and comparative rating, and policy lifecycle management software, is pleased to announce that Appalachian Underwriters, an Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based insurance wholesale insurance distributor, has selected the vendor’s MGA Hub to improve operational efficiency and speed to quote.

Will Chambers, Director of Digital Partnerships, Appalachian Underwriters.

Appalachian Underwriters has partnered with ClarionDoor to provide a one-stop approach for independent agents to easily access multiple carriers and products, including exclusive Xpress Raters to quote online and an online agent portal with the ability to rate, quote, bind, and make online payments, all backed by a wide array of services, according to a ClarionDoor statement.

“MGAs play a crucial role in insurance distribution today, and, until now, did not have an efficient way to price options for our agents,” comments Will Chambers, director of digital partnerships, Appalachian Underwriters. “Working with ClarionDoor, our underwriters save time since they do not have to re-enter information in multiple carrier portals in order to compare quotes. Through MGA Hub, a single site where submission information is entered once and multiple quotes are returned from all of our carrier partners, we are able to provide true speed-to-market and return quotes to our agents in record time.”

Michael DeGusta, CEO, ClarionDoor.

ClarionDoor pitches itself as having broken the mold of traditional quote processing for MGAs by providing a simple, efficient interface for quoting new business. Backed by what the vendor calls a powerful API architecture, ClarionDoor’s MGA Hub is able to capture minimal information and get quotes back from various carrier partners rapidly without rekeying of data, complicated integrations, or time-consuming implementations, the vendor says.

Mitigating the Frustration of MGAs and Carriers

“MGAs represent a critical distribution channel of the insurance industry today,” said Michael DeGusta, CEO, ClarionDoor. “As a sales and underwriting extension arm for carriers, it is critical they have the proper tools to market and sell their products. What we have effectively done with CD MGA Hub is mitigate the frustration that both MGAs and carriers have faced, enabling both to focus more on marketing, distributing, and selling products.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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