IIANC Selects Ascend as its Preferred Premium Payments Company

Members of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina will have affiliate referrals to Ascend’s finance solutions.

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Ascend (Palo Alto, Calif.), provider insurance payments platform, announced a partnership with Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC; Cary, N.C.), which has named Ascend as its preferred premium payments company for its members.

Chris Peabody, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Ascend.

Ascend describes itself as the first modern insurance payments platform that provides automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. The company says it is modernizing agency workflow by creating a streamlined process for operational and payment procedures. IIANC is a statewide trade association that seeks to give its independent agent members tool to enable them  to rise above the competition.

Through the partnership, IIANC members will have affiliate referrals to Ascend’s finance solutions. By doing so, the organization is providing the best solutions for the best startup agencies that continue to improve and develop their own internal processes, now streamlined with Ascend’s technology and automated funds flow, according to an Ascend statement.

“The IIANC is an incredible advocate for the independent agency channel, providing extensive resources and tools for their members to be successful, and we’re excited to partner in support of this effort,” says Chris Peabody, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Ascend. “At Ascend, we believe in empowering the IA channel with a modern payments solution while creating a modern checkout process for their clients and by doing so, enabling agencies to do what they do best, be a trusted advisor. Through this partnership, we are able to empower agents across the state of North Carolina.”

Rebecca Shigley, COO, IIANC.

This partnership will reduce the workload for IIANC agents and provide them with a modern white-labeled checkout experience that is tailored specifically for the agencies, the Ascend statement says. Additionally, the partnership will unlock a series of webinars and resources for agents to utilize in the growth and development of their business, the company reports.

“We believe in advocating on behalf of independent agents everywhere, and this includes offering them the best possible tools and resources for success,” comments Rebecca Shigley, COO, IIANC. “Aligning ourselves with companies like Ascend opens our community up to a whole new world of streamlined and modern workflow and payments solutions—the necessary tools for our independent agents to compete and differentiate themselves from major players in insurance. To be the best possible version of themselves, they need the best possible tools, and Ascend is offering them just that.”

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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 AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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