Vermont Mutual Selects Betterview for Commercial Lines

The Betterview platform gives the insurer a view of property condition, and in particular roof condition, that Vermont Mutual describes as both comprehensive and actionable.

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Vermont Mutual Insurance Group (Montpelier) has selected the Betterview (San Francisco) Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform to help strengthen underwriting processes for the company’s commercial lines business.

Jonathan Becker, VP, Underwriting, Vermont Mutual.

Chartered in 1828, Vermont Mutual has provided a range of coverages across seven states in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly 200 years. As one of the oldest property/casualty insurance companies in the U.S., Vermont Mutual has earned a reputation for security and reliability and an A+ rating from A.M. Best. Vermont Mutual reports that it has continuously looked for innovative solutions which would enable more accurate underwriting and greater profitability across the company’s book of business.

Neil Weiss, Sales Director, Betterview.

“The Betterview platform gives us a view of property condition—in particular roof condition—that is both comprehensive and actionable,” says Jonathan Becker, VP of underwriting, Vermont Mutual. “The more we know about a property before sending an inspection team, the more we can optimize that entire process. These tools are going to be indispensable in providing value to our clients and in better understanding risk.”

Founded in 2014 by insurance industry veterans, Betterview aims to help insurers better predict and prevent losses, streamline underwriter efficiency, and engage with customers. Betterview’s Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform includes tools which utilize geospatial imagery, computer vision models, and trusted third-party data from the company’s vendor marketplace, PartnerHub. Already, Vermont Mutual’s underwriters are using the platform to order risk reports on commercial properties during the underwriting process.

David Tobias, COO and Co-Founder, Betterview.

“The insights on our platform are designed to help companies like Vermont Mutual succeed in a new era of property and casualty insurance,” comments Neil Weiss, sales director, Betterview. “It’s no longer enough to be reactive towards claims, repairing and replacing after damage occurs. Instead, we hope that our tools will instill a predict and prevent mindset in the underwriters at Vermont Mutual, allowing them to anticipate losses and take action based on real risk drivers.”

“We are thrilled to be working with a company which has as impressive a legacy as Vermont Mutual,” says David Tobias, co-founder and COO, Betterview. “We can’t wait to see our property intelligence tools help them succeed for another generation to come.”

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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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