Progressive Insurance has become a financial sponsor of the Real Time/Download Campaign, an initiative to drive greater efficiency through the Independent Agency System.

Launched in 2007, the Real Time/Download Campaign is dedicated to improving the competitiveness of the independent agency channel. The campaign—supported by independent agents, trade associations, carriers and technology providers—isn’t advocating a specific technology, but a workflow approach that frees up more time for agencies to sell, process and service business.

“The Campaign has helped agents, brokers, carriers and vendors make great strides in delivering and implementing the latest in agent-carrier workflows,” says Karen Youngman, CPCU, personal lines manager at Don Allen Agency, Rochester, N.Y. and Campaign co-chair. “Progressive is helping us keep the momentum going, by joining with other sponsors to support the Campaign’s range of communication and marketing efforts.”

Other Campaign sponsors include:
•    ACORD User Groups Information Exchange (AUGIE)/ACORD
•    Agents Council for Technology (ACT)/Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America 
•    Allied Property & Casualty Insurance/Nationwide
•    Applied Systems
•    Applied Systems Client Network (ASCnet)
•    Artizan Internet Services
•    EMC Insurance Companies 
•    Grange Insurance 
•    Harleysville
•    The Hartford
•    IVANS 
•    Liberty Mutual Agency Markets
•    MetLife Auto & Home
•    Network of Vertafore Users (NetVU), formerly AMS Users Group
•    PIA of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut & New Hampshire
•    Strategic Insurance Software (SIS) 
•    Travelers
•    Vertafore
•    Westfield Insurance

“Progressive has always focused on providing agents with industry-leading technology,” states Karen Barone, leader of Progressive's Agency Distribution. “It's our goal to provide them with the tools they need to run their businesses effectively and efficiently. Supporting the Real Time/Download Campaign is a natural extension of our efforts, and it gives us an opportunity to work with others in the industry to promote the workflow improvements of the campaign.”

“We are pleased to have Progressive backing the Campaign financially,” says Campaign Co-Chair Cyndy Smith, vice president-technology, at Syracuse, N.Y.-based Haylor, Freyer & Coon. “The company has long supported its own agents and their interface needs, and company leaders have been very active in our industry-wide efforts to enhance and broaden the use of Real Time and Download. This financial sponsorship will help us tell even more agents, brokers, vendors and carriers about the value of implementing and adopting these workflows.”

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