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  • Three Motorists Insurance Group Executives Honored with 2016 ITA Bridge Award

  • April 21, 2016 — The Insurance Technology Association (ITA) announces that James Sullivan, Tom Campana and Jeff Martin, executives with The Motorists Insurance Group, are the winners of the second annual ITA Bridge Award. The award was presented at ITA LIVE, the ITA’s annual conference held this week at the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.

    The ITA Bridge Award honors insurance IT leaders and their counterparts on the business side, according to Jim Daggett, executive director of the ITA. Business opportunities are sometimes lost and IT implementations often fail when leaders from IT and the business side fail to collaborate effectively and “bridge” the gap between technology and business, explains Daggett.

    “The ITA is proud of this award program for the industry and we feel particularly fortunate to have found such worthy people to recognize with the second annual ITA Bridge Award,” says Daggett. “Their ability to collaborate on important issues facing The Motorists Insurance Group serves as a great example for all of us on how successful companies need to operate.”

    The award goes to Sullivan, vice president and chief marketing technologist; Martin, assistant vice president of customer experience; and Campana, assistant vice president of customer experience; for their work incorporating the needs and interests of Motorists’ independent agent network and ensuring the IT infrastructure at Motorists supports and delivers what their customers want.

    “We’re proud to have won the Bridge Award, as we’re always working to bring great technology and great people together,” Sullivan said. “We’re also grateful to IVANS for nominating us.”

    The ITA Bridge Award is presented to both an IT leader and a business executive or executives in any of the insurance industry business functions, including underwriting, claims, finance, customer service, actuarial or marketing for a North American insurance company.

    Nominations were accepted from insurance companies, software solution providers and industry consultants. The award is not reflective of a long-term connectivity between the business unit and IT that demonstrates how an insurance company can operate effectively.

    Winners were determined by the leadership of the ITA with input from members of the ITA Advisory Board. The full story of The Motorists Insurance Group’s transformation will be featured in the June 2016 edition of ITA Pro magazine, the official publication of the ITA. 

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ITA Mission Statement

The goal of the Insurance Technology Association is to provide members with opportunities to collaborate, educate, network, share, and use knowledge related to insurance technology. The ITA serves the insurance technology community as a resource and is dedicated to serving this specialized sector of the industry. Publications and educational programs created by the ITA are geared to professionals interested in or charged with evaluating, implementing, and marketing insurance-specific technology systems or services.

ITA publications

The current issue of ITA Pro Magazine is October, 2017. The cover story, “Cross the Line,” features John Kessler, chief strategy officer for Motorists Insurance Group, as he explains how Motorists has shifted much of its attention to the commercial lines side of the market. Another feature, “The Spiraling of Insurtech,” looks at how investor groups have led the charge in bringing carriers and insurtechs together. The third feature, Think Differently,” examines how claims centers have become laboratories for insurance carriers and new technology In addition you will find features such as:

  • George Grieve's column on the implementation of third-party software, and how carriers need to know their job and not expect others to pick up the slack.
  • Karen Furtado’s Innovation Corner column is on SMA’s 10th anniversary and how they will pass along some predictions for the next decade in insurance and technology
  • In Newsmakers, Rod Travers tells why he left the consulting world for the top spot in the insurance industry’s largest association.

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Information on the ITA Pro Buyers' Guide, and how vendors can be a part of it

For more information, contact Jim Daggett at