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  • “New President, New Policies: Changes to Anticipate in the World of Insurance” Executive Speaker Series with Dr. Hartwig

    Learn & Connect at the Executive Speaker Series on December 7 with Dr. Robert Hartwig, former President for the Insurance Information Institute and new Clinical Associate Professor of Finance and Co-Director of the Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management. Wednesday, December 7 8:30 am: registration, breakfast & networking 9:00 am: event start IT-oLogy: 1301 Gervais Street, Auditorium Robert Hartwig (PhD University Continue Reading...
  • iTs|SC Executive Speaker Series – Focusing on Talent: Women in Insurance and IT

    Learn and connect at the iTs|SC Executive Speaker Series. Focusing on Talent: Women in Insurance and IT Featuring:       Tracy Cobb, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Renee Evans, 1insurer Analytics Professional Services Kate Ingram, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Lola Jordan, Companion Data Services Lyn-Ellen Mass, Duck Creek Technologies Moderator: Chris La Cola, Columbia College Schedule of Events: 8:30 am Continue Reading...
  • Careers in Insurance Mixer

    Join iTs|SC and local insurance companies for the Careers in Insurance Mixer September 27!   Come join us on the rooftop of USC’s Moore School of Business from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on September 27 for a unique networking event. This event provides a casual atmosphere for college students to mix with local companies and recruiting managers, strengthening their professional Continue Reading...
  • Vivian Ford, President of Core Technology Solutions, named 2016 Business Partner of the Year

    From SodaCityBizWire: Chapin, SC – Vivian Ford, President of Core Technology Solutions, earned the 2016 Business Partner of the Year award from Lexington Richland School District 5 for her work on the Student Improvement Council at Spring Hill High School in Chapin. She was one of many business and community volunteers who were honored recently by the district. As a Continue Reading...
  • CTS partners with insurance group to support insurance technology industry

    From SodaCityBizWire.com: Within the past few decades, technology has come to define Columbia, SC as one of the leading destinations for businesses who rely on top IT talent, both locally and globally. And with companies such as Colonial Life/Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aflac, Seibels, and many more, that need for technology solutions is greatest in the insurance sector of Continue Reading...
  • Colleagues praise insurance institute’s outgoing president Hartwig

    Insurance Information Institute President Robert Hartwig is winning plaudits for his advocacy on behalf of the insurance industry as he prepares to leave the institute to accept an academic post this year. Mr. Hartwig has been president of the New York-based insurance industry-supported institution since 2007, and previously was its chief economist. In an announcement last week, the institute said Continue Reading...
  • Become an Agent of Change

    TODAY’S INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S INSURANCE INDUSTRY The insurance industry is not what it used to be. Banks, securities firms, as well as the government now offer what was once the sole province of traditional insurance companies. The field will continue to evolve into new arenas as the industry takes better advantage of technology, addresses cyber-risk, and offers Continue Reading...
  • Aflac Recognized for Technology Excellence and Leadership

    COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, announced today that the company has received IDG Enterprise’s 2016 Digital Edge 25 Award for its innovative One Day PaySMinitiative. With One Day PaySM, when an eligible claim is submitted via SmartClaim by 3 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday, with all supporting documentation, Aflac Continue Reading...
  • INN names Seibels’ Maria Price, iTs|SC Chair, to “15 People to Watch” list

    Compared to this time last year, the insurance technology industry looks quite different. There is a focus on innovation and implementation of next-generation technologies like drones, the Internet of Things and big data that in the past had been the realm of theorycraft. There’s also a huge appetite for digital talent and startups that can rocket carriers to the next Continue Reading...
  • Dovetail aims to revolutionize small- and medium-sized business insurance market

    Up on the sixth floor of a Main Street office tower, workers at an insurance IT company have quietly launched a revolution. The revolution, says Steve Francis, CEO of Dovetail Insurance, could allow the company and its new owner to cash in on the $40 billion medium- and small-business insurance market. “We’re trying to revolutionize as a company the way this Continue Reading...
  • Zurich Insurance Group picks EagleEye software for analytics initiative

    EagleEye Analytics has been selected by Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. to conduct a 14-month trial of its Talon Predictive Analytics System for Zurich’s global advanced analytics initiative. In an earlier Proof of Concept project, EagleEye said it worked with Zurich modelers in Brazil and Italy to prove the superiority EagleEye’s machine learning algorithms and analytics methodologies, as well as the usability of the Continue Reading...
  • Colonial Life names four to new leadership posts

    Colonial Life has named four employees to new leadership positions within the company. John Garrison has been named chief compliance officer for Unum Group, which includes Colonial Life, Unum US and Unum UK. Garrison previously served as Colonial Life’s vice president and general counsel and will remain at the Columbia office. He joined the Colonial Life law department in 1992. Ronda Tranter Continue Reading...
  • State Farm to sell BlueCross, BlueChoice individual health policies

    Starting Nov. 1, State Farm agents will sell individual health insurance plans of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina  and BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina during Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The alliance with State Farm agents in South Carolina is part of an effort to broaden consumer access to health insurance, the company said. The coverage will be effective in 2016. “This alliance Continue Reading...
  • Huggins takes over as CEO at Seibels Bruce

    Rex W. Huggins, chairman of Columbia-based Seibels Bruce Group Inc., has been named CEO. Huggins succeeds John F. Seibert, who had served as CEO since Aug. 1, 2013. Huggins, named chairman in 2007, is a seasoned business entrepreneur who owns and manages a number of businesses in the Southeast, the company said. “Seibels has played a vital role in the insurance Continue Reading...
  • Colonial Life to help small businesses develop ‘entreployees’

    Colonial Life is teaming up with Entrepreneur magazine on a new program that helps small businesses develop a culture of employee ownership. The program, called “entreployees,” encourages employees to think like entrepreneurs: take responsibility, innovate and voice their opinions. The payoff is a team that both performs better and is more satisfied, the Columbia-based insurance company said. “Our goal is Continue Reading...
  • Executive Speaker Series on 6/23 to discuss similarities between startups and new IPOs

    “Whether Established Company with new IPO or Incubator startup: Addressing the Challenges Insurance-Tech companies face today”   REGISTER NOW   Featuring Ed Ossie – Chief Operating Officer, Majesco Denise Garth – Senior Vice President – Strategic Marketing, Industry Relations and Innovation, Majesco Chad Hardaway – Associate Director, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator Sam McGuckin – President & CEO, TCube Solutions     Continue Reading...
  • Seibels introduces new product

    Columbia-based Seibels Bruce Group has launched its newest product – Business Owner’s Policy – that is available through the company’s processing services. Seibels provides insurers with back-office support through their business process outsourcing solutions offering, which includes policy administration services, underwriting and customer service center, accounting and reporting services, claims administration services, and professional services. “Seibels’ business process outsourcing solutions Continue Reading...
  • CSC to split into two publicly traded companies

    Computer Sciences Corporation, an IT provider which has a facility in Blythewood, announced Tuesday plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. One outfit will focus solely on global commercial and government clients while the other will serve U.S. public sector clients. No decision has been made on which the Blythewood facility will fall under, according to spokesman Rich Continue Reading...
  • Colonial Life, SBA to host webinar on voluntary benefits

    Colonial Life and the Small Business Administration are offering a free webinar on May 6 about voluntary benefits that can be offered to employees. The webinar, which begins at 4 p.m., is being held in conjunction with Colonial Life’s sponsorship of the National Small Business Week, May 4-8. Only 52% of employees at small businesses – with fewer than 100 Continue Reading...
  • BlueCross joins digital health marketplace

    Digital platforms with a focus on health and wellness were all the rage in 2014, numbers show. And with that in mind, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is entering the fray. The Columbia-based insurer has begun rolling out a digital health platform to group accounts which offers tools and support for healthier lifestyles. Dubbed Rally Health, the web and mobile Continue Reading...
  • Colonial Life launches new dental insurance plan

    Colonial Life launched a new dental insurance plan Monday which gives policyholders the opportunity to visit any dentist and still receive the same benefit amounts. Unlike a traditional PPO plan, there will be no deductible, precertification, coordination of coverage or coinsurance on Colonial Life’s new policy. The plan pays a fixed benefit amount for each covered procedure, a release said. Continue Reading...
  • Farmer puts emphasis on helping consumers, growing insurance business

    For Ray Farmer, who has spent his entire career in the insurance business, retirement lasted all of one day. “It was a Saturday,” said Farmer, 68. “It was a nice day.” Farmer’s retirement was short-circuited in November 2012 when Gov. Nikki Haley asked him to run the S.C. Department of Insurance. “My commitment was to finish out the term,” Farmer Continue Reading...
  • Colonial Life posts record income, sales marks

    Unum, parent of Columbia-based Colonial Life, reported a 22% increase in sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 5.7% increase in premium growth. “The positive trends that we have seen throughout the year, including strong sales and premium growth, and generally solid risk results, continued again this past quarter,” said Tom Watjen, president and CEO of Unum, headquartered in Continue Reading...
  • BlueCross adds pediatric practices to patient-centered network

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans to expand its patient-centered medical home network to include pediatric practices in addition to primary care practices. “In patient-centered medical homes, physicians coordinate care so that patients are more able to understand their conditions and manage their health,” said Shawn Stinson, BlueCross vice president and chief medical officer. BlueCross’ support for the patient-centered medical Continue Reading...
  • New Colonial Life CEO sees growth in supplemental product

    Tim Arnold, the new CEO at Colonial Life, sees the Columbia-based insurance company moving to seize what he considers abundant opportunities ahead for growth. The marketplace for supplemental insurance is becoming more crowded with competitors, Arnold said. But that market also is growing as more companies offer this kind of insurance, designed to address out-of-pocket costs that regular medical insurance Continue Reading...
  • iTs|SC graduates 1st class of Leadership Insurance

      iTs|SC, Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services cluster, has graduated eight participants from its first annual Leadership Insurance program. The program was designed for up-and-comers of the local insurance tech and services industry, attracting some of the local industry’s highest potential employees. Participants ranged in age and experience, and came from five different companies from around the Midlands. “The program Continue Reading...
  • iTs|SC presents Mike Fitzgerald of Celent on Feb. 19

    Join iTs|SC for our next Executive Speaker Series! Thursday, February 19 8:30am – IT-oLogy Theater, downtown Columbia Mike Fitzgerald Senior Analyst with Celent’s insurance practice “Emerging Technologies and Their Potential to Impact the Insurance Industry” Mike’s discussion will be a “look around the corner” to explore how recent technology advances could impact the insurance industry. For example, what is “digital Continue Reading...
  • Aflac in Columbia: Growing precociously in its fifth year

    Insurance giant Aflac has grown spectacularly even as it has been managed cautiously. When it acts, however, it tends to be decisive and succeed where it has found advantages. Five years after it decided to invest in Columbia, it has grown greatly and expects to keep doing so in the years ahead. In 2009, Aflac acquired Continental American, a homegrown Continue Reading...
  • Helmut Tissler Appointed CIO of The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc.

    Columbia, South Carolina – September 4, 2014 – The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., an insurance services provider of processing, technology, and claims solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Helmut Tissler to Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Mr. Tissler will direct all of the company’s information technology activities, including software development, implementation services and support, data center operations and Continue Reading...
  • EagleEye to provide analytics technology to N.Y. firm

    Columbia-based EagleEye Analytics, a provider of predictive analytics technology for the insurance industry, has entered into a long-term services agreement with Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange, which offers property and casualty insurance for high net worth individuals and families. EagleEye will provide its predictive analytics suite, TalonTM. In addition, EagleEye will work alongside Guy Carpenter & Company LLC, a risk and Continue Reading...