December 01, 2011 11:15 ET

IASA and Ward Group Announce Opening of 2012 Technology Innovation Award for Submissions

DURHAM, NC and CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - IASA, in partnership with Ward Group, is pleased to announce submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 Technology Innovation Award. This award, which presents a forum for insurance technology innovation recognition, will be given to the insurance company demonstrating the most innovative use of technology in product, service or overall project.

The Technology Innovation Award recognizes the successful implementation of an initiative where technology played a major part and "made a significant difference" to an insurance company's environment in terms of strategic direction, improved operational efficiency, increased revenue or other business initiative. Projects that defy tradition, including those that use older technologies in innovative ways, are excellent candidates for consideration. While the award mainly highlights achievements by an insurance company, a technology partner may also be recognized as playing a significant role in the project.

"There is so much innovation in the insurance industry, such as mobile computing, telematics, new systems, web-based customer capabilities," said Jeff Rieder, president of Ward Group. "We are trying to recognize those companies that excel in creating business value through innovation."

The Technology Innovation Award submission form can be downloaded from the IASA website at As sponsors of the award, Ward Group and IASA both recognize that time is one of the most precious resources for insurance professionals today, and have streamlined the submission form for the Technology Innovation Award this year. Submissions can be made by insurance companies, technology vendors or other interested parties, regardless of IASA membership until March 12, 2012. Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel comprised of insurance industry analysts, consultants, media and insurance company professionals.

The 2012 Technology Innovation Award will be presented during the IASA Annual Educational Conference & Business in San Diego, California, June 3-6, 2012. Besides "bragging rights," the winner will receive a customized plaque, as well as industry media and press recognition through news releases. Additionally, the winning insurance company will receive one complimentary full conference registration for the 2013 IASA Educational Conference & Business Show, and a one-year IASA membership if the winner is a non-member.

Please mail completed applications to the IASA International Office, Attn: Gina Jolly, P.O. Box 51340, Durham, N.C. 27717, or email completed submissions to

For more information regarding this release, please contact Jennifer Overhulse-King, Principal Owner, St. Nick Media Services, via email at, or via phone at (859) 803-6597.

About IASA
The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc. (IASA) is a non-profit, education association that strives to enhance the knowledge of insurance industry professionals, and participants from similar organizations closely allied with the insurance industry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information. IASA is one of the insurance industry's largest, and most well represented trade association. IASA membership includes insurance companies of all types (Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Fraternal, HMO and others) as members, as well as companies serving the insurance industry, regulators and also organizations more broadly representative of the financial services industry, including banks and investment brokerage firms. Learn more about the IASA by visiting our website at, or by calling (919) 489-0991.

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