June 04, 2013 11:15 ET

Technology Innovation Award 2013 Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) - IASA and Ward Group are pleased to announce Accident Fund Insurance Holdings, CNA Insurance, and Scottsdale Insurance as finalists for the 2013 Technology Innovation Award which is sponsored by both organizations. 

The announcement of the Technology Innovation Award finalists took place on Tuesday, June 4 during the 2013 IASA Annual Educational Conference & Business Show in Washington D.C. Jeffrey Rieder, partner for Ward Group, announced the finalists onstage during the day's general session, and outlined the process for the selection of the winner which will take place at the IASA Executive EDGE Conference this September 29 and 30 in Hartford, Connecticut.

"The judging committee was impressed by the number of quality submissions received this year," said Rieder. "We look forward to seeing each finalist's case study presentation at the IASA Executive EDGE Conference, having the opportunity to select a winner from this distinguished group, and being able to share such important innovations with the rest of the industry."

The finalists' submissions were judged by an industry panel to determine the most "innovative" and which best demonstrated "delivering measurable business impact in the insurance industry." The distinguished panel of industry experts who participated in the judging of the award submissions included individuals from Catholic Mutual Group, Insurance Networking News, Insurance & Technology, QBE North America, the Nolan Company, Tech Decisions, and Ward Group.

In 2013, IASA and the Ward Group introduced a new format for the Technology Innovation Award selection. The award now features a new peer judging component and increased industry recognition. The finalists named at the 2013 IASA Annual Educational Conference & Business Show in Washington D.C., will present project details to an audience of their peers at the IASA Executive EDGE Conference, during which EDGE Conference attendees will vote to select the winner of the award. 

"This new judging format allows for increased peer recognition for the winners and offers educational opportunities about innovative leaders for all our members," said Celeska Fredianelli, vice president of financial planning and analysis for QBE North America and chief information officer for IASA. 

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 associations. 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 IASA by visiting our website at or by calling (919) 489-0991.

About Ward Group
Ward Group is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies. The firm analyzes staff levels, business practices and expenses for all areas of insurance company operations to help companies measure results and optimize performance. For more information about Ward Group, visit

Contact Information

  • IASA Media Contact:
    Jennifer Overhulse
    St. Nick Media Services
    (859) 803-6597