Announcing the 2019 Awards for Distinguished Contributions
ACN Updates | Connections Editor | Feb 6 2020
Applied Client Network (ACN) recently announced the organization’s 2019 slate of awards for high-achieving and distinguished volunteers who have a made a lasting contribution to the organization. Winners were originally recognized at Applied Net 2019, which took place October 14-17 at the Aria Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year, Applied Client Network Awards recognize exceptional efforts of members and volunteers who go above and beyond to help the organization fulfill its mission of educating, advocating and connecting Applied Systems users so that the entire community can achieve better business results. Learn more about the 2019 winners below!
“Applied Client Network is indebted to our many committed and passionate volunteers who freely give of their time and expertise to help fellow members succeed and enable our organization to fulfill its mission,” said Brian Langerman, Applied Client Network CEO. “Patty and Lori are tremendous representatives of our organization’s culture of shared wisdom and volunteer service to drive positive change. We are extremely fortunate to have them among our community, and it is an honor to recognize their efforts with these awards.”
Bill McNulty Chapter Volunteer of the Year
Patty Andree, of Johnson Financial Group, reflects many of the same leadership qualities the award namesake Bill McNulty consistently demonstrated. Andree serves not one, but two chapters in a leadership role - Wisconsin and Large Agent Alliance. She has gone to great heights in her membership recruitment efforts for both chapters, including developing a process for welcoming new members, facilitating networking activities and making a point to communicate with her chapter members on year-round basis. Her philosophy is simple: give back. She has found value in the knowledge and education she has received and believes the best way to show her appreciation is to give her time and knowledge back to the community.
Committee Volunteer of the Year
Lori Heemstra, of BHS Insurance, currently serves as a member of the IMPACT Committee and is a superb advocate for Applied Client Network and the insurance industry as a whole. She has led IMPACT’s involvement with the product enhancements process through her dedication to improving the program. Lori continually looks for ways to move her committee forward and, in the process, helps ACN to successfully deliver on the customer advocacy portion of our mission as an organization.
The Applied Client Network Circle of Excellence program recognizes effective chapter management in five key areas: leadership skills, member education, membership recruitment and retention, marketing and communications, and overall chapter management and administration.
2019 Chapter of the Year
In a highly competitive segment, Applied Client Network Florida was selected as 2019 Chapter of the Year. The Florida Chapter distinguished itself in a variety of ways: leadership, member engagement and Applied Systems relations. The Florida Chapter places the highest priority on making its members and meeting attendees feel welcome and a part of their community. They carefully plan their quarterly meetings, from a location and topical program perspective. Key industry relations, sponsorships and careful fiscal management enable the Florida Chapter to deliver tremendous value at the most affordable price to its members, enriching the participant experience to the greatest number of attendees. Florida Chapter officers include Renee Bronson, Insurance Office of America; Kathryn Lerch, Darr Schackow Insurance; Julie Levine, Harry Levine Insurance; Lori Lisiecki-Hand, CISR, Emery & Webb Inc.; Melissa Mallozzi, John M. Glover Agency; Tammy Mulrain, Brown Insurance & Financial Inc.; and Cynthia Sineriz, Baldwin Risk Partners.
2019 Most Improved Chapter
Recognizing a significant comeback, Applied Client Network Washington was selected as the 2019 Most Improved Chapter. Behind the power of a highly engaged leadership committee, the Washington Chapter hosted three meetings in 2019 (versus one in 2018) and took a deliberate, member-driven approach to meeting topics and agenda planning. Chapter officers personally reach out to new members to welcome them to the chapter and determine their priority wants and needs moving forward. While still a modest-sized group, the Washington Chapter’s leadership has put in place a strong foundation for growth and member engagement to position the chapter for long-term success. Washington Chapter officers include Dayle Conrad, Pilkey-Hopping & Ekberg Inc.; Amy Crandall, AAA Washington; Ashley Pullen, Fournier Insurance Solutions; and Tricia Taylor, Fournier Insurance Solutions.
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