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The Connected Business of Insurance

Applied Net 2018: Week in Review

October 25, 2018

by Applied Communications

As more than 4,000 attendees can attest, Applied Net is THE forum to learn about the latest insurance technologies and strategies to prepare your business for the digital age of insurance.

If you missed the world’s largest gathering of independent insurance agents and brokers in Nashville this year, all is not lost. Here’s a recap of Applied Net 2018, as experienced and reported by some of this year’s attendees.

Getting Ready for the Week

Whether catching the flight to Nashville, picking up a conference badge and those ever-important ribbons at the registration desk, or connecting with new and old Applied Net friends at the opening night reception, excitement was in the air as attendees descended upon the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

Inspiring Keynotes

Tuesday’s opening keynotes set the tone for the week ahead. First, Applied Systems CEO Reid French took the stage to update attendees on the state of the insurance industry and five key areas of business value from the Digital Age of Insurance. Then, a true American hero, Captain Scott Kelly, shared what his experiences as a U.S. Navy Captain and U.S. Astronaut have taught him about leadership, teamwork and the importance of believing you can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious.

On Wednesday, Michael Howe, SVP of Product Management, unveiled the latest Applied product innovations and roadmap, while Kris Hackney, EVP of Customer Experience, discussed the expectations of today’s connected consumer and how Applied is dedicated to providing the technology needed to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Time to Learn

This year’s conference included more user-led education sessions than ever before. With more than 240 sessions and 9 different tracks to choose from, there was something for everyone.

Making Connections

As our alumni know well, Applied Net is the best place to network with agents and brokers from across the industry. We kicked off the week with great roundtable discussions at the Applied Net Networking Roundtables, where attendees chatted with new and old friends about topics of mutual interest. After sessions, attendees enjoyed exploring the Applied Net Exchange floor to network with peers, connect with exhibitors and test drive the latest product innovations.

Evening Events

In Nashville, there are countless opportunities to enjoy award-winning southern cuisine, catch the hottest in live entertainment, and kick up your heels on the dance floor. After full days of learning and networking, it was time to let loose! From a night out in Nashville at two iconic entertainment venues to seeing chart-topping artists in an exclusive performance at the Grand Ole Opry House, Applied Net 2018’s evening events showed us all how to have some fun in Music City.

Final Goodbyes

As the week came to a close, it was time to reflect on our time in Nashville and think about the knowledge and experiences we would be bringing home.

Looking Ahead

Excited for Applied Net 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas? Make sure you’re a part of it.

Register for Applied Net 2019 by November 16, 2018 to take advantage of the lowest rates.

If you experienced the excitement of Applied Net 2018 first-hand, leave a comment and tell us about your favorite part of the week.

collin passman

Love the recap. Where can we see pictures.


This was the best Applied Net event I have been too, I have gone to a handful of them in the last 7 years and this one did not disappoint. Yet again, I made some great connections, met new people and ran into some old friends along the way. I was so impressed with all the key note speakers and am really excited for the future of Applied. Technology is moving fast and Applied is moving even faster. Looking forward to 2019 at the Aria, and what Applied has planned next.


I really valued the round table discussions with other brokers. very important for brokers implementing change to discuss how it was handled at other brokers. learning valuable pro’s and con’s of procedures.

The report sessions – tracking / auditing was very helpful.

AND YOU ROCKED with all the fantastic entertainment!

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