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iPipeline’s Connections 2015 User Meeting & Conference

Collaborate & Innovate!

Join iPipeline, our two-time Diamond Sponsor, Foresters, and the 600-700 anticipated industry representatives for what has been touted by attendees as the premier 3-day event for the Insurance and Financial Services Industry. This year I would like to extend a special welcome to our prior Aplifi customers who will be joining us at the ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas—one of the most luxurious and upscale resorts and casinos in Vegas— from March 11-13, 2015.

iPipeline's focus has long been to provide access to the best technologies and industry partners to foster collaboration among our carriers, distributors, financial institutions, and their agents and advisors. The new synergies being created in the industry promise to deliver new opportunities for growth.

An Exercise in Partnership—The Spirit of Connections

Today’s business environment is more competitive than ever before. Technology and collaborative selling have become differentiators and invaluable assets in achieving growth objectives across the channel. iPipeline’s Connections User Meeting & Conference is the optimal place to engage one another in the true spirit of sharing—to discuss challenges and successes, and to explore synergies with the industry. This year, we will present advancements in our platform, the industry impact resulting from our acquisition of Aplifi, new collaborative selling solutions for life and annuities, integrations that drive operational savings, efficiencies and revenue growth, and much more. Our goal is to make this your event, and this is why you will see more representatives from carriers, distributors, and financial institutions participating as key presenters.

Connections 2015 Highlights

Connections attendees represent a diverse cross-section of the industry. Our high-value content this year includes interactive Executive Roundtables and AMS/Agency Management, Life and Specialty, Annuity and Partner tracks. You will see these roundtables and tracks referenced in every breakout section when you register.

In addition to our General Session, we will also have three separate sub-sessions on Thursday afternoon for Carriers, Distributors, and a new one--led by Dan Smith, the prior CEO of Aplifi and now EVP of Annuities, for Financial Institutions.

Back by popular demand: All Women’s Luncheon, Executive Luncheon, and the “Birds-of-a-Feather” Table Topic Luncheon on Thursday.

Our 2015 Featured Keynote Presenters and Speakers
Thursday Morning General Session--The Right Mix of Comedy and Motivation! We are fortunate to have one of the nation’s hottest insurance industry keynote speakers—Cam Marston—speaking Thursday morning at the General Session. Cam Marston is the leading expert on generational change and its impact on the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. Marston and his firm, Generational Insights, have provided research and consultation on generational issues to hundreds of companies and professional groups, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, as well as major professional associations, for over 16 years. Expect to walk away with deep insights that can be used for selling to the generations!

Friday Morning General Session--Experience the Power of Partnership, Innovation, Collaboration, and Execution! The Passing Zone is truly extraordinary! Jon Wee and Owen Morse have one of the longest standing partnerships in corporate entertainment, a true demonstration of “The Power of Partnership.” They have appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and they were finalists on America’s Got Talent. They are at the top of their craft, with performances at the White House, in London for Prince Charles, and in the motion pictures The Addams Family and The Aristocrats. Add the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, MADtv, AOL’s “TV’s Top 5,” The Wall Street Journal, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, four Guinness World Records, their own theater show, Gravity Attacks! and you have one of the world's top comedy acts working today. They got there because they are bona fide experts on working together effectively. Wee and Morse depend on one another; their success - even their safety - is determined by how well they execute together.


Our Guest Speakers--We welcome Tom Scales, Director of Americas Life and Health Insurance Practice from Celent. Tom will present his ongoing research on strategic issues in IT: Digital and Omnichannel; Innovation and Emerging Technologies; and Legacy Transformation. His research and consulting focuses on industry and channel strategy, home office and agent technology, insurance operations and implementation and consolidation approaches.

Again, by popular demand, we are bringing back Kevin Baer, Managing Partner, Mpact Group, to present How to Unleash Your Extraordinary Self: A Life-Changing Workshop with Kevin Baer. Kevin is one of the most highly demanded leadership and management coaches in North America. At Connections 2015, he will deliver three outstanding sessions for those who are lucky enough to attend. You will leave this session energized and with a new perspective on being extraordinary.

Great Giveaways
Just for the Distributors and Financial Institutions: Remember Your Time at Connections by Winning a His or Her Breitling Watch with Foresters!

Foresters, the Connections 2015 Diamond Sponsor, will be selecting the winner of an outstanding “His or Her” Breitling watch. Breitling, a symbol of precision and accuracy and long-coveted time piece of the “flyboys,” is another outstanding giveaway being made available to attending distributors and financial institutions at Connections 2015. Come to the opening reception on Wednesday evening to receive your raffle ticket. Drawing will take place on Friday morning.

Just for the Carriers: Come to the opening reception on Wednesday evening to receive your raffle ticket for iPipeline’s Travel Package. The Trip Package includes a $1,200 airline voucher, iPad and Bose headphones. Drawing will take place on Friday morning.

A Sneak-Peek at Hot Topics in the Breakouts

Based on last year’s surveys and your general comments, we’ve once again modified and expanded our breakout session topics. Some of the hottest topics include:

  • Annuity Best Practices Panel
  • The Journey Continues: An In-depth View of the Future of iGO
  • Collaborative Selling – How AFFIRM for Life Enables Carriers, BGAs and Financial Institutions to Sell Life Collaboratively
  • CRM for Distributors: How Do You CRM Panel Discussion
  • AgentOne – The Future Agent Desktop for Captive Carriers Built On
  • Why iPipeline’s Life Platform for Financial Institutions
  • iGO Adoption and the Fast Track to Customer Success
  • How to Achieve Speed-to-Market Advantages with iGO Specialty Products for Pre-Need, Final Expense, Medicare Supplement and Long-Term Care
  • BGA “e-ssentials” – New iPipeline Product Bundles Designed for Insurance Sales
  • CRM for Distributors: CRM Basics (Navigating CRM 2013)
  • e-Signature: Options and Challenges

You Have One of the Best Tickets on The Strip for Opening Night!
Get ready to be dazzled by one of the best tribute acts in the industry. Join iPipeline and our Diamond Sponsor Foresters for this year’s “Legend Night at The Hyde—The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner”! Award-winning performer Cookie Watkins, her dancers, and band will transform part of the evening into a concert to remember. Enjoy the great performance, food and drink while viewing the world famous Bellagio Fountains.

Connections 2015—Partnership and Industry Alignment that Works!
iPipeline highly values your willingness and dedication to participating in one of the most influential events in the insurance industry. The Connections User Meeting & Conference is achieving this level of recognition because of you—the individuals who are shaping the future of the insurance industry.

Your voice is heard. Listening to your ideas and better understanding your challenges and successes significantly and favorably impacts our strategic planning and product roadmap. Our ability to evolve and continually align with your business needs sets the pace at iPipeline and enables you to better leverage your technology investments to achieve a competitive edge in today’s demanding economy.

I look forward to renewing great acquaintances and making new friends at Connections. As always, I look forward to spending time with all of you at the HYDE for Legend Night and the ARIA for our user meeting and conference!

All the best,
Michael Persiano
Chief Marketing Officer


  • When

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Friday, March 13, 2015
    1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • ARIA Hotel & Resort
    3730 Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

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