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SIR Spring Research Summit Write Up

Poonam Ahuja, a student from University of California, Irvine provided an excellent review of her experience at the Spring Research Summit.

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Society of Insurance Research (SIR) survey reveals 7 in 10 health and life insurance professionals believe most touchpoints will be self-service in the next five years

The study offers valuable findings on key differences between Life and Health insurance sales trends and also provides a perspective on the differences between consumer versus employer uptake of digital services. In the age of COVID-19, digital sales have increased across the board.



SIR Member Census 

SIR is excited to launch our first annual member census! The member census will help us understand our members much better. It contains three sections and takes approximately 10 minutes. 

- The first section will populate the member directory with your professional experiences. The second section asks for your personal demographics. Finally, the third section focuses on how you want to engage with SIR.
 The SIR is a community built to serve our collective needs. We need to know more about you and your desires to successfully meet your needs. Many thanks in advance and good luck in the prize drawing!

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Award Winners Announced at SIR Annual Membership Meeting

Each year at the SIR Annual Membership Meeting, the Society grants awards to individuals and companies that have made exemplary contributions to the organization. President's individual and organizational awards are granted by the sitting SIR President and recognize volunteers and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their support of SIR and during their service on SIR Committees. The CI Calls Top Contributor Award recognizes the member who frequently participates and provides value insights on the quarterly SIR Competitive Intelligence Calls. The Hopp/Budd Award is SIR's most prestigious form of recognition and is only granted to individuals whose contributions to SIR are truly exemplary. Please join us in congratulating this year's winners and thanking them for their contributions to SIR:

President's Individual Award - Mike Myers, USAA

In recognition and appreciation for his outstanding contributions and incredible dedication to the mission of the SIR

President's Individual Award - Adrienne Kreger, American Financial Group

In recognition and appreciation for her contributions to the webinar committee and the SIR Annual Conference

President's Individual Award - Neelam Paharia, Allstate

In recognition and appreciation for her leadership of the SIR Annual Conference in this very strange 50th year

President’s Individual Award - Pete Wood, Erie Insurance 

In recognition and appreciation for his leadership and contributions to the SIR Spring Workshop and his pivot to helping SIR navigate the virtual world

President’s Individual Award - Amelia Fitch

In recognition and appreciation for her leadership of the SIR webinar series

President's Organization Award - Jornaya

For their continued support of SIR and their support of the participation of key contributor and Board member, Jaimie Pickles

CI Calls Top Contributor Award - Justin Suter, Corporate Insight

In recognition of his consistent participation in & contributions to the quarterly SIR CI Sharing calls

Hopp/Budd Award - Lori Schoenenberger, Amerisure

In recognition and appreciation for her contributions on the Technology Committee and assistance with the SIR Annual Conference

See the past Award Winners on Our History Page

Call for SIR Board Nominations 


The SIR Board of Directors (Board) is pleased to make a call for nominations for several positions for the 2021 – 2022 board year. This is an excellent opportunity for insurance professionals to increase their visibility as a thought-leader, represent their brands in supporting an insurance industry non-profit professional association, network with leading carriers and solution providers, and hone skills outside their primary work functions.

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SIR President Mike Myers' Interview with John Booth & Peter Grimm from Cipher.

"In this episode, John Booth—VP of Marketing at Cipher—and Peter Grimm—President of Cipher—speak to Mike Myers. Mike is the Lead Competitive Intelligence Analyst at USAA and the incoming President at the Society of Insurance Research (SIR). He has an esteemed and noteworthy background as a Lead Competitive Intelligence Analyst. You can learn more and connect with Mike Myers on LinkedIn" Read the full story here.

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Andrea Clark Shares Insights into American Financial Attitudes at SIR 2020 Annual Conference

Andrea Clark, Western & Southern AVP of experience strategy, introduced the research to attendees at the virtual Society of Insurance Research 2020 Annual Conference  his month. For her conference session, she was joined by two representatives from Ipsos, a global market and opinion research company that partnered with Western & Southern on the research study. 

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