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Every day, ACN volunteers display a passion and commitment to our community which helps us continue to strengthen and grow. We wouldn't be where we are today without the outstanding support of our volunteer leaders.

Interested in volunteering with ACN ? Opt in to the volunteer pool to indicate your interest in available volunteer opportunities.

ACN Committees: Value, Support, Impact

In 2020, ACN launched a streamlined committee structure. This new format eliminates redundant committee activity, encourages new volunteers to participate, and creates more leadership opportunities for member volunteers. The goal of the new structure is to ensure that all volunteer activities meet three key criteria - providing value to the individual volunteer, providing support to the larger organization, and allowing volunteers to see the impact of their contributions.

If you are interested in learning more about the new committee structure, this video provides additional details.

Networking Committee

The Networking Committee is charged with the overall mission of ensuring member value and developing opportunities for member involvement. The Networking Committee consists of three subcommittees:

  • Member Value | Focused on member engagement and retention, and providing feedback to proposed changes to member benefits.
  • Volunteer Development | Focused on recruitment, retention, and recognition of ACN volunteers across all levels.
  • Chapter Leadership | Focused on developing content for annual meetings – Applied Net and Leadership Academy, defining Chapter needs and supporting staff in developing resources for chapter officers

View Networking Committee Charter

Networking Committee Leadership

Wendy J Mills, Medical Society of VA Insurance Agency ( Richmond, VA) -- Member Value Subcommittee Chair
Kevin MacDonald, McSweeney & Ricci Ins Agy Inc (Braintree, MA) -- Volunteer Development Subcommittee Chair
Jacqueline Gaggiano (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison
Sarah Amdor (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison
Shannon Wright (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison 

Education Committee

The Education Committee promotes dynamic continuing education and knowledge through resources, programs and products that enhance and drive agency/brokerage profitability and value.

View Education Committee Charter

Education Committee Members

Joe Pratts, Hoffman Brown Company (Sherman Oaks, CA) – Chair
Kerrie Koestner, Farrell Backlund Ins Agcy Inc (Taunton, MA) -- Vice Chair
Colleen Lazanich, CalNonprofits Insurance Services (Capitola, CA -- Board Liaison
Gillian Van Kempen, Best Buy Insurance Brokers (Ajax, ON) -- Board Liaison
Brenda Nevil, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. -- Committee Member
Collin Passman, The Signature B&B Companies -- Committee Member
Deb Welsh, RiskSOURCE® Clark-Theders -- Committee Member
Diane Dudek, The Loomis Company -- Committee Member
Donna Whittenburg, Trimble-Batjer Insurance Assoc -- Committee Member
Geoff Dunn, Lawrie Insurance Group -- Committee Member
Ivy Low, G2 Insurance Services, LLC -- Committee Member
Kristen Goodwin, Kemner Iott Systems -- Committee Member
Kristin Thelen, Mason Insurance Agency, Inc. -- Committee Member
Lori Heemstra, Berends Hendricks Stuit Ins -- Committee Member
Ruth Phillips, Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. -- Committee Member
Sondra Stein, Hylant -- Committee Member
Julie Ferry (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison
Renee Riedel (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison
Sarah Logan (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee is charged with representing ACN within the independent insurance agency community, developing opportunities for collaboration, identifying trends, and driving product feedback. The Advocacy Committee consists of three subcommittees:

  • Product Development | Focused on working with Applied Systems product teams to provide feedback and enhancement requests
  • Industry Outreach | Focused on establishing and developing relationships with other industry groups, representing ACN at industry events and identifying opportunities for collaboration
  • Advocacy Development | Focused on exploring and identifying new opportunities for advocacy or industry engagement, and providing guidance on leveraging information to enhance member value

View Advocacy Committee Charter

Advocacy Committee Leadership

Kevin Sindelar, Arthur j Gallagher (Rolling Meadows, IL) -- Industry Outreach Subcommittee Chair
Kevin Crow, Kapnick Insurance Group (Adrian, MI) -- Product Development Subcommittee Chair
Casey Hearring, Schultheis Insurance Agency Inc. (Evansville, IN) --  Advocacy Development Subcommittee Chair
Sarah Amdor (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee’s charge is to oversee Association financial affairs and the annual financial statement audit. The Board Treasurer serves as Chair of this committee.

View Finance Committee Charter

Finance Committee Members

Amber Bosma, Prins Insurance, Inc. (Sanborn, IA) -- Applied Client Network Board Treasurer
Christine Horne, Bankers Insurance (Staunton, VA) -- Board Chair
Ron Brunell, The Signature B&B Companies (Garden City, NJ) -- Board Vice Chair
Aaron Rich, Everett B. Rich Agency (Lyme Center, NH) -- Board Past Chair
Jacqueline Gaggiano (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee provides guidance to the Applied Client Network Board of Directors and CEO to assure ACN’s bylaws protect both the rights of the ACN membership and the Board’s ability to govern the organization.

View Governance Committee Charter

Governance Committee Members

Karla J. Myers, FIFS (Telford, PA) -- Chair
Aaron Rich, Everett B. Rich Agency (Lyme Center, NH) -- Board Liaison  
Sarah Amdor (Chicago, IL) -- Applied Client Network Staff Liaison