Featured Speakers


Ron Jaworski

Keynote Speaker

Ron Jaworski, for 17 grueling seasons successfully held and competed for pro football’s most sought-after and highest-pressure position - quarterback. In 1980, he led the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFC Championship and for a time, held the record for the most consecutive starts for an NFL quarterback. Ron’s stellar ability to read the field has continued post-retirement with being rated the #1 analyst to break down quarterbacks.

Surveying the field. Outworking the competition. Leading and inspiring others to succeed. That’s what winning in professional football – and in business – is all about. Just ask Ron Jaworski.

As an NFL veteran, successful entrepreneur, and acclaimed national football analyst, Ron knows exactly what it takes to drive for and achieve success.

His unquenchable drive to succeed has also led him to entrepreneurial success as the owner of a business relationship company, a professional football team, and six signature golf courses. He is also a published author and served on the Board of one of the nation’s leading financial services companies.


Sara Ross

Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED

Sara Ross is a Speaker and the Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED, a research and strategy firm dedicated to redefining how we succeed at work and thrive in life by sharing brain-based, vitality-enhancing strategies to create healthier, happier, high performing leaders

Sara has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as; UnitedHealth Group, Verizon, Rogers and Allstate; tech companies such as Adobe, WAVE and ATS; financial firms such as Scotiabank, Fidelity, BMO and PwC; pharmaceutical companies such as Sunovion; educational institutes such as Smith College and the University of Toronto, and the leadership team of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Her clients have ranged from surgeons, bankers, lawyers, air traffic controllers and engineers to government agencies, nurses, nonprofits, start-ups and entrepreneurs. This broad perspective and diverse experience help explain why she is often called on to work with some of the most senior, technically sophisticated and skeptical audiences.

Balancing relevance and practicality with contagious energy, Sara integrates cutting-edge science with real-life stories of success and failures. Her approach is guaranteed to challenge the status quo, provide new insights and inspiration, and most importantly, leave audiences with a blueprint of actionable strategies.


Michael Howe

Senior Vice President of Product Management, Applied Systems

Michael Howe, Senior Vice President of Product Management, is responsible for the strategic direction of the Applied product portfolio. Howe joined Applied in 2013 with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software. He formerly served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Aptean, a global provider of industry-focused enterprise software. Prior to Aptean, Howe held senior executive management positions at SAP and other leading software companies. Howe began his career as a software engineer at Great-West Life Assurance, where he was responsible for developing custom-built Oracle applications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


David Dickson

Director of Business Development, Indio Technologies

David Dickson is the Director of Business Development for Indio Technologies. Dickson joined Indio in August of 2017 and is responsible for Indio's partnerships and business development initiatives. He is specifically focused on corporate accounts and is responsible for Indio's partnerships with 40 of the Top 100 agencies in the US. Prior to Indio, he served as an underwriter for Arch Insurance focused on professional liability. Dickson holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell University.


Christine Horne

2020 Chair, Applied Client Network

Christine has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She is an active member of the management team in an agency with 250+ employees and leads a department dedicated to system support and data integrity. Christine has been a positive influence on the Applied Client Network for many years where she has contributed as a leader in both Chapters and Committees, helped to create and present educational sessions for several Applied Net conferences, and has been a keynote speaker at Applied Net.

She has experience working with Applied Systems by participating in focus groups, sprint reviews, and various other task groups on most of the Applied suite of products. She is active in AUGIE, IVANS Agents Advisory Board, ACT and has served on several carrier agent councils.

Christine has shown a vision for the greater good, working to drive change and benefits for all members. She approaches her participation in Applied Client Network with a sense of “users helping users”; she looks for what is beneficial to everyone, not just herself or her agency. This is extremely evident in her participation in the Applied Client Network Forums where she is often lending solutions and ideas to other agent’s questions and problems.


Brian Langerman

Chief Executive Officer, Applied Client Network

Brian serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Applied Client Network Organization, the largest independent user group for Applied Systems customers. As a seasoned executive with more than 18 years of experience in global marketing, product management and business development in the software and technology industries, Brian offers a unique combination of dynamic leadership and innovation, strategic marketing and planning, product marketing and management and strong analytical skills.  He has a proven track record for leading companies to sustainable and profitable growth while delivering sound business results and exceptional client service.