Vertafore Acquires QQ Solutions

Vertafore announced today that it has acquired QQ Solutions based in Deerfield Beach, FL. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

QQ Solutions offers a comparative rating platform as well as a web architected SaaS-based agency management system – QQ Catalyst.

All of QQ Solutions’ 65 employees will join Vertafore and Mark Malis – current CEO – will continue to run the company from its current location in Florida.

The QQ comparative rating platform has its largest number of users in Florida and Texas. This acquisition will help Vertafore’s PL Rating platform have a stronger presence in those states. The addition of the nationwide presence of PL Rating as well as its large inventory of carriers will provide current QQ solution customers with expanded capability.

The acquisition of the QQ Catalyst agency management system helps Vertafore fill a need in their product offering for the smaller agency. The company had previously announced the sunsetting of several legacy agency management systems. Previously, the only migration path for those agencies was to the AMS360 platform. The QQ Catalyst platform will provide another viable option — especially for smaller organizations.

One of the unique offerings of QQ Solutions is its QQ Catalyst Marketplace. Because the company provides an open API other service providers can provide functionality directly into the platform. QQ Catalyst customers can choose the apps and tools they want to use with the agency management platform.

Question: What do you think? Is this a good thing for QQ Catalyst users?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Date: May 28, 2015
Event: Ansay & Associates 2015 Leadership Summit
Location: Elkhart Lake, WI
Public: Private

The Ruble graduate seminar is an advanced course for CIC and CRM designees that covers unique risks and how to insure them. Students will become familiar with terminology that will enable them to speak the language of specialized areas of risk. Each course covers a different topic. No examination. You must have a CIC or CRM designation to enroll.

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 08:00 am
Event: CIC James K. Ruble Graduate Seminar
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CSRs and all those responsible for selling and servicing personal lines accounts will learn to make the most of every selling opportunity, and increase their income by mastering techniques for controlling and closing personal lines sales.

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Event: Dynamics of Personal Insurance
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Drones, Risk Management and Insurance – What You Need to Know

Steve Anderson LinkedIn Influencer
April 21, 2015

The use of drones by commercial companies will require the proper insurance coverage. This is an opportunity for insurance agents and brokers to demonstrate their risk management expertise and, at the same time, create new business.

If the job is dull, dirty or dangerous, then it is likely you will use a drone.

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  • The Virtual Agency
  • Going Beyond Best Practices
  • Managing E&O Exposure In a 24 7 World
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Date: May 7, 2015
Time: All Day
Event: 61st Annual Cleveland I-Day
Sponsor: Insurance Board of Northern Ohio
Location: Cleveland, OH
Public: Public