nominations for the 2018 agent for the future award

Melissa Pelto

*Update: Nominations are now closed.*

Is your agency always looking ahead for ways to grow your business without compromising retention or service?

Have you started using a cool tool to help automate some of your essential but repetitive tasks, such as ordering ID cards or answering routine policy and billing inquiries?

Are you using social media or email marketing to deepen your customer relationships? Have you embraced giving back to the community and volunteering with a nonprofit?

If any of that is true, Safeco is looking for an agency like yours that embodies what it means to be an agent for the future.

Submit your nomination and tell us how you or your agency is evolving to meet:

  • Emerging customer needs and expectations;
  • Shifts in employee and client recruitment and retention;
  • Advancements in technology standards and the latest marketing practices

A winner will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry experts including Tyler Asher, President of Safeco Insurance, Ryan Hanley, CMO of Agency Nation and Erin Nutting, Owner of Integrity Insurance Services.

Submissions will be judged on their degree of innovation, creativity and overall impact.

At Elevate 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, the winner will be presented with a trophy, a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit of your choice on behalf of your agency and a virtual whiteboarding session with Safeco® subject matter experts. Customized topics  could include marketing, business planning or leadership development.

Key dates:

  • June 11, 2018: Nominations open.
  • June 19, 2018, 12 p.m. PST: Nominations close.
  • June 25, 2018: Agent for the Future™ award winner announced during the dinner program at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

To win, you must be attending Elevate 2018.

about the author

Melissa Pelto
Engagement Lead, Agent for the Future

Melissa Pelto is the engagement lead for Agent for the Future and the PR lead for Safeco Insurance. She has over 14 years of experience in the communications industry and is a true Cascadian at heart. Prior to joining Safeco, Melissa spent 4 years as the director of communications for a global fintech company and is excited by the emerging insurtech space.

Melissa loves showcasing the tremendous work independent agents are doing across the country to build their businesses, while they adapt to technology-driven changes in the industry, and ultimately serve their client’s.

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Syd Roe

This is AMAZING! Woot woot. #IA4thewin


Definitely Sydney Roe is the nominee of my choice.

Tracy Cotton

I would like to nominate Excalibur Insurance Agency in Windsor, ON for the award. Jeff and Una Roy, the agency principals will be attending.


Chris Paradiso of Paradiso Insurance ismynomination.