Colonial Life Executive Takes Reins of iTs|SC: Insurance cluster networking event set for July 24

Alan Whelchel, Assistant Vice President for Global Business Technology at Colonial Life, is the 2012-2013 chair of iTs|SC: Columbia’s Insurance Technology & Services Cluster. The iTs|SC 2012-2013 executive committee will be introduced at iTs|Social, the group’s signature quarterly networking event, July 24 at Pearlz Restaurant in the Vista.

All professionals in insurance technology and services in the Columbia region are welcome to attend the social from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the restaurant at 936 Gervais St. You can RSVP at for the no-cost event.

Other members of the iTs|SC Executive Committee:
Vice Chair: Keith Shah, Assistant Vice President for Corporate Planning & Strategic Services at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Treasurer: Helmut Tissler, Director of Product Development at Seibels.

Committee chairs
Industry Engagement: Eddie Jones, P&C Software Marketing Lead, Accenture.
Workforce Development: Amy Scully, Director of Business Solutions, Midlands Technical College.
Marketing & Communications: Eileen Potter, P&C Software Marketing, Accenture.

The Columbia region employs approximately 15,000 insurance technology and services professionals at an average annual salary of $62,000. The industry generates more than $4.9 billion in annual sales with a nearly $6.7 billion total annual economic impact for the state of South Carolina.
Since 2010 iTs|SC has connected more than 200 Columbia insurance technology and services professionals to colleagues from other industry firms and institutions in the area. iTs|SC represents 10 member companies and 5 public institutions in the Columbia insurance technology and services market. Membership is open to any company or organization connected to insurance technology and services.
On September 12, iTs|SC, in partnership with IT-oLogy and Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, will host its second Gartner Local Briefing at IT-oLogy. This year’s theme is “Big Data” and the event will feature case studies by researchers from Gartner and executives from Columbia firms. Additional details will be released in upcoming weeks.

About iTs|SC
The Columbia Insurance Technology & Services Cluster (iTs|SC) is a New Carolina cluster dedicated to promoting the Greater Columbia area's wealth of opportunities within the insurance technology and services sector. Representing 10 private sector companies and 5 public partners, its mission is to foster a collaborative environment where the private sector, government, and higher education work to strengthen industry competitiveness, develop a world class talent pool, and enhance Columbia, South Carolina's reputation as a premier destination for insurance technology and services. News, events, and information can be found online at

About New Carolina
New Carolina - also known as South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness - is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership working to increase per capita income and enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness through cluster economic development strategy. New Carolina has a proven track record for streamlining and coordinating statewide industry efforts and brings valuable insights to the table for connecting the dots and achieving lasting collaborative economic development solutions. For more information, visit

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