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“Miracle on the Hudson” Captain Sullenberger to Keynote Applied Net 2016

May 04, 2016

American hero to share compelling insights during world’s largest technology conference of independent insurance agents, brokers and insurers

University Park, Ill. – May 4, 2016 – Applied Systems and the Applied Client Network today announced that Captain “Sully” Sullenberger will be the featured keynote speaker at Applied Net 2016. Captain Sullenberger will share insights and lessons from his life on how to manage unprecedented crisis and the opportunity technology affords individuals and businesses today to prepare for the unexpected.

As one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Captain Sullenberger is remembered for his preparation and leadership that enabled him to safely guide U.S. Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. This inspirational and iconic moment in modern history is captured in a soon-to-be-released major motion picture, Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger. Recognized as an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, Sullenberger also serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting.

“The Applied Net conference is about inspiring attendees to discover the latest trends, insights and skills to drive success within their own agencies or brokerages,” said Brian Langerman, chief executive officer, Applied Client Network. “As a recognized hero, Captain Sullenberger will deliver a valuable message that motivates and provides trusted advice during the times when it matters the most.”

Since 2011, the Applied Net conference has grown by more than 180 percent, making the conference the “must-attend” technology event in the industry. This year’s conference theme, Connecting the Business of Insurance, focuses on opportunities for agencies and brokerages to embrace digital technologies that connect their business with insurers, current policyholders and prospective insureds to create high-value business transactions and great customer service across the entire insurance industry. As the leading forum for innovation and education, Applied Net 2016 promises more than 200 education and technical sessions, keynote presentations, networking opportunities and exhibitors from the entire insurance industry to ensure attendees recognize the greatest value from software for their business now and in the future.

“This year’s conference will spotlight the opportunities agents, brokers and insurers have to drive growth by connecting the business of insurance through advanced technology,” said Reid French, chief executive officer, Applied Systems. “We are thrilled to have Captain Sullenberger join us at this year’s conference, providing our attendees a unique perspective on crisis management and how technology can support decision-making even during the most critical of times.”

Early-bird conference discounts run through June 17. Register now for Applied Net 2016. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AppliedNet.

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About Applied Systems
Applied Systems is the leading global provider of cloud-based software that powers the business of insurance. Recognized as a pioneer in insurance automation and data exchange between brokerages, insurers and their clients, Applied is the world’s largest provider of agency and brokerage management systems, serving customers throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. By automating the insurance lifecycle, Applied enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most.

About Applied Client Network
Applied Client Network is the international association that promotes successful technology and business practices through communication, education and advocacy. Founded in 1985 and based in Chicago, Ill., Applied Client Network is the only authorized user group for Applied Systems software. Visit

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