Ascend has partnered with North Carolina Independent Insurance Agents as the preferred payment and financing platform for their Independent Agency Channel

NEW YORK, July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Go upa modern platform for insurance payments, announced a partnership with Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC), which named Ascend as the preferred premium payment company for its members.

Ascend is the first modern insurance payments platform that provides automated end-to-end financing, collection and payables. They modernize the agency’s workflow by creating a streamlined process for operational and payment procedures. IIANC is a state trade association that empowers independent agents to rise above the competition by offering them the tools and resources to succeed in today’s insurance industry.

The two have come together to deliver payments-specific value for IIANC’s independent agent channel. Through this partnership, IIANC members will have peer referrals to Ascend’s financial solutions. They provide the best solutions for the best startup agencies that continue to improve and develop their own internal processes, now streamlined with Ascend’s technology and automated funds flow.

“IIANC has been an incredible advocate for the independent agency channel, providing extensive resources and tools for the success of its members, and we are thrilled to partner in support of this effort,” says Chris Peabody, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Ascend. “At Ascend, we believe in empowering the IA channel with a modern payments solution, while creating a modern payment process for their clients and thus allowing agencies to do what they do best, be a trusted advisor. Through this partnership we are able to empower agents across the state North Carolina.”

This partnership will reduce the burden on IIANC agents and provide them with a modern white label payment experience that is specifically tailored for agencies. Additionally, this partnership will unlock a series of webinars and resources for agents to use in growing and developing their business.

“We believe in advocating on behalf of independent agents everywhere, and that includes offering the best possible tools and resources for success,” says Rebecca Shigley, Chief Operating Officer at IIANC. “Joining companies like Ascend opens up our community to a whole new world of streamlined and modern workflow and payment solutions – the tools our independent agents need to compete and differentiate themselves from the major insurance players.” To be the best possible version of themselves they need the best possible tools and Ascend offers them just that.”

This is one of many partnerships and partnerships that Ascend is involved in this year as they deepen their relationships with other insurance companies, MGAs, AMSs and carriers to complement the innovations made by the companies in the insurance market. To learn more, please visit

About Ascend

Ascend is the advanced insurance payments platform that provides automated end-to-end financing, collection and payables. Founded by twice insurance entrepreneurs Andrew Wynn and Praveen Chekuri, Ascend helps resellers sell more by eliminating time-consuming and expensive processes while providing customers with the great online payment and financial experience they expect. To learn more, please visit


The independent insurance agents of North Carolina (“IIANC”) is a statewide trade association representing nearly 900 independent insurance agencies in the North Carolina, with more than 7,000 employees working to protect the insurance and financial needs of the state’s citizens. IIANC members are independent Trusted Choice insurance agencies that may represent more than one insurance company. As a result, independent agents can offer customers a wider choice of auto, home, business, life and health coverage. Trusted Choice independent agents not only advise customers on insurance, they recommend loss prevention ideas and if a loss occurs, the independent agent will work with the customer until the claim is settled.

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