Global Insurance Service Innovations, LLC, (GISI), provides high-touch personal services for the benefit of insurance carriers and financial institutions. The company was founded to disrupt the way insurance is currently sold — to fix a system that is broken. We seek to stand up lines quickly and provide services otherwise not available in the market. We bundle these lines with other technology and data-driven service solutions from other GISI companies to enable players in the insurance industry to draw conclusions and offer new insights that would otherwise be unattainable.
We'll consider any comments or suggestions you are willing to share. Our founders are good listeners. Frankly, listening is the only way we know to identify and assess your needs. And after all, helping folks solve perplexing problems is our mission. Our product development team is experienced in creating innovative solutions that benefit our clients. Many institutions have relied on our leadership's timeliness and innovation to service their policyholders, depositors, and members for decades. Years of listening brought us many valuable lessons and insights. We have seen the hurdles in the current insurance industry, and we have developed Quik-Line as the adaptable and universal solution. We put our clients, and the needs of their end users, front and center, and seek to provide services and solutions that will directly serve your needs.
The GISI, LLC leadership team brings depth and breadth of industry experience including building customer-centric technology platforms in the Financial Services and Insurance industries. GISI partners have previously held leadership positions at brokerage and agency firms specializing in Association, Direct Marketing, Life and Health, and Property-Casualty. We have led and participated in product development and innovation for insurance, and complementary and standalone risk management and protection products and services. This has all been honed through years of sales and marketing, technology, and analytics experience.
We are passionate about the services we build — not only for the technological and business opportunities they present but also for the potential they have to effect positive change in the lives of ordinary Americans. We have cultivated a team that pioneers new solutions and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to transformational and positive change.
Philip Gow, Managing Partner
Philip Gow is a co-founder and Partner at GreenFrog, a digital marketing consultancy built on the premise that marketing and technology have become so intertwined that technology should now be thought of as the foundation of marketing. Drawing from his diverse background in business and technology, Mr. Gow led the formation of GreenFrog's consulting approach — a cross-functional approach that blends traditional business analysis with design thinking and deep customer insight.
A leader in business and technology, Philip established and led Advisory Platform Solutions (APS), a consulting firm specializing in solutions that address the unique challenges of the investment community. Recognizing the market need for digital marketing expertise, Philip spun off GreenFrog from APS in 2011.
Prior to founding APS and GreenFrog, Mr. Gow led the Wealth Management and Financial Planning practice at American Management Systems (currently AMS-CGI). His entrepreneurial experience includes successfully establishing and leading three technology services firms, an on-line education company, and a digital financial planning tools company. His professional experience includes providing strategic consulting services to CEOs within Underwriter 500 banking, brokerage and insurance firms.
An acknowledged expert in management and technology consulting, Mr. Gow routinely addresses industry conferences and contributes regularly to industry events and publications. In addition to his focus on digital marketing and wealth management, he contributes in the areas of client experience, innovation, digital publishing, site usability, and tool adoption.
Mr. Gow holds an undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University and advanced degrees from both The Wharton School and Harvard University.
GISI is pleased to include a proven sales leader as part of the management team. Christopher Christensen brings 20+ years of successful sales leadership and delivering value to enterprise and small business customers through cross-functional teams in various markets. He has a proven track record of leading strategic, enterprise, and inside sales teams to drive top line growth and profitability.
Mr. Christensen is experienced in building, structuring, and integrating large, medium and small organizations. He is adept in driving high performance through selection and development of high functioning teams, equipping them with best industry practices and the right tools to accomplish the mission.
Mr. Christensen brings a strong understanding of the insurance industry and software solutions. Starting his insurance career over 25 years ago as a licensed agent, he has experience in Property & Casualty and Life & Health products with captive, association, and independent insurance agency environments. He transitioned into SaaS solutions and insurance technology over ten years ago and has had experience with multiple solutions serving the carrier, broker, and MGA space to include co-ownership of a P&L and product line, solution engineering, and driving marketing, development and production.
Mr. Christensen brings a unique combination of experience, strategic planning, execution, intuition and an understanding of customer needs along the entire insurance spectrum. He has spoken and participated in multiple industry organization and association events and meetings. He currently sits on the board for a local non-profit and holds an executive advisory position in operations for another.
M Elizabeth Byam
M Elizabeth Byam is the Chief Operating Officer for Advisory Platform Solutions. In this role, Ms. Byam oversees the daily operations of the business and manages human resources, industry alliances, practice development, client projects, and the quality of our delivery.
Ms. Byam joined APS in 2005 as Director, Project Management. In this role she assisted TIAA-CREF's development of their newly-formed Wealth Management Group and introduced program management to T Rowe Price's account access rewrite project.
Ms. Byam has held director and managerial positions in multiple industries, including professional consultancies, financial services, energy, and high-tech manufacturing companies. She has extensive internal and external consulting experience with such firms as Security Pacific National Bank (Bank of America), TRW Credit (Equifax), Morgan Stanley, Intel Corporation, T Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, Vanguard, Westinghouse, Fluor Corporation, Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Consolidated Gas, Refrigerated Transport, Unisys, Government Telecommunications Inc, TVA, and Transamerica.
Ms. Byam has experience in all phases of product development and project management life cycles. Her specialties include corporate and business strategic evaluations through SWOT analysis, effectiveness reviews, organizational analysis, and process investigation; all phases of risk management at the project, program, business, and enterprise levels; all aspects of build versus buy decisions; implementation planning and strategic pilot selection; contract negotiation, administration, and maintenance agreements; and contract closeout.
Ms. Byam holds her MBA from the Anderson Schools at the University of New Mexico and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. During her career she has been a member of and held multiple Board positions in the Association for Women in Computing, Data Processing Management Association, and Project Management Institute
Kevin Ames brings more than 20 years of software architecture and development experience to GISI and serves as chief technology officer. Mr. Ames has an extensive technological background covering all aspects of the software development lifecycle across multiple disciplines including transportation, computer hardware & software, and financial industries.
For the past 10 years Mr. Ames has been a lead architect and developer for Advisory Platform Solutions (APS) focused primarily on web-based software development for the financial and insurance communities. During that time he has architected, designed and developed both front-end and back-end systems with focus on quality, reliability, usability and scalability of those solutions.
Prior to joining APS, Mr. Ames served as a software developer for Hewlett-Packard where he helped architect and develop the first software-oriented architecture (SOA) platform within the company. He began his career with Federal Express where he worked on a real-time tracking system for both land and air-based vehicles.
Mr. Ames holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and advanced degrees from the Thayer School of Engineering and from the University of Tennessee.