Meet our Contributors

These are the people who are making it happen every day and bringing it to Agency Nation.

Adam Sapic

Adam Sapic

Adam is Digital Marketing Strategist at UNIMETRICS, a digital marketing agency helping progressive businesses increase website performance, improve client experiences and obtain a competitive advantage.

Adam Sheridan

Adam Sheridan

Adam is a Commercial Account Executive for Reed Brothers Insurance Services, Inc.

Agency Nation Radio

Agency Nation Radio

Agency Nation Radio is the official podcast of Agency Nation, featuring interviews and insights from the voices of the insurance Nation.

Alice Stevens

Alice Stevens

Alice Stevens has managed the health and life insurance content for Best Company since 2018.

ALLCHOICE Insurance

ALLCHOICE Insurance

Jared is Managing Partner at ALLCHOICE Insurance.

Amy Sanders

Amy Sanders

Amy is Senior Account Executive at TrustedChoice.com

Arleen Taveras

Arleen Taveras

Arleen is co-founder of two highly successful ventures: Insurance Licensing Services of America and Spot On Insurance.

Ashley Fitzsimmons

Ashley Fitzsimmons

Ashley is a licensed insurance agent and Customer Experience Manager at Ohio Insurance Agents Association. She has also been a panelist at Agency Nation Elevate.

Aubie Knight

Aubie Knight

Aubie is the CEO of Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina as well as a current member of the Board of Directors for TrustedChoice.com, National Alliance for Insurance Education, and serves as President of the Independent Agents Association Executives. He has been a regular contributor to Agency Nation and Elevate.

Avery Moore

Avery Moore

Avery is a Risk Management Consultant for ECI Insurance and has been a panelist at Agency Nation Elevate.

Ben Baker

Ben Baker

Ben is the President of Your Brand Marketing, an internal communications consultancy focusing on developing leaders, engaging, retaining and growing employees and developing champions for your brand.

Beth Miller

Beth Miller

Beth is CEO of Executive Velocity, a top talent and leadership development advisory firm.

Beverly Connelly

Beverly Connelly

Beverly is a Marketing, Branding and Creative Director for Beverly Connelly Marketing and Design.

Billy Williams

Billy Williams

Dr. Billy R Williams is the founder and president of Inspire a Nation Business Mentoring Services and CEO of the Williams Family Investment Group. Billy has also presented multiple times at Agency Nation Elevate.

Boyd McGehee

Boyd McGehee

Boyd is CEO of Talladega Insurance Agency, the nation’s third oldest insurance agency.

Brent Kelly

Brent Kelly

Brent is Vice President of insurance agency consulting firm, Sitkins Group. He has contributed numerous articles to Agency Nation and has spoken at Elevate.

Brian Segal

Brian Segal

Brian is the founder of Insurance Growth Marketing, and is committed to helping insurance professionals scale their business through digital marketing efforts.

Brian Wood

Brian Wood

Brian Wood is Vice President of Data Products Group for Applied Systems, developing innovative and data driven applications, tools and services for the insurance industry.

Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeau is the Founder and CEO of Ometry.

Carey Wallace

Carey Wallace

Carey leads IntellAgents, a data analytics company, focused on bringing actionable insights to Independent Agents.

Carl Maerz

Carl Maerz

Carl is co-founder of Rocket Referrals and has participated in Agency Nation Elevate.

Carol Lynn Rivera

Carol Lynn Rivera

Carol is CEO of Podcaster's Toolbox, a podcasting tool that helps you plan, produce and promote your podcast by simplifying and automating many of the repetitive tasks that you do every day.

Cassidy Smirnow

Cassidy Smirnow

Cassidy is Chief Customer Officer for Vertafore.

Cathy Allocco

Cathy Allocco

Cathy is the Vice President, Small Commercial Sales and Distribution for Nationwide.

Chip Bacciocco

Chip Bacciocco

Chip is CEO of Agency Nation / TrustedChoice.com, the nation's fastest growing online marketing platform for independent insurance agencies and IA insurance companies.

Chris Greene

Chris Greene

Chris is the founder of Community First Agency in Alabama and is "The Flood Insurance Guru." He has spoken at past Elevate conferences.

Chris Langille

Chris Langille

Chris is the founder of Advisor Evolved, a web development and marketing company. Chris has also spoken at Agency Nation Elevate.

Christian Moore

Christian Moore

Christian Moore is the founder of REAL insurance Agency in Lexington, KY.

Christopher Paradiso

Christopher Paradiso

Chris Paradiso is an independent agent and owner of Paradiso Insurance.

Coach Michael Burt

Coach Michael Burt

COACH BURT HAS A SIMPLE PHILOSOPHY Coach Micheal Burt is considered “America’s Coach,” a unique blend of a former championship basketball coach combined with a deep methodology of inner-engineering people to produce at a higher level in the business world. Coach Burt found his unique voice early in life at the age of 15 by starting his basketball coaching career with a junior pro basketball team. Coach now coaches 1,000s of leaders across the country with strong, prey-drive tactics and core Christian values. He's a published author, speaker, and mentor to many around the country. And for fun, he likes to work.

Cody Askins

Cody Askins

Cody Askins is the founder and owner of Secure Agent Leads, 8% Nation Insurance Wealth Conference, Cody Askins Insurance Training & co-owner of Secure Agent Marketing.

Dan Herman

Dan Herman

Dan is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EZregister, an online event registration and management service.

Dani Kimble

Dani Kimble

Dani is CMO for The O'Neill Group and has spoken at Agency Nation Elevate.

David Carothers

David Carothers

David is the principal of Florida Risk Partners, Founder of Killing Commercial Insurance Training and co-host of the Power Producers Podcast.

David Davis

David Davis

Dave is Chief Technology Officer for Fudge Insurance.

David Duford

David Duford

David Duford owns DavidDuford.com, a virtual insurance agency helping new and experienced agents nationally become top producers.

Debbie DeChambeau

Debbie DeChambeau

Debbie is the host of The Business of Insurance podcast, facilitates CEO roundtables and is a regular speaker for organizations and associations on business and marketing.

Denise Garth

Denise Garth

Denise Garth is Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing responsible for leading marketing, industry relations and innovation in support of Majesco’s client centric strategy.

Dshanya Reese

Dshanya Reese

Dshanya is the Brand Marketing Manager for Watkins Insurance Group out of Austin Texas. She has appeared on Agency Nation Radio and contributed articles to Agency Nation.

Elaine Nance

Elaine Nance

Elaine works with Insurance Licensing Services of America's Marketing Team and writes extensively on trends in the insurance industry, technology and cybersecurity, and leadership and professional development.

Eric Ayala

Eric Ayala

Eric is SVP Americas at Novidea with over two decades of technology startup and venture capital experience.

Eric Narcisco

Eric Narcisco

Eric is Founder & CEO of Effective Coverage, a company whose mission is to educate property owners about the value of renters insurance.

Erin Nutting

Erin Nutting

Erin is an Agency Owner in Arizona and is a regular contributor to Agency Nation, including speaking at Elevate.

Ewa Telenga

Ewa Telenga

Ewa is Agency Solutions Advisor at Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.

Frank Medina

Frank Medina

Frank is owner of Frank Medina Insurance as well as founder of Insurance Agent Near Me.

George Robertson

George Robertson

George is a leading authority on insurance automation and technology.

Grant Botma

Grant Botma

Grant Botma is the founder of Stewardship, recognized as the “Broker of the Year” in Arizona, and Stewardship is an Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America. Grant has also appeared on Agency Nation Radio and presented at Elevate.

Ido Deutsch

Ido Deutsch

Ido Deutsch is an entrepreneur, growth hacker and insurance enthusiast.

Insurance Nerds

Insurance Nerds

Insurance Nerds is the go-to source for transformational talent development and career management serving the global insurance ecosystem.

Jason Hulott

Jason Hulott

Jason is Director of Speedie Consultants Limited, an inbound content marketing and SEO digital agency for insurance, finance and fintech companies.

Jason Kolb

Jason Kolb

Jason is the founder of DAIS Technology.

Jason Walker

Jason Walker

Jason Walker is the CEO of Agency Insurtech, a company built to connect insurance professionals and technologists while advancing independent insurance agencies.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas

Jeff is the owner of jeffbullas.com. Forbes calls him a top influencer of Chief Marketing Officers and the world's top social marketing talent.

Jeff Rommel

Jeff Rommel

Jeff Rommel is Senior Vice President of Nationwide Property and Casualty Sales and Distribution.

Jeff Teschke

Jeff Teschke

Jeff is founder and CEO of Forge3, an agency specializing in insurance websites and digital marketing. Jeff has participated in Agency Nation Elevate for several years.

Jenny Noe

Jenny Noe

Jenny, owner of The Crestwood Agency, is not your typical agent.

Jeremiah Desmarais

Jeremiah Desmarais

Jeremiah is a 23-time award-winning financial marketer, TED Speaker and philanthropist that has been featured on Forbes and CNN.

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller is a brand strategist and bestselling author of Sticky Branding and Brand New Name.

Jessica DeCrane

Jessica DeCrane

Jessica is a writer and communicator with Progressive’s Commercial Lines group.

Joe Hollier

Joe Hollier

Joe Hollier is a 14 year veteran of the insurance industry and host of the Insurance Scramble.

Joey Giangola

Joey Giangola

Joey is ECommerce Director of Marketing at Risk Placement Services, Inc. and has been a major contributor to Agency Nation.

John Bachmann

John Bachmann

John is RVP of Business Development for SocialSurvey.

Josh Berg

Josh Berg

Josh is co-owner of Blue Lion Insurance Partners and host of the BLIP Insurance Podcast.

Josh Monen

Josh Monen

Josh is a copywriter & marketer who specializes in financial services.

Justin Goodman

Justin Goodman

Justin Goodman is the president of Total CSR and the president of Goodman Insurance.

Keagan Henson

Keagan Henson

Keagan is an innovator for insurance agents and carriers and CEO of BriteBee.

Kelly Donahue-Piro

Kelly Donahue-Piro

Kelly is President at consulting firm, Agency Performance Partners. She has been a long-time contributor to Agency Nation and Elevate.

Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan

Kevin is the Demand Generation Marketing Manager at Ooma, a company that creates new communications experiences for small businesses and consumers.

Kirsten Bay

Kirsten Bay

Kirsten is an expert in cybersecurity with over 25 years of experience in risk intelligence, information management, and policy expertise across a variety of sectors.

KJ Prince

KJ Prince

KJ is a technical marketer, web developer, and entrepreneur that helps businesses increase sales using online marketing strategies.

Kristin Hackney

Kristin Hackney

Kristin Hackney is Executive Vice President of Customer Experience for Applied Systems.

Landon Bentham

Landon Bentham

Landon is an independent insurance agent at Callahan & Rice and a major contributor to Agency Nation.

Leah Bowling

Leah Bowling

Leah is the VP of Insurance and Healthcare at Hitachi Solutions and provides sales and industry leadership as a Microsoft Cloud, Dynamics 365 and CRM subject matter expert.

Liberty Mutual | Safeco

Liberty Mutual | Safeco

We exist to help independent agents succeed. On Agent for the Future™, we share actionable insights, practical advice and agency success stories to help agents thrive today and evolve to take advantage of new opportunities in the future.

Linda Stueber

Linda Stueber

Linda is the Vice President of Nationwide’s Middle Market Commercial team for Property and Casualty.

Liri Halperin

Liri Halperin

Liri Co-Founded LeO in 2016, and it has emerged as a fast growing insurtech.

Luis Pino

Luis Pino

Luis is CEO & Founder at Agentero, a complete solution to grow your independent insurance agency.

Marty Agather

Marty Agather

Marty has been speaking and writing about the intersection of technology and insurance for over 20 years.

Matt Nickerson

Matt Nickerson

Matt is President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Retail Markets East Region (Asia) for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones is the executive vice president, chief human resources officer at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer.

Mernice Oliver

Mernice Oliver

Mernice is the President and Head Coach of Mernice Oliver International, LLC, a coaching & consulting firm helping women insurance entrepreneurs launch, build, grow and scale thriving insurance agencies.

Mike Crowley

Mike Crowley

Mike is Vice President at Crowley Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mike Demko

Mike Demko

Mike is founder of My Insurance Videos, a "done for you" video platform that helps agents/CSRs to sell more.

Molly Mahoney

Molly Mahoney

Molly is a digital strategist who specializes in creating authentic Facebook video content and leveraging Bots to skyrocket sales.

Nyssa Lieder

Nyssa Lieder

Nyssa is an SEO ninja for TrustedChoice.com, serving as their Director of Consumer Marketing. She is featured in several training courses on Agency Nation.

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia is Director of Marketing and Communications for Total CSR.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Paul is Academic Director at The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research and has authored many articles on Agency Nation.

Peter van Aartrijk

Peter van Aartrijk

Peter is co-founder of Chromium, a San Francisco-based brand strategy firm with a specialty in financial services. He's also spoken at Elevate.

Reade Milner

Reade Milner

Reade is a marketing coach for salespeople and small business owners.

Reid Holzworth

Reid Holzworth

Reid is Vice President CRM Solutions for Applied Systems.

Rob McCarthy

Rob McCarthy

Rob is a Contractors Insurance Broker with GRBM Insurance, a family owned and operated independent insurance agency located in Brewster, NY.

Ron Berg

Ron Berg

Ron is Executive Director of ACT, Agents Council for Technology for IIABA and a repeat participant at Agency Nation Elevate.

Ryan Hanley

Ryan Hanley

As former CMO for Agency Nation, Ryan has written dozens of articles, produced training videos and served as host for past Agency Nation Elevate conferences.

Ryan Swalve

Ryan Swalve

Ryan is co-founder of Coverage Direct, an innovative regional independent insurance brokerage serving Iowa and surrounding states.

Scott Howell

Scott Howell

Scott is owner of iPROTECT Insurance & Financial Services and host of The Insurance Guys Podcast.

Selective Insurance

Selective Insurance

Selective Insurance offers primary & alternative market insurance for commercial & personal customers and flood through the National Flood Insurance Program.

Shelley Brazeau Temple

Shelley Brazeau Temple

Shelley is President, P&C Personal Lines at Nationwide.

Spot On Insurance

Spot On Insurance

From Arleen and Ted Taveras the founders of Insurance Licensing Services of America, Inc. (ILSA) comes Spot On Insurance, a weekly podcast shedding light on all matters pertaining to the industry.

Stacy Stevens

Stacy Stevens

Stacy has been a major contributor to Agency Nation, serving as Vice President of Marketing at Agency Nation for several years.

Stephen Applebaum

Stephen Applebaum

Stephen is managing partner at Insurance Solutions Group.

Stuart Ganis

Stuart Ganis

Stuart is SVP, Sales and Business Development at Insurance Technologies Corporation.

Sydney Roe

Sydney Roe

Syd has developed dozens of training videos and content for Agency Nation. She has also spoken and served as host for past Agency Nation Elevate conferences.

Taylor Rhodes

Taylor Rhodes

Taylor Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, leads Applied Systems and is responsible for the company's overall strategy and operational execution.

Ted Taveras

Ted Taveras

Ted is Co-Founder & COO of Insurance Licensing Services of America, Inc. and Co-Founder & Co-Host of Spot On Insurance.

Terri Hitchcock

Terri Hitchcock

Terri is the Chief Insurance Executive at Thimble Insurance.

Thad Bauer

Thad Bauer

Thad is Vice President and General Manager at IVANS Insurance Solutions, a Division of Applied Systems, Inc.

The Insurance Guys

The Insurance Guys

The Insurance Guys is a podcast made and dedicated to agents by agents, hosted by Scott Howell and Bradley Flowers.

The Risky Chicks

The Risky Chicks

Katelyn Noschese and Abigayle Brown are hosts of the Risk Chicks podcast.

Todd Sorrel

Todd Sorrel

Todd is co-founded of ePayPolicy, a digital payment collection solution for the insurance industry. ePayPolicy has participated in many Elevate conferences.

Tyler Asher

Tyler Asher

Tyler Asher is president of Independent Agent Distribution at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Vinay Murthy

Vinay Murthy

Vinay is Head of Strategic Partnerships for 8x8 cloud solutions.

Viveka von Rosen

Viveka von Rosen

Viveka von Rosen is a Cofounder and the Chief Visibility Officer of Vengreso, the world’s largest digital sales transformation company.

Zachary Emly

Zachary Emly

Zachary is an instructor and consultant at inBuzz Group, helping insurance agents learn and implement marketing in a realistic way.