Meet our Contributors
These are the people who are making it happen every day and bringing it to Agency Nation.
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 is a Commercial Account Executive for Reed Brothers Insurance Services, Inc.
Agency Nation Radio is the official podcast of Agency Nation, featuring interviews and insights from the voices of the insurance Nation.
Alice Stevens has managed the health and life insurance content for Best Company since 2018.
Jared is Managing Partner at ALLCHOICE Insurance.
Amy is Senior Account Executive at TrustedChoice.com
Andrew is the current President, CEO and majority shareholder of Mappus Insurance Agency, Inc. He specializes in coastal property insurance with an emphasis on historical homes, beach properties and flood insurance. Andrew is licensed to write insurance in SC, NC, GA, FL, VA, NY, IL and is a licensed adjuster in SC.
AnneMarie McPherson is News Editor for Independent Agent Magazine and the Big “I.”
Arleen is co-founder of two highly successful ventures: Insurance Licensing Services of America and Spot On Insurance.
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 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 is a Risk Management Consultant for ECI Insurance and has been a panelist at Agency Nation Elevate.
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.
Ben is partner at The Rathbun Agency.
Beth is CEO of Executive Velocity, a top talent and leadership development advisory firm.
Beverly is a Marketing, Branding and Creative Director for Beverly Connelly Marketing and Design.
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 is CEO of Talladega Insurance Agency, the nation’s third oldest insurance agency.
With his engaging, and fun personality, Brandon connects with his audiences and delivers content that they can immediately use when they get back to their home or office. The 17-year industry veteran was recognized by Rough Notes Magazine as their cover agent in July of 2020.
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 Ahearn is an author, TEDx speaker and consultant, who spent more than three decades in the insurance industry.
Brian Haney is a Certified Association Executive and founder of The Haney Company.
Brian is the founder of Insurance Growth Marketing, and is committed to helping insurance professionals scale their business through digital marketing efforts.
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 is the co-founder and Co-CEO of Loop (loopinsure.co), a more inclusive car insurance company. At Loop, we use AI and telematics data to make our customer’s mobility and safety the top priority. Carey Anne Nadeau is a thought leader in geospatial statistics and creative, ethical AI. She has a Masters in City Planning from MIT and was a Researcher at both the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute.
Carey is formerly with IntellAgents, a data analytics company, focused on bringing actionable insights to Independent Agents.
Carl is co-founder of Rocket Referrals and has participated in Agency Nation Elevate.
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 is Chief Customer Officer for Vertafore.
Cathy is the Vice President, Small Commercial Sales and Distribution for Nationwide.
Charles Wasilewski is director of media relations and content writer for Aartrijk, a brand development firm specializing in the insurance industry and offering content creation, media relations, and marketing communications.
Chip is CEO of TrustedChoice.com, the nation's fastest growing online marketing platform for independent insurance agencies and IA insurance companies.
Chris is the founder of Community First Agency in Alabama and is "The Flood Insurance Guru." He has spoken at past Elevate conferences.
Chris is the founder of Advisor Evolved, a web development and marketing company. Chris has also spoken at Agency Nation Elevate.
Christian Moore is the founder of REAL insurance Agency in Lexington, KY.
Christine Bellido-Zakel is a Doctoral Student at Saint Leo University and works full time as a National Account Marketing Representative for Progressive Insurance.
Chris Paradiso is an independent agent and owner of Paradiso Insurance.
Providing insurance agents with tips and tricks that will help their agency grow by offering input, advice and solutions. You know what they say, it takes a village – we’re part of your village. We’re Westfield and we care about your success. So let’s get started.
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 is the founder and owner of Secure Agent Leads, 8% Nation Insurance Wealth Conference, Cody Askins Insurance Training & co-owner of Secure Agent Marketing.
Co-founder of the Insurance Dudes Podcast, TeleDudes TeleFunnels and Telemarketing, Agency Vault, Craig Pretzinger purchased his agency in 2008 and has been consistently honing and improving his processes since he began. He learned a lot about failure and success over the years and wishes to pass along that knowledge to other agents to provide a better chance of success for agency owners. Craig has taken an agency that was losing $90k in premium, to an agency growing annually by incorporating fundamental quoting and sales strategies, cutting-edge retention strategies, and exciting community development processes. Craig's agencies are consistently top-producing in Arizona and versus agents from his carrier across the country. His team is consistently writing over $200k in premium monthly, using the same systems and processes that his TeleDudes business offers to other agency owners.
Dan is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EZregister, an online event registration and management service.
Dani is CMO for The O'Neill Group and has spoken at Agency Nation Elevate.
Dave currently leads the Rating, Connectivity & ReferenceConnect businesses at Vertafore.
David is the principal of Florida Risk Partners, founder of Killing Commercial Insurance Training and co-host of the Power Producers Podcast.
Dave is Chief Technology Officer for Fudge Insurance.
David Denning trains insurance agency owners to massively grow their businesses in the modern era. His company, Jumpstart Go, accomplishes this through their free Facebook Group “Marketing for Insurance Agents” of 16k+ agents nationwide and their in-depth coaching & training program “The Closers Clique.” Through live coaching and weekly accountability, agency owners are achieving record-breaking months while optimizing their lead generation, sales processes, automation, and hiring & scaling.
David Duford owns DavidDuford.com, a virtual insurance agency helping new and experienced agents nationally become top producers.
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.
Deidre Wright, ARMe is the CEO of Strategic Stories, an award winning insurance executive and board advisor for Juniper Labs.
Denise Garth is senior vice president, strategic marketing responsible for leading marketing, industry relations and innovation in support of Majesco’s client centric strategy.
Dennis Logan Jr. began his insurance career with Chubb as a non-profit management liability underwriter specializing in churches, foundations and youth organizations. He then transitioned to Dual Commercial where he underwrote management liability for private, and often distressed companies. He went on to the wholesale brokerage side of the business with All Risks, Ltd. where he specialized in unique products including Cyber, Management and Professional Liability.
Doug Fudge founded P Fudge & Associates, Inc. (now Fudge Insurance) with his father Paul. Together they have built a thriving agency with a diverse and growing staff.
Dr. Charlie Cartwright is the founder of People Success Labs, a consulting firm based in the Kansas City area whose sole purpose is to bring out the best in leaders & their teams.
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 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 is SVP Americas at Novidea with over two decades of technology startup and venture capital experience.
Eric is Founder & CEO of Effective Coverage, a company whose mission is to educate property owners about the value of renters insurance.
Erin is an Agency Owner in Arizona and is a regular contributor to Agency Nation, including speaking at Elevate.
Ewa is Agency Solutions Advisor at Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.
Frank is owner of Frank Medina Insurance as well as founder of Insurance Agent Near Me.
George is a leading authority on insurance automation and technology.
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.
Heather Smyrl is the co-founder and CEO of Highpoint Insurance Group with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. As a Houston native, she got her start in insurance at the early age of 19 and was the youngest to obtain a Texas CPCU designation. As a highly-driven young woman in an antiquated industry, Heather used her fresh perspective to trailblaze and quickly realized that her greater purpose was to start her own company.
Ido Deutsch is an entrepreneur, growth hacker and insurance enthusiast.
J.C. Wogomon is the founder and president of Catalyst Insurance Group, located in Greenwood, IN. He is an 11-year veteran of the insurance industry and has a deep passion for using the powerful financial vehicle of insurance to make a positive impact in his community.
Jason is Director of Speedie Consultants Limited, an inbound content marketing and SEO digital agency for insurance, finance and fintech companies.
Jason is the founder of DAIS Technology.
Jason Walker is the CEO of Agency Insurtech, a company built to connect insurance professionals and technologists while advancing independent insurance agencies.
Jeff Rommel is Senior Vice President of Nationwide Property and Casualty Sales and Distribution.
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, owner of The Crestwood Agency, is not your typical agent.
Jeremiah is a 23-time award-winning financial marketer, TED Speaker and philanthropist that has been featured on Forbes and CNN.
Jessica is a writer and communicator with Progressive’s Commercial Lines group.
Jill is Executive Vice President of marketing at the Ahart, Frinzi & Smith insurance agency.
Joe Hollier is a 14 year veteran of the insurance industry and host of the Insurance Scramble.
Joey is ECommerce Director of Marketing at Risk Placement Services, Inc. and has been a major contributor to Agency Nation.
John is RVP of Business Development for SocialSurvey.
John Lapointe is the executive VP for Lapointe Insurance. His vision is to be an "agent of change" in a 60-year-old family business, to create an agency that embraces change, new ideas, and where people love coming to work. John and his team subscribe to their core values of Teamwork, Information, Growth, Doing the Right Thing, and Having Fun.
Josh is co-owner of Blue Lion Insurance Partners and host of the BLIP Insurance Podcast.
Josh is a copywriter & marketer who specializes in financial services.
Josh is the founder of the sales automation agency, Capsule Five and the insurance client engagement service, Renew King.
Justin Goodman is the president of Total CSR and the president of Goodman Insurance.
Karen is a partner of the John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Inc.
Kate Terry is co-founder and chief operating officer at Surround Insurance.
Kat is head of sales & marketing for AgencyZoom.
Nine years ago my insurance career took off as I built a top performing scratch agency brick-by-brick within the captive ecosystem. The initial growing pains of learning insurance for the first time still mark my passion for sales coaching and taking the mystery out of how to succeed in today's modern insurance market.
Keagan is an innovator for insurance agents and carriers and CEO of BriteBee.
Kelley Herrin is the Principal Owner at Jack Bradley Agency in Georgia.
Kelly is President at consulting firm, Agency Performance Partners. She has been a long-time contributor to Agency Nation and Elevate.
Kevin is the Demand Generation Marketing Manager at Ooma, a company that creates new communications experiences for small businesses and consumers.
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 is a technical marketer, web developer, and entrepreneur that helps businesses increase sales using online marketing strategies.
Kristin Hackney is Executive Vice President of Customer Experience for Applied Systems.
Landon is an independent insurance agent at Callahan & Rice and a major contributor to Agency Nation.
Laura works with Aartrijk clients to identify goals and create marketing strategies to achieve them. She has nearly 20 years of insurance marketing experience, having previously served as VP, sales and marketing, at American Collectors Insurance, where she worked with Aartrijk as a client. She is experienced in growing organizations through client engagement through the use of consistent branding, leveraging content marketing and social media, and articulating brand differentiators. A native and proud New Jerseyan, she lives in Houston where she continues to search for good pizza and fun places to watch Philadelphia sports teams.
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.
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.
Lidia S. Hovhan is a is Digital Marketing expert and SEO guru in the OmnicoreAgency.
Linda is the Vice President of Nationwide’s Middle Market Commercial team for Property and Casualty.
Liri co-founded LeO in 2016, and it has emerged as a fast growing InsurTech.
Lisa Muvich, manager of content strategy, leads the Applied Marketing Automation (AMA) content team and directs the content strategy for the AMA content library. Lisa brings over 20 years' experience creating and managing digital content across a variety of industries - software, manufacturing, financial services and insurance.
Luis is CEO & Founder at Agentero, a complete solution to grow your independent insurance agency.
Maria Mills is Progressive's director of agency marketing. Since joining in 2002, she's worked in various finance, acquisition, and media roles before joining the Agency Sales and Distribution team. Today, she's focused on strengthening agency engagement through unique partner programs and agent experiences.
Mark is partner and chief research officer at Strategy Meets Action (SMA).
Marty has been speaking and writing about the intersection of technology and insurance for over 20 years.
Matt is President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Retail Markets East Region (Asia) for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Melissa Jones is the executive vice president, chief human resources officer at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer.
Melissa is a broker and risk manager for Fourth Insurance.
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.
Michael is the Vice President and General Manager of CoverWallet for Agents. He is an expert in insurance technology and trends as well as sales and operational growth. Prior to joining CoverWallet, Michael worked for Mckinsey & Company as an engagement manager and spent time as a foreign service officer with the U.S Department of State, and was a research fellow for NASA.
Michelle Longo is a digital marketing specialist at Forge3, Ltd. Michelle is a writer, editor, and blogger who specializes in online content creation, blogging and article writing, social media strategy, and the art of nonfiction storytelling for individual and organizational clients.
Mick, an experienced sales and operations executive, assists agents in utilizing data analytics in support of revenue growth for independent agencies.
Mike is Vice President at Crowley Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mike is founder of My Insurance Videos, a "done for you" video platform that helps agents/CSRs to sell more.
Mike is a senior writer for Progressive Commercial Lines. He enjoys that his job lets him wear many hats (both figuratively and literally) and walk in other people’s shoes (only figuratively). He’s a lover of good stories and spends his free time consuming all manner of them, thinking about the one that he'd like to, one day, write himself. He also really likes fishing.
Molly is a digital strategist who specializes in creating authentic Facebook video content and leveraging Bots to skyrocket sales.
Nick is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Better Agency.
Help Liberty Mutual Insurance and Safeco Insurance independent insurance agents grow their entire book of business with marketing.
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 is Director of Marketing and Communications for Total CSR.
I am a senior account executive at Dial Insurance Agency serving clients all throughout North and South Carolina. I am serving my first term on the Lumberton City Council. I am on the NC League of Municipalities Board of Directors. I am also currently serving on a few boards appointed by the legislature.
Paul is Academic Director at The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research and has authored many articles on Agency Nation.
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.
Randy Schwantz is the founder of The Wedge Group.
Raution Jaiswal is the co-founder and CEO of InsuredMine, an InsurTech startup. InsuredMine is a sales, CRM, marketing automation platform designed and developed just for insurance agents to help them convert, engage and retain better. It is also an add on to their Agency Management System so data can flow seamlessly without double entry. Prior to co-finding InsuredMine, Jaiswal successfully started two other startups, providing consulting services and software development. He spent 15 years in the corporate sector as a finance and technology consultant, strategizing and implementing large-scale enterprise solutions, with later years in corporate M&A.
Reade is a marketing coach for salespeople and small business owners.
Reid is Vice President CRM Solutions for Applied Systems.
Rob is a Contractors Insurance Broker with GRBM Insurance, a family owned and operated independent insurance agency located in Brewster, NY.
Robert is the vice president of life and annuity business development for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (the “Big I”) and its consumer brand Trusted Choice.
Ron is Executive Director of ACT, Agents Council for Technology for IIABA and a repeat participant at Agency Nation Elevate.
I started with ILSA in 2001, after a twenty-year career in the U.S. Air Force. I designed our first databases myself. We've come a long way since then! Technological innovation remains important, of course, but our commitment to building genuine relationships with our clients is the real heart of our business. That relationship begins by asking, "How can we help take away the painful parts of your job?" Then we create customized solutions to meet those needs, ones that can grow with our clients. The training and management techniques we use cultivate our team members' strengths and help them find their right fit within our team. We want to nurture their instincts to help others, not beat them into a corporate mold. (We want to help business people, without becoming too business-like ourselves.) When we succeed, our people take awesome care of our clients. That's a win for everyone!
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 is co-founder of Coverage Direct, an innovative regional independent insurance brokerage serving Iowa and surrounding states.
Formerly a national producer for an independent agency InsurTech, I now work with Firefly Agency, where I help independent agency startups across the country to grow and retain their business. I help agents to create more efficient processes, create marketing programs, guide agents on risk placement, integrate and train agents on carriers throughout our footprint, and I work hand in hand with carriers on market strategies and product development.
I've been in the insurance industry since 2002 in numerous roles. My career started as a customer service representative for an American National Insurance agency and switched over to an independent insurance agency in 2004. I then spent nine years as an independent insurance agent inside of DATCU, followed by 2 years as a sales producer for Greenway Insurance. My most recent experience was on the Insurtech side offering virtual assistants to insurance agencies. Like so many others I fell into insurance and then fell in love with the industry as a result. My love for the insurance field has allowed me to flourish while having the privilege to serve others. I've been married for 20 years to my high school sweetheart Mark and we have two amazing children Mia and Max.
Sarah is passionate about all things content. She started her career in publishing. She then moved to B2B. She is a writer on marketing, content and strategy as well as the founder of her own business where she’s raising the bar on B2B content to create meaningful impact for small businesses.
Scott is owner of iPROTECT Insurance & Financial Services and host of The Insurance Guys Podcast.
Scott Kneeland is general counsel of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Prior to joining the association, Scott practiced general business transactional law at a national law firm based in Washington, D.C. and in his own practice.
Scott is the founder of US VetWealth, a lifestyle and financial consulting brand.
Selective Insurance offers primary & alternative market insurance for commercial & personal customers and flood through the National Flood Insurance Program.
I'm a technology writer with 4+ years of experience in IT and business technology. I have written for marketing websites about topics relating to SEO, automation, software, and data.
Shawn Woedl has been the driving force behind the development of the REInsurePro program for investment properties through strong and long-lasting relationships with top commercial insurers. With more than 15 years of experience in commercial property insurance, he has become a recognized expert in the areas of risk management solutions, best practices, and emerging trends. He continues to be on the forefront of the industry, building programs to meet the evolving needs of the property investor.
Shelley is President, P&C Personal Lines at Nationwide.
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 Blumberg is the marketing director at Rocket Referrals.
Stacy has been a major contributor to Agency Nation, serving as Vice President of Marketing at Agency Nation for several years.
Stephen is managing partner at Insurance Solutions Group.
Stuart is SVP, Sales and Business Development at Insurance Technologies Corporation.
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.
Ted is Co-Founder & COO of Insurance Licensing Services of America, Inc. and Co-Founder & Co-Host of Spot On Insurance.
Terri is the Chief Insurance Executive at Thimble Insurance.
Thad is Vice President and General Manager at IVANS Insurance Solutions, a Division of Applied Systems, Inc.
The Insurance Guys is a podcast made and dedicated to agents by agents, hosted by Scott Howell and Bradley Flowers.
Katelyn Noschese and Abigayle Brown are hosts of the Risk Chicks podcast.
Todd is co-founded of ePayPolicy, a digital payment collection solution for the insurance industry. ePayPolicy has participated in many Elevate conferences.
Tom is a experienced start up business developer working within AI and Data Science.
Senior writer and marketer for Progressive. When she’s not stuck to a screen, Trish enjoys getting lost in new cities, pining over her cat Gatsby, and the occasional yoga al fresco.
Tyler Asher is president of Independent Agent Distribution at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Ursula Merten, a member of the North America leadership team at omni:us is responsible for driving business in the North American insurance market. Prior to her role at omni:us, she was director of internal audit at AIG where she was responsible for managing teams of auditors on a global basis. She has spent the last 20 years in the insurance industry helping insurance leaders solve their operational problems. She brings a broad perspective of experience that includes various positions from insurer, broker, TPA, internal auditer, and consultant.
Vinay is Head of Strategic Partnerships for 8x8 cloud solutions.
Viveka von Rosen is a Cofounder and the Chief Visibility Officer of Vengreso, the world’s largest digital sales transformation company.
Viviana Buzo has ten years of marketing and communications experience both in digital and traditional realms.
Hater of bios. Lover of marketing strategy. Zach has spent his career helping insurance agencies learn and implement marketing.
As content marketing specialist, Zach Weeks manages and implements ITC's marketing efforts, spanning customer communications, social media, content, and email marketing. He has a bachelor's degree in editing, writing, and media from Florida State University. Zach enjoys sports writing, competitive gaming, and spending time with his family and pets.