Board of Directors

 

  

Barbara A. Crowley
Chairman



Barbara Crowley is the Principal of Brokers Clearing House, Ltd., located in West Des Moines, IA. Barbara started her brokerage career in 1977 with BCH. She has worked as a consultant for insurance carriers, served on numerous insurance company advisory boards and spoken at various industry meetings. Barbara is an active member of NAILBA, NAIFA, SFSP, AALU and FPA.  She has served as President of Life, Inc. and as a Board Member and Officer for LifeMark Partners, Inc., of which she is a founding partner.  Barbara has one son, Rob Crowley, who is the Marketing Director at BCH.  Barbara enjoys traveling, reading and the theater.


David Long




David Long
Chair-Elect

David is senior vice president of CPS Sacramento, an independent life brokerage agency in Sacramento, CA.  Along with his sister Sheryl, he makes up the second generation of the family agency started by his parents, Larry and Susan, in the late 70’s.  After being raised in the business, David joined the agency full time in 1999.  Prior to his work at the agency, he held several positions in the financial services industry in banking, claims, and then in personal production as a life agent.  David is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his B.S. in marketing and finance from the Haas School of Business.  He has served as chairman of NAILBA’s Membership Committee, and has been active on the NAILBA Professional Development Committee and NAILBA Communications Committee.  David resides in the Sacramento area with his sons Max and Zack, and his dog Lincoln.  He enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including skiing, golfing, and fishing.

 

  Chip Van Dusen
George C. "Chip" Van Dusen IV
Secretary/Treasurer

 

George “Chip” Van Dusen IV is President of Diversified Brokerage Services, Inc. (DBS), a national independent brokerage agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota that specializes in servicing national account customers.  DBS is a charter member of NAILBA, with its founder George C. Van Dusen, III a past Chairman from 1993-1994. DBS is also a leading partner of LifeMark Partners, a National Marketing Organization.

Chip began his insurance career in 1989, when he joined his father’s agency as a marketing associate.  An active member and Past President of the Minneapolis Association of NAIFA, Chip currently serves on several carrier and industry field advisory councils and is an active member of LIFE Inc. Chip has also served NAILBA as a member of various committees over the years.

 

Raymond Phillips

 Raymond Phillips, CLU, LTCP
 Immediate Past Chairman

 

.Ray is a past-President of the Society of Underwriting Brokers (SubCenters); is past-President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; past-President of the Pittsburgh Association of Health Underwriters; and has served on the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.  In 2006 Ray was presented with the prestigious Edward Haldeman Memorial Award from the Pittsburgh NAIFA Chapter for distinguished service to the insurance industry and community. He is a member of The Plus Group, the International Disability Income Society and the Pittsburgh Estate Planning Council.  He is a founding member of The Marketing Alliance and serves on the Bridgeway Capital, Community Development Corp (CDC) loan committee. Ray is happily married to Susan and has three children, Zack, Kelsey, and Hanna.  He is actively involved with Trinity Lutheran Church, Wexford, PA.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and golf. 


Michael Bellig
Michael Bellig



Michael Bellig is a principal and owner of Trumark Wholesale Insurance Services in Danville, CA.  Mike is a practiced tax and estate planning attorney, trained in the legal services department of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he advised clients on various tax issues, including executive benefits and business tax planning.  Mike obtained his B.S. in Politics and a Certificate of Public Service from the University of San Francisco; after USF Mike received his law degree from the Pepperdine University.  He is a member of AALU (Association for Advanced Life Underwriting) and a frequent guest speaker on financial concepts, life insurance, and long term care issues.  

 

Joe Bosnack
Joseph Bosnack


Joseph Bosnack is a veteran insurance executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.  He is the President of the Katz Nassau Agency, specializing in life, long-term care, and disability insurance.  Joe is also the President of the Council of Insurance Brokers of Greater New York (CIBGNY) and the President of the Downstate Insurance Council.  Joe serves on the Board of Directors of SubCenters, the NAILBA Membership Committee, and is a past Board member of the Greater Metro Region of NAIFA.

Joe is involved in many charities including the Ed Smith Mineola Lions Club, the Brookville Centre for Children’s, Rock out Autism, and serves on the Board of Regents at Winthrop University Hospital.  Joe also works closely with the Fay J. Lindner Center and the UJA Insurance Division assisting with their fundraising activities.  Joe resides in East Williston, N.Y. with his wife Mary, and has three children.



Thomas L. Gilbert, CLU, ChFC, LTCP

Tom has been in the insurance and financial services business for 40 years. He began in personal production with Equitable of Iowa after graduation from the University of Iowa. He later entered the home office progressing through various sales management roles at Equitable and Jefferson National Life where he was named Chief Marketing Officer in 1986.  He was named had of the Individual Division at Guarantee Mutual Life where he remained until 1993.

Tom is now President and co-owner of The National Benefit Corp in West Des Moines, Iowa, a national wholesaler of fixed and variable insurance products to independent broker dealers. He holds the CLU, ChFC and LTCP designations and is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, NAIFA and is Series 6, 26 and 63 licensed with NASD.

Tom has served as president of his local CLU association and is the immediate past chair of NAILBA’s Marketing Committee. He has also served for many years on the finance committee of United Way. 


Melinda MeyerMelinda S. Meyer

Melinda is the Vice President of Member Office Development at Valmark Securities. She is responsible for New Member Office integration and strategic planning, infrastructure development, succession planning and opportunity expansion for all Member Offices. She previously served as ValMark’s COO for 12 years during the creation, development and initial growth of the enterprise. Melinda received her B.S. in Education from Illinois State University.

She is the 2011 recipient of the NAILBA Chairman’s Award, and currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee and the Editorial Advisory Panel. She was the past chair of the Professional Development Committee, where she helped to create and launch the Agency Successor Networking Group (ASNG); she is still actively involved in the Committee. Melinda is a recognized authority on organizational and operational efficiencies within agency and broker dealer arenas.


Jeff Mooers
Jeffrey D. Mooers

Jeffrey Mooers is a third generation principal at H.D. Mooers and Company, a Brokerage General Agency started in 1937.  Jeff started at the agency in 1989, following in the footsteps of his father, his uncle (NAILBA’s own Douglas Mooers), and his grandfather.   After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Jeff went to work in the marketing department, and took over as President in 2000.

 He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Panel, and has served on numerous NAILBA committees, including as chairman of the Marketing and Strategic Planning Committees. He was recognized in 2012 with the NAILBA Chairman's Award, and he is an active supporter of the NAILBA Charitable Foundation, serving on the Grants Committee in 2012.  Jeff and his wife, Linda, have 3 children—Eddie, Emily, and Eric.  Jeff is currently President of NAIFA Mount Diablo.  Outside the office, he enjoys fly-fishing, traveling with his family, and coaching Eric’s soccer team.

 

   Ben NevejansBen Nevejans



Ben is the Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Sales for LifePro Financial Services, Inc. Ben has been in the financial services industry for 14 years. Upon graduating from Plymouth State University, Ben moved to San Diego, CA and soon began his career at LifePro Financial.

 Since that time, he has been directly involved with many aspects of the insurance and annuity business including sales, recruiting, marketing and management. In 2003 Ben opened and operated a satellite office of LifePro out of the greater Boston area. Now back in San Diego and serving as LifePro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ben oversees the case management, underwriting, marketing case design and sales departments. Ben is active in the NAIFA San Diego chapter and has chaired their membership and programs committees.

 
Tom Riekse, Jr.
Thomas Riekse, Jr., ChFC, CEBS



Tom has been working in the long-term care insurance business since 1991, and is currently a Managing Principal at LTCI Partners. He has primary responsibility for all marketing and technology initiatives at LTCI Partners. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Hope College, Holland Michigan. He subsequently achieved his MBA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a concentration in finance and marketing. Tom serves on the board of directors of the Society of Financial Services Professionals-Chicago and on NAILBA’s Government Affairs Committee.

 
Jim Sorebo
James Sorebo

 Jim is President and CEO of Four Seasons Financial Group, Inc..  Jim started his financial services career in 1979 and was an executive with an industry leading insurance and investment company.  Jim graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.S in Business Administration. He is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Bank Insurance and Securities Association and International Association of Financial Planners. Jim previously served on the Board of Directors of BRAMCO, and currently serves as a NAILBA PAC Board Member. He also participates in the AALU Ambassadors Program.

Jim serves on the advisory board for The Lone Survivor Foundation, which restores, empowers, and renews hope for our militaries wounded warriors and their families. He resides in Medford, New Jersey with his wife, Kathy, and has two daughters.



Stephen F. Walther

Steve Walther has been in the Life Brokerage Business for 15+ years.  Steve recently joined the Alliance Group training agents in the insurance industry all across the country.  Steve also has his securities license with AISG, LLC, and holds a FINRA series 7, 66 and 24. 

Earning his B.A. from Humboldt State University in 1991, Steve also studied language abroad at La University de Granada, Spain and Educational Studies at Simpson College, CA.  Steve has been attending NAILBA meetings for over 10 years and has served on marketing and membership committees.  Steve resides in the Boise area with his wonderful wife Maria and two children, Danielle and Paul.  He enjoys outdoor activities, travel and Boise State Football.