George C. "Chip" Van Dusen IV
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.
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.
Barbara A. Crowley
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. Barbara enjoys traveling, reading and the theater.
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.
Brittany Cross joined Labrynth Financial Services in August of 2004 after obtaining her BA in Business and Marketing from the College of Idaho. Brittany quickly acquired her insurance license, Series 7, Series 24, and Series 66 licenses and is now the Principal of LFS. She currently serves NAILBA as a co-leader of the Agency Successor Networking Group (ASNG), as a member of the Professional Development Committee and recently served on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Brittany is an avid soccer player and fan and enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, and her two dogs Lola Roo and Mr. Blu. She and her partner Hannah have one son, Brady.
Jason Lea joined Brokers’ Service Marketing Group in 2000 and in his current role of President, oversees all sales & marketing related activities at BSMG. He was recently recognized as one of the most promising young executives in Rhode Island as a part of the Providence Business News 40-Under-Forty program.
Prior to joining BSMG, Jason was employed by MFS Investment Management. He is currently a member of the Financial Planning Association of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Estate Planning Council, and several carrier field advisory boards. Jason also serves on the membership committee of the Boston Estate Planning Council and is Past President of the Rhode Island Society of Financial Service Professionals. A graduate of Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Jason has also earned his CFP® designation, is a licensed insurance agent, and is FINRA registered series 6 and 63.
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.
Seixas “Chad” Milner III is Vice President of The Milner Group and has been with the company for 12 years. He represents the fifth generation of his family in the insurance business. Chad attended Georgia College & State University and holds certifications as a Certified Annuity Advisor, Certified Annuity Specialist, and Certified Senior Advisor, and has been awarded NAIFA’s Top 40 Under 40 award three years in a row. He currently serves on NAILBA’s Membership Committee and is a member of NAILBA’s Agency Successor Networking Group (ASNG). Chad is also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He has served as the 2010-2011 President of TYGERS, a national organization of second and third-generation brokerage general agents.
Chad and his wife Wendi have two sons, Seixas “Sage” Milner IV and Luke. In his spare time Chad enjoys golf, aviation, diving/spear fishing, and hunting.
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.
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.
Myra is president of The Palmer Agency and an advocate of the life insurance industry. With more than thirty years in the agency she brings knowledge, passion, and experience; carrying on a family legacy that began when her father, Howard H. Palmer founded the Palmer Agency in 1961. Myra is a student of the industry and is actively involved. She recently concluded her term as Past President of the NAILBA Charitable Foundation. She is Past President of Insurance and Financial Leaders of the Southeast and is an active member of NAIFA, SubCenters, The Marketing Alliance, and SAGE (a second generation study group.) Myra currently serves on the Oxford College of Emory University’s Board of Counselors.
Myra enjoys time with family and friends. She plays golf, runs, reads, travels, and is a wine enthusiast. Myra has three sons, Chase, DJ, and Palmer, a daughter-in-law Taylor, and a great companion in Blenner, her Golden Doodle.