Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Robin S. Landers, CLU
President

Robin Landers is a principal at NAILBA member agency Landers-Stein & Associates, Inc., a Miami-based BGA founded in 1959 by Bernie Landers and Marty Stein.

A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism, Robin has a degree in Advertising. She started as a file clerk at Landers-Stein in 1983, earned her insurance license, followed by her CLU designation. She partnered with Carmen A. Rodriguez in 1995 to begin their agency together, choosing Robin’s sister, Diane Preuss, as their first staff person, all of whom had worked for the original agency.

She has been president of both the Miami SFSP (CLU) and NAIFA–Miami. In addition to serving on the NAILBA Charitable Foundation Board, she also served on the NAILBA Marketing Committee and works on NBA’s Nomination and Bylaws committees. Along with her volunteer commitments to the insurance community, Robin has served on the board of The Heart Association and the Women’s Fund. She is the wife of a prize-winning journalist, and is the proud mother of five children and grandmother to five grandchildren.

Kathy J. Carlson

Kathy J. Carlson
Vice President

Kathy Carlson is President of NAILBA member agency United Underwriters, Inc. (UUI),  a national brokerage general agency in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Her career at UUI began in 1984; and she quickly became a key contributor to the brokerage industry. Her involvement shaped the development and enhancements of three of the most popular agency management systems used by the brokerage marketplace. She is one of the authors of “The Guide to Underwriting an Impaired Risk” - a manual that became an international reference guide on the subject – and has continued to be instrumental in advising company partners and vendors on new business issues.

In 1992, Kathy became an officer of UUI. In 1997, she became an owner and partner of Brokerage Services International, Inc. (BSI) in Germantown, Maryland. In 2002 she became a partner at UUI until she bought out her partner in 2012 and took the reigns as sole owner and President.

In addition to her roles at UUI and BSI, Kathy is a member of The Marketing Alliance, Inc., a member and past Board of Directors member of SubCenters, Inc., and a current member of NAIFA.

Kathy lives in East Kingston, New Hampshire with her husband Rich. On the weekends, you can find her and her husband on the golf course.

Jason E. LeaJason E. Lea, CFP
Secretary/Treasurer & Grants Review Committee Chair

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.

Myra PalmerMyra Palmer
2019 NAILBA Chair

Myra Palmer 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 is Past President of the NAILBA Charitable Foundation Past President of Insurance and Financial Leaders of the Southeast and currently serves on several carrier advisory boards and the NAIFA Independent Advisors Task Force. She 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 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.

Alan ProtzelAlan Protzel
Immediate Past President

Alan Protzel is Senior Vice President at NAILBA member company The Marketing Alliance, Inc., a publicly owned national IMO.

A graduate of the Olin School of Graduate Business (Washington University – St. Louis) with his MBA in Marketing and Finance, Alan began his career with MetLife in 1977 as a member of MetLife’s Executive Development Program for MBAs and JDs.

Alan has been involved in many aspects of the industry and has significant accomplishments in all phases of wholesale and retail distribution, marketing, Advanced Sales, product development, illustration system and incentive program development and implementation, and orphan marketing.

Alan has been married since 1977 to Joanie and has two adult children, Mac and Erica, as well as a daughter-in-law, Rachel and two grandchildren. Hobbies include charitable fundraising, volunteering, being a grandfather and stocking shelves at the family deli.

Dan LaBertDan LaBert
NAILBA


Dan LaBert is NAILBA CEO and serves on the Foundation Board as an ex-officio member.

DIRECTORS 

PPatrick Bowenatrick Bowen
Legal & General America

Patrick has been a leader in Distribution with Legal & General America for the past 9 years - the last 3 as part of the senior leadership team.  He has over twenty years of experience in Brokerage. He began his career as an agency brokerage manager, has worked as a carrier regional vice president, and has been a sales vice president for several years with leading life companies. He has led teams of internal and external wholesalers, participated in the design and execution of product, marketing and operational initiatives, and has a proven track record for sales management and business development.  Patrick has forged close connections with our Independent Marketing Organizations, the principals of their member agencies, and leads BGA Distribution efforts. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College.  Patrick resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Lori and children (Grant 14, Mary Kent 13).  He enjoys the outdoors and recently completed the Savannah Marathon.  Patrick is active in his local community and enjoys speaking to various organizations on leadership and goal setting.

Allan D. ReissAllen Bress
AIM Marketing and Insurance Services

Allen Bress  is the Principal for NAILBA member agency AIM Marketing and Insurance Services, which he founded in 1978. AIM was established as one of the first wholesale distributors of Employee Benefit Programs. AIM Marketing provides insurance products to insurance producers nationwide.

After graduating from California State University, Allen was employed by Blue Cross of Southern California as a sales and service representative. It was in this capacity that Allen developed his skills in the Group Benefits arena.

In 1987 Allen, with his partner, established Merchants Benefits Administration (MBA) to administer several Insurance programs they purchased from Aon. Today MBA’s primary focus is Retiree Medical Plans, Part “D” plans and individual dental insurance. Merchants Benefit Administration distributes its owned branded insurance plans - Senior’s Choice Group Retiree Medical and Multiflex Dental.

Allen has been married to Gail for 40 years, and has two adult children. He and his wife reside in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

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Danny Brooks
Southern Insurance Group

Danny is the President of NAILBA member agency Southern Insurance Group located in Cookeville, TN. SIG is a charter member of AimcoR . SIG is a multi-carrier wholesale operation.

Danny started his career in 1978 with Kentucky Central Life. In 1981 he became the youngest RGA in the company. He obtained many awards and was on the President's Cabinet . In 1993, Danny helped form Century 2000 and was President until 2000. In 2002, he helped form Aimco and was President. In 2011 he became a charter member of AimcoR and currently is a Board Member.

Danny is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University. He is married to Karen and has 3 children, Brent, Leslie, and Julie. He also has two grandchildren, Lena and Teddy. His hobbies are golfing, boating and playing with his grand-babies.

Melanie CarterMelanie Carter
ExamOne

Melanie has been an active professional in the customer service for over thirty years with over twenty of those years in the Life Insurance Industry, servicing thousands of life and health distributors and insurance carriers with their health data collection needs. During her long tenure with Superior Mobile Medics, Melanie was a key member of the senior leadership team, overseeing many aspects of the company’s operational, sales and marketing functions. With the 2015 acquisition of Superior Mobile Medics by ExamOne, Melanie assumed the role of Vice President of Distribution Sales with ExamOne. In her current position Melanie oversees the distribution, brokerage/IMO, as well as emerging and direct market sales channels. Melanie works with the ExamOne senior executive team on strategic planning and targeting key revenue objectives and leads her team in achieving and surpassing those goals. Prior to her career path in the insurance industry, Melanie held several roles in the telecom industry where she managed over $300 million in annual sales. In her free time, she loves being a grandma to her two grandsons and enjoys traveling, a variety of sports, and outdoor adventures with her family and her beloved Denver Broncos.

Pete Chrisos
Protective Life Insurance Company

Pete is the Vice President and National Account Manager for Protective Life Insurance Company.

He has more than 37 years of insurance industry experience. He began his career in 1979 at North American Company for Life and Health Insurance working in multiple areas of the company  before starting his career as a as a Senior Life Underwriter.  He joined the Zurich Life Underwriting Team in 1998 as a Senior Life Underwriter and Sales Support Manager.

He began establishing his career as a Sales Vice President in the brokerage community in 2001. Pete joined Protective Life in 2006 and is currently a National Account Manager in the Brokerage Distribution channel, managing relationships with multiple strategic marketing organizations. Pete is a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area and currently resides in Hoffman Estates, IL with his wife Karen and their two children, Kevin and Stephanie.

Sam Corey IIISam Corey III
The Brokerage Resource

Sam hails from Pennsylvania and is a fourth generation insurance professional. He joined  in 2003 to work side by side with his father, heading up Marketing and Sales for Major Medical and Group Health/Ancillary products. His role today is President with a primary focus on Medicare Supplement, but also expanding product lines and growing the life and annuity side of the business. Father of two, an avid fisherman and golfer, Sam can be found on the golf course with his compadres, when not spending time with his wife or in the office.

Sam hails from Pennsylvania and is a fourth generation insurance professional. He received his first insurance license in 1984, and started his foray into the life insurance world, away from the family insurance company. He began working with The Equitable and the Karr-Barth agency in Philadelphia. The next 18 years provided a number of exceptional experiences and opportunities which included marriage, children, startup companies, international business experience and world travel.

Sam’s father, Sam Corey, Jr., meanwhile had started a BGA agency in Durham, NC in 1992. In 2003 the opportunity presented itself for Sam and his dad to join forces and work together at The Brokerage Resource. Initially, Sam headed up the Major Medical/Group Ancillary Division, and over time his responsibilities grew. Taking on additional aspects of growing the business, his role soon became Vice President, and then finally Chief Operating Officer in August 2016.

On January 1st, 2018, Sam purchased The Brokerage Resource from his father, and continues to steer the business in the direction his father set forth. Growing the firm and adding a broad portfolio of insurance products to retain the best insurance agents nationally.

Father of two, an avid fisherman and golfer, Sam can be found on the golf course or in the gulf stream fishing with his compadres and family.

Barbara Crowley
Brokers Clearing House, Ltd.
 

Barbara is CEO of NAILBA member agency Brokers Clearing House, Ltd., located in West Des Moines, IA. BCH is a multi-carrier wholesale distributor of quality life insurance, long term care, and annuity products.

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 a past Chairman of NAILBA, and is active in NAIFA and SFSP. 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.  

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Michelle DeClerck, CMP
Conference Event Management

Michelle founded Conference Event Management in 2003. Today, she’s proud to be leading the industry’s premier provider of unique, world-class event, conference, incentive travel and meeting experiences, based primarily on referrals from many NAILBA clients and supporters. One of her proudest moments was to be selected by Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses as the only company in Iowa, and one of only 150 small businesses throughout the nation, to participate in their elite spring business growth program.

A proven industry leader and innovator, Michelle has won numerous professional accolades, including: the 2017: SBA Iowa Women in Business Champion of the Year; the Inspiring Women of Iowa – Character Award; Smart Meetings Top Influential Woman – Innovator of the Year Award; and Midwest Meetings Magazine Cover Feature. 2016 Awards included being named a Top 20 Change Maker in the Event Industry by MeetingsNet and named Iowa’s National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Business Owner of the Year (2011).

In recognition of her dedication to giving back to her community, Michelle has been named Citizen of the Year in Clive, Iowa (2016). Her community work includes: leading her team in quarterly volunteer projects; serving as co-chair for Matthew 25 (a hunger and homeless outreach initiative); serving on the Clive Public Arts Advisory Commission; launching the Iowa Hospitality Donation Network (a charitable initiative that assists Iowa hotels and event venues in donating leftover items to the hungry and homeless people of Central Iowa); serving as president of the board for Opportunity on Deck (a 501C3 organization that provides free sports clinics to underserved children); and many ongoing and previous volunteer roles in various capacities for the Girl Scouts, the Salvation Army, several Iowa universities, a high school show choir, her church and more.

Hope HowardHope Howard
Broker World

Hope is Vice President and CFO of Broker World magazine. She started in the mortgage business in 2001 and then moved on to the insurance industry working with Farm Bureau of North Carolina. After writing P&C insurance she accepted a position with NAIM (National Association of Insurance Marketers). There she processed life and annuity cases for the marketing group. In her free time, she was an officer of the Carteret County Elks Lodge, where she worked planning charity golf tournaments and fund raisers. In 2007 she met her very shy and quiet husband, Steve Howard. They live in Lenexa, Kansas, with their two cats and two dogs.

Craig W. KlenckCraig W. Klenk
American National Insurance Company

Craig is the Vice President of Sales for American National Insurance Company (ANICO) where he is responsible for life, annuity, and pension sales. At ANICO Craig serves on the Life Product Development Committee, the Annuity Product Development Committee, the R&D Committee and the Underwriting Committee. He has been in the insurance industry for over 33 years holding several marketing and sales positions for Insurance Companies, P&C Agencies, and Brokerage General Agencies including ownership of a brokerage agency located in Houston, Texas until it was sold in 2002.

Klenk served as Chair for the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) in 1998 after serving numerous years on the board and various committees. He also served as President of the Houston Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals in 1997. He received the prestigious Golden Key Society Role Model Award from The American College in 1996.

Klenk is a graduate of The American College where he earned his Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree in 1992. He also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from The American College as well as the LIMRA Leadership Institute Fellow (LLIF) designation.

Scott WeilageScott Weilage
Wealth Centers of America

Scott is President and CEO of Wealth Centers of America. Wealth Centers of America is headquartered in Mankato, MN. With approximately 30 years of background with brokerage, Wealth Centers strives to provide a growing array of support around all aspects of wealth management, employee benefits, and risk management.

Scott attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He is a current member of National Brokerage Agencies, Inc (NBA). He served as both a past board member and President of National Brokerage Agencies, Inc. He was also a former member of Brokers Group International, Inc.

Scott takes great pride raising his two teenage children. His hobbies include golf, tennis, snowshoeing, skiing, photography, and enjoys his two horses at their country home.