LAMP has a long history of providing top-notch speakers that introduce first-line and front-line leaders to innovative, relevant and forward-thinking strategies, techniques, and tools to help them build their business in the year ahead. All sessions undergo a rigorous peer-vetting process and each speaker must provide an innovative insight into growth and development, a forward-thinking tactical takeaway or a breakthrough trend or tool for action that has been previously tested.
Troy Korsgaden was raised in Visalia, CA. He started his professional career with the Farmers Insurance Group in 1983. Starting with no clients, he built an Agency Firm that is known as one of the top Exclusive Agencies in North America. He credits much of his success to his sister and partner in the firm, Sharon Jansma. Among the many awards, their firm has been recognized as the top ½ of 1% amongst 14,000 agencies across the US for 23 years. Twice the firm has been named the #1 agency in America.
Heather Verity is a dynamic sales coach and effective recruiter that has used her nearly three decades of business ownership experience to build one of the most successful districts at Farmers Insurance. Heather started her career with Farmers as Reserve Field Manager in August 2010 and quickly made an impact. In her first 18 months, Heather recruited, trained and successfully launched the careers of 14 Agents, leading her District to be selected as a member of the exclusive President’s Council, the highest award in Farmers.
Joe Gergely is the District 7 Agency Vice President at COUNTRY Financial. Prior to his appointment as AVP he served as the District Director for 3 years. Joseph Gergely also served as the Agency Manager of the South Holland Agency starting in 1998. He joined Country Financial in 1992 as a Financial Representative in the Joliet Agency and qualified for 11 All-Americans during his career as a representative.
Tim Harris of McMinnville, Ore., has served as agency vice president of District 2 (Oregon/Southern Idaho) for COUNTRY Financial since October 2008. In his position, Harris directs the development and implementation of sales plans, programs and policies for District 2. He is also responsible for the recruitment and selection of qualified agency management. The District 2 Team consists of 9 agencies and approximately 180 financial reps.
Jeff Koerner of Bloomington, Ill., currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Agency. He provides executive leadership and strategic direction to the agency sales force and maintains accountability for overall sales activities, Financial Representative recruiting, training and retention, and growth and profitability for COUNTRY. Koerner joined COUNTRY Financial in 1989 as a financial representative in Northern Illinois. He has held numerous positions in the field including Agency Manager, District Director of Agencies, Regional Vice President of Agency.
I have been happily married to my wonderful wife Paula for almost 28 years. We have 3 children, John, Clayton and Emma Lou. John is a graduate of LSU and lives in Houston, Clayton is a senior finance major at Louisiana Tech University and Emma Lou is a sophomore in high school. We live in West Monroe, La, where I am an MLGA for American National Insurance Company. I have been in the insurance business for almost 28 years and have been with American National for roughly 18 of those years. I started a scratch agency with American National in June 2000 that now consists of 38 agents.
John West was born in Boulder City, Nevada. He started his professional career in 2003 with American National and in 2004, he was named Ivie Agency Rookie of the Year. In 2009, John received GAMA International’s Gold International Management Award, a top prestigious honor in his field. By 2016, John had earned the Diamond International Management Award and the Gold Multiple Line General Agent of the Year award. John currently lives in Hurricane, Utah with his wife and five children.
Farm Bureau of Michigan
Merrick Maris began his career as an insurance agent in 2009 with a strong background of leadership and team growth. Merrick came into the insurance industry with a compelling desire to help others. Since this time, Merrick has become one of the principal owners at Maris Brown Insurance Group, a multi-line insurance agency selling personal, life and long-term care with a focus on commercial insurance with offices located in Rochester and New Hudson, Michigan. He is also a board member of UCOM (United Condominium Owners of Michigan). Merrick is gratified by his agency growth and plays a significant role in the professional development of each staff member. Merrick and his partner, Brandon Brown, have created an agency that is first and foremost about helping others.
Farm Bureau of Michigan
Brandon Brown is a Principal Partner at the Maris-Brown Insurance Group, one of Farm Bureau of Michigan’s Top agencies. For over 20 years, Brandon has been a serial entrepreneur. He has owned multiple businesses in his career, ranging from technology to fast casual dining. Brandon opened his Farm Bureau insurance agency in late 2010 and shortly after merged to become the Maris-Brown Insurance Group. Brandon’s passion for insurance and profitable growth in his agency have become his primary focus in business. He is driven by a pursuit of excellence and guided by his strong beliefs and core values.
Kirk Tweedy is the Head of Agency Compliance and Administration for Farmers Insurance, based in Woodland Hills, California. Farmers customers are served through a network of independent contractor Agents across nearly 11,000 community embedded office locations in the US. Farmers consistently evaluates local market presence and continually seeks to select the highest quality individuals to represent the Farmers brand. Kirk has oversight over all Agency contract matters including; acquisitions, contract based bonus programs, support program compliance, Agency contract performance and compliance management.
Greg Smith began his career with Farm Bureau in 1983 as an agent. After a successful start, he moved in to field management in 1987 and has served the company in field leadership positions his entire career. In 2009, he was appointed as the Senior Statewide Sales Director and leads a team of five Managing Partnerships who oversee 434 agents for Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.