Faculty NameJohn Dismukes
John Dismukes has been involved in the insurance business since 1967. He has worked for an insurance company as a marketing representative, independent insurance agent, and served as Director of Education for the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma from 1996 to July 2000.
John received his CPCU designation in 1977, his AAI designation in 1984, and his CIC designation in 1994, and his AIS designation in 2000. He has served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tulsa and President of the Northeastern Oklahoma Chapter of CPCU. John is a National Faculty member of The National Alliance and serves as Educational Consultant.
John formed his own independent training and consulting firm in 1998, and now conducts educational seminars all over the United States. In addition, he provides consulting services, expert witness services, and insurance agency valuations to agencies and companies.
Faculty NameJudd Genda
Judd Genda is a partner at Axley Brynelson, LLP, a Wisconsin law firm that specializes in representing independent insurance agencies. Mr. Genda is the firm's Chief Operating Officer and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is also the former chair of the Business Practice Group.
Mr. Genda's law practice has touched on many aspects of the insurance industry. He has spent time as an insurance coverage specialist and as an insurance defense attorney. Mr. Genda also represents independent insurance agencies. His work in areas of insurance agency operations range from organizational/structural matters; to employment practices, mergers and acquisitions; and to succession/perpetuation planning and implementation.
Mr. Genda has a long history of presenting regulatory and legal updates to professional associations. He is a regular presenter at Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association events.
He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin and California; Federal Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and for the Eastern, Central, and Northern Districts of California; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits; and United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Genda earned both his B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing (1992) and J.D (1996) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Faculty NameRichard Clarke
Dick Clarke is a veteran of the property/liability insurance industry, having worked as underwriter, broker and consultant through hard and soft market cycles. He was formerly Senior Vice President with the regional brokerage, J. Smith Lanier & Co. headquartered in Georgia, having retired late in 2016.
He publishes articles and teaches on a variety of executive liability, cyber and E&O subjects, and functions as an expert witness, a consultant to buyers of commercial insurance, and to insurance companies concerning product development. He is a teacher in CE programs for several professional insurance organizations. His books are listed for purchase on Amazon.com, with the most recent, Executive Liability Insurance: From the Basics to an Advanced Approach having entered its fifth edition in 2012. (This work is currently being updated, with a revised, sixth edition available late in 2019.) Additionally, this book was translated into Japanese for the Risk Management community in Japan, in 2013. Clarke provided content and editing for The National Alliance's on-line course on Directors and Officers Liability insurance (2015 to present), and was an original recipient of the CPCU Society's "Distinguished Instructor in Insurance" award, in 1996.
He holds several professional designations.
Faculty NameStephen Anderson
Steve Anderson wears many hats these days. He has been a licensed independent agent for 35 years and is Editor of The Automated Agency Report (TAAR), a monthly newsletter dedicated to providing independent agents with the insurance technology information they need to manage and grow their agencies more efficiently. He is president of The Anderson Network, Inc., which provides practical consulting services to the insurance industry on technology strategy, productivity, and innovation.
Working as a manager and producer in two independent agencies (one belonging to his father-in-law) has provided him with a practical understanding of internal agency operations, marketing and sales management, and how an agency can most effectively use technology. Over the years, he has handled a full range of clients, specializing in large commercial accounts.
Steve received his B.A. with a double major in business administration and economics from Taylor University and a Master's Degree in Insurance Law from the University of the District of Columbia Law School. Steve was thrust into the insurance business when his father-in-law, a sole proprietor of an independent agency, became ill and needed help. He received his insurance training at a major insurance company as a commercial underwriter, and after a short time joined his father-in-law's agency. He carved his niche by investing in post-graduate training in technology, sales training, and the practical application of direct response marketing principles.
Steve is a prolific writer who is known for his knack for translating "geek speak" into easily understood language. His articles have been seen in virtually every industry print and online publication. He is also Dean of the Technology Department for the IIABA Virtual University and a member of the National Faculty for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.
Because he fine-tunes his ideas in the real-world agents are faced with, Steve is one of the industry's top technology consultants and speakers. He provides keynote addresses, lectures, seminars, workshops, conference programs and individual agency and company consultations.