Faculty NameMark Palinkas
Mark Palinkas is a Commercial Underwriter & Marketing Representative with Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company of Parish, New York. Mark received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1995, and obtained his Certificate in General Insurance in 1991. Mark continues to maintain a valid New York State insurance broker's license and has been an active instructor for CISR programs and CIC institutes since 2001 and is also an Educational Consultant for CIC institutes conducted in Connecticut. Mark currently resides in Hastings, New York.
Faculty NameMonte Giddings
Monte Giddings is a native-born Jayhawk who graduated with a secondary teaching degree from Kansas University. After teaching for his own previous principal, and coaching every sport possible in his hometown of McPherson, Kansas, he was lured into the insurance business by the promise of sunny afternoons on a golf course.
Monte entered the industry as an underwriter for Aetna Life & Casualty before becoming an insurance agent. Crossing over to the national brokerage side, he has since toiled at the bygone Fred S. James, the now extinct Alexander & Alexander, and the long-gone Sedgwick companies, all in Kansas City. He has also been part owner of Gliem & Giddings, LLC. Over the years, Giddings has developed an expertise in providing insurance/risk management services to commercial business with an emphasis in working with school districts and municipalities. In 2007 he sold his business to CBIZ, a multi-disciplinary financial services organization traded on the NYSE. He currently serves as the National Public Entity Practice Leader for CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc.'s and is located in the Kansas City office.
Monte loves hard markets, underwriters, and all of his clients. He is the past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas City. He earned his ARM designation in 1996, received his CIC in 1982, and has been on the National Faculty since 1985.
Mr. Giddings is committed to community service as a past Chairman of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on its board.