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Steve Davis – Marketing - Principal

Steve-Davis Steve entered the life insurance business in 1985 with Mutual of Omaha as a soliciting agent in Austin Texas. In 1987 he moved to Dallas and worked for Diversified Benefits/ Nationwide Life Insurance Co. in the payroll deduction and defined contribution pension markets. From 1989 to present he has been a marketing manager for Insurance Designers of Dallas. Over the years Steve has developed a significant following in the brokerage market for his expertise in many different areas including advanced markets, medical underwriting, and product/company selection. He assists brokers in multiple disciplines including life insurance, annuities, disability income and long term care insurance. His long established practice benefits the broker with an extensive knowledge of the life insurance industry and its many applications. A graduate from Texas State University in 1983 with a BBA, Steve is also a career long member of NAIFA.
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John Davis Jr, CLU – Marketing - Principal

John-Davis-JrJohn Jr. is a graduate of the University of Houston and has been a marketing consultant with Insurance Designers since 1992. Over the last two decades John has worked with hundreds of North Texas producers helping in pre-sale case design and assisting at the point-of-sale. With extensive knowledge of life, disability and long-term care products, medical underwriting, and innovative advanced planning concepts, John provides the producer with a significant value proposition. John holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from The American College and is a member of The American College Alumni Association.
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John Davis, CLU – Past Principal

John-Davis-Sr John is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BBA in finance. John joined the Life Brokerage Division of Connecticut General Life upon graduation. He received the Chartered Life Underwriting designation in 1975 and the Financial Counseling Certificate from The American College in 1982. John was the Past President of the Dallas Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters in 1982-1983 and served on the Board of Directors. John was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Dallas Estate Planning Council and a member of that Board for 10 years. John has been on the advisory board for most of the major insurance companies in the United States, as well as a member of the board of a Dallas-based life insurance company.
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Steve Canan, CLU, LUTCF – Marketing

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Steve joined Insurance Designers in 1998 and is responsible for supporting brokers in the distribution of various life insurance products, disability income and long term care policies. He assists independent life insurance agents and financial advisors with policy illustrations, client policy review, case design, client solutions and point of sale client presentations. Steve started his insurance career in 1978 as an agent with Metropolitan Life. He obtained his CLU and LUTCF designations and carries NASD Series 6 and 63 licenses. In addition, he has a Group 1 and variable product license with the State of Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Steve is married with two children and enjoys tennis and golf.
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Gary Potthoff, CLU, ChFC – Marketing

Gary-PotthoffGary has been in the financial services industry for over 35 years specializing in promoting the efficient transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. As an independent insurance and wealth transfer specialist with Insurance Designers of Dallas, he initiates the design, implementation and administration of wealth transfer programs for the high net worth client. Working closely with a client’s existing advisors or drawing from a network of seasoned professionals within the financial services industry, he is able to initiate and fine tune successful programs that have saved client’s millions of dollars. Gary and his wife Linda enjoy outside activities and long weekends visiting their three children and grandchildren.
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Patti Bennett, CLU – Office Manager, Proposals/Marketing

Patti-BennettPatti is a cum laude graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She received her CLU designation in 1996. Patti worked in a life insurance regional sales office until leaving to help John Davis when he started Insurance Designers. Patti’s main focus is to assist agents in determining the best carrier and product fit for their clients. She helps agents and financial advisors with client solutions, policy illustrations, policy review and point of sale client presentations. In addition, Patti oversees the daily operations of Insurance Designers of Dallas.

Cindy Carrell – New Business Case Manager, In-Force & Policy Service

Cindy joined Insurance Designers of Dallas in 1994. Though Cindy’s primary support role is case management for life insurance, she also manages new business for disability, Medicare supplement, and both short term and permanent medical insurance applications. Cindy works diligently to be sure each case is handled efficiently and professionally and maintains an attitude that each case is important to the overall success of Insurance Designers of Dallas.

Lori Patek – New Business Case Manager, In-Force & Policy Service

Lori joined Insurance Designers of Dallas in July 2014. She is an experienced insurance professional in case management, underwriting and customer service. Her expertise is guiding agents through the application and underwriting process. She diligently interacts with insurance carrier personnel including underwriters and medical directors to ensure the best offer is obtained for each case.

Britney Murphy – New Business Case Manager, In-Force & Policy Service

Britney joined Insurance Designers in 2009 as our receptionist. Britney can help you find the right person to answer your question. She always has a ready smile as she greets our guests. Additionally, Britney assists with the daily outgoing mail, filing and various other office support tasks. Britney started as a new business case manager in April 2014. Britney is a Certified Nursing Assistant through Navarro College. When not at work Britney spends time with her husband and 2 children.

Chelsie Gaspard – Contracting & Licensing, Agent Commissions & Website Support

Chelsie-Gaspard Chelsie joined Insurance Designers of Dallas in June 2006. Chelsie handles the contracting process with detail eliminating delays and ensuring smooth handling by home offices. In addition to contracting, Chelsie supports agents with information regarding state licensing and state required training. She also provides agents with carrier applications/forms and any marketing materials needed to complete the sale. Chelsie is an excellent source for our agents and works hard to make sure they are completely taken care of. Her other office duties currently include special projects such as creating presentations, assistance with agent commission statements, and handling various administrative tasks throughout the office. Chelsie completed the Nailba University BGA Employee Training Series in March 2013. When not at work, she loves to spend time with her fiancé and 2 boys.

Tiffany Gross – Underwriter

Tiffany-GrossTiffany works closely with our case managers to bring an additional level of support to assist our agents with their large and difficult life insurance cases. Her skills include the ability to read EKG’s, interpret medical records and lab results. Having access to the same underwriting manuals many of the carriers use, Tiffany can help guide a case to the best possible underwriting outcome. You will find her very passionate about her career and she loves the competitive nature this business offers.