Increase Production Through Training

If your insurance carrier organization, agency or industry association needs a compelling, impactful speaker, Korsgaden International offers up some of the industry’s most successful insurance professionals for speaking engagements. Our speakers are experienced in achieving unprecedented levels of success within the industry, and they are skilled at presenting to crowds large and small. Contact us to learn more about our insurance speakers or to schedule a speaking engagement

Meet our Insurance Sales & Motivational Speakers:

Troy Korsgaden
Troy Korsgaden is one of America’s most successful insurance agents, and a highly sought-after insurance keynote speaker and consultant to many of the world’s largest insurance carriers. He is the author of numerous insurance agency “how-to” books, including Power Position Your Agency; Profit from Change; Unleash the Power of Your Agency; and Specialization: The Master Key to Agency Transformation. Over his extensive career, Troy has been commissioned to speak to all the major U.S. insurance carriers, and has spoken to more than 150,000 agents, brokers and staff. He has also had the honor of speaking before top industry associations, including GAMA, NAIFA and LIMRA.

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Garry Kinder, Kinder Brothers International
Garry Kinder, a well known sales and management consultant to more than 300 companies throughout the world. His experience in life insurance began at age 20 when he began selling for AXA/Equitable while a junior in college. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. Garry became the youngest agent in Illinois to achieve membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. After spending five years as an agent, he became a Field Manager in Bloomington, Illinois; Akron, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan. He was eventually named Regional Vice President for AXA/Equitable in Dallas.

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Elvin Hayes, All-Star NBA Player and Member of Basketball Hall of Fame

Elvin Hayes is an All-Star NBA Center/Power Forward and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Possessing a notorious turnaround jump shot, Elvin Hayes thrived for sixteen NBA seasons. As a collegian, his most memorable moment came on January 20, 1968 when Hayes out-dueled Lew Alcindor and UCLA in front of a capacity crowd of 52,693 at the Houston Astrodome. In the first-ever, nationally televised college game in history, Hayes scored 39 points and had 15 rebounds for Houston, ending UCLA's 47-game win streak in what has been called "The Game of the Century”.

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Laura Harris, Allstate
Laura is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur and author, as well as an extremely successful multi-line Allstate Insurance Agency owner. She is an expert in creating high-powered work teams that ensure businesses continue to thrive, regardless of whether the primary Agent is present. Her agency has won a myriad of awards, and she is frequently quoted on business issues in prestigious business publications such as The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and National Underwriter.

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Johnny Bench

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 14-time All-Star selection, a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, and a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. Bench finished his career with 389 career home runs, 10 Gold Glove Awards

As one of only six catchers in the Hall of Fame, Johnny has had a successful career after baseball in public and corporate keynote speaking. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, having appeared on a variety of baseball and non-baseball television shows through the years. He hosted “The Baseball Bunch” television show from 1982 to 1985 and had a starring role in a Cincinnati stage production of the musical Damn Yankees. In 2008, Bench co-wrote the book Catch Every Ball: How to Handle Life's Pitches.


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Aaron Smith, State Farm
Aaron is an award winning 19 year State Farm Agent who has been among the enterprise’s Top 10 in overall production three of the last six years, and Top 20 overall production for 12 years running. With a history of being a Lifetime President’s Club qualifier in Auto, Fire and Multi-line, a 15 time SVP Club qualifier, a MDRT qualifier and Chairman’s Circle member, and a three time Trophy Winner, Aaron is arguably among State Farm’s elite agents.

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Dave Christy, State Farm
Dave Christy is a 16-year career agent with State Farm, and consistently the recipient of industry and enterprise-wide awards that include Presidents Club for seven consecutive years, as well as achieving Chairman’s Circle, Pacesetter and SVP Club status every year. He is frequently in demand for high-level industry speaking engagements, and is known within the State Farm family for his effectiveness in leveraging technology to hold agencies’ staffs accountable and keep them productive. He is also an expert in retention and raw new business strategies.

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Jim Nick, American Family
Jim Nick is a multiple award-winning, 15-year American Family Agent who has been recognized for myriad awards for professional performance in insurance sales and service. Among them are American Family’s 1,000 Apps Club (17 times), AFLIC (21 times), All American (22 times), Consecutive All Americans (22 times), Peak Harvest (13 times), and Company Agent of the Month (4 times). He was also awarded a Life Diamond, the top honor bestowed by his company.

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David Sewell, Farmers
David Sewell, the AgentLive emcee, is a highly sought-after industry speaker and 20-year career agent with Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. As one of the nation’s most successful Farmers agents, Mr. Sewell is consistently honored with industry awards, including Million Dollar Roundtable (9 times), Presidents Council (Farmers’ highest honor; 17 times), Top Life Agent (3 times), Farmers Championship (20 times), Farmers Toppers Club (20 times), and Agent of the Year.

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Steve Walsh, Former Executive with Allstate
Steve Walsh is currently consulting in the areas of Customer Experience, Sales Process and Development, and Career Advancement. He has over 30 years of experience in sales leadership and sales training development for the financial services industry and has held the positions of Assistant Vice President, Regional Sales Leader, Regional Financial Services Manager and Sales Director for a Fortune 100 Company. Steve was the key leader in developing the selling system for over 20,000 sales producers at his prior company.

As a presenter and facilitator, Steve brings a unique ability to simplify complex concepts and create a fun, interactive learning environment. He brings a distinctive thought process in creating strategic approaches to solve sales and customer satisfaction challenges with a focus on implementation. His passion for helping people gain personal insight into their strengths encourages maximizing success.

He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Paulette, and participates in competitive volleyball tournaments, enjoys water skiing and wake surfing, and dabbles at songwriting in his free time.

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Mike LaCoss

Mike LaCoss played for the Cincinnati Reds (1978-81), Houston Astros (1982-84), Kansas City Royals (1985), and San Francisco Giants (1986-91). An All-Star in 1979, LaCoss posted a 98-103 career record with 783 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA. He was a member of the 1987 and 1989 National League Champion Giants and pitched in the 1989 “Earthquake” World Series. LaCoss has also been a Major League pitching instructor, scout, consultant, and fantasy camp advisor.

LaCoss lives in the Visalia, CA, area where he owns and operates his YESS (Youth Empowered by Sports & Scholastics) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and the ibaseballchannel.com website, which he founded in 2010. The website focuses on premium online baseball content, mixing and matching video “stories” from baseball personalities with features on cooking, music, and outdoor life. The site also posts weekly audio and video podcasts featuring LaCoss’ unique, edgy perspective on all-things baseball, including regular segments on West Coast teams.


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Mike Van Vranken
Mike Van Vranken worked as an insurance agent and company executive with a Fortune 50 company for 34 years. He now speaks, teaches and writes to positively influence clergy and laity in their personal faith formation. He also serves as a Spiritual mentor, coaching individuals to discern how God is moving in their lives and encouraging them to prayerfully consider their next steps.

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Dr. Joey Faucette
Dr. Joey Faucette is a #1 Amazon best-selling author and ordained minister who has written for Wall Street Journal market watch, CNBC, Entrepreneur.com, and countless other websites. He speaks to and coaches business professionals, and serves as an adjunct professor for colleges and divinity schools.

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James Brown, State Farm
James Brown is one of America's top insurance agents, leading one of the most successful insurance agency teams in the nation. A 1986 United States Naval Academy graduate and former US Navy submariner turned entrepreneur, he is a Lifetime Member of the State Farm President's Club, a five-time President's Trophy Winner, and the company's Number One agent for Auto and Fire in 2011. An Accomplished author and public speaker, he lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Kate of 27 years and their four children - Mimi, Bridget, Chase, and Meredith.

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Bob Nielsen, Farmers

Bob Nielsen is a 24-year, award-winning Farmers Agent with honors that include being a Commercial Agent of the Year. He has held President's Council status 17 times, and has qualified for the MDRT for eight consecutive years. Mr. Nielsen is renowned across the industry for his expertise in effective multi-lining, commercial selling, and staffing.


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Scott Foster, State Farm

A native of Georgia, Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Along with his CLU designation, Scott is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He has been in the top 10 State Farm life agents every year of his 35 year career with 24 years as the #1 life agent and 21 years as the #1 multiline agent. He has qualified for State Farm President’s Club more than 70 times and State Farm Trophy 12 times, most recently in 2010.

Scott has been very involved with State Farm’s Agency Development Program and helped develop ADP II in 2009. He has given over 200 lectures all over the country for State Farm as well as industry organizations, including 3 times at MDRT and multiple times at CLU events.

Scott and his wife, Linda, have 2 daughters, both of whom are school teachers. His brother, Marvin Foster, and son in law, Jason Collins, are both successful State Farm agents. He is active in his church where he teaches 2 adult Sunday School classes. He is also a member of Eastminster School Board. Scott’s sport of choice is running and he has completed more than 35 half marathons and over 15 marathons, including the 2008 Boston Marathon which he ran to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.


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Renee Corwin, Farmers

Renee Corwin-Rey is a 10 year, award-winning Farmers Insurance agent. She is a second generation agent, has achieved Topper Club and Championship every year, and is a six-time Presidents Council agent. Renee’s energetic style and agency success makes her a sought after speaker across the country. She frequently speaks on all aspects of running a successful agency, especially motivating staff and using social media & digital strategies to grow. She has spoken at numerous State and Territory conventions as well as Toppers Club and Championship. Having finished all her higher education in Switzerland, she is fluent in French and has travelled to Europe to also speak.

Renee is also a Social Hero. Social Heroes are in demand speakers that teach insurance professionals how to leverage their existing network of clients, family and friends, into a consistent stream of loyal clients, prospects and referrals. Read more about Social Heroes.


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Nadeem Damani, Farmers

Nadeem Damani has been an Insurance Agent with Farmers Insurance since 2002. His accomplishments and awards include seven-time Championship designation, twelve-time Topper Club attendee and one time Million Dollar Round Table qualification. In 2005, he was number one in the company out of 16,000 Agents in writing term life policies. Nadeem has been actively using Social Media for the last four years to build his insurance business. He speaks at various events, helping others develop a Social Media strategy they can implement immediately for results. He has over 50,000 connections in various Social Media networks including Twitter, Facebook and G+.

Nadeem is also a Social Hero. Social Heroes are in demand speakers that teach insurance professionals how to leverage their existing network of clients, family and friends, into a consistent stream of loyal clients, prospects and referrals. Read more about Social Heroes.


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Angela Johnson, Farmers

Angela Johnson started her career as a Farmers Insurance Agent in 2005. She has achieved Topper Club, Championship and Presidents Council multiple times. Angela has been one of the fastest, most consistently growing agents since starting her scratch agency, and has been honored to address her fellow Agents at many events including Town Hall, Topper Club, South Texas Mega Conferences and many social media seminars around the country. Angela is an in demand speaker who teaches agents and companies how to use social media and digital strategies to make more money by selling more new business, increasing retention and improving customer service.

Angela is also a Social Hero. Social Heroes are in demand speakers that teach insurance professionals how to leverage their existing network of clients, family and friends, into a consistent stream of loyal clients, prospects and referrals. Read more about Social Heroes.


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Brooks Baltich, State Farm

Brooks Baltich joined State Farm as an Agent on January 1 2003. His office is located in Richmond Virginia. He has nine employees. Prior to State Farm he was the Director of International Business Development for World Wide Packets. Brooks was responsible for establishing a global presence for World Wide Packets in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. As a part of the founding team he developed the business plan and worked to secure $100 million in venture capital financing. Brooks holds a Masters Degree from Whitworth University where he was also an adjunct professor. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a lecturer on various topics at Washington State University, Whitworth University, and University of Richmond. Brooks and his wife Shirley have four children (the Killer Bs): Brent, Britton, Brie, and Bryson.

  • President’s Club Qualifier
  • Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier
  • Chairman’s Circle Qualifier
  • Consistent qualifier for Ambassador Travel
  • Small Business Insurance Advisory Council Member
  • Assurant Advisory Board Member
  • Brooks 2012 Life Premium was $215,000
  • Brooks is featured in Dale Dauten's newest book: GREAT EMPLOYEES ONLY, How Gifted Bosses Hire and De-Hire Their Way to Success.


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Dick Biggs

Dick has delivered customized leadership programs to insurance agents since 1990 when he was invited to speak to the agency team of Scott Foster, a perennial top ten State Farm producer. Dick and Scott have now written a provocative book entitled Leading Your Insurance Agency To Greatness, a systematic approach for growing your agency based on The Five Tiers Of Agency Leadership. Since forming Biggs Optimal Living Dynamics (BOLD!) in 1982, Dick has traveled to all 50 states and several foreign nations as a keynote speaker and seminar leader on leadership, mentoring, teamwork, communication and work/life balance. His other books include Burn Brightly Without Burning Out and Wisdom Gold. As a Marine sergeant, Dick served on the elite security guard program at the American embassies in Rome, Italy and Warsaw, Poland. A cofounder of the Chattahoochee Road Runners, he has completed seven marathons, thirteen half-marathons and 30 Peachtree Road Races. Dick and Judy have been married for 30 years and they reside on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta.

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Mark Jameson

Mark is widely recognized as an expert in employee accountability and motivation, regularly sharing his best practices to audiences around the country. Mark is the largest Allstate Agent in the state of Texas servicing nearly 10,000 households. Among nearly 13,000 agents representing Allstate Insurance Company, Mark Jameson is an undeniable leader. Not only has he has earned designation as a top producer twelve times, he was also named the Ray Lynch Community Service Award winner in 2008, an honor given annually to the agent who is most actively involved in charitable endeavors within his community. Jameson ranks among the top agents in the country serving on multiple agent councils that advise the top executives at Allstate.

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Sharon Jansma

Sharon is the co­founder of Korsgaden/Jansma Insurance Agency. Having built a success business while raising a healthy family, Sharon seeks to impart her wisdom and experiences to other agents and business owners who wish to enjoy both success and joy in all areas of life. Sharon specializes in speaking to groups on challenging and inspiring topics, including: Agency management, Staffing, organizational health, the value of mentorship, and compartmentalization.

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Jared Dean

Jared Dean is the owner of Jared Dean Insurance Agency, and is the owner and operator of a State Farm agency in downtown Portland, Oregon. Jared, along with his wife and daughter, moved to portland six­months prior to opening the office in 2011 and has since grown the into one of the largest State Farm agencies in the Pacific Northwest, surpassing the $1 million dollar mark annually. Over the years, Jared has received top honors from State Farm, including multiple President’s Club awards. His main achievements lie in his ability to drive his results through small team and innovative system methods. Jared doesn’t have an office you will find him spending his time coaching and training his team members, who do the majority of the client business. Jared and his wife, Amber, have two children: Alexandra, a high school dancer and softball player, and three­month­old Jackson, a competitive spit­up participant.

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Jay Adkins

Owner of five top producing insurance agencies in three separate states ­ North Carolina, Texas, and Florid ­ Jay Adkins has consistently received many of Allstate’s highest awards, paving the way to becoming one of the industry’s most respected strategists and in ­demand speakers on high ­level agency operations. Because Jay’s agencies are located in different states, he has realized the utilization of efficient systems and processes, along with the development of strong local teams, are indispensable factors to his growth. Over the years he has mastered the art of remotely running multiple insurance agencies for maximum profit. Jay is one of four co­founders of Agency Sales Academy (ASA), a program which focuses on coaching and guiding other insurance professionals nationwide along a path towards exponential success. Through ASA, Jay openly divulges tactics on how to run a thriving agency..

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Bill Farber

Bill Farber started his career in 1988 with a large National Insurance and Financial Services Company. In 1991, he joined Nationwide as an Associate Agent and Financial Advisor servicing the Business Market for insurance and financial services. In 1998, Bill became the President and CEO of Donner ­Farber & Associates, seceding his step-father as the third generation company leader. Donner­ Farber & Associates is one of the largest Nationwide property and casualty and Financial Service agencies in the country. Bill and his wife Michelle live in the Pittsburgh area and have three children.

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