Behind the wheel: Our leadership team

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Executive Team

Robert J. Slingerland
CEO and President

Rob has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, finance and operations. Prior to joining Answer Financial, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer of The Mobile Storage Group, a multi-national provider of on-site storage, and as Chief Financial Officer for Clear Channel's Interactive Division. Rob also worked at Disney in the Strategic Planning Group, where he was instrumental in Disney's $1.0+ billion acquisition of Infoseek and in Disney's public offering of Go.com. Rob began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Peter Foley
SVP of Sales and Client Service Operations

Peter has over 30 years of operations and technology experience in the insurance industry. Before joining Answer Financial in 2001, Peter served as CIO and Sr. Solutions Officer for InsLogic Corporation. In addition to InsLogic, Peter also served as Vice President, Application Solutions and Underwriting for Examination Management Services, where he focused on business solutions for the life insurance category.

John E. Galaviz
SVP and Chief Financial Officer

John brought more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries to Answer Financial in 2012 when he joined the executive team, having most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Capital Markets for Symetra Financial Corporation in Bellevue, WA. During this time, John led Symetra’s initial public offering and mergers and acquisition efforts. Prior to Symetra, John was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers where he advised multinational clients on acquisitions and capital markets transactions totaling over $15 billion. John received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Darren A. Howard
SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Darren has more than 20 years experience in marketing. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2014, Darren was Vice President, Marketing at Esurance, leading direct customer acquisition, marketing strategy, research, and brand partnerships. During this time, he led the development of the Esurance customer value proposition, as well as the brand positioning that provided the strategic platform for Esurance's successful Insurance for the Modern World advertising campaign. Prior to joining Esurance, Darren held marketing roles with Turner Broadcasting System, Anheuser-Busch, and advertising agency D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. Darren graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business.

Curt Kibler
SVP and Chief Information Officer

Curt has over 25 years experience developing and supporting complex systems and leading technology and other business organizations. Prior to joining Answer Financial, Curt led the transformation of technology for the Encompass Insurance Company, led the technology implementation for North Light Specialty Insurance Company, a startup insurance carrier, and led a variety of other technology organizations for the Allstate Corporation. Curt began his career with Accenture, where he helped Fortune 500, middle market, and startup clients win in the marketplace through technology, management, and strategy consulting services. Curt holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Tom Capp
SVP Business Development

Tom has more than 30 years of cumulative business experience and more than 15 years in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2016, Tom was the Director of Business Development at Esurance before being promoted to Vice President, Sales and Agency Marketing where he built out the Esurance sales operations. During his time with Esurance, Tom secured numerous business development relationships with banks and other institutions including Answer Financial. Following Esurance, Tom joined HealthMarkets to lead their direct sales operation. Throughout his career, Tom has worked with a number of top companies including Hewlett Packard and Dell. Tom received his under graduate degree from Northwestern University and a Masters from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Jey Wagner
Vice President Human Resources

Jey has over 25 years of experience in organizational performance improvement. Prior to rejoining Answer Financial, Jey also served as an HR Executive within the Airline, Consumer Products, and Technology industries. Most recently, as a Global Professional Development Executive with Dale Carnegie Training, he delivered world-class Sales, Leadership, Human Relations, Communications, Presentations, Customer Service, and Team Effectiveness programs. Jey is a veteran of the United States Air Force and the California Air National Guard. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne.

Department Leaders

Shelby Fogelman
Senior Corporate Counsel & Compliance Officer

Shelby has been with Answer Financial since 2000 and brings more than 20 years in the legal profession to her role. As counsel, Shelby oversees regulatory compliance and risk management across all business entities, transactions and marketing matters for the company nationally. Her role covers a broad spectrum of specialties including corporate governance, data privacy and information security policies, supplier and business development contracting, digital and direct marketing compliance and licensing. Additionally, Shelby is the company’s Corporate Secretary and reports to the Board of Directors on legal issues for the company.

Dave Huber
Vice President Telematics

Dave has more than 20 years of experience in insurance product development and operations. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2014, Dave served as President of Kairos Solutions, an insurance telematics consultancy. Dave also held vice president positions with GMAC and AAA, responsible for insurance telematics and innovation. Prior to AAA, Dave was with Progressive Insurance and Equifax. Dave received a MS in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Mathematics from Clemson University.

Fred Dimesa
VP Product Strategy

Fred has more than 20 years of experience in developing strategies and launching new businesses in the technology space. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2016, Fred led efforts to relaunch Liberty Media’s Gifts.com business and held senior roles at IAC’s CityGrid business unit. Fred began his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group where he was responsible for providing strategic advice to Fortune 100 companies. Fred holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Teddy Cho
Director Strategic Partnerships

Teddy has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry as a consultant and in business development. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2004, Teddy was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche, where he advised both Fortune 500 and middle market clients in process improvement projects. His primary industry focus was insurance and included clients such as CNA, the Prudential, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Bankers Insurance Group (now Assurant Solutions) and Life of Jamaica. Teddy was also a Marketing Director for CNA, where he helped launch a start-up professional-employer-organization subsidiary. Teddy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brendan Cummings
Director Business Development

Brendan has 18 years of business development and relationship management experience within the insurance industry. Before joining Answer Financial, Brendan was Vice President of business development for NGI, a national insurance marketing firm, and Insureon, a leading online agency for micro-business insurance. Previously he held business development roles at Safeco Insurance Company, Superior Access, The Hartford, GRX Technologies and Insure.com. Brendan began his career at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Brendan graduated from Boston College with degrees in Communications and Psychology.

Eric Bur
Director Business Development

Eric has more than 25 years of sales and management experience within the personal lines P&C insurance industry. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2016, Eric was VP, Independent Agent Sales & Distribution, for The General. Previously, he served in multiple senior-level positions for several national carriers like American International Group and Travelers. Eric began his career in sales & marketing with GRE Insurance Group, The U.S. arm of Guardian Royal Exchange, where he led sales efforts for the group’s nonstandard auto insurance division in the United States. Eric graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing.

Jeff Sadler
Director of Carrier Relations

Jeff has more than 15 year of experience in sales and marketing for the insurance and automotive industries. Prior to joining Answer Financial in 2017, Jeff served as a Product Line Manager for Allstate before being promoted to a Senior Marketing Manager. During his time with Allstate, Jeff was responsible for marketing the company’s Specialty Lines including motorcycle, boat, renter, condominium, landlord, scheduled property and personal umbrella. Jeff began his career as a Branch Manager for Budget Car Rental where he directed sales efforts for three separate locations. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington.

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