Meet Our Executive Board

NetVU's Executive Director and our foremost volunteers strategically guide NetVU in collaboration with Vertafore’s leadership.



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Dean is the president and CEO of Paradox Insurance Agency in Kalispell, MT. One of Dean’s major projects while assisting NetVU on the board has been in developing a long-term strategic plan for NetVU that includes serving our members through industry advocacy, cultivating new member relations for mentorship and fostering a strong relationship with the Vertafore team.

Dean is fluent in quite a few of the products that Vertafore offers and currently uses many, such as AMS360, PL Rating, InsureLink, Sircon Agency Edge and My Agency Home. He has strong words of wisdom when it comes to utilizing these Vertafore products, “You have to find what is right for your agency when selecting your technology stack,” he explains. “Ask questions, determine your use, review your findings and ask more questions.” Dean shared a valuable piece of advice with us that he encourages everyone to consider, and that is to find a mentor in your field and to hold on to that person. And remember that you will never know everything!












NetVU Executive Board

Dean Giem - Chairman of the Board

Dean Giem

Chairman of the Board
Paradox Insurance Agency  
Kalispell, MT

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Joyce Sigler - Chairman Elect

Joyce Sigler

Chairman-Elect
Jones & Wenner 
Fairlawn, OH

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Jessica Jeffress - Ex-Officio

Jessica Jeffress

Past Chairman
Peel & Holland 
Benton, KY

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Dana Coates - Board Member at Large 

Dana Coates

Board Member at Large
United Western Insurance Brokers, Inc 
Pasadena, CA

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Oliver Connor - Board Member at Large

Oliver Connor

Board Member at Large
Connor Insurance Agency, Inc 
Sherrills Ford, NC

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Jim Dahoney - Board Member at Large

Jim Dahoney

Board Member at Large
Marshall & Sterling, Inc. 
Poughkeepsie, NY

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Kate O'Toole - Board Member at Large 

Kate O'Toole

Board Member at Large
Starkweather & Shepley Inc. 
East Providence, RI

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Lorraine Plezia - Treasurer

Lorraine Plezia

Secretary/Treasurer
Risk Strategies Company (RSC)
Lincoln, RI

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Jim Rogers - Board Member at Large 

Jim Rogers

Board Member at Large

The Hartford
Hartford, CT

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Bonnie Wood - Board Member at Large

Bonnie Wood

Board Member at Large
Brown & Brown
Atlanta,GA

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Cassidy Smirnow

Cassidy Smirnow

Chief Customer Officer
Vertafore 
Denver, CO

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Jon Gorman

Jon Gorman 

NetVU Executive Director
NetVU
Irving, TX

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