Regional Marketing Directors



Brad Wells

2840 Electric Rd., Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018
Office: 800-556-2541
Fax: 800-447-6483

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 Brad Wells

Brad Wells serves as Companion Life's regional marketing officer for the Mid-Atlantic region. This region includes North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.

As regional marketing officer, Brad supports the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through a network of general agents and other selected distribution partners. Brad assists Companion Life producers with all aspects of new business generation and development, including conducting on-site training sessions.

Brad received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Brad has extensive experience in the insurance and financial services field. He is a member of the Southwestern Virginia Health Underwriters Association.


Fred Wise

777 Columbus Ave., Suite 10K
Lebanon, OH  45036
Office: 888-470-4212  

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Fred  Wise

As regional marketing officer for the Great Lakes Region, Fred specializes in the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through general agents and other selected distribution partners. Companion Life's Great Lakes Region includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Fred's primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining successful working relationships, providing product training and offering quick and effective service.

Fred began his insurance career in 1984 and has successfully built and managed distribution systems in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Fred majored in business while attending Vincennes University and Indiana University.


Steve Course

12792 Valley View Street, Suite 118
Garden Grove, CA 92845-1417

Office: 844-893-6433
Fax: 714-893-6533

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As a director of group marketing for the western United States, Steve specializes in the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through general agents, brokers and specialty distribution systems. His primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective working relationships, conducting product training and providing fast and effective service.

Steve began his insurance career in 1983 after graduating from Chapman University in Orange County, California. Steve is a highly motivated and creative executive whose career has been characterized by rapid advancement, increasing responsibilities and notable achievements in marketing sales, underwriting and operations.


 

Jim Walter

6731 West 121st Street, Suite 228
Overland Park, KS 66209-2003
Office: 800-276-1249
Fax: 800-315-1793

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 Jim Walter

As a director of Group Marketing for the mid-western United States, including Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Jim specializes in the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through general agents, brokers and specialty distribution systems. His primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective working relationships, conducting product training and providing fast and effective service.

Jim has been in the insurance business since 1977 after graduating from the University of Kansas, with a degree in Political Science.


J.C. Preas

2840 Electric Rd.                               
Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018
Office: 800-556-2541     
Fax: 800-447-6483

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  J.C. Preas

J.C. Preas, Jr., is the vice president of Field Marketing for Companion Life. He has over 20 years of experience in the group employee benefits field and has successfully built product distribution systems throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Wisconsin and Michigan for Companion Life since 1991. J.C. directs the national sales activities of all Companion Life field marketing personnel.

J.C. has 13 years of experience distributing Group Term Life, Disability and Group Dental through the brokerage marketplace. J.C. has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.


Larry Wood, DIA

401 SW Water Street, Suite 110
Peoria, IL 61602
Office: 309-338-7456
Cell: 309-338-9365

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 Larry Wood

As a director of Group Marketing for the Upper Midwest Region of the United States, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Eastern Iowa and the greater St. Louis marketplace, Larry specializes in the sale and marketing of Companion Life products through general agents, brokers and specialty distribution systems. His primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective working relationships, conducting product training and providing fast and effective service. 

Larry began his insurance career in 1984, and has successfully built and managed distribution systems throughout the entire United States. Larry majored in business while attending Illinois State University and has since earned the professional designation of Disability Income Associate (DIA). 


Skip Eynon

P.O. Box 100102
Columbia, SC 29223-5666
Office: 803-264-5012
Cell: 803-920-6721

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 Skip Eynon
As the director of Marketing for South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Skip supports the sale and marketing of Companion Life group products and services through a network of General Agents and other distribution partners. Skip’s primary responsibilities include sales and enrollment support, onsite product training, and quick and responsive service to all of his partner producers.

Skip began his employee benefits career in 1978 following his graduation from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ron Byrd

610 Uptown Road, Suite 2000
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Office: 512-567-4181
Fax: 469-523-1481

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As director of Marketing in Texas and New Mexico, Ron is building sales and distribution channels through general agents and brokers with Companion Life’s multi-line product portfolio. Ron brings a 30-plus year career with a proven sales ability and proficient leadership as he was part of several successful teams in building three insurance companies from the ground up.

Ron began his insurance career in 1981 in Austin, Texas and majored in business while attending Tennessee Tech University and Ball State University.


 

Roger Lapham

72 Ponemah Road,  Unit 2
Amherst, NH 03031
Office: 866-472--0959
Cell: 603-566-5065

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Roger serves as the Companion Life director of Group Marketing and Sales in the New England region  which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as portions of Pennsylvania.

His primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective working relationships, providing product training as well as supplying prompt and effective service for his general agents and brokers.

A University of Maine at Orono graduate, Roger began his insurance career in 1985 and has successfully sold individual, group, voluntary and work-site benefits throughout his career. 


 Eddie E. Smith, FLHC, GBDS

2158 Northgate Park Drive, Suite 405
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Office: 423-468-3566
Cell: 423-710-4936

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 As the Director of Marketing for the Southeast Region encompassing Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, Eddie supports the sale and marketing of Companion Life group products and services through a network of General Agents and other distribution partners. Eddie’s primary responsibilities include sales, relationship growth, enrollment support and enhanced knowledge of Companion Life's portfolio.

Eddie's insurance career includes experience includes claims, service and sales. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of Business.