Transamerica Worksite Marketing Announces Three New RVPs For The West: Chris Story, Belinda Strombeck and Shawn Smith

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Transamerica Worksite Marketing Strengthens The Western Territory With Expansion of Proven Sales Leadership.

As the Transamerica Western Territory continues to grow and flourish, Territory Vice President of Transamerica Worksite Marketing Joe Beckham announced the additions of three new regional vice presidents: Chris Story, Belinda Strombeck and Shawn Smith.

The latest additions to the Western Territory field force, which stretches from the Pacific Coast to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, not only assure that Transamerica Worksite Marketing is well positioned to leverage the strength of the Transamerica brand in this large region, but now has seasoned worksite professionals in place to service the growing distribution of voluntary benefits for years to come.

Chris Story has been named Regional Vice President, Western Territory/North Texas. Responsible for the northern half of Texas within the Western Territory, Story is based in North Texas and brings two decades of industry experience to assist the growth of Transamerica Worksite Marketing in the voluntary benefits marketplace. Story began his career in the insurance business in July 1986 as Director of Training for Southland Life. In 1990 he was recruited to Great Southern Life, working for more than five years as Model Office Manager and managing GSL’s high-profile accounts, then took a Project Manager position with Universal Benefits Company where he was responsible for enrollments. He joins Transamerica Worksite Marketing with over 19 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently a five-year tenor with Allstate Workplace Division, where he served as North Texas Regional Director and was responsible for recruiting, training and development of the North Texas Region. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Belinda “Bel” Strombeck has been named Regional Vice President, Western Territory/South Texas. Responsible for the southern half of Texas, Strombeck brings a wealth of sales leadership to assist Transamerica Worksite Marketing’s efforts in maintaining a confident presence within this burgeoning region. A graduate of the University of California-Davis, Strombeck has spent the last eight years with American Fidelity and ING North America, having racked up an impressive list of achievements. In fact, her successes in building strong broker/client relationships, as well as identifying new business opportunities reads like a “Who’s Who” of top performers. Beginning in 1998, Strombeck joined American Fidelity Assurance Company, providing companies with voluntary and employer paid benefits through distribution relationships, as well as section 125 administration programs and health reimbursement plans. In 2004, she joined forces with ING North America Insurance Company’s Employee Benefits Division in Minneapolis where her primary focus was on larger employee cases, including Fortune 500 companies. From 2001-2004 Strombeck was the #1 annualized premium producer for American Fidelity, successfully managing a $2.3 million block of business for a Wells Fargo Company. At ING, she managed to generate $1.2 million in new premiums within her first nine months of being employed with the carrier. The addition of Strombeck provides the Western Territory with a wealth of experience in the southern piece of Texas and she will undoubtedly pay dividends for the producers and employer groups within her reach.

Shawn Smith has been named Regional Vice President, Western Territory/California. Responsible for the state of California, Smith brings 12 years of industry experience to assist the efforts of Transamerica Worksite Marketing in a continuing effort to successfully market a strong and balanced portfolio of voluntary benefits along the Pacific Coast. Immersed into the worksite marketplace in 1994, Smith worked as Sales Director for EOI Service Company in Orange County, where he successfully orchestrated more than 100 new client core and voluntary benefit enrollments. After nearly seven years of effectively interfacing with brokers and employer groups to insure productivity and quality, Smith joined UnumProvident as Senior Voluntary Benefit Consultant, working closely with the home office and brokers within the San Diego and Los Angeles sales offices and coordinating efforts with a number of western enrollment firms. He returned to EOI in 2002 as Senior Benefit Consultant where he generated voluntary benefit sales in excess of $1.6 million in 2004 and $1.9 million in 2005 within the territories of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Transamerica Worksite Marketing is fortunate to have Smith and his extensive track record of sales experience in this opportune territory. Smith’s proven sales leadership will certainly be a great help as efforts are made to leverage the Transamerica brand and continue to grow distribution within this burgeoning marketplace. Smith is currently located in Trabuco Canyon, California.

Contact info:

Chris Story

(888) 896-2786

Belinda Strombeck

(916) 275-0835

Shawn Smith

(949) 888-7430

(949) 278-6097 Cell

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