Helios Insurance Group and Direct Event Insurance Announce New Hires

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Dallas based Helios Insurance Group, a specialty business insurance MGA and its subsidiary, Direct Event Insurance, a specialized online insurance agency focused on general liability insurance for special events, recently announced that two new employees have joined the team.

John Oden, Helios Insurance Group Vice President

John Oden, Helios Insurance Group Vice President

I'm excited to help Helios Insurance Group execute its vertical integration strategy.

Helios Insurance Group, a specialty business insurance MGA and its subsidiary, Direct Event Insurance, a specialized online insurance agency focused on general liability insurance for special events, recently announced that two new employees have joined the team.

The company welcomed the two new additions in October. John Oden has joined Helios Insurance Group in the role of Vice President. Prior to his work at Helios, Mr. Oden founded Oden Consulting, a firm focused on facilitating middle market private equity and investment banking transactions. His clients ranged from family offices to a private equity firm managing billions of dollars. Mr. Oden facilitated transactions across a variety of industries, including technology, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, distressed lending, and real estate.

Mr. Oden is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business where he earned his MBA. While in school, Mr. Oden honed his financial analysis skills by interning at five private equity firms: Transition Capital Partners, Paragon Equity Group, Palomino Capital, Adjacent Capital, and the Patterson-Thoma Family Office. During this period, Mr. Oden also worked as the Chief Financial Officer of a small renewable energy firm.

Mr. Oden possesses a strong competency in technology as well. Before pursuing his MBA, Mr. Oden directed all software development, project management, and enterprise software administration for a global online university system. Mr. Oden has also worked in outsourcing and has taught at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mr. Oden obtained a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, where he was ranked 11th in the country at intercollegiate debate. Mr. Oden is also an Eagle Scout, a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a former Texas state debate champion.

“The insurance industry is ripe for innovation and change, and I thrive in this kind of environment,” Oden said. “I’m excited about helping Helios Insurance Group execute its strategy of vertical integration within the industry and I look forward to helping the company to develop and rollout innovative commercial insurance products that meet the company goals of serving and protecting the public.”

For more information on Helios Insurance Group, please visit http://helioscoverage.com.

David Carbrey has joined the Direct Event Insurance team as a Protection Advisor. Mr. Carbrey has spent many years in the entertainment industry in a variety of roles. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a degree in electronic journalism with an emphasis in TV/Radio and Film. On the side, Mr. Carbrey is a musician; He has formed and plays in, Butch Cavendish, an "insurgent" country and western band that frequently plays in the southwest.

Mr. Carbrey brings incredible positive energy and people skills to Direct Event Insurance. He has walked in the shoes of his clients, having served as an event coordinator and promoter in various capacities in the past including setting up and organizing events for performers, from Tony Bennett to Slash.

“Direct Event Insurance allows me to leverage my entertainment background with a unique value proposition of event insurance,” Carbrey said. “The ability to help event organizers and promoters by providing protection through insurance and assisting them with making their event safe and successful makes my day. The fact that this company is a B-Corp and practices conscious capitalism, only makes it more worthwhile.”

For more information about Direct Event Insurance, please visit http://directeventinsurance.com.

About Direct Event Insurance

Direct Event Insurance is an innovative force in the special event liability insurance market. The company has extensive experience within all areas of entertainment insurance and event insurance. The company is licensed in all 50 states and strives to provide best in class service that allows customers to price, pay and print their event insurance certificate and policy on the same business day.


Event Insurance, Special Events Insurance, Vendor Booth Insurance, Trade Show Insurance, Music Festival Insurance, Holiday Party Insurance, Corporate Function Insurance, Office Party Insurance, Meeting Insurance, Sporting Event Insurance, Parade Insurance, Art & Craft Fair Insurance, Anniversary Party Insurance, Fraternity/Sorority Event Insurance, Party Insurance

About Helios Insurance Group

Helios Insurance Group is a nationally leading business insurance firm offering an integral approach to protecting company stakeholders while fostering sustainable growth. The firm’s approach requires in-depth industry knowledge and expertise that allows the firm to help its customers to transform risk management into risk mastery.


Event Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, Cyber Liability Insurance, Business Insurance


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