I couldn't be more excited to have Ben join the Ash family
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Fort Wayne, Ind. (Vocus) August 28, 2009
Ben Koplan joins Ash Brokerage Corporation as Managing Director of Ash's newest branch office located near Los Angeles in Westlake Village, Calif.
With 25 years of experience in the insurance brokerage industry, Koplan has partnered with Ash Brokerage, a privately-owned Brokerage General Agency headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind. Koplan's professional mission is to bring the Ash commitment of preeminent service and value to national accounts and west coast-based independent producers.
"In today's economic climate, many insurance producers and financial professionals are fighting just to keep their doors open," said Koplan. "Sadly, just as these advisors need greater support, many brokerage firms have elected to reduce staff and shut down services, thus exacerbating an already difficult situation.
"I chose to build a boutique business within Ash Brokerage specifically because of their commitment to continued growth and dedication to excellence, both of which I believe producers desperately want and need. Our office not only has the ability to offer producers innovative sales concepts, extremely competitive products and intelligent, persuasive underwriting, but we also have the tools, resources and back-room support that will put producers in the best position to succeed."
Koplan began his financial services career in 1984 in private practice with Mutual of New York. In 1987, he joined Aetna Life to help lead their entrée into the insurance brokerage world. Koplan moved to California in 1995 as a Principal of Centrelink Insurance and Financial Services, a private insurance brokerage firm which was eventually acquired by Marsh & McLennan (MMC) in 2004. After almost four years as a managing partner, Koplan left MMC to form the new Ash Brokerage office in southern California.
Koplan holds both the CLU and CFP® designations and is an active member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is well regarded as a main platform speaker and has presented to insurance carriers and broker dealers across the nation.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Ben join the Ash family," said Tim Ash, CEO and President of Ash Brokerage. "While many of our competitors are contracting, we're continuing to invest in our business and grow. Ben's experience and leadership will add tremendous success - we are thrilled to have him on board."
Ben Koplan can be reached at (818) 903-2790 or ben(dot)koplan(at)ashbrokerage(dot)com. The office, officially opening September 1, 2009, is located at 2535 Townsgate Road, Suite 150, Westlake Villa, CA.
Ash Brokerage Corporation is a national leader in the insurance brokerage industry, providing insurance and financial professionals with unparalleled access to the most dynamic portfolio of product resources in the industry. With 19 office locations in the United States, Ash Brokerage is staffed by experts specializing in life insurance, annuities, long term care, disability income, advanced markets and underwriting. Ash Brokerage has access to more than 80 top-rated insurance carriers and is committed to investigating, analyzing and comparing products across the industry to ensure the advisor has the right solution for their customer. Ash Brokerage was founded in 1971 and is independently-owned. For additional information, visit http://www.ashbrokerage.com .