The ABD Team keeps giving…

This week’s switch to daylight savings, needle phobias, lightheadedness and even potential nausea were not deterrents for the ABD Team to give – literally of themselves – at our ABD sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive this week. Our team members are notorious for rolling up their sleeves to get a job done for their clients; […]

Lincoln’s Legacy and ABD

Earlier this week, we had our kickoff meeting to review the accomplishments of 2012, and set the stage for 2013. As we wrapped up the meeting, we shared a couple of thoughts about Abraham Lincoln. Yesterday, Lincoln received 12 Oscar nominations. The movie was based on Dorris Kerns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals.” She was also the […]

Startups: Be Inspired, Be Insured

One of our clients, a startup building  tools for the social media advertising space, is experiencing a fast growth trajectory. They work hard, love what they do and the results are showing. They called me tonight with some unfortunate news. Thieves had broken into their offices and made off with their computers, monitors and some […]

Better for the Company We Keep

ABD learns how to be the better from one of the country’s most innovative companies.  SYPartners, one of our long-term clients, demonstrates an inspiring commitment to “fight for greatness”.   Recently, in preparation for a planning meeting with ABD’s property and casualty team, I used some of SYPartners’ early released website materials on their new Teamworks […]

The ABD Team is not only giving thanks, but giving!

As we roll into the Thanksgiving Holiday and reflect upon that for which we are thankful, the ABD Team has demonstrated one of its distinguishing attributes – empathy.  Empathy – defined generally as the action or capacity to understand and be sensitive to the feelings, thoughts and experiences of others – sets the ABD Team apart as a […]

Fired Up!

I’m sitting on the plane headed to San Francisco after a few inspiring days at the Insurance Leadership Forum, the premier annual conference for the nation’s largest insurance brokerages and insurance carriers.…and I am energized. Energized by the opportunity ahead of us, but more importantly, energized by the people that we are so fortunate to […]

Our Bright Future

JLV Joins ABD Insurance and Financial Services  For almost 30 years, I have been at the helm of JLV Insurance, helping guide the agency’s growth, strong service culture, and commitment to the community. I joined with partner Dan Johndrow in 1983, after a successful career in banking–where I gained a perspective on the right combination […]


In October 2010, I was fortunate to hear Doris Kerns Goodwin speak live at a YMCA event in San Jose. Dorris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and an oft-seen political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents – including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, The Fitzgeralds and the […]