The Boy Scouts have it right.  The motto of “Be Prepared” is not only a great training tool for young men and women across the land but also a great motto for individuals and corporations to adopt as it pertains to corporate readiness and risk management. The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you […]

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 […]

Health Care Reform – Reason for Optimism?

I have always been the optimist, the glass half full guy.  But, I have to admit that during the initial polarizing discussions in our Nation’s Capital with regards to Health Care Reform, I was a bit skeptical about the long term viability of the role of the broker advisor and the health care industry in […]

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

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 of financial services necessary for business and […]


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 […]