Jim Fish (MS)
Former Allstate Agent
Immediate Past President 2003-2004
Executive Director 2005-2014
In his 28 years as an Allstate agent, Jim Fish was widely recognized by Allstate managers and agents as being not only highly successful, but consistently so. Jim was ranked Number 192 of all agents countrywide at the time he sold his agency in 2002. Jim's awards include 20 Honor Rings, 16 National Champions, 9 Chairman's Conferences, 3 Inner Circles, and numerous times Agent of the Year, Agency Achievement Award, Life Millionaire, and the "Good Hands Award."
Under Jim's leadership, NAPAA experienced unprecedented member growth and a revival of Exclusivefocus magazine, leading to significant advertising revenues.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Debe Campos-Fleenor (AZ)
Executive Vice President 2009-present
Debe Campos-Fleenor began her affiliation with Allstate in 2004 as an LSP, opening her own "scratch" agency in 2006. Debe joined NAPAA shortly thereafter and has served as both Executive Vice President and Treasurer. She is active in many groups and organizations, including the Allstate Foundation programs for domestic violence and teen safe driving. Debe has been awarded the Allstate Helping Hands Award several times, and has made significant contributions to the Allstate Giving Hands campaign. She was nominated for Woman of Influence in 2008.
Debe is a regular contributor to the Exclusivefocus magazine. An expert at locating marketing items available from the company, her presentations at NAPAA live events are always a big hit.
Claudia Gamache (IL)
Claudia's early insurance career progressed from service positions into an underwriting trainee program. She worked for three insurance carriers in a variety of positions before landing at CNA as a home office commercial referral underwriter. She stepped up through numerous positions including branch and regional offices, leaving the home office as EVP. She also held the position of compliance officer for a national Professional Employer Organization (PEO) which she helped build and launch using independent agents as the sales force. After retiring from CNA, Claudia joined an independent agency as operational VP where she was exposed to both the wholesale and retail marketplace. She began looking for independent agencies to purchase for her then-employer, when she found an Allstate agency for sale. At the time, her husband was also an Allstate agent. It appeared to be a great opportunity; Claudia launched her Allstate career in 2005 with the purchase of that agency.
Claudia currently serves on several boards including Chicago West Suburban CPCU, a commercial condo association, and Bridges to a New Day, a cause for which she has received numerous Allstate Agency Grants. Claudia joined NAPAA the same year she became an agency owner, believing it is only natural to support the organization that supports you.
Greg Thompson (TX)
Greg Thompson started his career with Allstate as a booth agent in Fort Worth in 1986, merging his agency with another agent in 2004. They now operate the agency as a partnership. Greg is a multiple Honor Ring award winner. Prior to his Allstate career, Greg worked in the audit department of two fortune 500 companies.
Having thoroughly enjoyed his Allstate career, he is a heartfelt believer in the agents association as the best vehicle to enhance agents' careers and dreams.
Dale Revels (FL)
Director since 2001
Executive Vice President 2003-2004
Immediate Past President 2008-2014
Dale is the owner of Ark Insurance Group located in Kissimmee, FL. He was hired as an R1500 agent in 1987, and converted to the Independent Contractor Agreement in 2000. Dale has earned Honor Ring and National Conference numerous times, as well as achieving many local promotions and awards. Dale served as NAPAA president for four years, and as immediate past president from 2008 to 2014. He is an active agent with a passion for NAPAA and the agents of Allstate.
Dale says that the highlight of his NAPAA career was the day he received the Jim Fish Award, the most highly regarded award NAPAA can bestow upon someone. You can view the full transcript from the Jim Fish Award presentation here.
Lezlee Liljenberg (TX)
Lezlee Liljenberg began her career with Allstate as a scratch agency in June 2004. On a fast path for growth, she purchased an agency of 1600 policies in January of 2007, doubling her agency size and adding the responsibility of a satellite office.
Lezlee lives her life to give back to others, and believes that loyalty and trust are the foundation to mutual respect and success for everyone. Her motto is "Knowledge is Power" and consistently pursues her own personal growth. She also encourages her staff, and those around her, to learn all they can to in order to live the best life possible. God is her guide and she gives her credit of success and happiness to Him.
Lezlee is a regular contributor to the Exclusivefocus magazine and creator of the "Ask Lezlee" column in that publication.
Christina Miller (FL)
Former Allstate Agent
Director 2015 - present
Chris completed her 36th year as an Allstate agent in October 2015 and sold her book of business and retired in January 2016. When she joined Allstate, she was told that the mission was to build and maintain a profitable book of business within the guidelines, and that is what she has always strived to do. It gives her great satisfaction knowing that she has dedicated her professional career to taking care of her clients (and friend's) insurance needs.
Chris has been a member of NAPAA since the original agents got together in Florida and began NNOAC. NAPAA has done so much for the betterment of Allstate agents over the years that she decided to join the Board to contribute whatever she could to make the organization even better. She feels that it is vital to let the agency force know how beneficial it is to join so we can be strong enough to make an even bigger impact on the decisions being made that affect the lives and livelihood of agents.
Virginia B. Ottenberg (OH)
Director 2015 - present
Virginia began her career in October 1979 as a "Sears booth agent," feeling like she was immediately set up for failure. Nearly 36 years later, she is still around! Her original career plans included joining the airlines, but after coming back to the States from the University of Grenoble in France, she hooked up with Arthur Murray Studios and spent the next seven years teaching social dancing. Marriage made her look to a career more conducive to family life, and that is when she stumbled into Allstate.
Virginia's awards include several Honor Rings, National Conferences, Life Leaders Forums, and more. She is not all about the trips and awards, though--she is more about doing this the right way and considered herself a "trusted advisor" before Allstate dreamt it up. As a dues-paying member of NAPAA for several years, she is honored to be a part of the National Advisory Council as well as serving on the Board. She believes that NAPAA provides a wonderful forum to share our common problems and help with solutions. NAPAA truly keeps the agents informed.
Ted Paris (IN)
Director 2016 - present
Ted has spent 29 years in the insurance industry, including 18 years as a District Manager for Farmers Insurance and 11 years as an Exclusive Agent with Allstate. He purchased his first agency in 2005 and sold it in 2012. Ted purchased a second agency in 2013 and has been running it ever since.
Ted’s awards include the Chairman’s Conference, Leaders, Honor Ring (4), and was a Regional Advisory Member from 2008-2011 in the North Central region. He has his LUTCF Series 6, 63 and 24. Ted’s goal by serving on the NAPAA Board is to work to get Allstate and it’s agents on the same page—that page being doing what is right for the insured’s first and foremost.
Janet Begley (IN)
Director 2016 - present
Janet started her career in May 1987 in an office with another employee agent. Prior to her employment with Allstate she had been a Real Estate Broker.
Janet was hired as a R1500 and in 1999 converted to the Independent Contractor Agreement. The most important thing to me is “the” customer, without them we are nothing. I have always had a lifelong passion to help people and have been extremely lucky to have had careers that have allowed me to do so while allowing me to provide for my family.
The most important award I have ever been presented was in 2011 Agency Loyalty Index – Top in Territory and in 2013 Top in Region Agency Experience Score. My customers let me know I was doing something right and it meant the world to me.