Carla Cowan

Carla has the detective instinct that makes her the consummate manager and interviewer. She keeps our qualifying teams running smoothly from her Texas home office. She has been managing teams for more than 30 years whether working at an insurance carrier or independent agency. Carla has held many positions including COO and Director of Human Resources. She served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of Tarrant County and continues to teach CE classes.

Patti Deschaine

Patti keeps our work at home wahves connected to the clients they work for. From her home in Maine, she manages her team and manages the remote connectivity of hundreds of wahves. She has over 20 years of systems administrator experience, on both the agency and company sides. She is A+ and Net+ certified.

Rita Katt

Rita manages, from her home in California, the teams that keep our clients and wahves happy. She knows how to listen, having successfully worked for a family-owned insurance agency for 35 years. As part of the management team, she helped plan and initiate growth and solve problems. Rita is Property and Casualty licensed.

Lorrie Maida

Lorrie cultivates connections with our clients from her home office in New York. Lorrie began her career at a large insurance carrier, which spanned twelve years. She moved on to a 20-year career with a national insurance staffing firm managing a staff of recruiters and helping insurance firms fill their staffing needs. Over the years, she also did staff training and performed as a company quality auditor.

Kim Phipps

Kim is a pro at matching wahves to our client’s job needs. From her home in North Carolina, she manages the teams that make sure the wahve-client match is the right fit. With more than 25 years in the insurance industry, she is a veteran professional whose experience includes project and operations management, business development, business systems and management consulting.

Chrissy Tadlock

Chrissy is the glue that holds us all together. She runs a crackerjack operation from her home office in Las Vegas and keeps all the lines of communication flowing. She is a highly experienced administrator having run large complex businesses, including insurance, staffing and hospitality. She has a wealth of knowledge in human resources, accounting and administration. While ensuring operations run efficiently and smoothly, she creatively orchestrates many of our behind the scenes campaigns and events.

Howard Portugal

Howard is the shepherd who leads the effort to unceasingly enhance our software to make it state of the art.  From his home at the New Jersey shore, he manages our development team and user experience to ensure that Brainwahve will have continued growth and success. Howard has more than 30 years of experience managing development projects and creating custom software solutions for the insurance, pharmaceutical, legal, real estate, and financial industries.

Howard has held numerous positions including Senior Architect/Designer/Developer specializing in developing custom software solutions utilizing the latest Microsoft, Open Source, and Cloud products and technologies to assist organizations with solving their business needs, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. He is skilled at defining and implementing new products and services as well as reconceiving existing systems to leverage new technologies. Howard possesses broad technical knowledge including distributed and cloud software, architecture, design, development, testing, deployment and operations as well as well as SDLC methodologies. He holds a patent for Remote Platform Independent Dynamic Multimedia Engine 11/10/1995. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Rick Morgan

Rick, who lives in Colorado, is our branding guru and keeps us and our important mission in the media. He is one of the industry’s leading marketing and branding experts and has been named by the Insurance Media Association as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Insurance in North America.” He also received the Wade S. Dunbar Jr. Technology Advocate Award in 2019.

Rick has been an underwriter, insurance agent, publisher, management consultant, sought after speaker, vendor marketing executive and association CEO. He is the co-creator of SilverPlume and has long been active in developing the capabilities of the independent agency distribution system. He has served as an ambassador for the ACORD Users Group Information Exchange (AUGIE) and a long-time participant with IIABA’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT) where he chairs ACT’s Strategic Future Issues Workgroup. He served on the board of directors of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York. He was interim CEO of Applied Client Network (formerly ASCnet) in 2009-10; SVP of marketing of Applied Systems; SVP of ConfirmNet; and owner of Automation Management Group, a technology and operations consulting firm that published The Automated Agency Report (TAAR).

Sharon Emek Ph.D., CIC

Sharon Emek, WAHVE’s founder & CEO is the indefatigable force that leads WAHVE and keeps the company always focused on its purpose.

Sharon is the indefatigable force that leads WAHVE and keeps the company always focused on its purpose working from her home in Manhattan. With decades of business experience, Sharon understands firsthand the challenges that employers and “vintage” professionals are facing today.

Before founding WAHVE, Sharon spent thirteen years of her career as a partner at CBS Coverage Group, Inc., where she managed the New York City office and provided business insurance and risk management for a large client base. Prior to joining CBS, Sharon was president, founder and CEO of The Emek Group, an insurance brokerage she formed in 1988. Sharon began her career as a professor at Rutgers University and a management consultant to businesses.

Sharon has earned numerous awards for her thought leadership, including the 2018 Leadership Longevity Award: Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the 15th annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, which showcases the nation’s outstanding individual and group achievements in serving the powerful longevity economy; the 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award honoring top female CEOs and the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award; Insurance Business America’s “Elite Women in Insurance” 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the 2015 “Hot 100” list; the first woman to receive the 1882 Fellow Award, the highest honor presented by IIABNY (2014); Outstanding Committee Chairperson Award from IIABNY (2008); the first woman to receive the Sidney O. Smith Government Affairs Award from the IIABA (2007); the Distinguished Service Award from IIABNY (2006); the Helen Garvin Outstanding Achiever Award from the NAIW (1999); and the National Promising Research Award for her doctoral research (1978).

Sharon is frequently sought out by the media as an expert on insurance, management and business issues. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox and Lifetime; has authored numerous articles; and is often quoted in national news periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, National Underwriter and Business Insurance. Sharon has testified before the New York State Assembly Insurance Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee Subcommittees and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Sharon served on the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Board for ten years and is a past chair. She served as a board member of ACT (Agents Council for Technology) for four years and Chaired the Mid-Commercial Working Group. She has served on numerous other boards including the Institute for Student Achievement, Women Builders Council, Center for Women’s Business Research, NYC Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Board, and the IBM Small Business Research and Technology Advisory Council.

Sharon received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University (1977). She is the author of Answers for Managers and numerous articles on management and insurance issues.

Bill Hunt

Bill Hunt is a founding partner, President & CSO, WAHVE Insurance, and the driving force at WAHVE that inspires businesses to engage our work-at-home vintage experts.

Bill is the driving force at WAHVE that inspires businesses to engage our work-at-home vintage experts. He manages his team from his home in Scottsdale. Throughout his career, Bill has developed deep relationships with businesses and is known as a brand in his own right. He has worked with many of the industry’s leading innovation companies delivering new state-of-the-art solutions that have had significant success in the insurance industry.

Bill has a long history of devising solutions for the insurance industry and is regarded as one of the best leaders of sales teams in the technology sector. He was a sales consultant for the Lexis Nexis Insurance Exchange; Sr. Vice President at Artizan Internet Services, a leading company in products that serve the entire insurance value chain; and Executive Vice President at XDimensional Technologies. As a Sales Executive with many successful years at SAP, AMS, and CISGEM, Bill built several successful sales and marketing teams and worked successfully with many of the industry’s leading national brokers and carriers. He has authored and has been quoted in numerous articles on technology research in the insurance space.