Our Leadership

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Sharon Emek is a dynamic leader, a prolific speaker, and a progressive thinker with an award-winning record of success for ushering in a much-needed WAHVE of change for the insurance industry.


Bill, as Chief Sales Office, is the driving force at WAHVE that inspires insurance firms to engage our work-at-home vintage experts. Throughout his career, Bill has developed deep relationships in the industry and is known as a

Our Team Members

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Our Advisory Board

Richard (Dick) A.Poppa

Richard Poppa is well-known as a key figure in the insurance industry. He is president and chief executive officer of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York (IIABNY). In this role, he serves as the chief staff executive of IIABNY and its subsidiaries. Prior to his role with IIABNY, he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (1989-1996), executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Indiana (1986-1989) and as administrative vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California (1984-1985). Poppa is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI).

Poppa has received many recognitions for his contributions to the insurance industry, including: the Association Executive of the Year by the Indiana Society of Association Executives (1989), the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) Distinguished Member of the Year Award (2007), three-time IIABA Chairman’s/President’s Award winner, IIABNY’s Distinguished Service Award, Miller College of Business’s Award of Distinction (2012), and the 1882 Fellow Award. Poppa was named Insurance Person of the Year in 2010 by the Tri-County Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association.

Martin L.Vaughan III (Mell)

Martin Vaughan has more than 40 years of leadership experience [verify] in the insurance industry. From 2003 to 2008, Vaughan served as Chairman and CEO of Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton Company (HRH), the world’s eighth largest insurance intermediary. He negotiated the acquisition of HRH by Willis in 2008, which was considered one of the biggest deals in decades and was valued at $2.1 billion. Vaughan had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of HRH from 1999 to 2003 [verify], before he took on the role of Chairman and CEO. Vaughan had joined HRH when they acquired his company American Phoenix Corporation, of which he was president and CEO. He led integration efforts between American Phoenix Corporation and HRH and later spearheaded HRH’s Best Practices initiative. Before joining American Phoenix in 1990, he was president of the retail division of Poe & Associates, an insurance agency into which he had merged his own agency in 1976. He is a graduate of Jacksonville University.

Cynthia Hardy Young

Known for her a strong reputation in the insurance industry, Cynthia Young has held many leadership positions over the course of her career. Young is currently the CEO & founder of Pivot Global Partners, a boutique management consulting firm with global reach, specializing in operational improvement in innovation. From 2012 to 2014, she served as global head of agency at Chartis Insurance/AIG, where she focused on consumer and small commercial business written through intermediaries worldwide. Young was is also the former president of Encompass Insurance from 2005 to 2011, a $2.5-billion division of Allstate Insurance that sells personal lines products countrywide through two brands. Prior to joining Encompass, Young’s has also held executive roles including serving as president of the personal lines division of Hanover Insurance Group and vice president of product management and personal lines for The Hartford. Young, a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, earned her Juris Doctorate from the Notre Dame School of Law.

Young has been recognized with Diversity MBA Magazine’s “Top 100 Executives and Emerging Leaders Under 50” award and Career FOCUS Magazine’s National Eagle Leadership award. She also was named among “100 Women to Watch” by Diversity Journal.

Beth Polish

Beth Polish is an experienced, dynamic leader with a strong track record of providing vision and delivering results, and a proven talent for getting to the essence of business opportunities. She most recently She has served as president of the Critical Junctures Group since 2001. Among her many accomplishments, Polish created and led Hearst Corporate Innovation, with the twin mandates of producing new growth opportunities based on ideas from within Hearst – one of the nation’s largest media, information and service companies – and fostering a company-wide culture of innovation. Polish has held senior positions in media, finance, private investment, and technology and is a frequent speaker at various conferences. Beth has a BA in Anthropology from F&M and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Leslie Grossman

Over the last 25 years, Leslie Grossman has brought her unique knowledge and experience as a marketer, entrepreneur and business development strategist to help CEOs and entrepreneurs grow their businesses into multimillion dollar enterprises. Grossman chairs CEO advisory boards for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO organization. As creator and co-founder of Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE) she produced 85 conferences reaching more than 65,000 women leaders and entrepreneurs from 2001 to 2010. Previously, she was president of the integrated marketing agency CMA, which was known for its breakthrough strategies for companies such as American Express, Platinum Guild International, Northwestern Mutual, North Fork Bank and others. Author of two books: LINK OUT (Wiley, 2013) and SELLsation! (2005), Grossman facilitates groups, trains, coaches and consults on leadership and business development strategies.

Shelden Czapnik

Sheldon Czapnik has been a writer, editor, and a top executive in the publishing field for over more than 30 years. Czapnik currently works with publishers and other executives to write and develop books. Czapnik was director of editorial services at Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States, from 1996 to 2001. In that role, he was responsible for managing and monetizing all of Time Inc.’s text and picture assets. He transformed antiquated, paper-driven, reactive cost centers into one vigorous, entrepreneurial, high-tech revenue-producing division. Czapnik conceived and editorially directed Time Inc.’s custom publishing business, with over more than $60 million a year in revenue; developed award-winning digital system for making Time Inc.’s image archive available on-line; created an award-winning “virtual” Research Center, cutting costs by several million dollars a year and also generating millions in revenue; opened a photo lab and other retail outlets; and conceived and produced photo books, including the best-selling LIFE: Our Century in Pictures, which sold 700,000 copies and generated over $20 million in sales.