Meet the Team
Direct Access Insurance Services is a unique cluster environment offered by Networked Insurance Agents. Since 2008, the DAIS membership has created a coveted network of solid carrier relationships built on consistently substantial premium volumes and superior loss results. The stability and market impact benefit every member and strengthen the overall membership's financial position.
The principals of Networked collaborate with DAIS members to continuously improve and evolve the cluster's financial and intrinsic value. Contact us to see how DAIS goes beyond the traditional cluster.
George is the President and CEO of Networked Insurance Agents. In September 2013, George led a group of individual investors in acquiring Networked. For the previous two years, he held the role of President and CEO for the parent company, Strongwood Insurance Holdings Corp.
Prior to joining Strongwood in 2011, George spent 24 years in New York City, working both as a carrier and a broker. He held a variety of senior leadership positions, including CEO of a middle market insurance agency, Chief Underwriting Officer of a division within a top 10 national carrier, and Managing Director and Industry Practices Leader for a well-recognized insurance broker and risk management firm.
George received a Bachelors Degree in economics from Tulane University. He and his family reside in the East Bay area of northern California.
Kelly is the Chief Financial Officer of Networked Insurance Agents. Kelly is the executive leader for the Service, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology and Office Service Teams and has been integral in his leadership and implementation of the company’s strategy and culture. Kelly’s insurance career spans more than 19 years and includes several financial leadership positions.
Prior to Networked, he was CFO and Corporate Controller for Strongwood Insurance Holdings Corp; after joining Sequoia Insurance Company in 2006 and serving as Director of Statutory Reporting and Controller. Kelly has also managed financial reporting functions for HCC Insurance Holdings and a regional subsidiary of W.R. Berkeley Corporation, where he started his insurance career.
Kelly attended Baylor University and the University of North Texas, holding both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Texas. A native Texan, Kelly and his family now call the Monterey Peninsula on the Central Coast of California home.
Larry is the Executive Vice President for Networked Insurance Agents / Direct Access Insurance Services. Larry primarily oversees profit and growth objectives for the DAIS cluster. Larry also plays a key role in the development and expansion of carrier partner relationships. Larry joined Networked in 2003 in a sales capacity. In 2012, Larry was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and then in 2013 was appointed to Executive Vice President.
Prior to joining Networked, he spent 18 years with Kemper Insurance in both commercial underwriting and sales management functions. While there he held several leadership positions that included Los Angeles Branch Sales Manager and Western/Central Regions Sales Director out of Overland Park KS.
Larry began his insurance career in Canada, first as a field underwriter with General Accident Insurance of Canada and also as a loss control representative with a Canadian government-owned carrier. Larry graduated from the University of Regina, Canada with a degree in Insurance and Risk Management. He remains an Associate with the Insurance Institute of Canada. He and his wife reside in Southern California.
Scott is the managing director for Direct Access Insurance Services and serves as Vice President for Networked Insurance Agents in charge of personal lines production. Scott has worked for Networked since 2003 overseeing the Personal Lines account management team and was promoted to Vice President in 2014.
An insurance industry veteran, Scott spent a majority of his career prior to Networked with Allstate. He held management positions in claims, underwriting and human resources, including four years at the Allstate headquarter offices in Northbrook, IL.
Since 2011, Scott has served on Safeco’s California Region Agent Advisory Council to help improve the service experience of our members. He and his wife reside in Auburn, CA.
Robert is the AVP Controller of Networked Insurance Agents. Robert’s insurance career spans 20 years and includes several financial managerial positions supporting the CFO. Robert is a ‘hands on’ leader, integral in both financial decisions and business execution. Robert leads general accounting, treasury, budgeting and forecasting and all other general finance functions for the company. He has been in a leadership role throughout his 13 years with Networked. Prior to that, Robert served as an accounting supervisor for a third-party administrator, a subsidiary of Health Net.
Robert attended Humboldt State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California. Born in California, Robert and his family live in Sacramento.
Sandi Smith is the Operations Administrator for DAIS. Members will interface with Sandi as she supports the subcode request process and facilitates all Master Broker of Record transactions. She has been with Networked since 2000 and has held various positions in both Accounting and Service.