Leadership

Brian Sandy – President

Signature Select President Brian Sandy leads this multimillion-dollar personal and small-business insurance brokerage. Overseeing six markets across the country, Brian manages coverage responsibilities for high-net-worth individuals, property and casualty insurance for small businesses throughout the West and Midwest and the overall performance of this rapidly growing IMA subsidiary.

Prior to leading Signature Select, Brian managed the Special Risk division of IMA, including Alternative Risk and Captive Design, Program Management and TPA services, as well as the Global Risk, Cyber, Environmental and Executive Risk practices. In addition, Brian served as the director of Executive Risk Solutions providing oversight for the structuring and placement of executive and professional liability programs.

Brian began his insurance career with Aetna in 1989, and served as a branch manager of Commercial Executive Liability for Travelers in their Denver regional office before joining IMA in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Denver, with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and holds a designation as an Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonds. Brian is a frequent speaker on the topics of Executive and Professional Liability coverage for industry associations and boards, and is a past chairman of the Southwest PLUS Chapter Committee.

Community work is important to Brian. He serves on the City Year Denver Advisory Board, as well as the Warren Village Board of Trustees as their chairman and treasurer, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain YPO chapter. IMA’s Colorado Community Action Committee is also fortunate to have him as their executive sponsor.

Carl Ade – Relationship Manager

Carl Ade joined Signature Select in 2010 when his agency, Ade Insurance Services in Kansas City, merged with Signature Select. Carl remains focused on new business development, and he believes in the strength of Signature Select as well as the insurance carriers he represents in order to provide superior service for personal lines clients. Carl is a lifelong Kansas City resident with a degree from the University of Missouri.

Jason Bottorf – Kansas City Market Leader

Jason joined Signature Select as the Kansas City market leader in 2015. In this role, he brings more than 12 years of increasing responsibility and experience to Signature Select. He previously managed approximately $20 million in annual premium for a small commercial and personal lines division as Unit Leader. In the past, he has also worked in account management and production at two other insurance brokerages. Today Jason focuses on strong year-over-year retention, mergers, acquisitions and organic growth.

Jason attended the University of Missouri and spends personal time outside with his family and on the golf course.

Cody Boyd – Relationship Manager

Cody Boyd joined Signature Select in 2012 as a relationship manager in private client services. He focuses primarily on business development and producing new personal lines business. He works closely with the private client advisors and crafts personal lines insurance programs designed to enhance protection and minimize threats to the personal wealth and safety of clients and their families. Prior to joining Signature Select, Cody worked as a sales representative for a major national insurance provider for four years. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a business management degree.

Cody recently won KC Magazine's.5-Star Award for Home/Auto Insurance Agent in March. 

Jeff Buehler – Relationship Manager

Jeff Buehler joined Signature Select’s Kansas City office in 2011. He focuses on developing client relationships with small and medium-sized commercial businesses. Jeff has extensive sales experience with business-to-consumer and business-to-business clients through his experience in the advertising and mortgage banking industries.

Jack Cassell — Relationship Manager

Jack Cassell joined Signature Select in 2011 when Cassell Insurance, of which he was owner and president, was acquired by Signature Select. Jack has specialized in insurance sales and service since 1979. At Signature Select, he remains focused on ensuring that his customers have the best and most responsive service possible. As owner of Cassell insurance, Jack espoused a service-oriented philosophy that is perfectly aligned with the service culture at Signature Select. He focused on taking care of his customers and winning their trust and appreciation. He also wore many hats as a business owner, where he oversaw functions such as human resources, accounting, marketing and information technology.

Jack has enjoyed a long and rich insurance career with several leading Wichita insurance brokers. He earned his degree from Wichita State University and is also a public accountant.

Todd Chanon - COO Signature Select LLC Texas, IMA | Waldman

J. Todd Chanon joined Signature Select, LLC of Texas an IMA | Waldman Company in 2016. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Todd Chanon began his career at Jaffe, Wagner, Casey & Wolfe. He quickly distinguished himself with his ability to carefully evaluate the financial exposure and lifestyle of clients to effectively ensure in-depth analysis and comprehensive coverage aligned with competitive rates.

Chanon is a certified insurance counselor and advisor with vast experience in the areas of personal lines, commercial casualty, commercial property, professional liability, life and health and agency management.

Chanon joined Waldman Bros in 1994, focusing on property and casualty insurance and C-level risk management products. Since his arrival at Waldman Bros, he has completed the National Alliance School for Producer Development and obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. In 2005, Chanon became a partner of Waldman Bros, and in 2010 he was named chief operating officer.

Chanon cultivates close, life-long relationships with his clients, which are built on trust, follow-through and mutual respect. He has proven himself as an experienced, hands-on professional who routinely goes the extra mile for each client. His primary goal is helping his clients review existing coverages to ensure they are receiving the highest quality protection at the most competitive rates available. Chanon’s reputation for stringent standards, along with vast marketplace knowledge, attracts clients who are eager to have him negotiating on their behalf.

Chanon is actively involved in the community. He is the sitting president of Congregation Shearith Israel, past-president of Jewish Family Services, board member of RiskProNet International and board member of Dallas Summer Musicals.

Patrick Datz – Relationship Manager

Patrick Datz joined Signature Select in October of 2015. Patrick works with both high net worth individuals and small business owners, creating risk management programs to properly insure his clients. Prior to Signature Select, Patrick owned an award winning insurance agency located in Austin, TX. Prior to his entrance into the insurance industry, Patrick played golf professionally on multiple mini tours around the country. He then served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Iowa State University.

He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a Master’s degree in Applied Kinesiology. He was also a member of the men’s golf team, including the 2007 Big Ten Championship team. Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Anne, their dog Wallace, and playing golf competitively both locally and nationally.

Tim Degner, ARM — Relationship Manager

Tim Degner holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kansas and is currently working toward his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. He started in the insurance business in 1993 working as an account executive and sales executive for Universal Underwriters — a Kansas City-based insurance company. Tim also worked in the capacity of sales manager for Universal Underwriters before going to work for a national broker in 2001.

Tim joined IMA in 2003 serving as an account executive before joining Signature Select.

Eric Goldberg

A Dallas native, Eric Goldberg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in psychology and a minor in business. He began his career in commercial real estate with a focus on retail and industrial investment sales and leasing. This experience and his close ties with investors and developers have enabled him to excel in his role as a property and casualty advisor at Waldman Bros.

Active in the community, Eric currently serves on the board of Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, and he is a past board member of Dallas Furniture Bank and Temple Emanu-El. In 2015, he received the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies’ Leadership Award for his commitment and efforts for Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas. He loves to spend time with his wife and two young children.

Bobby Goodman

A Dallas native, University of Texas alum and co-owner of Goodies from Goodman, Bobby Goodman joined Waldman Bros as an insurance advisor. His experience in running a successful business means he is uniquely qualified to understand the challenges business-owners face. Goodman was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989 and served the Dallas Jewish Community Center for 10 years as both an officer and board member. Goodman also served on the University of Texas Parent’s Advisory Board for six years.

Gracellen Donnelley – Private Client Executive

Gracellen has had the privilege of serving IMA and Signature Select clients with their personal Insurance needs for over 30 years. She started as a Personal Insurance trainee in 1984 at IMA and became the Personal Insurance Department manager in 1993. Gracellen was one of the original members of the Signature Select Team when the subsidiary was formed in 2009. In addition to serving a large number of great clients, Gracellen manages the team of Personal Insurance Advisors in Wichita.

Nicolle Hoebener – Denver Commercial Lines Team Leader

Nicolle began her commercial insurance career at IMA in 1995 as an Account Manager servicing mid-large sized diversified accounts. After spending 4 years in the Legal Department as a Quality and Audit Assistant, Nicolle joined Signature Select in 2010 serving in a dual role as the Commercial Lines Team Leader and Client Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Wichita State University as well as a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.    

Shannon Jenlink - Operations Manager

Shannon joined IMA in 2007 and branched over to Signature Select in 2010. She began her insurance career in 2004 as a personal lines agent and moved into commercial insurance a few years later. Shannon graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and one in Finance. She currently manages operations for personal and commercial lines, as well as managing the carrier relations for personal lines.

Katie Knowles — Vice President

Katie, who has 23 years of experience as an entertainment industry insurance broker, provides high-net-worth personal lines and property and casualty coverage through personal management products. Her extensive expertise in the entertainment insurance industry has enabled her to build relationships characterized by discretion and trust with high-profile clients nationwide. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge. Her clients include actors, musicians, athletes and producers.

Howard Kohler – Relationship Manager

Prior to joining Signature Select, Howard gained four years experience as an agent at a Denver insurance agency and was the risk manager at an area retirement community. He joined Signature Select’s Denver office in 2009 as a relationship manager. 

Howard earned his bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine University, majoring in political science.

Cliff Layfield – Relationship Manager

Cliff Layfield’s background includes more than 30 years in the insurance and risk management space as well as experience working with wealth advisors, CPAs, estate-planning attorneys and financial planners. Through this expertise, he creates solution-oriented success for high net worth families.

Cliff has partnered with several of the wealthiest families in the country in developing comprehensive personal risk management plans, many times working in concert with other trusted advisors of the family. Creative solutions to complex problems are a standard that he brings to the table with every personal risk management review.

Prior to joining Signature Select, Cliff led business development with Willis Private Client in Dallas. Prior to Willis, Cliff helped grow Marsh Private Client Services in four states through a number of roles, ranging from senior account executive to regional new business development executive.

Cliff is a 15-year member of the DFW Financial Planning Association and was president in 2012. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Chairman's Award, presented for dedicating his time and achieving outstanding results to further the efforts of the FPA.

Marisa Mauer – Relationship Manager

Marisa Maurer joined Signature Select in 2014. She specializes in personal insurance for high-net-worth individuals and middle-market clients. Marisa works with individuals to find them a comprehensive insurance program that caters to their specific needs and lifestyle. She studied Communications and Sociology at the University of Denver and graduated with a BA in Communications.

Britt Messner – Market Manager

Britt began at IMA in 1996 as an Account Manager. After moving to IMA’s restaurant team she worked on the restaurant franchise program. She advanced to an Account Executive role working primarily on restaurant accounts.

Britt joined Signature Select in 2010 as a Client Advisor and Commercial Lines Team Leader.  Currently her focus is managing the servicing teams in Wichita and Emporia, KS, and White Plains, NY. 

She is a graduate of Friends University, Wichita, KS, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is an Associate in Commercial Underwriting.

Lisa Pfannenstiel, API — Vice President

Lisa Pfannenstiel began her career in personal insurance services in 1989. She joined Signature Select in 1997 and earned her designation as an Associate in Personal Insurance. Lisa is also involved in the community as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Lisa specializes in the unique needs of personal insurance clients and high-net-worth individuals. Her areas of expertise include insuring custom-built homes, vacation properties, art, jewelry and wine collections, high-value automobiles and other luxury items.

David Sanders – Wichita & Emporia Market Leader/SSLLC
Whitney Smith – Relationship Manager

Whitney Smith joined Signature Select in 2013. She began her career in insurance in 2007 as a commercial lines underwriter, and in 2010 she helped opened the Colorado state service office for a national insurance company. Whitney studied international business, German and management at Stetson University and graduated with a BA in international business. She is involved in the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the SBDC and the Colorado Technology Association, among other groups.

Sam Stallard - Relationship Manager

Sam has been an insurance producer in Kansas City since 2002. He takes special interest in working with individuals and small business owners to help them identify their risk exposures and develop insurance programs to protect their assets and he is committed to providing best in class service to all of his clients. Prior to his entrance in the insurance industry, Sam was a consultant with Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young in their telecommunications practice.

Sam was a past participant in Leadership Northeast, an educational leadership program presented by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and past city council member in Westwood Hills, KS. Sam is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in accounting and business administration. 

Jim Tolliver — Denver Market Leader

Jim Tolliver joined Signature Select’s business development team in 2011, and was promoted to the market leader role in in 2012. Raised in Anchorage, Kentucky, with a short tenure in advertising, he initiated his insurance career at a large multinational brokerage within their affinity marketing and lawyer’s professional liability division and became a licensed producer in group employee benefits and commercial lines in 1998.  

Jim specializes in two distinct practice areas within Signature Select, personal insurance for high-net-worth individuals and small commercial insurance risk management. He has worked across many insurance disciplines but always with one central goal in mind, to creatively help a diverse set of clients best understand and effectively transfer risk in the most cost effective ways. His core focus today is in managing strong year-over-year agency growth and enhanced client experiences through continued emphasis on talent development and best practices operational efficiencies.  

Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville. He holds a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. In his spare time, Jim finds himself enjoying time with his kids/family and finding world class adventure in the great outdoors.

Jessica Weir – Relationship Manager

Jessica Weir joined Signature Select in 2012 as a personal insurance advisor, catering to high-net-worth individuals and families and also middle-market clients. She specializes in protecting the assets of her clients by developing customized insurance solutions. Prior to joining the Signature Select team, Jessica was an account representative at IMA, Inc. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University, majoring in business management with a marketing minor. Jessica is involved in the Denver community through the Denver Chamber of Commerce and her local church volunteer programs.