Conference Sessions & Speakers

Our speakers


Ron Berg

Ron Berg is Executive Director for the Agencty Council for Technology (ACT). Ron brings together independent insurance agents, insurance carriers, software vendors, and other industry groups to advance the use of the most effective business processes and technologies. 

Prior to ACT, Ron worked with MetLife Auto & Home for almost 20 years, advising on future technology strategies and advocating for effective agent workflows.  He has also long been involved with insurance industry workgroups and associations such as ACT, AUGIE, the ID Federation, the Insurance Digital Revolution, the Real Time/Download Campaign, and numerous other user group conferences.  Ron has a wide technology background in computer operations, programming, technical support management, and project management.



Corey Wilkins, CIC, LUTCF

Owner and President of Corey Wilkins Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., a State Farm agency in Tacoma, WA.  Corey is a CISR instructor of The National Alliance with 25 years of experience in the industry.Corey is the Owner and President of Corey Wilkins Insurance & Financial Services, A State Farm agency in Tacoma WA. He attended the University of Washington then transferred to Seattle Pacific University for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications in 1991. He has worked in radio, TV and continues to do voice-over work for a variety of companies. He started in the industry with Safeco in 1994 as a Commercial Underwriter and later a Multi-Line Marketing Representative. In 1999, he became Marketing Manager for Kemper Auto & Home Group in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. 

Corey is the lead singer/guitaris for the Johnny Cash tribute band "Folsom Prism" and we are thrilled he will be entertaining us with Johnny Cash renditions during our Bingo/Poker Tournament.



Kathy Fraley, CIC

An instructor and Education Consultant for the National Alliance CIC designation program. She is the Education Consultant for the CIC program in Washington and Oregon. Kathy is the former Director of Travelers Service Center for over 20 years. Prior to her time at Travelers, Kathy was at Propel/Bratrud Insurance.



Herb Byers, ARM, ARM-P, ARM-E, AIS, ALCM

A Safety Consultant with the Montana State Fund, Herb has worked in the safety and risk management field for over 25 years.  He advocates a holistic approach to risk management with traditional safety as one important tool and emphasizes the behavior nature of occupational accidents and the creation of a safety culture within an organization.




Gabe Gonzalez, CIC

A Safeco Region Operations Manager for the Northwest, Gabe has spent the last eight of his twenty years with Safeco focused on helping the Independent Agent succeed in today’s market place.  Gabe focuses on helping independent agents succeed through shared experiences and fosters an environment where agents can share their ideas and learn through collaberation and have fun while doing it.





Mike posesses over 25 years of experience as a Human Resource Employee and Labor Relations Generalist at the Executive/Director level in a wide variety of industries such as Municipal Government,Healthcare, Manufacturing and State/Not for Profit Insurance.