For Immediate Release: January 31, 2012

Commissioner Goodwin Meets with Life and Health Agent Advisory Committee

Agents gather at Department of Insurance headquarters in Raleigh for inaugural meeting

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the members of the newly formed Life and Health Agent Advisory Committee (L& AAC) as the group held its first meeting in Raleigh.

The purpose of the new agent advisory committee is to provide the Commissioner of Insurance and the agent community with opportunities to work together on life and health insurance industry issues related to agents and consumers in the state of North Carolina.

"I cannot stress how important it is for me and the insurance agent community of North Carolina to work cooperatively for the benefit of all citizens," Goodwin said. "This opportunity for open dialogue is extremely beneficial, and I look forward to working with this exceptional group of professionals in 2012."

The 26 committee members are independent and captive agents and insurance experts selected from three regions - East, Piedmont and West - who are appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance. The new committee is scheduled to meet four times a year.

While this is the inaugural year for this particular committee, Commissioner Goodwin established the Property and Casualty Agent Advisory Committee in 2009.

Committee Members (Terms Expiring December 2012):
Committee Chair: Myrna Harris - Crescent Health Solutions, Asheville
Vice Chairman: Johnny Dawkins - Ebenconcepts, Fayetteville
Lori Alala - Carolina First Associates, Hickory
Larry Brooks - North Carolina Mutual, Durham
Luther Carter, Jr. - Allstate Insurance, Charlotte
David Chappell - Carolina Benefit, Greenville
Michael Chase - One America, Charlotte
Rhonda Cobb - Southern Farm, Roper
David Contorno - Lake Norman Benefits, Lake Norman
Ron Corlew - NC Mutual, Durham
Ron Davidson - Davidson Financial Group, Greensboro
Liz Gallops - White Bear Group, Raleigh
Teri Gutierrez - White Bear Group, Raleigh
Grady Hux - First Carolina Insurance, Roanoke Rapids
Bridget Ipock - Farm Bureau, New Bern
David Levinson - Former Delaware Commissioner of Insurance, Harnett County
Ed Mullis - Allstate Insurance, Morehead City
Mike Norris - Wayah Insurance, Franklin
Mel Schlesinger - Self-employed, Winston-Salem
Nat Smith - Rogers Benefit, Charlotte
Tom Snell -Integrated Benefit Solution, Sanford
Doug Sutton - Doug Sutton Insurance, Raleigh
Frank Tebyani - Amerilife, Matthews
Hughes Waren - Eben Concepts, Wilmington
Craig Watson - Watson Insurance Agency, Gastonia
Vicki Williams - Younce Insurance, Lenoir