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ABD Insurance & Financial Services Honors Two Power Brokers Deb Mangels and Winnie Van, recognized by Risk and Insurance Magazine

SAN MATEO, California, 2/21/14 –(BUSINESS WIRE) — ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. is proud to announce Deb Mangels and Winnie Van as 2014 Power Brokers.   Deb Mangels, Senior Vice President, is recognized for her leadership in the Public Sector, Employee Benefits.  Winnie Van, Client Counsel, is recognized for her excellent client care, in the Technology category, Executive Protection Services.  Both of these women excel in problem solving for their clients and are world-class in their expertise.  

Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® is an individual who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they delivered over the past year. While brokers play many key roles in the insurance industry and risk profession, a Power Broker® award recognizes problem solving, customer service and industry knowledge.

The Power Broker® designation is based on nominations provided by brokers and risk managers, and is judged based on the quality of the application and on references by risk managers in 24 industry sectors. Hundreds of risk managers and risk executives were interviewed in the process of identifying and soliciting, evaluating and judging the nominees.

“The fact that 10{8b8d75071dbd7d6f770813afe49f173e6fe68ed61e8db796ac37bfb7625b25ee} of our company has been recognized by Risk & Insurance magazine, speaks volumes to the deep expertise across the board on the ABD Team,” said Kurt de Grosz, President and Co-Chairman.


“The industry continues to recognize our diverse, exceptional team. The ten women and four men that represent the ABD Team’s Power Brokers are among the best and the brightest in the industry, said Brian Hetherington CEO and Co-Chairman. “We are so proud of Deb and Winnie for their fantastic efforts.”


“Deb continues to deliver customer delight in the Public Sector industry. Her development of a unique program demonstrates her ability to innovate to help her clients unleash their potential,” said Darren Brown Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits.

“Winnie’s combination of legal, underwriting and accounting experience gives her the unique ability to understand the various interests surrounding a placement or claim and develop effective solutions that optimize results for our clients. She has developed an exceptional reputation in the legal and underwriting community which is a testament to her ability to get things done,” said Keith Martinsen, Executive Vice President of Executive Protection Services.


Deb Mangels – Profile in Risk and Insurance Magazine


Winnie Van – Profile in Risk and Insurance Magazine


ABD Employs 14 Power Brokers, As Recognized Over the Years

Peter Daly (2012 – Technology)

Robin Hendrickson (2012 – Workers Compensation)

Jan Kellogg (2007, 2009, 2011- Technology)

Faye Lewis (2012 – Healthcare)

Frances Lisius (2012 – Technology)

Deb Mangels (2014 – Public Sector)

Keith Martinsen (2011 – Telecommunications)

Renee Polk (2012 – Technology)

Rod Sockolov (2006 – Computer Hardware)

Tracy Tenorio (2012 – Telecommunications)

Winnie Van (2014 –  Technology)

Cristina Varner (2011 –  Pharmaceutical)

Tom Whitenight (2009, 2010, 2012 – Technology)

Nicole White (2011 – Non-Profit)


ABD Insurance & Financial Services

We are the ABD Team. Our 150 risk and reward professionals are dedicated to helping you understand the relationship between risks and rewards—so that you can strike the right balance to achieve your goals. We partner with organizations of all sizes to help them develop strategies and tactics that fit their unique culture, taking care of the details so that they can stay focused on building success.  


Headquartered in San Mateo, with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, and Walnut Creek, ABD has a history that spans over 75 years. Many of our risk and reward professionals have been recognized as the best and the brightest in the insurance and financial services industries. Our practice areas include Employee Benefits programs, 401k and Retirement Services, Property & Casualty insurance, Executive Protection, Private Client Services, and more.  


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