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Meet our Insurance Experts

Yoel Y Bodek President

Michael Schwartz President Strategy Hill

Chany Stern Business Manager

Shaindy Goldman Associate Vice President of Marketing

Isaac Deutsch Account Executive

Nicole Anderson Illustration & Product Research Specialist

Rachel Berkovits New Business Admin

Frimmy Grun New Business Admin/Case Manager

Rifky Spitzer Financing & Licensing

Heather Sprague Medical Underwriting Consultant


 

Yoel Yitzchok Bodek, Insurance Advisor Advocate
Founding President

Yoel Bodek founded Brokers Central as a managing agency in 2009 with the goal of making insurance producers more successful. With more than 17 years of insurance and financial services experience, Yoel is known for his ability to see the big picture. He has an innate understanding of how financial products work together to solve clients’ business, financial security and wealth accumulation goals.

With an in-depth understanding of disability and long-term care insurance products, as well as small business and estate planning strategies, Yoel helps producers increase service and loyalty within their books by integrating sophisticated and thoughtfully-designed financial solutions.

Those who collaborate with Yoel will tell you that he is a curious, genuine, highly accessible and creative individual. While financial planning fads come and go, Yoel remains strongly committed to supporting every client’s long-term financial objectives through his work with the broker community. While Yoel brings extensive experience to the table, he also has relationships with the industry’s highest performers and foremost experts and he calls on those resources as needed to address his broker network’s complex needs as they arise.

Yoel completed the Certified Financial Planner program with The American College. He also completed the Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification. He resides in Rockland County with his wife Rachel and their twin sons. Yoel is an avid supporter of CSB Care, and is the founder and facilitator of the annual csbEnvision conference the largest annual national conference of its kind for Jewish insurance professionals.

Contact Yoel and discover a true advocate for your business success!


 

Michael Schwartz
President Strategy Hill

Michael Schwartz is the President of Strategy Hill, the premier division of Brokers Central. As the division’s name implies, Strategy Hill is focused on helping brokers solve complex financial challenges.

Problem solving is Michael’s forte. His unique understanding of the market, carriers and products, combined with his past record of success, make him uniquely qualified to help you decipher the best plans of action. From personal wealth perpetuation and special needs arrangements, to tax strategies and business succession, Michael brings valuable insights and expertise. He cares about the human element of insurance, and he wants to help you creatively accomplish your clients’ goals.

“I never try to fit a person to a specific product,” he says. “It’s important to start with the client and the problem to be solved, and then to review all the options available to find the best fit,” he explains.

Given his background, it’s no wonder that Michael understands the value of a good fit. Before entering the insurance industry nearly a decade ago, he worked in the garment business. As CEO of a large organic apparel company, he oversaw product development, customer acquisition and business management.

After Michael sold his business and transitioned to a career in financial services, he worked as a financial planner for Northwestern Mutual, gaining expertise in life, disability and long-term care insurance, as well as estate planning and business owners’ policies. He subsequently worked for two New York brokerages, as a brokerage director and director of strategic planning. In those roles, he recruited and managed agents and agencies and built variable annuity practices from the ground-up. Most recently, he founded his own brokerage, Strategy Hill.

In 2018, he joined forces with Yoel Bodek, bringing Strategy Hill under the Brokers Central umbrella, with the goal of expanding the combined firm into new markets and reaching even more brokers. “I’m impressed with the platform of support available at Brokers Central – from underwriting and case support to compensation and incentives, Yoel has built systems that equip brokers for success,” he explains.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. He lives in New Jersey’s Bergen County with his wife and two children. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, competing on three ice hockey teams and car racing.


 

Chany Stern
Business Manager

As the Business Manager at Brokers Central, Chany oversees day-to-day operations. If clients experience issues, she’s ready to resolve them. She also works with the rest of the team to make sure everyone is hitting their targets and getting their projects done, and she provides additional training as needed to ensure an efficient work flow.

Chany completed her education overseas at BMS Israel. Soon after graduation, she joined Brokers Central. Over the following years, she worked her way up to her current position. She loves her team at Brokers Central, as well as the fact that every day brings something new. Her goal is to excel at everything she does, and to never stop learning new things.

Chany doesn’t believe in taking shortcuts. She holds herself to a high level of accountability, and her organizational skills and commitment to thorough documentation mean that nothing ever falls by the wayside. Ideas are great, but she works hard to ensure those ideas get developed into tangible actions that improve business.

When Chany is not working, she enjoys traveling.

Contact Chany and find a more advantageous option for your client.


 

Shaindy Goldman
Associate Vice President of Marketing

For the past three years, Shaindy has served as the event coordinator for CSB Envision, a philanthropic insurance event founded and co-sponsored by Brokers Central to raise funds for CSB Care. Now, Shaindy has expanded her scope of service, joining Brokers Central as the Associate Vice President of Marketing.

In this role, Shaindy provides concierge service to priority insurance brokers; onboards new insurance brokers; manages in-force business; and leads corporate marketing efforts. She works closely with the Brokers Central team to architect company growth. She also ensures that advisors are equipped with the tools and support they need to maximize their success.

With more than 17 years of business experience, Shaindy brings a wide range of capabilities to her new position. Over the years, she has developed strong proficiency in the areas of event planning, project management, marketing communications coordination, customer service and accounting.

Shaindy’s colleagues will tell you that she is a team player – someone who gets along with everyone and goes the extra mile to ensure expectations are exceeded. She is also creative and impeccably organized, with strong attention to detail.

Contact Shaindy for tools and tips to fuel your business success!


 

Isaac Deutsch
Account Executive

When brokers need help finding the right product for a client, they turn to Isaac Deutsch. Whether they’re looking for something specific or aren’t quite sure what they need, Isaac can help them find the perfect fit.

Isaac is an experienced insurance industry professional with a knack for details. He uses his expertise in life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance to assist brokers in finding the right solutions for their clients.

This isn’t always a simple matter. Some people have complex needs as well as issues that can impact underwriting, but Isaac is always willing to go the extra mile for clients. “No job is too big,” he says. “I’ll turn over every stone.”

He likes to present a full picture of all options and possibilities, giving clients the ability to select the best product for their needs. In the end, he wants the same thing brokers and their clients want – good results. He’s satisfied when they’re satisfied.

Contact Isaac for service that exceeds your expectations!


 

Nicole Anderson
Illustration & Product Research Specialist

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This quote by Theodore Roosevelt nicely sums up Nicole Anderson’s work philosophy. “I’m concerned about finding the best possible solutions for my clients,” she says. “This is about helping people; building legacies for their families; and security for future generations. I find it very rewarding.”

As an Illustration & Research Specialist for Brokers Central, Nicole assists brokers with product illustrations, proposals, research and information to support sales. Over the years, Brokers Central has earned a stellar reputation for its deep product expertise coupled with a big picture financial strategy. To this end, Nicole provides brokers with an extra level of product support to ensure their end-clients can make informed, empowered financial decisions.

With 11 years of insurance experience under her belt, Nicole is well-prepared for this role. Interestingly, she and Paul Schott worked together in the past, and it was Paul who convinced Nicole to join the Brokers Central team. Based on past experience, Nicole is quite confident in her ability to help brokers succeed. In fact, in one position, she worked closely with a broker to identify cross-sell opportunities in his existing book. In a one-year time frame, the two succeeded in achieving a 500% business increase – simply by proactively collaborating on business opportunities.

In Nicole’s words, she is a focused yet fun business partner who enjoys building relationships and adding some humor to the workday. She loves interacting with others and truly feels there’s no such thing as a silly question. Nicole is a positive, optimistic person who strives to find the silver lining in every situation.

Nicole resides in New Jersey with her husband and their son Jayce. She is very close to completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. When Nicole is not at work, she enjoys running, working out and spending time with her family.

Contact Nicole to accelerate your sales success!


 

Rachel Berkovits
New Business Administrator/Case Manager

At Brokers Central, Rachel has one main goal: to make sure clients get the best rates and coverage. As the new business administrator, she handles the back-office work, which includes policy processing from start to finish. When needed, she provides a preliminary or informal report.

Rachel acts as the contact between the agent and the carrier throughout the underwriting process. Because her work involves multiple parties, communication is key, and she makes sure everyone is kept in the loop at all steps in the process.

She enjoys the challenge of the insurance industry, which combines multiple factors: medical and financial issues, but also a personal story. When insurers sell policies, they’re selling protection, and she’s happy to be part of that process. There’s also a great deal of problem solving in her work, which is when her knack for out-of-the-box thinking really pays off.

Before joining Brokers Central, Rachel worked in a human resources and professional development position. There, she refined the communication and organization skills that allow her to excel in her current work. She’s very driven and loves being able to see the results of her efforts when the right policy is secured.

Contact Rachel for assistance with your new business today!


 

Frimmy Grun
New Business Admin/Case Manager

Frimmy Grun likes to see things through from start to finish. She processes new business applications and gets approval from the various carriers with which Brokers Central does business. Her goal is to make the process go as fast and smoothly as possible, and she won’t rest until the policy is in force.

To help everything run efficiently, good communication is key. Frimmy can be counted on to get back to agents and carriers in a timely fashion and to keep everyone in the loop. She also recognizes the importance of kindness. “Be nice to people,” she says. “It makes it easier for people to want to work with you.”

The insurance industry attracted Frimmy for two reasons. First, she enjoys helping people. Second, she enjoys learning about new things. With so many different carriers and policy details, every day at Brokers Central is interesting.

Contact Frimmy for assistance with your new business today!


 

Rifky Spitzer
Financing and Licensing

When agents are being introduced to Brokers Central, they can expect smooth sailing during their onboarding process thanks to Rifky Spitzer. Rifky oversees financing and licensing. She helps agents get contracted so they can start producing business – without a ton of paperwork on their part – and she handles licenses and commissions with the expertise that comes from years of experience.

Rifky has been a part of the Brokers Central team since 2009. During this time, she has been involved in many different parts of the business, learning the ins and outs of the industry. Now she uses her knowledge to achieve her goal of assisting agents with minimal inconvenience on their part.

She knows how to handle most problems because she has seen them before. If something new comes up, she will do the work and research needed to figure it out. No one enjoys problems, but Rifky enjoys problem solving. Agents experiencing issues with their licensing or commissions can count on her to help.

Rifky also likes working with people. She has good relationships with her colleagues at Brokers Central, and she enjoys helping the new agents who come to her.

Contact Rifky and let her know how we can help you produce more.


 

Heather Sprague
Medical Underwriting Consultant

Heather Sprague is an Underwriting Consultant with over 19 years of underwriting experience in both home office and general agency settings.  She leverages long-term carrier relationships while applying strong technical and communication skills to successfully negotiate aggressive underwriting decisions.

Heather is a key participant in the strategic alliance between Broker Central and its partners and has a proven track record of successful large case placement.

Heather holds a finance degree from the University of Connecticut and resides in Florida with her husband and two young children.

Contact Heather with your medical underwriting questions for better results.