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Meet our Insurance Experts

Meet our Insurance Experts

Yoel Y Bodek President

Michael Schwartz President Strategy Hill

Shaindy Goldman Associate Vice President of Marketing

Isaac Deutsch Account Executive

Nicole Anderson Illustration & Product Research Specialist

Rachel Fried New Business Admin

Frimmy Grun New Business Admin/Case Manager

Heather Sprague Medical Underwriting Consultant

Aaron Milstein Head of Finance and Operations

Kris Dushaj Head of Products

Bianca Antoine Administrative Assistant

Niki Cantrell Executive Assistant

Yoel Yitzchok Bodek, Insurance Advisor Advocate
Founding CEO

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.

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
Contracting & Compliance

“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 sons Jayce and Wyatt. She is very close to completing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 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 Fried
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!

Aaron Milstein
Head of Finance and Operations

Aaron Milstein is the Head of Finance & Operations at Brokers Central.

He grew up in Brooklyn and now resides in Clifton, New Jersey. Aaron attended Toras Emes High School and Toras Emes Rabbinical College before earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Touro College.

With more than five years of experience in operations and business management, Aaron is meticulous by nature, and he excels at juggling multiple tasks. He also brings personality and energy to everything he does.

In his previous position, Aaron helped build a home healthcare company from the ground-up. The business began with no patients and grew into a thriving operation. He has also served as a leasing administrator.

“I love the insurance business and its positive impact – getting people protected,” Aaron says, explaining why he decided to bring his skills and experience to the insurance industry.

Outside of work, Aaron runs a successful Twitter account featuring Jewish humor and has appeared on multiple Jewish podcasts. He’s also a big sports and comedy fan. Contact Aaron.

Kris Dushaj
Head of Products

Kris Dushaj is the Head of Products at Brokers Central. He brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to his position, including 15 years in insurance, at agencies representing some of the biggest names in the industry. Kris has deep knowledge of all product types and can help brokers find exactly what they need.

Having worked as an insurance broker, Kris knows how it feels to be on the other end of the table. “It’s extremely important to me that I serve brokers with urgency and efficiency at all times,” he explains. “This is no different than I how I expected to be treated when I was an agent.”

In the past, Kris also worked in operations, banking and sports marketing, so he has a lot of life perspective and he’s an agile problem solver.

Kris earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iona College in New Rochelle. He grew up in the Manhattan area and moved to the Westchester area for college, where he has remained ever since.

Personable and approachable, Kris is known for contributing to a positive environment with humor and laugher. He has been married for 14 years and has four children: Mark, Viktor, Vera and Gjon. Contact Kris

Bianca Antoine
Administrative Assistant

Bianca Antoine is an administrative assistant at Brokers Central, where she tends to many, many details to keep business moving forward.

Although she’s always been interested in business, she previously worked in the fashion industry. She didn’t know her future was in the insurance industry until she found Brokers Central.

“The Brokers Central team welcomed me with open arms,” Bianca says. “It’s a great fit. I’m excited to learn new things and to add to my skillset,” she adds.

Bianca grew up in Rockland County. She attended SUNY Buffalo State College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She’s bilingual in English and Creole and knows basic Spanish.

She’s also skilled at developing a rapport with all types of people. A fast learner, she’s known for having a strong work ethic and the ability to think creatively. Contact Bianca

Niki Cantrell
Executive Assistant

Niki Cantrell is an executive assistant at Brokers Central. She joined the team in 2021, with the goal of helping the firm’s very busy CEO, Yoel Bodek, achieve even more.

She brings diverse experience from other industries to her role and describes her transition to the insurance industry as a “happy accident” that resulted from being open to new opportunities.

Known for her open and friendly personality, Niki enjoys the upbeat atmosphere at Brokers Central. She is a helper, an organizer and a finisher – attributes that help her carry out her duties successfully. Niki is a graduate of Hillsdale College who loves the outdoors.

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