As Senior Vice President of Sales, Dave Simmons is responsible for overseeing all activities relating to the marketing, communications, and sales operations of the organization. He manages GUARD’s Field Sales Operations and Home Office Sales responsible for business growth in all jurisdictions. Dave maintains a focus on strengthening relationships with the existing Independent Agency groups that represent GUARD throughout the United States while adding new appointments in targeted areas. By successfully coordinating these activities (including involvement in product development and oversight of advertising, public relations, and other sales support initiatives) and by creating a culture responsive to the needs of customers, he helps maintain Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s growth and revenue stream. He also remains personally involved with key strategic partnerships to ensure the full potential of opportunities is realized in a mutually beneficial way.
Dave has over 40 years of experience within the insurance industry in positions of increasing scope and authority. He has worked in management at the field and home office level in both commercial lines and personal lines. Since much of his earlier insurance experience encompassed underwriting duties, he has an appreciation for the complexities involved in developing, writing, and retaining profitable production.
A graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Dave has augmented his education through various programs, including the Insurance Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and executive education classes through the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. He has obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and has earned a certificate in General Insurance from the Insurance Institute.