Professional Profiles
 
John Pergande
I am a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and yes I am a Packer fan.  I graduated from Yale in 1985.  While at Yale, I was a member of the heavyweight crew team for four years.  After college, I worked for two years at the New York Futures Exchange, and then spent two years as a market maker, trading stock options on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  I graduated from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in 1991.  From 1991 to 1995, I worked for Citibank as a corporate banker covering the southwestern US.  Next, I joined the corporate finance group at Electronic Data Systems doing M&A work, contract risk analysis, and bankruptcy workouts.  In the fall of 1997, I joined Pyramid Services, Inc. as CFO.  Pyramid is a developer of insurance claims processing software.  In early 1998, as president of Pyramid Partners and in conjunction with management, the principals of BVA bought the company from its parent. Since that time, BVA has invested in, offered management assistance to and participated on the boards of 8 companies. I am currently working full-time as the CEO of InsureZone.

 Ed Gillman
We are thankful to have Ed’s insights, contagious enthusiasm and decades of insurance agency experience on board since 2001. In addition to his responsibilities overseeing the Membership Department, he maintains positive working relationships with our growing network of insurance carriers. During his travels, he makes a point of meeting new partners and when possible, assists with demonstrations of InsureZone’s technology to prospective clients.He was named to his current position after negotiating InsureZone’s acquisition of AgentSecure in June 2001. He launched AgentSecure in 1999 as the internet version of the thriving brick and mortar agency he opened in 1993. Ed got started in the insurance industry as a producer for Seitlin & Co., the agency his family owns and operates in South Florida.Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Virginia, and a graduate diploma in insurance and risk management from the College of Insurance in New York City. He is a past officer and board member of several insurance industry councils and trade associations in the Southeast.

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