Medicare Speakers


    Medicare for All - What Does it Mean?

    Janet Trautwein, CEO NAHU

    Janet Trautwein is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and President of the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.  NAHU represents more than 100,000 employee benefits professionals involved in the design, implementation and management of health plans all over the United States.  Her responsibilities include oversight of all NAHU and NAHU Education Foundation activities including oversight for 30 staff members in Washington, DC and 210 state and local chapters.   She is the primary spokesperson for NAHU to the media, government agencies and elected officials at all levels.  A frequent speaker on health policy issues, Janet’s expertise in issues related to health insurance markets, the uninsured, health insurance pools, risk and reinsurance pooling, health related tax issues, and both national and global health reform has been recognized throughout the industry. Janet has testified before Congress numerous times, and has been published in major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs around the world.


    Medicare Legislation Update

    Mike Smith, The Brokerage, Inc.; NAHU Medicare Advisory Board Member

    Mike Smith the President of The Brokerage, an insurance marketing organization licensed in all 50 states.  The Brokerage specializes in life, health, financial, senior insurance products and marketing services. Mike has been a member of NAHU for more than 20 years, serving as the president of the Fort Worth Chapter in 1997 and today on the NAHU Medicare Advisory Board. He has been recognized for his distinguished service to the industry in 2005 as the Donna Carnal Career Achievement Award and the TAHU Hollis Roberson Award in 2015.



    Top Producer Plan Discussion, Scaling your agency to six figures and beyond 

    Christian Brindle, President, Christian Brindle Insurance Services 

    Christian Brindle is a published author, hosts the ever popular Everything Medicare Podcast, and made six figures in the Medicare business by the time he was 25 years old.

    Christian was raised & brought up around the insurance industry. With his dad being an insurance broker for close to 30 years, Christian had the luxury of being able to learn all about the industry from a young age. Christian has worked with people far and wide on their Medicare plans and has seen close to any situation. He now admins the Six Figure Medicare Agent Facebook group and hosts the Six Figure Medicare Agent Youtube channel.


    Sean Willingham, President, The Medicare Man, LLC

    After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a BBA in finance, Sean obtained his General Lines Life and Health insurance license.  In 2007, he and his wife Kira created “K&S Insurance Services” which was rebranded into “Medicare Man Insurance Services” in 2015. 

    Since 2003, Sean has helped thousands of people with Medicare by guiding them through the process of understanding the different parts of Medicare and selecting the correct Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and/or Medicare Prescription Drug plan for their specific needs.  During that time he has been recognized many times for his sales production such as: Conseco Insurance Company “Rookie of the Year”, United Teacher Associates “Platinum Producer”, National Association of Health Underwriters “Leading Producers Roundtable”,  Aetna “Front Runner”, Humana “Elite Club”, Mutual of Omaha “Outstanding Performer” and Father’s Day Coffee Mug “World’s Greatest Dad”.  

    Sean is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist from the Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute, a Certified Elder Planning Specialist from The Institute of Elder Planning Studies, and a Certified Estate Advisor from the National Association of Financial & Estate Planning.

    Moderator: Danielle Roberts, Boomer Benefits, TAHU Medicare Chair

    Danielle Roberts is a Medicare expert and the co-founder of Boomer Benefits, a licensed insurance agency that helps baby boomers navigate their entry into Medicare in 49 states. She is the author of the best-selling book 10 Costly Medicare Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make, which helps beneficiaries avoid critical but all too common Medicare pitfalls.  Danielle is a member of the Forbes Finance Council and a past president of the Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters. She now serves on the state board as its Medicare chairperson. She has appeared on more than 100 podcasts, radio stations, and TV segments as a Medicare resource, and her agency has over 600,000 followers on social media.

    Impact & Trends in Medicare 2021

    Craig Taylor, Senior Market Sales

    With 21 years of experience in the insurance industry, a master’s degree in management and leadership, and Series 6, 63, 26 & 51 and many other designations, Craig is a great leader and asset to Senior Market Sales. As associate director of Medicare Solutions, Craig has the experience it takes to promote Medicare Solutions and Major Medical products, and to provide support and sales solutions to many agents. His knowledge helps put these agents in touch with top carriers that provide superior compensation across these numerous product lines.

    Craig says Senior Market Sales feels like a family away from home and that our experienced marketers are some of the most knowledgeable and friendly in the industry, making this what he loves most about his job. He also loves working with one of the most technically savvy and advanced companies in the business.

    Craig is from Omaha, NE, is married and has two daughters at home and a stepson studying architecture at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He loves to golf and has a goal to compete in a long drive contest, but don’t ask him to chip or putt.

    How Agents are Replacing the Medicare Plan Finder

    Scott Nichols, MMQ Search and Save
    • Just celebrated his 36th year in the insurance business
    • Entered the Insurance industry in 1984 as an agent in a Sears store for Allstate
    • Began working in the wholesale side of insurance in 1989 as a Regional Sales Manager for Pyramid Life Insurance Company
    • Opened S A Nichols Brokerage in 1992 as a National Medicare brokerage
    • Created and launched the consumer educational website in 2015. Free (all short video) Medicare education for consumers with the ability to connect to independent Medicare brokers in their communities.
    • Created and launched the APP version of the very successful site (MMQ APP) in 2017. The MMQ APP has had well over 100,000 consumer downloads to date.
    • Created the agent use only, Search and Save Medicare quoting system to fill the void left by when they became non-agent friendly.   This national Medicare quoting system gives agents back all the tools they lost with and even better ones to use


    Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefits for Seniors on Medicare

    Gaylan Hendricks, Senior Security Benefits and Manhattan Life

    Gaylan is the inspirational leader of the team at Senior Security Benefits, Inc. and Insurance Marketing Group. She is known for her bright, warm personality and brings energy and passion into everything she does. Known as a dynamic trainer and motivational speaker, Gaylan also excels in designing scripts for sales lead generation. She has held her health and life insurance license since 1987 and serves on the advisory councils for Manhattan Life Insurance Company, Aetna, and Cigna. Along with her role as CEO, she is involved in community service and enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, children, and grandchildren as well as traveling.


    Negotiating the New Normal for the Medicare Market

    John Dubas, Vice President of Agent Success, Premier Marketing


    John is a Vice President of Agent Success for Premier Marketing® and is tasked with the promotion of Medicare and Ancillary product for the organization.

    John began his Texas insurance career in 1985, offering 403b plans to staff at North Texas State (now University of North Texas). He worked primarily with Prudential for a number of years, licensed for life and health, variable, and property and casualty products, obtaining the LUTCF designation. 

    John transitioned into a captive role with PacifiCare, specializing in Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans, until governmental funding changes created a career change into Medical Staffing Recruitment for a brief period. When funding was restored to Medicare Part C and D programs, John returned to PacifiCare, becoming a Certified Medicare Specialist; he was part of that company’s acquisition by UnitedHealthcare, and moved into the Broker Channel, as a Broker Manager, then Central Region Director for Evercare (then UnitedHealthcare’s SNP division), then Regional Director for the Western United States for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Part C portfolio.

    After leaving UnitedHealthcare, John served as Vice President of Sales for a National Marketing Organization based in Dallas for Medicare and Ancillary Product Sales. He also served as that organization’s Compliance Officer and Chief Trainer, and sat on the advisory council for UnitedHealthcare’s broker channel. John’s latest role enables him to work for one of the nation’s leading independent marketing organizations in the insurance industry, while serving his favored Medicare Market.

    John graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration. He lives in Lewisville, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), and works out of the Integrity Marketing Group’s national headquarters.