Barbara Marzean, CIC
800-252-9435, EXT. 5045
Barbara Marzean is the Co-Owner & President of WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She began her insurance career in 1974 and joined Regnier & Associates, Inc. (then the VFIS State Regional Director) in 1985 as an account manager. She acquired a 20% interest in Regnier & Associates, Inc. and became the President in 2005. In October 2016, she along with Stephanie Dew and Glenn Hastings purchased the assets of Regnier & Associates, Inc. and formed WinStar Insurance Group LLC. Barbara holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and successfully completed the IIAT Leadership Academy program. She is active in the State Firefighter’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas, currently serving as Co-Chairman of the Firefighter of the Year/EMS Responder of the Year Committee and a member of the Golf Committee. Barbara is also on the Board of the Texas Line of Duty Task Force and was honored with the Gary Tilton “Heroes, Legends & Leaders” Award in August 2014. Barbara and her husband Mike, live in Georgetown and have two children and three wonderful grandchildren.
Glenn Hastings, LUTCF
800-252-9435, EXT. 5056
Glenn Hastings is the Co-Owner & Vice President of WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. He has been involved in the VFIS program in the Houston area since 2002. Glenn has 26 years of insurance experience and over 33 years experience with emergency services. He was a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Houston Fire Department and is a life member of the Spring Volunteer Fire Association in Harris County, having also served as their Fire Chief.
Stephanie Dew, CIC, CPCU
Vice President / Director of Sales & Marketing
800-252-9435, EXT. 5186
Stephanie Dew is the Co-Owner & Vice President of Sales and Marketing for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She graduated from Brigham Young University and in 1997, began her insurance career within the public entity sector. Stephanie held various underwriting positions while obtaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. Prior to transitioning to VFIS of Texas in 2010, Stephanie was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Glatfelter Insurance Group, which is the parent company for VFIS. Stephanie enjoys developing new programs, meeting new people and continuously learning. She has 4 children and loves being involved in their many activities.
SALES / MARKETING TEAM
800-252-9435, EXT. 5189
Danny Kerecman manages the Sales team for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. He graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and worked for American Hardware Insurance Agency. He relocated to Texas and joined the agency in 1994. Danny has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and has worked with the VFIS program for almost 20 years.
Tom Van Wyngarden
Assistant Sales Manager
800-252-9435, EXT. 5050
Tom Van Wyngarden joined the agency in 1999 after a successful career in sales. He graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Business Administration in Waverly, Iowa. Tom has more than 23 years of experience working with public entities and emergency services. In 2006, Tom was recognized and honored for achieving over $1,000,000 in VFIS sales. Tom enjoys playing golf when not working.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5053
Gerrie Smith is our Sales Executive for the territory encompassing Central Texas. She joined our team in 2006 and has over 40 years of insurance experience, including sales, service, and claim handling for both property & casualty and life & health coverage. She also has over 10 years experience with non-profit organizations and emergency services. Gerrie earned her EMT-B in 2009 and worked for a short time for Scott & White EMS. In her spare time, Gerrie enjoys competing in dog sports such as scent work and agility with her two Corgis.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5055
Marvin Vinson joined the agency in 2004 to handle the East Texas area. Marvin is a Firefighter/ECA and has more than 30 years experience with emergency services. He is currently serving as President of the Rusk County Firefighters Association and also sells fire apparatus for Westex Custom Fire Apparatus. Marvin holds the following SFFMA Certifications: Firefighter 2 tested, Instructor 1, Driver Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Wildlife Certification, and Vehicle Extrication 2. He’s currently working on his SFFMA Masters Certification.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5051
David Hubbard is our Sales Executive for the North Texas region. David has been active in the volunteer fire service in Texas since 1990, serving all positions with the River Oaks Fire Department and as the fire chief at Santo Fire & EMS. His accomplishments include SFFMA Level 2 Firefighter, SFFMA Level 2 Instructor, & EMT-B. For the past 15 years, he has made a living in Fire Equipment Sales, Fire Truck Sales and Emergency Vehicle Service Tech, while also serving as a Guest Instructor at TEEX Annual Fire School each July. When not working, you may find him at the deer lease, trout fishing, camping, or out for a ride on his Can Am Spyder.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5047
Kash Sarkaria is our social media & marketing/sales specialist, handling everything related to digital marketing for the firm. Responsibilities also include designing and maintaining the website. He is also the Brewery Sales Executive. Kash received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and recently completed his MBA in Marketing at St. Edward's University. He is also a talented musician whose band plays regularly around Texas.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Director of Training, Education and Safety
800-252-9435, EXT. 5052
Roy has worked with WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas as a Trainer and Training Coordinator for over 22 years. He holds an A.A.S., Fire Technology and B.B.M. from LeTourneau University and has tenure of 37 years in the fire service with numerous certifications. Roy served as a Safety/Training Officer for City of Rosenberg Fire Department, Safety Director for Richmond State School, Business Manager for Fulshear Volunteer Fire Department and most recently a Battalion Chief/Professional Development/Safety (retired) for City of Sugar Land Fire Department. He is also an adjunct instructor for Texas Engineering Extension Service.
SERVICE / ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Nancy Spear, CIC
800-252-9435, EXT. 5048
Nancy Spear manages the Service team for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She has been with the agency since 1989. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and has over 38 years of insurance experience. Her broad knowledge and experience bring the highest level of service to our VFIS clients.
Deborah Bush, ACSR, CISR
800-252-9435, EXT. 5183
Deborah Bush is an account manager for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Deborah is a native of Louisiana and attended Loyola University. She is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and is currently working on her Certified Account Manager (CAM) designation.
Susan Heil, CPCU
800-252-9435, EXT. 5187
Susan Heil is an account manager for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She joined our agency in 2008 after moving from California to Austin. Susan has more than 30 years of insurance experience, has completed her Chartered Property and Casuality Underwriter certification, and is working toward her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification as well.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5185
Bianca Nelson is our newest Account Manager and is a Texas native who recently moved back from Hawaii to settle in after life as a Military family. Her experience within the insurance industry includes over 3 years as an Account Manager for Commercial & Personal Lines at her previous agency in Hawaii. Bianca currently holds a Property & Casualty License and will begin working on her CIC designation in the near future. When not working, Bianca enjoys random road trips, listening to music, watching sports, hiking and entertaining.
Account Manager / Claims Manager
800-252-9435, EXT. 5184
Cherry Guidry has a dual role as claims specialist and account manager for WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. Cherry has 20 years of Insurance experience, which includes four years in the Underwriting department at Texas Mutual and sixteen years at other agencies assisting with claims and preparing policies. Cherry has both her agent and adjuster’s license as well as an Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) designation in both commercial lines and personal lines
Account Manager / Sales Executive
800-252-9435, EXT. 5190
Clare Ryan is the Account Manager for all Winery and Brewery clients for WinStar Insurance Group as well as Sales Executive for the Winery Program. She graduated from Lehigh University in 2011 with a BA in Global Studies, English, and Russian. Clare is originally from San Francisco, CA but moved to Texas in 2013. She enjoys hiking and biking around the beautiful Texas Hill Country and rooting for her Bay Area sports teams.
Accountant / HR
800-252-9435, EXT. 5188
Karri Criminger manages the Finance, Accounting and Human Resource Operations of WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Prior to WinStar Insurance Group, Karri was the Financial Administrator for a West Texas Oil Surveying Company. She enjoys tennis, traveling and spending time with her daughters.
800-252-9435, EXT. 5049
Sarah Key is the Administrative Specialist at WinStar Insurance Group dba VFIS of Texas, starting in late 2015. Sarah handles any and all required administrative duties that the office demands. Sarah has lived in Texas her whole life & moved to Austin 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, which she claims is the best decision of her life. She loves watching and attending baseball games, specially the Texas Rangers, & on her spare time enjoys renovating her house, going on walks with her dogs, and exploring new sushi restaurants with her husband.