Meet the Team

Ryan L. ZimplemanRyan L. ZimplemanRyan L. Zimpleman, MSM

Agency Managing Principal

States Licensed In: 48

Ryan has been the catalyst that has enabled The National Builders Insurance Group to ascend to one of the most dynamic independent insurance agencies in the Midwest. Since his arrival in 2012, the agency has expanded from a regional agency with one location into an expanding national agency with five locations and agents in a multitude of states that writes insurance in 48 states.

Ryan graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in International Business Management and started his career in the financial services industry in 2001. Ryan joined the United States Army after 9/11 and has since deployed around the world as a member of the Special Forces “Green Berets” with two tours in Afghanistan. Ryan joined NBIG in 2012 as Principal and earned his Masters in Management from the American College in 2014. His leadership philosophy of “leading from the front” coupled with his tenacious competitive edge has helped mold NBIG's culture into what it is today.

Ryan is married to Lisa and they have four wonderful, but very different, children. If Ryan is not in the office or on military duty, you will most likely find him at one of the kids’ various sporting events.

Organizations
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (Big I) – Executive Committee
  • Fulton County Councilman, Indiana
  • Butler University Alumni Association
  • Freemasons
  • Special Forces Association
  • American Legion
  • Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Honors & Awards
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana Agency of the Year 2012
  • Caston High School Distinguished Alumni
  • Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs Scholarship Recipient
  • U.S. Army Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • U.S. Army Commendation with Valor Device
  • NCAA 1-AA Football All American
Favorite Quote

"Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat" – God favors the bold

Brett SlamaBrett SlamaBrett Slama

Vice President of Mid-West Region

Direct:
(317) 740-0356 office
(317) 440-1260 mobile
States Licensed In: All 50 States and US Territories

Professional: Brett earned his Bachelors of Science from Butler University in Business Administration and Marketing. Brett was an All-Pioneer League performer for Butler University's Football team and was awarded the team’s Bulldog Tenacity Award in 2000. Brett's career path began in sports marketing, where he represented properties and teams in the Indy Racing League, NASCAR, and The National Basketball Association. Brett left the sports and entertainment industry for the insurance and risk management industry in 2005, where he has worked as a producer and underwriter.

Brett's insurance career began with Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he was an award-winning personal lines producer for the state of Indiana and The Midwest Region. Brett transitioned from the personal lines industry to the commercial insurance industry as both an independent agent and direct writer for national programs within the Retail Hardware Industry, Real Estate, and Habitational Industry, Advanced Manufacturing, Wood Products Manufacturing and represented a variety of trade association programs for traditional retail businesses.

Brett started with National Builders Insurance Group as the Midwest Region’s Vice President of Sales and Development, where he assisted in the expansion of the NBIG brand, in opening offices in New York, California, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis. Brett now serves as the operating partner for DeMulling and Slama Insurance, which is a member agency of National Builders Insurance Group. Brett's focus lies in growing the office through new business production and retention, as well as the daily office management duties within the growing staff and national program administration.

Personal: Brett is a passionate supporter of Butler University Athletics as well as an avid golfer and traveler. As a native son to Zionsville and Carmel, Brett has volunteered within a variety of non-profit groups in Indianapolis and enjoys giving back to his community. Brett and his wife (Ellen) live in Carmel, Indiana where they remain active with their family and friends.

Favorite Quote

"Great things are not done by one person. They’re done by a team of people." - Steve Jobs

Greg CooperGreg CooperGreg Cooper

Vice President of East Coast Region

Direct: (518) 707-6000
States Licensed In: NY, CT, MA, NJ, VT, NH, RI, ME
Office Location: New York

Professional: Greg began his insurance career interning at a local Independent Insurance Agency while at college (1998-2002). He first received his New York Property & Casualty Insurance License and Life & Health Insurance License in May of 2002. He received incredible mentorship and training while successfully growing his clientele for 6 years. He then focused on a specific group of Hardware Stores, Building Material Dealers, Lumberyards, and Rental Centers (True Value, Do it Best, and Ace) with a Captive program. In those 8 years, Greg grew his client base from 65 store owners to over 200, while maintaining one of the highest customer retention levels of the Agency.

Greg realized the insurance industry was changing drastically and was convinced that representing just one insurance company, was not beneficial for either him or more importantly for his clients. Therefore, he left the Captive side of the Insurance Industry and moved on to representing Insurance Brokers who offer hundreds of insurance companies to their clients. Greg remains fully dedicated to the Industries he has become an expert in and is one of the largest Insurance providers to Hardware stores in the Northeast.

Personal: Greg and his wife reside in upstate New York along with their 3 children. They also have a family business geared to helping others succeed in the network marketing space.

Favorite Quote

"There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way."

Eric RudyEric RudyEric L. Rudy

Vice President of West Coast Region

Direct: (916) 755-1281 (24/7)
States Licensed In: CA, NV, OR, WA, AR, UT, WY, AZ, AZ, MT, ID, TX, HI
Office Location: California

Professional: Eric began his insurance career after spending 11 years working for a Commercial Concrete Contractor in the Bay Area. He first received his California Property & Casualty Insurance License and Life & Health Insurance License in May of 1992. He immediately opened E.L. Rudy Farmers Insurance Agency in Sonoma, CA and grew it from zero policies to just over 3,000 in a 12-year time period.

Eric realized the insurance industry was changing drastically and was convinced that representing just one insurance company, like Farmers Insurance, was not beneficial for either him or more importantly for his clients. Therefore, he sold his agency back to Farmers Insurance and moved on to representing Insurance Brokers who offered hundreds of insurance companies to their clients.

Personal: Eric and his family reside in Northern California. He stays very busy and involved with their 2 beautiful daughters Briana and Shae. They are 26 and 20 years old. He is also a certified "KAPAP Orange Belt" in defensive tactics, hand-to-hand combat and self-defense by the International KAPAP Association.

Favorite Quote

"Every day, in every way, I want to be better than the day before!"

Terry SmithTerry SmithTerry Smith

Insurance Portfolio Advisor

Direct: (574) 224-2108
States Licensed In:

Professional: Terry grew up in Peru, IN and graduated from Peru High School where he was captain of the golf and basketball team. He then graduated from Hanover college with a Bachelor of Arts degree while continuing his golf career.

After college, Terry went to Michigan to manage a golf course. While Terry enjoyed his time there, he wanted to come back to his hometown. He found a job at a different insurance agency and really enjoyed the insurance industry. In 2017, Terry accepted an opportunity to head the Peru office. He has now been enjoying the insurance industry doing mostly commercial and personal lines. He also has his life and health license to help the insured’s full needs.

After coming back to Peru, Terry also wanted to get involved in the community. He sits on the Harvesting Capabilities Park Board, Miami County YMCA Board, and is in line to become Rotary President in July of 2019. Terry is also the eighth grade boy’s basketball head coach.

Personal: During his limited free time, Terry enjoys golfing where he is a member at Rock Hollow. He also enjoys grilling during the summer nights. If he is not doing the cooking, he and is fiancé like to go around northern Indiana trying different restaurants. Terry is set to get married in September of 2019.

Favorite Quote

"If you can't outplay them, outwork them." - Ben Hogan

Katlyn LeeKatlyn LeeKatlyn Lee

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 223-0680
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Katlyn began her insurance career in early February 2020. She started her career as the head of the Claims Department for National Builders Insurance Group where she serviced individuals who had suffered loss and consulted them through the claim process in a timely manner. After giving up the reins as Claims Director, she transitioned into the Commercial Line Service Team where her primary responsibilities included gathering client data and marketing accounts across our various carrier markets, ensuring clients were offered the best coverage with the best price. Katlyn has now transitioned into the role of an Agent, strategically targeting key accounts across the nation.

Personal: Katlyn is a May ‘19 graduate of Purdue University and spent 6 months immediately following graduation living in Denver, Colorado. While in Colorado, she enjoyed hiking and camping in the heart of the Rockies. After returning to her home state of Indiana, she has enjoyed time with her family and 10-year-old Cockapoo, Cane. Katlyn is jumping into community involvement and enjoys spending time on the lake, tending to her succulent garden, and hammocking anywhere with a nice view.

Favorite Quote

"If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor." – Eleanor Roosevelt

Megan SemonisMegan SemonisMegan Semonis

Agency Development Manager & Operations Specialist

Direct: (574) 223-0671
States Licensed In: IN, MI

Professional: Megan graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a degree in Financial Counseling & Planning. She began her career in the financial services industry with a national financial planning firm, but found her true calling to risk management when she joined National Builders Insurance Group in 2012.

Megan has served the agency in a variety of roles over the years, creating a well-rounded depth of knowledge for her current agency development role where she manages workflow, staff training, standard operating procedures, billing coordination, and carrier relations.

Personal: Megan and her family live in Bourbon, Indiana, where they are actively involved in the United Pentecostal Church. Megan is a worship leader on the music team and teaches a Sunday School class for Junior High teens. In their spare time, Megan and her family enjoy spending time together outdoors, often fishing, laughing around a bonfire, or driving tractors on their hobby farm.

Favorite Quote

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." – Proverbs 3:5-6

Stacy RobinsonStacy RobinsonStacy Robinson

CL Team Lead & Insurance Portfolio Advisor

Direct: (574) 223-0678
States Licensed In: IN, IL

Professional: Stacy graduated from Purdue University in 2013 and joined National Builders Insurance Group the same year, originally as the receptionist for the office. She quickly changed roles, filling the need for a personal lines service representative. Stacy later became the director of the Farm and Agribusiness Department, which allowed her to return to her roots as the sixth generation in her family to have a career in an ag-related field. In addition to farms, she is a part of the Commercial Lines Service Team, and manages the Surety Division. In late 2018, with the acquisition of a Chicago based agency, Stacy took the lead as the Account Executive for the commercial business.

Personal: Stacy finds her joy at home with her husband and son. She spends the warmer months outside in her garden and carries on the lessons her mother taught her of raising a garden and canning foods. Stacy is active is the Marshall County 4-H program as the Advisor of the 4-H Jr. Leaders.

Favorite Quote

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves." Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Alex HowdeshellAlex HowdeshellAlex Howdeshell

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 835-6749
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Alex began his insurance career in January 2017. He joined the agency as an Agent Producer where he managed a book of business. Alex then transitioned and started splitting his time on the Commercial Lines Team as an Account Marketer. His primary responsibilities are providing Risk Mitigating and Risk Transfer services for Commercial and Agricultural entities. Alex works on the Large Commercial Team to provide the best service for complex accounts.

Personal: Alex graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelors degree in Risk Management Insurance. During his time at ISU, Alex participated in Gamma Iota Sigma, an insurance fraternal organization, where he took part in educational conferences, networked with industry professionals and interviewed for internships. In the Summer of 2016, Alex interned with FCCI, a regional insurance carrier, where he worked in various departments including Underwriting, Claims, Risk Control and Product Development. Alex returned to his hometown of Rochester, Indiana and began working for The Smith Sawyer Smith Agency. Alex enjoys being involved in his community through his church, being a part of Rotary Club, coaching soccer and volunteering with service projects.

Favorite Quote

"Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding" – Proverbs 3:13

Sheena BitterlingSheena BitterlingSheena Bitterling

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 223-0662
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Sheena received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University in 2010 and began her insurance career in June of 2019. She received her Indiana Property & Casualty Insurance License in August of 2019. She began as a claims specialist with our agency before transitioning to the commercial lines marketing team. Sheena currently serves as a Commercial Lines Marketer and Account Manager.

Personal: Sheena and her family reside in Northern Indiana. She and her husband, Clay, are always active with their 3 children, Evelyn, Emmett, and Solomon. Sheena is an active member of her community and can be seen at several local events throughout her county. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, volunteer work, and participating in physical fitness activities.

Favorite Quote

"Look in the mirror; that’s your competition."

Tiffany RimplerTiffany RimplerTiffany Rimpler

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 223-0663
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Tiffany hired in with the Agency in early October 2020. She was originally brought on to help service accounts via submitting endorsements, generating Certificates of Insurance, and helping insureds with billing problems. After showing the aptitude to learn quickly, she was transitioned into the Commercial Line Marketing team where she handles the marketing of our new buisness accounts ensuring that our insureds are fully covered in the event of a loss. Tiffany works in tandem with Executive Officers from our Commercial accounts and Underwriters making precise judgements on what coverages are needed to best suit the account.

Personal: Tiffany has experience working as a Medical Assistant in Winamac where she helped patients by taking blood pressure, noting symptoms, and explaining treatment options. She then switched gears, becoming a pre-school teacher within her community where she taught upwards of 20 students at a time. Tiffany is a mother to three beautiful children with ages ranging between 7-16 years old. In her time away from the office, she stays busy toting each child to their various practices, games, and matches. She has been married to her husband, Garret, for 8 wonderful years. In between toting her children to their sporting events, her family enjoys spending time outdoors camping around the state of Indiana.

Favorite Quote

"A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset."

xxxBrandie CottrillBrandie Cottrill

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 223-0669
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Brandie was a homemaker for many years. When she entered the workforce she worked in a customer service role for a local business. She served there for many years. She made the career change in 2018, joined the NBIG family, and became licensed in the state of Indiana. Her daily responsibilities include servicing accounts via submitting endorsements on behalf of the insured, generating Certificates of Insurance, and correcting billing issues. Brandie has also trained multiple newer employees within her department.

Personal: Brandie resides with her husband and three children in northern Indiana. Brandie and her husband pastor a church in their local town. Brandie is heavily involved with ministry. She has a passion to help people develop and grow. Brandie's goal is to shine the light of Jesus every day.

Favorite Quote

"It is well with my soul."

Beth CopleyBeth CopleyBeth Copley

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct:
States Licensed In:

Professional: Beth came on board in November of 2020 where she trained with the Commercial Lines team and received her State of Indiana license. Beth has a longstanding history of working in the medical field with a strong customer service background and, in more recent years, a focus on medical coding.

Personal: Beth and her husband reside in North Central Indiana where they have both been fortunate to have served their community in philanthropic/service organizations and have participated in many community projects. They enjoy spending time with their three grown children and are happily adjusting to being "empty-nesters" with their busy hobby of bringing Goldendoodle puppies into the world. They also enjoy boating on a local lake and traveling.

Favorite Quote

"To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Crystal FoxCrystal FoxCrystal Fox

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

Direct: (574) 223-0666
States Licensed In: IN

Professional: Crystal joined the Smith Sawyer Smith family in October, 2020. She started in the Claims Department before transitioning on to the Commercial Lines Service Team. Crystal obtained her Indiana Producers License in late 2020.  

Personal: Crystal graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Journalism. She loves being at home with her husband, Jeremy, and their dog, Leo, a miniature dachshund. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys reading, baking and being with friends and family.

Favorite Quote

"When you fail to plan, you plan to fail." - Me

Jennie GlazarJennie GlazarJennie Glazar

Commercial Line Customer Service Agent

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