Joseph Karl Sherrill | Bio
Karl Sherrill is a Consultant with Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in their High Point, NC office. Karl serves as the Leader for the National Manufacturing Practice Group at MMA and manages their Private Education and Tuition Insurance programs. Prior to joining MMA, Karl worked over 20 years in manufacturing with specific experience in textiles, automotive, furniture, plastics, food and beverage, distribution/supply chain, and heavy machinery. He has specific training in team building, ISO Standards, OSHA Voluntary Courses, and Kaizen Continuous Improvement Instruction. His background provides unique insights into the risk that companies face and allows him to build innovative and forward-thinking risk management strategies for his clients.
Karl is a respected lecturer having taught undergraduate and graduate courses in professional sales, sales management, business communication, and fundamentals of management. He enjoys speaking to various business groups regarding ethics, leadership, interpersonal relationship dynamics, and professional network building. Karl earned his CIC and CRM designations in 2013. Karl is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Textile Management. He also earned his MBA from Elon University, where he received the Richard H. Behrman Most Outstanding MBA Graduate award. Karl was also inducted into the International Business School Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma. He served on the board for the Elon School of Business and was a founding member of both the Elon Chandler Professional Sales Center Board of Advisors and the Elon MBA Student-Alumni Board.
Karl serves as a District Director on the Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) and is a past Chairperson for the NC Young Agents Committee of the IIANC. In 2011, Karl was selected as the North Carolina Young Agent of the Year. He also serves on the Legislative Committee for the IIANC where he spends time in Washington, DC meeting with legislators regarding insurance and business legislation. In the community, Karl serves on the advisory board for a local bank, held leadership roles in church and civic organizations. As an Eagle Scout, he remains active in his local troop.
Sara Bradshaw Ray | Bio
Sara also has over 30 years in agency ownership and management. She is a licensed Property & Casualty, Life & Health independent agent and also maintains her Certified Insurance Counselor designation of distinction.
Her agency management experience is complimented by a background in company commercial underwriting which enables her to uniquely step into the shoes of her agency principal clients with empathetic eyes to help evaluate and manage their agency ownership challenges.
Not only does Ms. Ray bring a wealth of industry expertise, resources and knowledge to the table, her vast experience coupled with a keen sense of the dynamics of efficiency, and its impact on productivity uniquely suits her to meet a variety of operational, management, and marketing needs in organizations today.
She is the founder of SynerDynamics Group, a consulting firm that has become known as "THE agency asset maximization resource" in the insurance industry today. A renowned speaker on the subject of agency efficiency, Ray advocates that by capitalizing on the power of synergy the result is maximized productivity which adds strength to the organizational dollar and ultimately a blacker bottom line.
With a lifelong passion for leadership development, Ms. Ray is also an executive coach and also founded MyNetwork, a nationwide facilitated mastermind network for female leaders.