Elizabeth A. Rise | Bio
Elizabeth Rise began her insurance career in 1975 as an agent for the Burd and Rise Insurance Agency of Halstad, MN. Elizabeth and her husband, Harlan, owned and managed the agency until their retirement at the end of 2008. She is a member of the National Faculty of The National Alliance, instructing at numerous CIC institutes, CISR courses, and Dynamics of Service courses around the country.
Elizabeth has served as president of the Board of Governors of the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND. Liz received her CIC designation in 1977.
Elizabeth and Harlan reside in Melbourne Beach, FL, and Miltona, MN. The couple has two daughters and Elizabeth is active in her church and community organizations.
John M. Dismukes | Bio
John Dismukes has been involved in the insurance business since 1967. He has worked for an insurance company as a marketing representative, independent insurance agent, and served as Director of Education for the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma from 1996 to July 2000.
John received his CPCU designation in 1977, his AAI designation in 1984, and his CIC designation in 1994, and his AIS designation in 2000. He has served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tulsa and President of the Northeastern Oklahoma Chapter of CPCU. John is a National Faculty member of The National Alliance and serves as Educational Consultant.
John formed his own independent training and consulting firm in 1998, and now conducts educational seminars all over the United States. In addition, he provides consulting services, expert witness services, and insurance agency valuations to agencies and companies.
Kathleen F. Silvia | Bio
Kathleen Silvia is President/Owner of the Fair Insurance Agency in Centerville, Massachusetts.
She has been in the insurance industry for over 35 years. Kathleen is Past-President of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women, Past-President of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, and is a past National Director to the National PIA. She has chaired the Technical Committee for National PIA, and has served as a liaison to the ISO Personal Lines Committee.
Kathleen earned her CIC designation in 1980. She served as a member of the Board of Certified Insurance Service Representatives from 1997-2003 and served as its Chair in 2001. Kathy has been teaching for MAIA since 2004, and was named to the CIC National Faculty in 2014.