Corporation is a Delaware Corporation, with operational headquarters based
in Durham, North Carolina,
formed for the sole purpose of developing and
marketing the first Marriage Assurancesm
policy in the world. We are currently
raising capital to establish our own insurance company to underwrite the
insurance policies both in the US and abroad.
To learn more about the impact of divorce on our
society click here.
John A. Logan -
Founder, CEO and Chairman of SafeGuard Guaranty Corporation,
Mr. Logan is an experienced, multi-industry serial entrepreneur and new
product developer. Starting his first venture in 1982 at age 25, he
has been a founder, partner or major contributor in four successful startups
in the entertainment, publishing, HR software and insurance industries.
One of the first civilian recipients of the "Hammer" award during the
Clinton administration, for a joint project between the US government and
the Yellow Pages publishing industry, Mr.
Logan also spent 11 years with Ameritech and SBC (now part of AT&T) as
Senior Director of New Product Development. During that time Mr. Logan also
served as Chairman of the Direct Delivery Network, a consortium of all the
major Yellow Pages publishers across the United States.
At Ameritech, Mr. Logan was accountable for more than $83 million in revenue
and was responsible for consecutive years of record growth in the White
At Peopleclick, recruited personally by then CEO, Curt Witte, to direct the
development of the now world leading HR software organization's sales
infrastructure, Mr. Logan was part of the executive team that led the
fledgling startup's revenue growth from $1 million in 1999 to $42 million in
recurring revenue in 2001, capturing 52 of the Fortune 100 as clients along
Prior to incorporating SafeGuard Guaranty Corporation, as
President of Business Benefits Solutions Network (formerly the Macedoin
Consulting Group - an employee benefits/insurance development and research
firm and brokerage agency), Mr. Logan spent four years thoroughly
researching the insurance industry from the inside out at the executive
level. Working with industry giants like Aflac, Assurant (formerly
Fortis), Mutual of Omaha and others, he was able to identify processes and
business models that the conglomerate insurance companies use to ensure
success of new product offerings. As one of the top 50 (of 4200) Aflac
broker/agents in North Carolina in 2004, Mr. Logan’s innovative ideas on
Health Savings Account based products and large account targeting strategies
granted him ready access to C-level decision makers at Aflac, and provided
him with an insider’s view of the strategic analysis and product development
processes at one of the most successful niche market insurance companies.
Mr. Logan is also a Partner
an advisor-owned company with a strong network of actuaries, attorneys,
CPAs, third-party administrators, and other financial professionals. CBA is
a national company, with locations coast to coast, that helps small
businesses owners with high-earning employees, family owned businesses and
especially professional practices, develop custom cash balance plans for
retirement, which our they often use to supplement 401(k) profit-sharing
plans and accelerate retirement savings for themselves and their employees.
A published author and accomplished artist as well as an innovative
entrepreneur, Mr. Logan focused his creative talent and exacting analytical
skills to develop an insurance based product that provides both wealth
creation and much needed financial protection for married couples worldwide.
Applying life insurance actuary statistical data to the Marriage
Mr. Logan was able to create SafeGuard’s contrarian business model. The same
business acumen and online marketing techniques that helped grow Peopleclick
from a struggling start-up to a world leader will be applied to SafeGuard’s
Matthew M. Sutton –
Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Sutton has been an innovative
and successful Systems Engineer for 9 years. Mr. Sutton has assisted
multiple companies from the startup phase to success including positions as
CTO of the Macedoin Consulting Group and Operations Engineer with
world leading HR Software ASP Peopleclick, Inc. in tandem with Mr. Logan.
As former co-owner of Adrenix Computers in Clayton, NC, Mr. Sutton
appeared in the June 7th, 2004 subscription edition of Forbes Magazine in
his IT Consultant position for Capital Resource Solutions, LLC. Mr.
Sutton is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.
Thomas B. Mayo III –
Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mayo has been in financial services management in
the banking and insurance industries for over 30 years. As President
and Co-Founder of Swift Insurance Brokers in Chicago, IL (1998-2009) and
CEO/CFO of CMA Holdings, Chicago, IL (1996-1998) a $10 million holding
company of a property casualty insurer. Prior to 1996, Mr. Mayo’s experience
in various Vice Presidential roles at First Chicago NBD/First National Bank
of Chicago (1979-1996 - acquired by JPMorgan Chase) included an
international stint in Paris, France and have demonstrated his unique
capability for entrepreneurial thinking within the highly regulated
financial services industry. Mr. Mayo received an MBA in Finance from the
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL and his Bachelor
of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
Kenneth M. Fries – Executive
Vice President of
Distribution & Strategic Alliances, Mr. Fries has a solid track
record of exceptional performance in the insurance industry dating back to
1983. As Assistant Vice President, Office of Project Management &
Efficiencies, Annuity Division for MassMutual Financial Group in Hartford,
CT, and various positions within The Hartford Financial Services Group,
Hartford, CT including Vice President, Agency Strategy, eBusiness &
Technology and Assistant Vice President, Client Consultative Services,
eBusiness & Technology, Mr. Fries’ extensive carrier and agency experience
in the insurance and financial services industry has demonstrated success in
creating distinctive strategies and translating them into sales through a
distribution approach combined with technology. Mr. Fries managed his own
independent insurance agency from 1990-1997 and began his insurance career
with Aetna Life & Casualty, Hartford, CT. Mr. Fries has a Bachelor of
Science, Accounting (awarded in 3 years) from the University of Hartford.
Sebastian Pistritto –
Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Pistritto has 12+ years of
multi-channel marketing experience in both digital and non-digital
environments. Mr. Pistritto is an experienced Vice President of Marketing
for online companies in both B2B and B2C markets. In his most recent role of
Vice President of Digital Marketing Strategy for Harte Hanks, Yardley, PA,
Mr. Pistritto has a track record and proven experience in interactive agency
consulting, building, managing and growing e-commerce web sites for such
clients as Mercedes Benz, First Tennessee Bank, Samsung, Countrywide and the
USPS. Prior to Harte Hanks, Mr. Pistritto held various C level positions at
Exclaim, Inc., IXOS, Ravisent Technologies, Inc., Real Media Inc., and
Analytical. Aside from a Bachelor of Science Business Administration,
from Wilmington College and being a licensed Life Insurance agent
in Pennsylvania, Mr. Pistritto is a recognized speaker, author to several
articles and a recipient of the Distinguished Technical Communication Award
from the Society for Technical Communication.
Nicole Barrett-Vespone – Chief
Ms. Vespone brings over 20 years experience working in regulated industries
and she has been responsible for developing and growing several quality and
regulatory departments over her career. Her experience transcends all
aspects of product research, design, commercialization, quality assurance
and regulatory affairs. Ms. Vespone
is a Process Excellence Black Belt, a licensed life insurance broker and a
certified ISO Lead Auditor and has been a key leader in navigating the
Board of Directors
John A. Logan
(Chairman) – See above.
Kenneth M. Fries (Secretary) – See above.
Chad H. Masland - Mr. Masland
has been a financial services top executive for more than 30 years with
roles ranging from President of Citicorp International Insurance Company,
Ltd., a Citigroup offshore subsidiary, Senior Vice President of Marketing
and Product Development at Citigroup, a Board Member of Citicorp Life and
First Citicorp Life Insurance Companies and Vice President of Individual
Products at National Life of Vermont.
A Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant,
Masland has a proven track record of creating new strategic value, notably
in new situations and fields with no prior knowledge or exposure, and a
record of market penetration strategies that capture new or additional
Masland is currently the President of America’s First State Capital
Group, Inc. a Delaware based consulting practice and real estate advisory
group focused on client wealth accumulation and asset reallocation in
commercial and residential real estate investments, which he manages with
his wife and partner, Robin.
Laura Bennett - Ms. Bennett is the Chief Embracer and
Co-Founder of Embrace
Pet Insurance, a direct-to-consumer provider of pet
health insurance based in Cleveland, Ohio. Embrace Pet Insurance’s
next-generation health insurance products for cats and dogs remove the need
for pet owners to face the choice of necessary, but costly, medical care
against the life of their pet.
Ms. Bennett has over 17 years of insurance industry experience,
including her 5 years working at Embrace. Previously, she worked for The
Canada Life Assurance Company in Toronto, Canada for 12 years, in a number
of different leadership roles in asset-liability management, strategic
planning, and business development, and 4 years in the Dublin, Ireland
office. Just prior to Embrace, she was the CFO of the Canadian Life
Assurance Company's individual life and health businesses, developing the
role through the company’s demutualization.
Ms. Bennett and Alex Krooglik, Embrace Pet Insurance Company's
founders, met in 2001 at The Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia
while doing their MBAs. After a classmate's cat got sick and cost several
thousand dollars to get well again, they began to investigate the pet
insurance market in the US and discovered how underserved the market was.
They then wrote a pet insurance business plan in their second year of
business school and eventually won the 2002-03 Wharton Business Plan
Competition with the idea. Ms. Bennett received her MBA from the University
of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where she graduated as a Palmer Scholar
and Siebel Scholar in 2003. Embrace Pet Insurance was founded a short time
later. She was also awarded by her peers The Class of 2001 Leadership Award,
presented to the student in the graduating MBA class who most exemplifies
the spirit of Wharton in terms of leadership, teamwork, scholarship, and
service. She majored in Strategic and Entrepreneurship Management.
As Chief Executive Officer of Embrace, Ms. Bennett is responsible
for the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as the company’s
strategic direction. She also fills the financial and insurance roles in the
company, including the accounting, actuarial, underwriting and fund-raising
activities, as well as the HR and Communication functions. Ms. Bennett also
sits on the Embrace Pet Insurance Company’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Bennett also holds an honors mathematics degree from the
University of Western Ontario (Canada), is an actuary (FSA,), and holds the
chartered financial analyst designation (CFA).
Richard M. Hecker - Mr. Hecker has been a serial
entrepreneur since age 15 when he started his first business, Review Master,
aggregating and selling test notes and reviews for exams & NYS regents. He
then went on to found a successful stock analysis website while still a
teenager. This led him to merge his site with that of another young
entrepreneur and the two partners then developed a multi-million dollar
interactive ad agency and email house, ClickZen Worldwide in 2000. In 2003,
Mr. Hecker created a separate lead generation division, ZenFinancial, a
large call center outsourcing firm specializing in outbound telemarketing of
financial services. ZenFinancial was spun off into a separate company that
he led for 2 years and then sold in 2005. Since then, he has founded,
invested in and/or acquired over a dozen companies.
Mr. Hecker was the Co-Founder and Chairman of InSparq (acquired by Adiant), Co-Founder and
Board member of Andover Games and currently invests in other startups via TractionAndScale.com.
Mr. Hecker received a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Binghamton
Martin Woll – Martin Woll is Chief Operating Officer
at AXA's Individual Annuity business and also runs the firm's Institutional
Savings business launched in 2015.
As COO, Mr. Woll leads the
following functions for the individual annuity business: strategy and
corporate development, e-strategy/digital and data and analytics. In this
position, he drives strategic initiatives across the commercial line and has
instituted cutting-edge analytics to better understand and manage the
business. He also serves as a central figure for the organization, helping
to drive its business aganda forward.
Concurrently, Mr. Woll has
overall P&L responsibility for AXA's institutional savings business. In this
role, he oversees the strategy, implementation and execution of the business
line and its financial results. In addition, he spearheaded the work over
the course of several years building and managing AXA's entry into this
space with the launch of Escrow Shield PlusTM
in partnering with SRS Acquiom. Martin joined AXA in 2010 as a member of the
firm's Corporate Strategy and Business Development Group.
spent the early part of his career
providing financial advisory services for corporations and institutional
investors while working at the investment bank Houlihan Lokey. He began his
career on the fixed income and derivatives trading desk at AB Global
(formerly known as Alliance Bernstein) assisting the portfolio managers with
the valutaion of their investments.
Mr. Woll graduated cum laude from Indiana
University with a bachelor's degree in political science with minor
concentrations in business, international economics, and Russian and Eastern
Alvarez – A seasoned multinational Chief
Executive, Ms. Alvarez's background is in Investment Banking over 20 years,
with a broad international experience, and specialties in mergers &
acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, capital market transactions,
debt restructuring, financial restructuring, financial institutions,
consumer finance, digital banking, specialty finance, distressed assets &
debt, real estate & loan portfolios, corporate debts, privatization,
corporate development & strategy and cross-border transactions
developed her career in international banks and institutions, she has
chaired international positions in the last 15 years, on a global basis,
covering Europe, Asia, USA and some Latin American countries, mainly in the
Banking sector, and among her main achievements are having been a member of
the Board of Directors of the consumer finance bank and internet bank of
leading Spanish banking group, BBVA.
In her current position as
Managing Partner of Global Sunrise Capital, Angela has created a global
private platform for entities looking for equity investment, advisory on any
type of finance deal, divestment, refinancing, and for equity funds, family
offices, or other international investors to make direct investments, in
selected investment opportunities of different industrial sectors, where it
can be invested to generate top returns.
Her philosophy is to focus
on growing companies and industries where her resources and expertise can be
used to maximize value and boost the return for the sellers and investors.
Adryenn Ashley – Ms. Ashley is
a member of the Institute for Certified Divorce Financial Analysts, the
International Association of Divorce Financial Planners, and the Financial
Divorce Association. Ms. Ashley is the author of several books, numerous
divorce-related articles, and speaks at seminars and to regional groups
addressing the financial elements of divorce. She is also a Licensed
California Real Estate Mortgage Broker.
Ms. Ashley is a passionate marriage and family support activist and
lobbyist. She is a successful independent film producer with many credits
through her company 21st Century Pictures Group, including the documentary
“Anarchy Ahead – The Harvesting of American Families” which investigates the
human and financial costs caused by profiteering in the family law industry.
Her first feature “Metal”, won much critical acclaim including the Jury
Prize at the Pan African Film Festival and Best Picture at the Seattle
Underground Film Festival.
Ms. Ashley’s most recent book "Every
Single Girl's Guide to Her Future Husband's Last Divorce," is a sassy financial guide that brings
humor and attitude to an otherwise touchy, challenging subject and a must
read for any girl marrying a divorced guy.
She is a
veteran online marketing expert with multiple active websites, including WowIsMe.net which teaches the “shameless art of self-promotion” across print,
broadcast and interactive (web) media. Ms. Ashley holds a Masters Degree
from Sonoma State University, a Bachelors Degree from Dominican College of
San Rafael, and has over 100 hours of training in Mediation. She is also
certified in Negotiation and Conflict Management. Ms. Ashley is also a
member of the American Bar Association's Family Law section.
David Gardner - Mr. Gardner
is a serial entrepreneur, adviser and early stage investor with over 25
years of experience in creating and building technology companies. He has
been the founder or co-founded of eight successful companies including
ProviderLink, Report2Web, DBBasics, OnSphere and PeopleClick which was
recently purchased for $100 million. Mr. Gardner's start ups have raised
over $75 million in venture capital. He has demonstrated a record for
consistency across multiple industries and markets without a single start up
failure or loss of any investor’s capital.
Experienced in taking Internet-service model companies and IT
products to market, Mr. Gardner has served on several boards and is a
popular speaker. He has published several forward thinking white papers and
articles on technical, marketing and managerial topics. He founded and
launched the first hosted “software as a service” enterprise application in
NC long before the SaaS model was recognized as a viable approach or best
Mr. Gardner has also served as a Vice President for Compuware, a
billion-plus dollar IT corporation, after it acquired ProviderLink, a
healthcare communications exchange Gardner founded. In addition to several
years of computer science and business related post graduate studies at
NCSU, Mr. Gardner also holds degrees in Music, Philosophy and Divinity.
Mr. Gardner currently works as an adviser, coach and often investor
to several very early stage companies, most often in the software sector. He
currently has over $7 million personally invested in North Carolina early
Gary W. Goldstein -
Author, speaker, consultant, philanthropist, celebrated Hollywood film
producer and President of The Goldstein Company, a film and television
production company based in Los Angeles, Gary Goldstein has been
instrumental in the success of many of Hollywood's biggest box-office hits.
His films have generated over a billion dollars in worldwide revenue, and
received numerous Academy Award nominations, People's Choice Awards, a
Golden Globe and various other awards and nominations.
Currently Mr. Goldstein is set to produce APNEA, a drama set amidst the most
daring of extreme sports, dramatizing the real-life exploits of daredevils
who spear monster fish in deep ocean, hold their breath between 8 and 15
minutes, while being dragged at furious speeds to the depths.
His book Tactical
Toolbelt for Screenwriters: Success Strategies to Market and Grow Your
Passion as a Career offers
dynamic and concrete business strategies for screenwriters and other members
of the creative community.
He is also a consultant to MyStudio.net a cutting-edge, self-contained and
state of the art high definition (HD) interactive audio/video recording
studio, and Protagonist, which integrates artificial intelligence, natural
language, behavioral animation and other technologies to create instant,
real-time and meaningful rapport with online characters for 3D video gaming,
e-learning, corporate training and other applications.
In addition, Gary is a driving force behind HUB (Humanity Unites
Brilliance), an organization committed to sustainable solutions for all and
accelerating an end to the cycle of poverty.
Andrew Barile -
Mr. Barile joins SafeGuard Guaranty with 11 years insurance consulting
experience. His company, Andrew Barile Consulting Corporation, Inc., consults
to law firms, insurance and reinsurance companies, agencies, corporations
and private equity, hedge funds and investment firms.
Andy specializes in litigation support services; reinsurance and marketing
negotiating; director/insurers and offshore insurers; insurance agency
market finding, program design and implementation and agency-company
relations. He is highly skilled in captive formation and feasibility
studies; fronts, reinsurance and capital raising for captives; insurance
company mergers and acquisitions which includes identifying and purchasing
companies, due diligence, regulatory negotiations, rating organization
strategies and acting as a liaison to A.M. Best Company, Inc. for ratings.
He also has a strong background in accessing capital; valuations; custom
market research reports on insurance companies, as well as TPAs, MGAs and
reinsurance intermediaries. Andy is also an experienced insurance company
director, speaker and educator.
Andy can be reached via his website at www.abarileconsult.com.