Nicole Buckenmeyer appointed President, Officers and Elected Directors


LIDMA is the only association dedicated to supporting direct marketers, insurance companies, financial institutions, technology providers and review firms engaged in the direct sale of life insurance products to consumers. LIDMA membership includes many of the industry’s leading producers, carriers, business partners, review companies, and direct distributors.

Buckenmeyer has been helping protect families with life insurance for over 25 years by working with some of the best direct marketers in the industry and bringing incredible industry knowledge to our community through his career experience. In 2001, Nicole obtained her Chartered Life Underwriter certification from the American College. Almost seven years ago, Nicole moved from California for Nashville to join Zander Insurance as Executive Vice President. In this role, she contributed to strategic growth while meeting market challenges, which proved to be a very rewarding experience for her.

Buckenmeyer succeeds Bob Bland, President of LifeQuotes. The LIDMA Board of Directors and its members thank Robert Bland for his many years of service on the Board and his leadership over the past two years as Chairman. Bob is a pioneer in the direct marketing segment of the life insurance industry and has been an influential voice in making the life insurance buying process easier and more accessible.

“I enjoyed watching him work and hope to make him proud as I take over the presidency of this incredible organization,” Buckenmeyer said. “We are grateful to Bob and the impact he has had on our industry and our community. Thank you also to our board members who are leaving after years of dedication to the organization. A huge thanks to Jennifer Young, Mike Goldberg and John Immordino for all their hard work and collaboration over the years.”

Officers and directors announced

LIDMA also announced on 2022 the executives and board directors behind the hard work underway to shape the future of life insurance distribution:

President – Nicole BuckenmeyerCLUExecutive Vice President, Zander Insurance Group
President-elect – Brian BarnesSenior Director of Business Development, Policygenius, Inc.
Vice President – Joe F. Klein, IVVP of Marketing, APPLICATIONS
Secretary Treasurer – Jeffrey McCauleyPresident/COO, Paperless Solutions Group, Inc., an MIB Company
Past President – R John PinneyCLU, ChFC, CPCUFounder/President, Pinney Insurance Center, Inc.
Ex officio member / Founder – Shervin EftekhariPresident, Zander Insurance Group
Ex officio member / Founder – Pat WedekingVice President of Business Development, Tellus Brokerage Connections
CEO / Executive Director – Gina GranthamCAE

Chris CampbellPresident, COO, eFinancial
Jenny CanasVice President of Products, Underwriting and Operations, SelectQuote Insurance Services
Jeremy HewittPresident and Chief Operating Officer, AccuQuote
Marc HolwegerPresident and CEO, Legal and General America
Pete KalasountasVP Insurance Market Partnerships, Insurance
Keli Sederdirector of brokerage life sales, mutual Omaha
Tim ShaheenSenior Vice President – ​​Life Division, Pacific Life
Andre SuttonStrategic Account Manager, ExamOne

Non-Council Chairs:
Brian T. CaseyPartner, Lord LockeLLP
Denis CliffordSenior Vice-President, Caisse d’Epargne, MA Mutual Life Insurance
Andrew Doerman, vice president, digital distribution and strategy. Legal and General America

LIDMA is the leading association dedicated to supporting companies and professionals active in the direct sale of life insurance products to consumers – the fastest growing sales segment in the life insurance industry. The non-profit organization is committed to helping its members increase income and reduce costs. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Life Insurance Direct Marketing Association


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