Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC), the non-profit organization that helps train, educate and create employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans, celebrated the graduation of Joanne Smith on June 30. Smith completed DVIC’s insurance training program.
The five-month program prepares disabled veterans to embark on a customer service career in property/casualty insurance, with an emphasis on personal auto and homeowners lines.
According to Gary Bryant, president and CEO of DVIC, Smith spent the last six months training and working toward the goal of completing the program.
“With her military training and insurance training combined, she has a very successful career ahead of her,” Bryant said.
Smith’s career is already underway, as she was recently hired by the Gary Green Insurance Agency, a State Farm agency in Fort Myers, Fla., thanks in part to her training from DVIC.
DVIC is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2011 with the mission to educate, train and create meaningful employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans.
The organization’s operating board consists of: retired U.S. Army Major General, James L. Dozier; Roger C. Mercado Jr., director of Lee County Human and Veteran Services; Gary V. Trippe CIC, co-founder and chairman of Oswald Trippe and Co.; retired insurance agency executive Gay Trippe; John Pollock CIC, regional insurance president, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.; retired U.S. Army Colonel Thomas A. Dials, chairman emeritus of the Armed Forces Insurance Corporation; Dr. J.R. Harding of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities; former U.S. Air Force Captain and professional speaker, Wayne Smith; Todd E. Gates, chairman of Gates Construction; and retired U.S. Army Captain Jae Barclay of CRC Insurance Services . Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Gary L. Bryant is the president and CEO of DVIC.
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