Robert Bland is dedicated to the LifeQuotes mission of
revolutionizing and improving the way people buy insurance.
After watching his fellow agency associates painstakingly
calculate insurance premium quotations by hand, Mr. Bland wrote
a business plan in 1984 which called for the automation of the
comparative insurance rating process. Bland founded Quotesmith
Corporation in 1984 and spent the next nine years building the
databases, convincing over 100 leading insurance companies to
contribute their information and providing the first online
insurance quote services to agents and brokers. In 1993 the
Company shifted its customer focus and began providing quotes
and information directly to consumers. Before founding
Quotesmith in 1984, Mr. Bland was president of Security Funding
Corporation, a privately held general lines insurance agency.
In 1996, Quotesmith was among the very first firms to provide
instant insurance quotes on the Internet.
A $3 million venture
capital investment by Intuit in 1998 was followed by a $64
million IPO in August 1999. By allowing people to obtain their
own quotes and purchases from the company of their choice,
Bland and his team have dramatically improved and streamlined
the way people buy insurance. In 2001 the company acquired the
Insure.com website and articles farm, for $1.75 million. In
2004 the company acquired the Life Quotes agency of Evergreen,
Colorado for $18.25 million in cash, including its customer
list of approximately 65,000. In 2009 the Insure.com website
was sold for $16 million in cash. In 2010 Bland launched a
tender offer to acquire all public shares after which the
company completed a going-private transaction. Over the years,
the company's websites have won numerous awards and accolades:
"2017 Life Insurance Innovation" award winner -- Life Insurance
Direct Marketing Association
"The premier Web site in terms
of details and ease of use..." -- Yahoo! FINANCE
life insurance website by Kiplinger's: 2007, 2008
"100 Most useful website" by MSN Money, April 2009
Winner: Forbes' "Best of the Web"
The best web site I've
found..." -- Dallas Morning News
"...we'd recommend you do
your insurance shopping here..." -- Barron's
- as good as a Web site on insurance can possibly be. Hats off
and a gold star to the top insurance site on the Web." -- Insurance for Dummies
Bland currently serves as CEO of
LifeQuotes.com and is active in the company on a full time
basis. The Company specializes in the sale of term life
insurance and has amassed a customer list exceeding 360,000.
Bland holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame (2013), a
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation (2006) and a
Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of
Robert Goss joined Life Quotes in July of 2012 as Executive Vice President responsible for the operations and sales for the Company.
Previously he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WNC Insurance Services, Inc. (“WNC”), a managing general underwriter for various excess and surplus carriers that manages over $150 million in premium. He was involved in the private equity purchase and led the successful sale of WNC’s private equity ownership. Prior to joining WNC, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Aon Risk Services Companies, Inc. (“Aon”), a $1.3 billion Americas retail insurance brokerage subsidiary of the $8 billion Aon Corporation. During his time at Aon, he oversaw the planning and consolidation of the retail insurance brokerage operations and supervised the licensing and insurance compliance functions in the U.S. he also led the financial and operational review, as well as the negotiation, of over 30 acquisition targets around the world. Prior to joining Aon, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Transco Inc. (“Transco”), a $50 million privately-held manufacturer and constructor of insulation for electric generating plants. At Transco, he managed the operations of the company, including the profit and loss statements and strategic planning responsibilities. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for four years, supervising all financial reporting, audit, banking, and insurance relationships. Prior to this he served as Director of Finance for Gapers, Stop and Shop and Hillman’s Foods. He began his career in public accounting and consulting at Coopers and Lybrand.
He received a B.S. in Accounting and Management, and Masters of Business Administration, from University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Illinois.
Michelle Zieba became the Vice President of Sales in February of 2014. As Vice President of Sales, she oversees multiple departments, including Recruiting, Training, and managing over 50 agents.
She began at LifeQuotes.com in September 2007 as a Sales Agent selling in all 50 states, later promoted to Sales Manager, then 9 months later promoted to Sales Director. In 2010, we launched the Outside Agent program, which allows licensed agents to work from home and was made manager of an Outside Agent Team before being asked to oversee and complete the recruiting, training and managing of all the licensed insurance agents.