Meet The Team
Charles Dabelgott is the President and a co-founder of Associated Health Plans of America. Charles has over 30 years of insurance industry experience in both his executive corporate positions with Farmers Insurance and as a Farmers Agency owner for the last 5 years. He has senior level leadership and management experience in Underwriting, Product, Claims and Distribution. During his tenure at Farmers, he ran a 4B P&L along with the distribution system in California, As an Agent for Farmers, he has managed his own operation under the Dabelgott Insurance Agency, Inc. of 13M in premium, which is now one of the largest Farmers Agencies company-wide. His experience as a corporate executive and as an Agency owner gives him a unique advantage in leading Associated Health Plans of America and delivering unique health insurance solutions to Associations and their members. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Representative under FINRA.
Chief Commercial Officer
Tom Thomason is the Chief Commercial Officer of Associated Health Plans of America. Tom served as President or Executive Senior Vice President for several national firms and one international insurance brokerage firm with the responsibility to develop new business insurance sales and insurance programs for group commercial and association accounts in the following verticals: Hospitality, Paper Mills, National General Contractors, Hospitals, New Automobile Dealers, Mining, Hotel and Casino Industry and others. Tom has past experience setting up and organizing the marketing and sales of group insurance products, programs and services for large companies and trade associations. He is a top producer in insurance sales for Sun Life, Philadelphia Life, and Sedgwick James of London. Tom joined an Army Reserve Unit while in high school and later enlisted in the Active Army and graduated #1 in his class of 5,000 officers from Officers Candidate School in Ft. Benning, GA. Tom served as an officer and joined a Special Forces (Green Beret) Unit before leaving the military. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University, and attended USC Graduate School in Latin American Studies and the Hancock/ Harvard 6-Month Executive Management Program.
Vice President of Sales
Gary Dickinson is the Vice President of Sales at Associated Health Plans of America. Gary has over 30 years of experience building large sales networks for Sony, Texas Instruments, NEC, Nevada Hotel & Lodging and American Discount Corporation. Gary has designed and managed aggressive sales and customer service programs totaling $192 million in sales, with a staff of 80 employees. While working with Sony, Gary won a Samurai Award Winner for outstanding management performance in the areas of new business development and rapid sales growth. His experience in associations, employer groups, and group benefits is apparent with his successful implementation and sales of several key hotel properties including Cosmopolitan, Venetian/ Palazzo, Tropicana, Palms, Atlantis, Las Vegas Association of Realtors and The Association of American General Contractors. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Purdue University.
Karyn Thomason is the Secretary at Associated Health Plans of America. Karyn was a top producer in residential real estate and was one of the first female commercial real estate brokers in Sacramento, CA. Her work with Coldwell Banker, Sunset Development Company, Western Bank and Grubb & Ellis has proven to be a huge success with saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on negotiating lease contracts to handling processing of residential loan closings to successfully processed and closed FHA & VA project approvals. As Senior Lease Administrator at Coldwell Banker, Karyn negotiated over 150 office leasing contracts upon renewal with building owners.
Marketing & Business Development
Morgan Reilly handles the Marketing and Business Development for Associated Health Plans of America. Morgan has over 10 years of marketing and branding experience with over 8 years of expertise in association insurance group marketing. She has worked as a Relationship Manager for AmWINS Group Benefits in the Association Division, where she managed product development, association client relations, carrier relations and implementation of custom benefit programs for associations. Morgan is also the Executive Director for Endowment Legacy, where she handles the day-to-day operations, marketing, customer relations, administration operations and SOLI promotion. Her product knowledge ranges from Life, Accident, DI, LTCR, Medical Exchanges, Medical Supplement, Professional Liability, P&C, Wellness and Lifestyle programs. Morgan graduated #1 in her class and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island and holds a BS from the School of Business in Marketing with a minor in Leadership Studies and Fashion Merchandising.
Cathy Colburn is a Board Member of Associated Health Plans of America. Cathy has more than 35 years of experience in the association insurance industry including several years with Life Insurance of North America (INA) and 18 years with Colburn Insurance, where she was co- owner and postured the sale to USI, the genesis of USI Affinity. Following the sale, Cathy formed Affinitas Partners, an insurance consulting firm for Affinity groups and Insurance carriers. After an acquisition, Cathy joined AmWINS, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of AmWINS, overseeing the national Affinity Practice. Cathy possesses a broad-based knowledge of association insurance product development, marketing, distribution and administration and has served on numerous national insurance association executive boards. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College and an MBA from Eastern University.
Leonard “Ted” Burgess serves as outside counsel to American Health Plans of America, Inc. Ted has over 26 years of legal and business experience. During his career, he has represented multinational companies throughout the United States, Europe and Canada in the areas of insurance, real estate, e-commerce, payment processing, energy, retail, information technology and financial services. Ted began his career representing insurance companies as a trial attorney. He went on to handle complex litigation matters as lead trial counsel representing insurance carriers, other business entities as well as individuals in high profile litigation and jury trials. Ted has also served as corporate counsel to a number of domestic and international business entities. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Lawyers of Distinction. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. Ted is licensed to practice law in the trial and appellate courts of the State of California as well as the Federal Central and Southern District Courts of the 9th Circuit - California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Northridge and a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He also holds a certificate in International Business Transactions and Comparative Law from Kings College in London, England.
Norma Rose Eckblad
Group Benefit Consultant
Norma Rose Eckblad is currently the President of Rose Insurance Solutions, a California S Corp specializing in the sale of insurance to the senior individual and Group Market. Since 2015 Norma and the Rose Insurance Agency has experienced success in the sale of Medicare Supplement Insurance with distinction and integrity by helping the insured achieve their insurance objective, to obtain full coverage for medical and hospital expenses. Previous to insurance, Norma Eckblad served in sales leadership positions since 2004 in the marketing and sales of retail products and services as a top producer in her industry. Recently Norma and her Insurance Agency were appointed by Associated Health Plans of America as an independent licensed Insurance Group Benefit Consultant to market and sell Group Health Association Medical Plans along with Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug and other insurance in Southern California including San Diego County. Norma Eckblad is active in Christian charity and service in the Escondido Community.
Group Benefit Consultant
Robert Hilton Jr. is an active Group Benefit Consultant with AHPA, covering the Central Texas territory. Robert has 24 years of experience in the insurance industry serving communities as a Farmers Insurance agency owner as well as a territory manager with Farmers Insurance, Inc. He continually searches to improve his professional development and leadership skills, adding value to others with whom he works. In his years as an agency owner, Robert has maintained the highest level of underwriting integrity and a client retention ratio exceeding 90%. Clients regularly refer to him as a trusted advisor who helps to protect their assets and future income. His experience as a territory manager helped develop business management and leadership skills which translates into excellent consultancy. Robert’s business success is directly related to his ability to build strong, lasting relationships. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from the University of Phoenix, is licensed to sell Property & Casualty, Life & Health and is a Registered Representative with FINRA.
Group Benefit Consultant
Rick Bailey is a licensed insurance counselor and benefits consultant who is committed to providing unique and innovative solutions. With over 40 years experience in the insurance industry, Rick crafts long-term strategies while remaining focused on lowering the cost curve and satisfying compliance requirements. A member of Governor Deal and Insurance Commissioner Hudgens’ Exchange Advisory Boards, Rick is a nationally recognized Affordable Care Act expert. Rick was appointed as the GAHU State Exchange Coordinator - the official ACA liaison between political officials and insurance agents in Georgia. President of the Georgia Association of Health Underwriters and Regional Vice President of the National Association of Health Underwriters, Rick’s leadership is one of the ways he gives back to the industry he loves so much. Rick has been appointed to several insurance company advisory boards including Humana, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia, and Consumer’s Life. Rick’s contributions to the employee benefits industry have helped him earn prestigious awards such as Atlanta Health Underwriter of the Year, Georgia Health Underwriter of the Year, and the National Distinguished Service Award. The AAHU “Rick Bailey Membership Award” is named in Rick’s honor. Rick has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Health Plan Week, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Money Magazine, and Atlanta Business Radio
Group Benefit Consultant
Scott Patella is an active Group Benefit Consultant with AHPA, covering North Carolina. Scott has 14 years or experience in the insurance industry, the last 10 of which he has been an independent agency owner. Scott has built long lasting relationships with his clients, as well as his insurance carrier partners, and looks forward to forging new relationships with the Associations of NC and beyond in 2019.