We like to put a face to our names. Here are a few of the staff you might encounter.
|Tim Kanter – President
Tim has worked in the insurance industry for almost 25 years, including for major insurance carriers in underwriting, customer service and sales. This experience gives him a unique perspective when it comes to finding answers and products that will work best for his clients. Tim also serves as the president of his local chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters — an organization that works to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable Healthcare. Tim achieved his childhood dream to be an insurance ninja when he earned a black belt in To-Shin Do. He is passionate about helping people find the right insurance plans, or installing ceiling fans across the globe. When not helping people, Tim enjoys backpacking in national parks, throwing a dart at a map and then traveling there, and talking during movies. Tim is a Ventura County native and lives with his beautiful wife Angela, and their two lovely daughters Megan and Emma.
|Beverly Stone – Agent
Beverly Stone, agency owner of BJS Insurance Services since 2004 has just merged her company with Get Benefits. Tim and Beverly have been friends for more than 16 years. Tim and Beverly have a similar work ethic: Help all of our clients with the right product for all the right reasons. Beverly learned this business from some of the great agents and always strives to do a task the right way the first time around as we do not have the time to redo.
“Will I ever fully retire, I think not,” she said. In her off time, Beverly enjoys her daily spinning class at the gym (She’s always been and exercise gal, having run the San Francisco Bay to Breakers, and the Hawaii and Los Angeles marathons), and having a facial and massage once a month is a treat. Beverly’s first grandbaby, a little girl, is due in early 2020, and she is excited about this next chapter in her life.
|Peter Nordel – Service Manager
Peter loves working at Get Benefits. He was born in Maryland but raised in Southern California. He is trying to learn as much as he can about as many different topics in his time here. Ideally, he would like to speak intelligently on any subject. Peter is an Eagle Scout, and thus has been forced into appreciating nature (read as: he loves nature). He plays volleyball in his free time, as well as cooks, works out, and plays video and board games. Really he’s just all over the place.
|Debbie Dreese – Account Manager
Debbie has been with Get Benefits for more than seven years and is pleased to provide excellent customer service to clients. Her joy comes from& raising her four “adult” children, Adam, Rachel, Jenni and Sarah, as well as her dog Romeo. She is a second generation Californian, and it shows in her interests – camping, helping animals, reading, sewing and watching Netflix (as long as her kids don’t interrupt her). She takes pride in helping others find the best insurance that fits their needs, and when she’s not working she helps out in the nursery at her church and pet-sits for people. “Did I mention I like animals?”
|Patti Koyshman – Account Manager
Patti has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience. Her background is diverse, from underwriting group and individual health insurance to being a regional account manager for annuities with a large life insurance company. Patti’s passion is people, and not in a creepy way. She enjoys the customer service aspect and working with clients to assist them in meeting their insurance needs. Patti has been with her partner Glenn for 12 years, and they live in Granada Hills with Patti’s two teenagers Adam and Rebecca. The family is an animal house, including the Great Dane Emma, The St. Bernard/Pitty Sadie and four cats. In her free time, Patti enjoys genealogy research and pondering if DNA shapes us, or if we shape DNA.
|Kelli Ramirez – Account Manager
Kelli has been in the insurance field for 19 years; working at a general agency is where her interest in the insurance industry began. She obtained her life and health license, and left after 8 years to venture out and sell insurance with the desire to help people understand the ever-changing world of health insurance. She loves animals and loves hanging out and playing with her Pit bull that she adopted from the Camarillo Shelter 4 years ago. #whosavedwho Kelli has been vegan for 10 years, (not the annoying kind) and also enjoys hanging out with friends for Taco Tuesday (or eating tacos any day of the week) going to the movies, crafting, hiking, bike riding, eating tacos, she loves to cook and research about nutrition and the benefits of eating healthy.
|Shane Canter – Sales Manager
As a child growing up, Shane did not always know what he wanted to do, but he was sure he wanted to work with people due to his outgoing personality. Seeing that his grandfather and mom both were in the insurance industry, it was fate that he would follow a similar path. Shane began his insurance career right here at Get Benefits back in 2010 as a telemarketer. After 3 years on the phones, he flew the coop to learn the customer service side of the business and become a more well-rounded agent. Recently he has come back to join the Get Benefits team as an agent. When he is not putting in long, long hours at the office, he can be found playing slow pitch softball, hiking or mountain biking with friends and family, or relaxing with his wife Jenn and dog Duke.
|Martin Cisneros – Agent
Martin was born and raised in Southern California, and while he had dreams as a young child to be a vaquero, he has settled for owning a horse named Pepe he doesn’t ride. As a young man, he moved to Oxnard for the sand and surf, and lives with his family there to this day. He has two daughters, Lexie and Ashley (that he is very proud of, even though he forgot to include that in the first draft of this bio), and two dogs, Sophie and Phoebe. Martin loves going to the gym, taking his dogs for walks, watching the Dodgers, Kings, UFC and Packers play, and helping customers with their insurance needs.
|Alex Gaspar – Agent
Alex is a Southern California native, coming to Get Benefits with several years of insurance industry experience. Alex likes to read biographies and business books assigned to him by Tim. His goal is to learn as much as he can and apply it to his life and his philosophy on helping others. He recently became engaged, and he and his fiancé spoil their 3-year-old dachshund Bella.
And since Alex’s biography is short, he’ll get to the minimum word count by sharing a quote he really likes by Winston Churchill: “Never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour (Alex even went with the British spelling — so authentic) and good sense.”