Regional Management Biographies

Assistant Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Dave Baker

Dave is the Mid Atlantic Sales Manager responsible for Carolinas, KY, OH, IN, TN, and WV. Dave joined the company in 2010. Previously he was a sales representative for UPAC, and before that worked for AMS and Rackley Systems. Dave has a BS from Northern Kentucky University.

Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Ryan Bass

Ryan is currently the Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest Region. Ryan joined the company in 2008 through the Leadership Development Program. Previous positions included Columbia Branch Manager, Account Manager, and North Carolina Sales Executive. Ryan has a BS in Psychology and a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.

Vice President, Regional Operations Manager

Russ Bigwood

Russ is currently the Regional Operations Manager for the Southern Region. Russ joined the company in 2008. Previously he was President of AMGRO, which was acquired by PFS. Russ held a number of senior management positions at AMGRO and also worked at Hanover Insurance Company. Russ has an MBA from Clark University and a BA from Lake Forest College.

Vice President, Regional Operations Manager

Linda Berndt

Linda is currently the Regional Operations Manager for the Southwest Region. Linda joined PFS in 1989 in the Austin branch and held the positions of Office Manager, Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President.

Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Antero Cortes

Antero is currently the Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast Region. He joined the company in 2007 as an Operations Coordinator. Other held positions include Sales Associate, Account Executive, Leadership Development Associate, and Branch Manager. Antero has a BS from the University of Scranton.

Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Shawn Eagan

Shawn is the Central Region Sales Manager. Previous positions have included National Account Manager, National Director of Canadian Operations, and Sales Representative in the Central Region. He joined the company in 1995. Shawn has an MBA from Webster University and a BS from Missouri State University.

Assistant Vice President, Regional Operations Manager

David O'Connell

Dave is responsible for the Mid-Atlantic Region Operations. Previous positions held with Imperial PFS® were Branch Manager, Louisville, KY and Assistant Vice President, and Branch Manager, Louisville, KY. Dave joined the organization as a Management Trainee in May 1995 with a BA from the University of Louisville.

Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Jeff Puffinburger

Jeff is currently the Regional Sales Manager in the Northwest Region. He joined the company in 2001. Previously, Jeff held positions at Transamerica Insurance Finance Corp., as an account manager, and as an underwriter and a sales representative at Kemper National and Fireman’s Fund. Jeff has a BS from The University of Oregon.

Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager

Lynn Schwertner

Lynn is currently the Western Region Operations Manager. Lynn joined the company in November 1984. Prior to her employment with this company Lynn worked for Imperial Bank Premium Finance and held several positions from 1978 to 1984.

Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Karl Swanson

Karl is currently the Western Region Sales Manager. He joined the company in 2004. Previously he held positions that included an underwriter, a licensed insurance agent, and the US Director of Sales & Marketing for a building materials manufacturer. Karl has an MBA from University of Georgia and his BS from Pepperdine University.

Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Manager

Nelson N. Walker

Nelson is currently the Southern Region Sales Manager. Previous positions have included Southern Region Profit Center Manager and Southern Region Sales Manager. He joined the company in 1991. Nelson has a BS from West Georgia University.

Vice President, Regional Operations Manager

Rachel Yunk

Rachel is currently the Regional Operations Manager for the Northwest Region. Previous positions have included Branch Manager and Office Manager. Rachel joined the company in 1997. Rachel has a BA from Eastern Washington University.