Ascension Announces Expansion to Operations Team; Speicher, Vezinaw and Sabre Join National Benefits Headquarters

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Ascension Insurance, Inc., is pleased to announce three key additions to the operations team in the company’s National Benefits Practice headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA. Leigh Speicher has joined the company as Operations Leader; Danielle Vezinaw has been named Implementation Manager; and Ashley Sabre has been named Executive Assistant to Nicole Jones-Gyllstrom, National Benefits Practice Leader. Ascension Insurance, Inc., is a national consulting and brokerage firm founded in 2008 and recently named one of the fastest-growing firms in the U.S. by Business Insurance.

Ascension has experienced outstanding organic growth in the last year. In 2012, the firm posted 49% revenue growth over 2011, according to Nicole Jones-Gyllstrom, President and National Benefits Practice Leader, who commented, “As we continue the aggressive growth of the past two years, we are committed to expanding our team with the best possible talent. Leigh, Danielle and Ashley all bring significant expertise and experience delivering best-in-class service and solutions to clients. We are very pleased that they have decided to join our Ascension team.”

As Operations Leader, Leigh Speicher will oversee general operations for Ascension’s National Benefits Practice. Her diverse experience in the benefits industry includes carrier, brokerage and technology experience. Prior to joining Ascension Speicher designed, built and implemented a proprietary online benefits enrollment system. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Business from UCLA.

In her role as Implementation Manager, Danielle Vezinaw will be responsible for managing implementation workflow for tools and resources for new and existing clients. Vezinaw began her career with a major carrier and later transitioned to a brokerage position, where she built her expertise in benefit management systems and benefits implementation. She is a graduate of Silicon Valley College with an AAS in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing.

Ashley Sabre joins Ascension as Executive Assistant to the National Benefits Practice Leader. She joins Ascension from the computer software industry and brings over seven years of experience as an executive assistant to C-level staff and senior management.

Ascension Insurance, Inc. is ranked within the Top 30 largest agencies by revenue size, with more than 440 employees and 35 locations nationwide. Ascension’s corporate mission is to create a premier insurance agency that offers superior risk management and benefits consulting services. Ascension is a privately held corporation. Together with its private equity partners, Parthenon Capital and Century Capital Management, Ascension Insurance, Inc. expects to grow to $200 million in revenue by 2017. To learn more, visit


Sarah DeFilippis, Marketing Atlas
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