Industry veterans Dave O’Neil, Brian Anderson join Insurance Forums team

Insurance industry media veterans Dave O’Neil and Brian Anderson have joined Insurance Forums to lead the sales and editorial direction for the website and its associated properties.

O’Neil and Anderson, both recently of Summit Professional Networks’ Life and Health Group, come aboard as Senior Vice-President, Digital Sales, and Executive Editor, respectively.

O’Neil will be responsible for all sales activity across the web site, email database and managing the LinkedIn partnership. A seasoned executive with a track record of success and leadership in management and sales for major media companies, O’Neil spent the past four years as Group Publisher of Summit’s Life and Health Group.  In this role, he was responsible for the successful launches of LifeHealthPro.com, BenefitsPro.com and the continued development of ProducersWEB.com.

“Dave O’Neil is ideally suited to help us communicate the strong benefits of Insurance-Forums.com to the advertising community,” said Insurance-Forums.com President Sam Melamed.

“I have been familiar with Insurance-Forums.com for the past few years and I am thrilled to be part of a web community generating over 1 million page views per month organically from user generated content,” O’Neil said. “Additionally, the terrific partnership between Insurance-Forums and LinkedIn is exciting to bring to the market.”

Anderson comes to Insurance-Forums.net after a brief stint at Key Media’s Insurance Business America andInsurance Business Canada magazines, where he was the Managing Editor for the two commercial insurance market-focused titles. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Editor of Summit’s Life Insurance Selling and briefly as Executive Managing Editor of National Underwriter Life and Health until departing in early 2014.

He was also Content Director for the company’s portal website, LifeHealthPro.com, and served as the site’s Your Practice channel editor. Prior to taking over Life Insurance Selling in March of 2009, Anderson served as Editor ofSenior Market Advisor magazine, which has recently been rebranded as Retirement Advisor.

At Insurance-Forums.com, Anderson will work to develop articles, tips, case studies and commentaries that complement the issues, concerns and ideas expressed in ongoing discussion threads by Insurance-Forums.com’s more than 55,000 members.

“We are very excited to welcome the forum’s new Executive Editor, Brian Anderson,” Malamed said. “Brian is going to be an amazing addition to the Forum’s team and will really help raise the level of information and discourse on the forum from day 1.”

“For years I have been focused on providing life insurance producers with useful, targeted content to help them with their marketing, prospecting, sales and practice management strategies, while also working to help producers understand important developing issues and trends that impact their business,” Anderson said. “I am anxious to build on the tremendous success of Insurance-Forums.com and will strive to take it to the next level to make it an even more valuable resource for insurance industry professionals.”

Anderson is based in the Denver area, and lives in Highlands Ranch, Colo., with his wife and two children. He can be reached at brian[email protected] and 720-550-4254.

Dave O’Neil and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Katie and Jack, and reside in Littleton, Colo. He can be reached at [email protected] or 720-550-4253.