Stephen Beemish


Beemish, StephenSenior Vice President of Commercial Insurance
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Industry: Insurance
Field: Commercial Insurance

For nearly three decades, Stephen A. Beemish has enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry. Beginning in a mailroom of an insurance brokerage, Mr. Beemish progressed to a marketing role, and eventually became an executive for various businesses within the insurance sector. He currently serves as the senior vice president of commercial insurance for HUB International, a position he has held for seven years. Noted as one of the world’s largest insurance brokerages, HUB International provides an array of services ranging from personal insurance to business insurance, employee benefits and risk services.

An expert in manufacturing risks, Mr. Beemish is responsible for driving sales, bringing revenue, educating clients and covering all lines of commercial insurance, as well as managing a department comprised primarily of sales personnel. In addition to managing staff members, he also drives sales for a large portfolio of commercial clients within a number of diverse industries, all while providing expert guidance to younger, less-experienced salespeople.

Although none would argue that Mr. Beemish’s professional experience is impressive in its own right, his emphasis on effective communication with clients is what sets him apart from others in the industry. “I’m always honest with my clients,” he states, which is important in a business that is constantly evolving based on consumer needs and market trends. Above all else, Mr. Beemish believes that sales is a “people’s business,” and building rapport is just as important as having technical skills in the industry.

In addition to the knowledge Mr. Beemish has gained in the professional world, he also holds an Associate Degree in Business Management and Industrial Relations from Kwantlean University College and an Associate Degree in Insurance from the Insurance Institute of Canada. He currently maintains affiliations with The Vancouver Board of Trade and the Canadian Alarm and Security Association. Continue reading

Anne M. Stasiewski


Stasiewski, AnneEducational Consultant
OWL Associates
Saint Augustine, FL, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Composition and Literature

Anne M. Stasiewski is best described as a team leader throughout her 58-year career. She worked with three elementary schools as principal (for a total of 17 years) and also worked in the central office. Prior to that, she served as the supervisor for language arts and reading for the City of Norwalk (where she was in the position for five years) and as a K-12 educator on the subjects of language arts and reading. After she retired from the education system in 1986, she started OWL Associates, a consultancy for teachers.

Ms. Stasiewski earned her doctorate in education (ABD) from the University of Bridgeport and both her master of science and bachelor of science from Central Connecticut State College. She is certified in Connecticut for positions as a K-12 teacher, principal, intermediate supervisor and superintendent of schools. Ms. Stasiewski is the former president of the Business and Professional Women of Connecticut. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of the National Education Association. Continue reading

Frank Reysen Jr., MS

Reysen, FrankCommunications Manager
New Jersey Planning Officials
Warren, NJ, USA
Industry: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Field: Government Communications and Journalism

In his more than 40 years of experience, Frank Reysen Jr. has been involved in just about every field of journalism as a writer, editor and reporter; he has also served as a public relations executive. His work history includes roles as a director of the Department of Defense High School News Service, a combat information officer for the United States Army, news editor of the Marion Daily Republican, sports editor for Media-Scope Magazine, executive editor of Incentive Marketing magazine, the editor of Licensing Trends Newsletter and the editor of Playthings Magazine. Presently, he is the communications manager for New Jersey Planning Officials, the State’s association of planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment.

Mr. Reysen Jr. was a doctoral degree candidate in journalism from Southern Illinois University. He received his master of science in journalism in 1965 from West Virginia University and his bachelor of arts in classical languages in 1963 from Fordham University. He is the recipient of the prestigious Neal Award (a business journalism editorial award considered “the Pulitzer Prize of business media”) from the American Business Press and several Public Service Awards from the Community Action Network. He was also recognized with three Bronze Star Medals and a Commendation Medal for his journalism achievements as a U.S Army Captain in Vietnam.  Continue reading

Barbara J. Stephens


Stephens, BarbaraRetired Chief Warrant Officer 4
United States Army
San Juan, TX, USA
Industry: Government/Public Service
Field: Military Finance

Throughout her 23 years of military experience, Barbara J. Stephens led by example. Her outstanding performance level, combined with ethical work habits set the standard high for others to emulate. “My subordinates followed my lead,” she says, “and most of them now hold high ranking positions.”

After graduating from Richland College at the age of 35 with an associate of arts in business, Ms. Stephens began working in the finance and personnel departments of the Arkansas National Guard. She also taught finance classes to military personnel at nearby Fort Benjamin Harrison. Ms. Stephens saw her teaching role as a valuable opportunity to encourage military personnel to take advantage of all of the educational benefits offered by the armed forces. “The schooling is what gets you promoted,” she points out, “so I always encouraged the women I worked with to try to study and get as much military education as they can.” She retired in 1998, holding the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.

Ms. Stephens was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal as well as a Meritorious Service Medal and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal. In 1996, she was named Federal Woman of the Year by the Federal Women’s Program. Continue reading

James Powers

Architecture & Construction

Powers, JamesPresident, Chief Executive Officer
Red Plains Surveying Company
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Industry: Architecture/Construction
Field: Land Surveying

James M. Powers, PLS, RPLS is the president and chief executive officer of Red Plains Surveying Company. A registered federal surveyor, he is qualified to survey federal lands, national parks, bureau of land management properties and American Indian lands. Mr. Powers has developed a particular expertise in the performance of ALTA/ACSM surveys. Additionally, he has established internal processes enabling them to handle large portfolios of properties in remarkably short turn around times.

Established in December of 1999, Red Plains Surveying Company is a full-service land surveying firm offering a wide variety of surveying services including boundary, topographic, right-of-way, construction, subdivision platting, single and multi-family projects, FEMA elevation certifications and ALTA/ACSM land title surveys for both urban and rural properties. While personally holding professional land surveyors licensure in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Utah, Mr. Powers’ company also maintains license in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. [At time of publication, the States of North Carolina and Hawaii are pending, with further expansion into Iowa, Oregon and North Carolina slated for 2009.]

The impressive portfolio as surveyor of record includes: The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and The Hughes Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; Greenway Plaza comprising 80 acres in the heart of Houston; four of the largest paper mill complexes in the country consisting of thousands of acres; the Redbud Energy Plant; and literally thousands of franchise operation sites for BP, Tesoro, Shell Oil, Applebee’s, Church’s Chicken and Pep Boys across the country. Large and complex; or high quantities of small locations are the specialties of Mr. Powers and company. Continue reading

Sylvia Fraley


Rogers, AR, USA
Industry: Arts
Field: Creative Writing

The ability to translate the wonders of one’s imagination into written word is one that requires great skill, time commitment, and most importantly, natural talent. Sylvia Fraley exercises all of these attributes and pours herself into her work as an author of novels on a variety of topics. On websites and in bookstores around Arkansas, Ms. Fraley’s books draw in audiences that appreciate drama, suspense, mystery and a little bit of romance. For this passionate writer, the greatest reward gleaned from her work — other than seeing her name in print — is knowing that readers are entertained when turning the pages of her novels.

Among some of the fascinating titles published by Ms. Fraley are “Eye to Eye,” the story of a chance meeting involving crime, near-death encounters and love; “Only a Fortune Cookie?”; and “Breeze…the Mermaid” and its sequel “Breeze…the Mermaid II: The Tridon,” which blur the line of reality between humans on land and mythical creatures in the sea. These exciting tales are the result of a similarly colorful life led by Ms. Fraley, whose experiences have taken her to many places throughout the globe and introduced her to a myriad of personalities, one of whom was Ronald B. Walkshorse, who illustrated book covers and contributed additional storylines for the “Breeze” series. The pair is set to release the third installment of the series and plans to continue their partnership with more publications.

In addition to her writing, Ms. Fraley is an insurance adjuster for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has written fashion articles for the Los Angeles Times and created layouts for advertising agencies on a freelance basis. Her favorite activities include traveling to create new memories and writing material, and enjoying nature outdoors. To witness the beauty of many cultures and acquire a wider audience, she plans to publish her books worldwide.  Continue reading