Rural Leader Magazine September/October 2015 - Page 28

Year Award.   Following graduation from VSU, he worked for Applied Industrial Technology for 3 years, initially working in Customer Service and was promoted to the Service Center Manager after one year. From 2002 until 2014, Robert was employed with Occidental Benefits (Employee Benefits) as their Broker/ Consultant, where he managed, serviced and sold employee benefits to employers from 50-2000 employees. He played a major role in growing this company from a book of business of $250K to over $1million. Occidental Benefits was acquired by Regions Insurance March 2014 and Robert became an Employee Benefits Broker and Consultant. This transition moved him into a production role and out of the managing and servicing aspect of the business. Robert notes that this has been a beneficial move in his career because it has allowed him to grow personally and to better serve his clients with a very diverse support staff of Senior HR professionals.   Robert is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). The Birmingham local chapter, Robert served as the 2010 Education Committee Chair, the 2011 Legislative Chair, the 2012 & 2013 President Elect, and is currently President. In the Alabama State Chapter, Robert served as the 2011 Education Committee Chair, 2012 Legislative Chair, 2013 Legislative and HUPAC Chair, and in 2014 & 2015 he is the President Elect. Serving in these leadership roles, Robert has attended the National Association Capital Conference from 2012 to present, where he meets with elected officials and staff to educate them on the industry and discuss bipartisan bills being introduced in the House and Senate they should co-sponsor and support. In 2013 and 2014, Robert achieved the distinguished recognition of Leading Producers Round Table (LPRT).   Robert is a man of faith. He is a member of River Chase United Methodist Church. Along with his wife, Heidi, he organized a young families group to enhance fellowship. He also taught a Sunday School class for the last three years. Recently, he was asked to serve on the Board of Stewards.   Robert serves on the board of Live for Love, which is a local community non-profit outreach ministry. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters where he has served and continues to serve in a leadership position in both the Birmingham and Alabama Chapter.   Robert currently lives in Helena, AL, with his wife Heidi Sapp Goodman from Vidalia, GA and their 2 children, Anna Beth, 8 and Jack, 6. — Shavon Goodwin, 34 Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia Profession: Author/Entrepreneur   Shavon Goodwin is a savvy mother of six with a business acumen and a drive for success. Though she has a background in cosmetology, Shavon has become relatively a jack-of-all trades utilizing life challenges as a stepping stone to a greater future.   Shavon has overcome so much in life that she openly shares her testimony with others. It her hope to inspire others to strive for excellence. She is the proud author of A Princess in Me, a children’s book that was released in the spring of 2014. Shavon is also the co-author of Si \H