Daniel J. Ward
Chairman & CFO
Following his graduation from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration / Finance, Dan accepted a position with Aetna US Healthcare as an Account Executive. While he obtained valuable experience in analyzing and developing valuable employee benefit packages at Aetna, his client focused nature lead him to make a move to the agent side of the industry.
Since joining the ABIS sales team in 2000, Dan has been a vital part in expanding the agency’s overall book of business. His ability to keep the client’s needs at the forefront of a project has made him a valuable part of client retention and satisfaction.
Dan has the added responsibility of keeping a pulse on the ever changing insurance industry. As a result of his regular discussions with the insurance company representatives, he is continually finding innovative ways to enhance the products and services offered to our clients.
In 2006 Dan became minority shareholder of Ahart Benefit Insurance Services. On October 2013, along with his business partner Jenni Villane, they purchased 100% of the remaining shares and officially opened Villane Ward Insurance Services dba Ahart Insurance Services.
Jenni began her insurance career in 1994 as a large client service representative at Aetna US Healthcare. She joined Ahart Benefit Insurance Services in 1997 in a staff support position. During her time with ABIS she was involved in every aspect of the day-to-day function of the company. Her familiarity of the operational needs of the company led to her promotion to Vice President of Operations in 2003. In 2005 Jenni, along with Dan Ward, became minority owners of Ahart Benefit Insurance Services. In 2013 the duo purchased the remaining shares of the company from then owner, Jack W. Ahart, and began to operate under the business name Ahart Insurance Services.
Jenni’s primary focus is the daily operation of the company from a staff and client service standpoint. However, her insurance background lends itself to assist with large client acquisitions and implementation, especially for those seeking a self funded arrangement.
Jenni is a licensed agent with the California Department of Insurance and is an active member of the Central California Association of Health Underwriters and the National Association of Health Underwriters.
Account Management Team
Nicole M. Logan
Senior Account Manager
Nicole accepted a position at Ahart Insurance Services in 2001 following employement with a local advertising company. Since her start at Ahart, she has continually advanced to more challending positions and responsibilities.
Nicole is a Senior Account Manager and is responsible for the overall service of a variety of mid and large size clients. Her willingness to adapt to the client’s needs and handle situations in a welcoming and professional manner has made her an asset to our clients and our team.
She is a licensed agent with the California Department of Insurance. In addition to her account management role, she has taken the lead in handling all of the Medicare and Individual products and policies. She is also certified in Medicare plans/products.
Senior Account Manager
Sara’s career with Ahart Insurance Services began in 1998 as a part-time staff assistant. Following her graduation from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management, Sara joined the company on a full-time basis.
Sara is responsible for account management services for both large group and small group accounts. She handles all service issues, claim problems and the renewal process for her clients. Her longevity with AIS means that she has also established valuable relationships with many of our long term clients.
Sara is a licensed agent with the California Department of Insurance and a valuable member of the Ahart Insurance Services team.