Corporate Officers / Department Heads
MARK R. KELSEY, CEO
AVERY SMITH, PRESIDENT
NAYRI HORVAT, COO
VAN R. KELSEY, III, Secretary/Treasurer
BRIAN K. BUHLER, Controller
Corporate Officers / Department Heads
Mark Kelsey holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a yoga teaching certificate from Sacred Movement, Los Angeles. His honors include Mortar Board and Order of the Golden Bear, one of U.C. Berkeley's highest accolades. Mark is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, and on the Board of Pima, the leading industry association of insurance mass marketers. Mark started his career at MONY where he was the youngest person in the history of Mutual of New York to rank in the National top 10 for group health insurance sales.
Mark founded HealthInsurance.com and started DentalInsurance.com.
Avery Smith is the President of Kelsey National Organization, a marketer of insurance related products through Healthinsurance.com and Dentalinsurance.com. Avery has been with Kelsey National since 2004 in a variety of roles and was promoted to President in 2014. Avery has a proven track record of building new partnerships through his two decades of industry experience. Through Avery’s leadership Kelsey National has become one of the leading insurance brokers in the nation while providing an environment for employees to grow and becomes successful. Avery is a proud alum of the University of California, Irvine and is a member of Young Presidents Association, and has devoted many hours to volunteer work such as helping New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
Nayri Horvat is the Chief Operating Officer for Kelsey National Corporation. Mrs. Horvat has been with Kelsey for 15 years and has served as COO since April of 2015. Prior to this role, she was Director of Operations since March of 2011. She directs the financial and key operational aspects of the company’s business, including technology development, project management, and website operations. In 2003, Mrs. Horvat took over as Project Manager for www.DentalInsurance.com. She worked diligently with partners, insurance carriers, and vendors to grow DentalInsurance.com. By 2004, the website’s sales had grown by 40% and continued at a similar pace for several years. Today, www.DentalInsurance.com, is one of the leading websites for individuals and families to purchase dental. Over the course of time, Mrs. Horvat also played a lead role in building the infrastructure of www.Healthinsurance.com and more recently www.RetireeDentalExchange.com. During her tenure at Kelsey, Mrs. Horvat and her team have successfully implemented projects for several Fortune 500 partners. Mrs. Horvat has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1975. Joined Kelsey National as Sales Coordinator in 1984, promoted to Senior Sales Coordinator in 1986 and then to Director of Education and Training in 1987. Responsible for conducting seminars for agents around the country and for in-house training of Kelsey National staff members at all levels. Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2000.
BA in Economics, California State University, Long Beach 1986. MBA Pepperdine University 1997. Began career as Accountant at the insurance brokerage firm of Bayly Martin & Fay. Became an insurance broker and was in charge of small and medium size accounts managing in excess of $2 million in premium. Seven years at PWS Investments, a business broker, progressing to Assistant Controller. Consulted for Kelsey National beginning in February 1998 and joined Kelsey National as Controller in August 1999.
Kelsey National Corporation
3030 South Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066
P: (800) 366.5656 toll-free
P: (310) 390.1000 local area
FAX: (310) 390.3158
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