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South Harbor Business Center
1414 Key Highway,
Suite H
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Office: 410.837.3022

Fax: 410.837.4189

About LifeMark Partners

LifeMark Partners is the preeminent and most sought after insurance distribution company, providing financial services and related products on a national scale with a consistent brand promise and compliant customer solutions.

LifeMark Headquarters

Bill Shelow, CLU, ChFC, CPCU

 bshelow@lifemarkpartners.com  (410) 837-3022 x.11

David Arthur
Chief Technology Officer 


 (434) 426-0408

Kerry Caputo
Executive Assistant / Bookkeeper 

 kcaputo@lifemarkpartners.com   (410) 837-3022 x.15

Kelli Grass
Senior Vice President

 kgrass@lifemarkpartners.com  (410) 837-3022 x.16

Molly Hoffman
Administrative/Compensation Specialist

 mhoffman@lifemarkpartners.com  (410) 837-3022 x.14

Megan Crawford
Administrative Assistant

 mcrawford@lifemarkpartners.com  (410)837-3022 x.19

Steve Santos
Marketing Director

 ssantos@lifemarkpartners.com  (410) 837-3022 x.18

 LifeMark Partners, Inc.
South Harbor Business Center  1414 Key Highway, Suite H   Baltimore, MD 21230
 Phone: (410) 837-3022  Fax: (410) 837-4189

Board of Directors

Bill Shelow is President of LifeMark Partners, Inc. He assumed that role in September of 2011. In this role Bill is responsible for the relationships of LifeMark Partners and the company’s partner agencies and executing strategies that fuel the growth and status of LifeMark Partners in the industry. Prior to joining LifeMark, Bill was President of Duncan Financial Group and CEO of Wealth Preservation and Management t/a Atlantic Financial Group; one of LifeMark’s 41 BGAs since 2008. In that role Bill helped to significantly grow the BGA, increasing revenue fourfold in three years. He also oversaw the management of six other business units of Duncan Financial Group, the parent company of Atlantic Financial Group. Bill also enjoyed a 25-year career with the Harleysville Insurance Companies, where he spent his last 14 years with Harleysville Life Insurance Company. During that time he headed up sales and marketing as a Senior Vice President and from 2003 to 2008 served as President and COO of Harleysville Life. During this 14-year stretch, Harleysville Life grew direct written premiums significantly. Bill holds a Bachelors Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in The College of Human Development. He also has earned the designations of CLU, ChFC, CPCU and LLIF. He has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations and lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with his wife and three of his five children.
Malcolm Sklar started his 33 year insurance career in 1973 with Phoenix Mutual Life after graduating from Jacksonville University in 1972. In 1975 he joined Life Plans Unlimited, which was one of the first General Agents with Security Connecticut Life. In 1987 Malcolm became president of Life Plans and participated on the original Security Connecticut Advisory Council. Malcolm was a founding partner of LifeMark Partners, Inc., and is currently Chairman of the Board. He is also currently the President of GBS Insurance and Financial Services, the insurance and employee benefits division of Arthur J. Gallagher, which acquired Life Plans Unlimited in 2002. Malcolm has also authored many articles for trade publications and has been a featured speaker at various industry events.
Leon Huffman is the President of Huffman & Associates, an Orlando, FL based distributor of life, annuity and LTC products. Leon started his career in 1972. He has obtained CLU, ChFC, CPCU designations and is a NASD registered principal. He has served on numerous advisory boards for insurance companies. He is past president of Central Florida Chapter of CLU & ChFC, past president of Professional Association of Independent Insurance Distributors, and former board member of FFRL RE-Insurance company.
As a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee, John entered the life insurance industry as a Marketing Specialist for Manhattan Life Insurance Company in Cincinnati. After a company merger, he joined Tennessee Brokerage Agency (TBA) in Knoxville as Marketing Manager. After serving in various positions, he became company President in 1996, a position he enjoys today. TBA is a wholesale life brokerage agency that is licensed to conduct business in all 50 states and specializes in obtaining life insurance for agents/clients with less than perfect health histories. TBA has been in the wholesale insurance business since 1959 John has served on many local and state insurance association boards as well as local civic and social organizations. He is currently President of NAIFA-Tennessee, Past Chairman of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA), former Board Member of LIFE Foundation, past President of the NAIFA-Knoxville, past President of TYGERS a second-generation brokerage agency study group. John carries a NASD Series 7 and 63 securities license and is life/health licensed in 50 states.

John is married to Johnna and has four children, Hannah, Kate and Sadie and Jack. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Melinda Meyer received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and has since earned multiple insurance licenses. She has over 30 years of senior management experience in both multi-carrier insurance environments and broker dealer operations. Melinda served as Valmark Securities’ COO for 12 years during the creation and development of the enterprise and is currently VP of member office development. She serves on the board for NAILBA as well as LifeMark Partners.
Mark Rosen is President of Underwriters Brokerage Service, an independent life and health brokerage agency located in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark’s insurance career began in 1978 at Security-Connecticut Life in Hartford for an initial training program and he then returned to the family business as a marketing associate. Mark has been active in numerous industry organizations including, LIFE, Inc., where he previously served as president; as member of the board of the local NAIFA chapter and the local chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals; as well as a member of the Estate Planning Council and the International Association for Financial Planners. Rosen and his firm are also founding members of LifeMark Partners, a national marketing organization. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and resides in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, with his wife Georgia and their teenagers, Zachary and Rachel.
John Rucker is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA and MBA) and a CLU since 1974. He began his insurance career with First Colony Life in 1971 and moved to Midland Life in Columbus as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 1982. Since 1985 he has been the president of several brokerage agencies and is the current President of The Rucker Company, a BGA in Columbus with a sales office in Philadelphia and reps in Cincinnati and Boise, Idaho. John became a member of NAILBA in its second year of existence and has been a member ever since. He has also been a member of NAIFA and SFSP for many years and has contributed articles to their professional journals over the years.

John and Meredith have three adult children and nine grandchildren and are very active in the Episcopal Church locally and regionally.
Steve Taber has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and pursued his MBA at the University of Denver. He has been in the insurance industry since 1986, starting with a family insurance based firm and then working for a major insurance carrier for multiple years. With a desire to move into more of a client-focused position, Steve accepted the position of Estate Planning Specialist with Smith Barney & later Prudential Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors). Steve enjoyed tremendous success and was consistently one of the leaders of both firms. In 2004 Steve launched Mercury Financial Group which is now a national advisory firm that works with the top Wall Street firms and banks.