Health insurance industry veteran sees remarkable growth potential for Grapevine, TX based sales group
Grapevine, TX January 17, 2011 – USHEALTH Advisors, L.L.C. (USHA) a growing national health insurance agency specializing in the self-employed and individual market, has announced the addition of Troy McQuagge to head its national sales operations.
“USHA is poised for record growth”, said McQuagge. “It’s a company made up of great people who subscribe to the same set of principles I have followed throughout my professional career. Many are longtime friends and colleagues whom I’ve known and worked with over the years; so my decision to come out of retirement and to work with them, again; was an easy one to make.”
McQuagge’s reputation for excellence is well-known in the insurance industry. He began his career with the Allstate Insurance Company in 1983. He joined the Student Insurance Division of United Insurance Companies Inc. (UICI) in 1995. McQuagge was named president of UGA in 1997 when Ron Jensen sold the privately-held agency to UICI. Under McQuagge’s leadership, UGA set numerous single-year sales records. When UICI was acquired by private equity investors in 2006, the corporate name was changed to HealthMarkets and McQuagge was tasked with leading all of the sales and marketing efforts within the company’s self-employed group. With McQuagge serving as its president in 2007, the HealthMarkets’ Agency Marketing Group (AMG) exceeded $1 Billion in eligible sales volume and was recognized as the Insurance Sales Organization of the Year, by Selling Power Magazine and the Stevie Awards. After leading the company’s sales efforts for more than a decade, McQuagge retired in March, 2008. During his tenure with the company, the value of its stock increased from a low of $5.18 per USHAre in May, 2000 to more than $44.00 per USHAre in December, 2007.
Of McQuagge’s decision to return to the industry, Ben Cutler, CEO of USHEALTH Group, Inc. said, “Having known Troy for a number of years, I am confident of his ability to build a dynamic sales organization. His historical results are unrivaled in the agency business. From my perspective, Troy’s approach to business; his strategic innovation and most importantly, his leadership; all serve to strengthen USHA’s unique competitive advantages.”
McQuagge joins USHA amidst historic periods of transition within the health insurance industry. “While retired, I had ample opportunity to follow the course of developments, regarding Health Care Reform,” said McQuagge. “The greatest challenge that I see facing health insurance executives today is how to fulfill the requirements of Health Care Reform legislation while meeting the needs of customers and agents; and at the same time, meeting USHAreholder demand for profitability. From my perspective, USHA and USHEALTH Group are uniquely positioned to react, not only to these challenges, but the opportunities that will be created by Health Care Reform. I’m looking forward to getting back to work, capitalizing on the opportunities and building another great sales organization.”
About USHEALTH Advisors, L.L.C.
Founded in 2009, USHEALTH Advisors, L.L.C. is a national health insurance distribution partner of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company sells individual health insurance plans underwritten by The Freedom Life Insurance Company of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company is focused on serving America’s self-employed and individual insurance market through its captive Agent sales force.
About USHEALTH Group, Inc.
USHEALTH Group, Inc. is an insurance holding company based in Ft. Worth, Texas focused on providing innovative health insurance coverage for self-employed individuals and small business owners. The goal of USHEALTH is to combine the talents of its employees and agents to market competitive and profitable insurance products, while providing superior customer service in every aspect of the company’s operations.