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Dennis Wentworth Joins Next Generation Insurance Group to Lead Higher Education Outreach

By: blocke

Phoenix, AZ, August 29, 2011—Next Generation Insurance Group (NGI), a licensed specialty insurance agency and the nation’s first comprehensive insurance provider focused on the collegiate and young adult markets, has named Dennis Wentworth senior vice president responsible for college and university relations. Wentworth is a longtime sales strategist in the higher education field. NGI recently partnered with Sallie Mae to create Sallie Mae Insurance Services to offer insurance programs to colleges and universities, as well as students and young adults.

“Adding someone of Denny’s talent to our executive team is an important early milestone for Next Generation Insurance,” said John Fees, co-founder and chief executive officer, Next Generation Insurance Group. “Denny’s long history of building relationships with university officials and collaborating with universities to serve their students is perfectly aligned with our mission to help protect the investment students and their families make in education.”

Wentworth spent 11 years at Sallie Mae, most recently as president of Sallie Mae National Sales, responsible for the company’s higher education sales efforts for products and services across the country. Previously he served as vice president of sales for USA Group, Inc. Wentworth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in academic administration from Southern Illinois University. He resides in Indianapolis, Ind.

Sallie Mae Insurance Services provides colleges and universities access to insurance products specifically designed to help students and their families address the life-stage risks they face. The initiative delivers insurance programs designed to help families protect their investment in higher education and young adults protect the value of their investment post-college.

NGI’s additional offerings include:, a comprehensive insurance solution for college students and their families, offering personal property and liability protection for college students, an alternative to school-sponsored health insurance for full- and
part-time and non-traditional students.

About Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC (NGI) Founded by veteran affinity and collegiate marketers, Next Generation Insurance Group builds specialized insurance products, resources and expertise, and offers a diverse selection of services available through multiple delivery channels. NGI delivers innovation to the insurance industry, allowing consumers to mitigate the risks in their lives, fulfilling the needs of underserved consumer groups, especially first-time insurance buyers – young adults, students, graduates and their families. An authority in life-stage marketing and emerging trends and markets, NGI is changing the way people buy insurance. In partnership with affiliate channels, NGI ensures those in need are informed about “right fit” insurance products at the right time for their situations and corresponding life-stage risks, creating easy, relevant access to insurance when buyers are thinking about it and most need it.

NGI is a national insurance agency combining privately owned online channels with embedded partner channels. In partnership with Sallie Mae, it created Sallie Mae Insurance Services to offer specialized programs to colleges and universities, Upromise and Sallie Mae customers. NGI’s offerings include: GradGuard, the nation’s first comprehensive insurance and benefit solution for college students and their families;, offering personal property and liability protection for college students; and, an alternative to school-sponsored health insurance for full- and part-time and non-traditional students. NGI has been awarded a provisional patent for its Education Life-Stage Insurance Programs. More information is available at Follow the company on Twitter @nextgenins for life-stage risk news, information and product updates.

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