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In the latest episode of Awkward Insurance, Dustyne Bryant and Ashley Fitzsimmons have a thought-provoking conversation with Laurie Dawson, Principal of Treaster, Dawson & Associates, Inc. Laurie, with her extensive experience in employee benefits and human resources spanning 33 years, offers eye-opening insights into the world of health insurance and its impact on personal medical events.

Tune in to this enlightening episode of Awkward Insurance to gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal role that insurance professionals can play in the lives of their clients during personal medical events. Let Laurie Dawson’s insights empower you to make a difference in the lives of those you serve.

Enhance your client relationships and ensure their financial security by enrolling in the CISR Life & Health Essentials course.

Laurie Dawson – Treaster, Dawson and Associates, Inc.

Laurie Dawson is the principal of Treaster, Dawson and Associates, Inc., a Full-Service Group Insurance Consulting and Employee Benefits Brokerage Firm.

With more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits and human resource administration, Laurie provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

She and her staff strive to provide concierge level service, empowering their clients to be savvy healthcare consumers.

For more tips and insights, check out Laurie’s mini-blog at

Dustyne Bryant, MBA, CIC, CISR

Personal Lines Academic Director & Awkward Insurance Co-Host

Dustyne Bryant, is the Personal Lines Academic Director for The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. In her role, Dustyne collaborates with National Alliance faculty and industry colleagues to research and analyze Personal Lines segment trends, data, and coverage in an effort to deliver relevant and quality educational content to growing insurance professionals. 

Ashley Fitzsimmons, CISR

Director of Professional Development, Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.

Awkward Insurance Co-Host

Known as the Beyonce of Insurance, Ashley has grown up in insurance. She has real life experience on the agency side – for nearly the last decade. She has had to overcome the same daily struggles and has personally researched and implemented many tools and programs to help her family agency run more efficiently.

Nine years spent as the fourth generation in a family agency located near Scranton, PA, obtaining her CISR designation, multiple speaking engagements across the country as well as being nominated the 2018 National CSR of the year has given her the knowledge and experience to help other agents thrive instead of just survive.

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