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Have you ever had a dream or a vision, just something that you want to work toward or makes you happy? We have always wanted to live life to the fullest, enjoy the little things in life, and be the kind of friends you would like a friend to be; to us that is what it means to #liveswell...

Here’s how it all began: Leigh and Shannon met years ago at an insurance luncheon and hit it off right from the start. Everyone at the table would probably agree because they never stopped talking.


After many years of collaborating on ideas, sharing best practices and leaning on each other when needed, they realized that their individual strengths complemented each other. Together they wanted to join forces and build the kind of agency that supports the #liveswell concept: striving to provide peace of mind to clients so they can spend more time enjoying life than worrying about their hard-earned assets.

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Leigh Blackwell-Zellmer
Cowboys fan, mom to Easton, Samson & Delilah, and Managing Partner
Leigh became a 3rd generation agency owner when she took ownership of Blackwell Insurance Agency in 2012. As a managing partner of Swell Insurance Solutions, Leigh oversees Customer Service, Marketing and Human Resources. She loves the Dallas Cowboys and is an active member of Saddleback Church. She and her husband live in Robinson Ranch with their son, Easton, and their two pups, Samson & Delilah.
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Shannon Harford
Licensed Pilot, World Traveler, and Managing Partner
Shannon was born in Long Beach, CA. She has 16 years of insurance experience. She founded her own agency, SKS Insurance Agency, in 2004. As a managing partner of Swell Insurance Solutions, Shannon oversees Sales, IT and Finance. She is an avid traveler, a licensed pilot and a lover of Diet Coke. In 2014, she married her husband Paul and they live together in Seal Beach with their boxer, Abby.
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Personal Lines Account Manager
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Brittney is a Personal Lines Account Manager at our Lake Forest office. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with a degree in Business Administration where she also played soccer. She enjoys healthy living and wellness.
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Father of One, Chicago Bears Fan and Resident Foodie
Dimitri moved from Illinois to Seal Beach in 2012, with his wife and daughter. He specializes in personal lines insurance. He appreciates the beach city weather of Seal Beach and as a “foodie” he loves a great burger. When he isn’t sharing his knowledge of insurance with clients, you might find him on Main Street at Crema indulging in a macchiato or almond croissant.
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Mother of Two, Wife and Jesus Follower
Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Jennifer is a 3rd generation insurance agent and alumni of Southwest Baptist University. She is a Personal Lines Account Manager at our Lake Forest location. Country music can often be heard coming from her office. Jennifer is a die-hard University of Georgia fan, with an obsession for coffee and the beach. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
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Multilingual, Mother of Two & Music Enthusiast
Joelle is a CSUF alumna with a degree in International Business. She’s been a part of our team since 2012 as a Health Insurance Specialist. Joelle used to live in France and is fluent in French, Vietnamese and English. She now lives in Westminster with her husband and two children. She loves watching her husband coach tennis for her son and listening to Top 40 music.
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Father of Three, Basketball Coach & Photographer
Juni joined our team in 2013 and specializes in commercial insurance. He is an alumnus of the Art Center College of Design with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography. When he's not in the office you will most likely find him on the basketball court coaching youth basketball for St. Lucy's or the Alley-Oop League in Seal Beach. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.
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Soccer Mom, Former Spanish Teacher & Fashionista
Prior to joining our team in 2013, Maria was a Spanish Language instructor and a school administrator. She is a Personal Lines Account Manager at our Lake Forest office. Maria has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Santa Ana Community College. She and her high school sweetheart, Adrian, have been together for 14 years. On weekends you'll find her cheering on the sidelines at her daughter's soccer games.
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Golf Hall of Famer, Baker and Dog Lover
Kati graduated from Cal State Long Beach as a student Athlete with a degree in Business Marketing. Kati worked for KROQ and an on-camera talent agency before joining the Swell team. She is now a Commercial Lines Assistant at our Seal Beach office. She has two dogs named Bo & Aero and loves Disneyland. She also enjoys baking delicious treats for our office and uploads her baking videos to Youtube.
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Graphic Designer, Kitty Co-Parent and Pinterest Addict
Born and raised in Orange County, Savanah is an alumna of OCSA and UCI, where she studied film and media. She is a marketing assistant and customer service representative for our Personal Lines team. In her free time, she can usually be found listening to a podcast, collecting gold stars at Starbucks or watching true crime shows with her tabby cat, Taco.
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Mother of Three, Dance Mom, and Movie Enthusiast
Sherry has been a member of our team since 2011, but her insurance career began in 2007. She is a Commercial Lines Account Manager at our Seal Beach Office. All three of her daughters are dancers, making her a “Dance Mom.” Sherry lives in Dove Canyon and she loves catching a film on the big screen and spending time with her family.
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