Our Team

Our experience is what makes us different.

Each member of BD Capital’s team has been carefully selected for their unique talents and experience. We are entrepreneurs at heart, and we bring that spirit to our work with independent agencies.

When you enter into partnership with BD Capital, here are the key people you’ll get to know.

Brian L. Young : President and CEO Brian L. Young, President and CEO

After 28 years in the insurance business, Brian L. Young co-founded BD Capital Partners, an acquisitions and mergers firm designed to assist independent insurance agencies through the transition of selling their business.

Brian has a unique combination of claims, agency, corporate, and field executive experience. With his strong background in market analysis, business development and expansion, and agency acquisition and growth models, he has developed marketing and sales systems that have been adopted by the country’s largest multiple-line insurance companies and independent agencies. To BD Capital, he brings his belief in taking a human approach to acquisition; it’s why he is one of the most trusted people in the industry.

Brian got his start in the insurance world as a Claims Adjuster. His talent for coaching people toward success is what made him stand out early in his career as an Agency Manager, and it’s what has kept him in this business for so many years. Always interested in people and what makes them tick, he majored in sociology at University of Findlay, where he received his Bachelor's degree. He also attended University of Virginia, Darden Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Findlay, and he has been selected for admission to Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Dave Hollenbaugh : Chief Operating Officer Dave Hollenbaugh, Chief Operating Officer

Dave Hollenbaugh, co-founder of BD Capital, has been in the business of building insurance agencies for more than 27 years. In addition to leading sales teams with one of the largest multiple line insurance companies in the world, he worked with and owned part of a Top 100 Independent insurance agency in the U.S.

In his career, Dave has had the chance to build strong relationships with both national and regional insurance companies across the United States. He served on several insurance companies’ agency and executive councils.

Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Ohio Wesleyan University. He attended the Darden Business School and later he earned his Charter Leadership Fellow designation from The American College. In addition to being a standout in the business world, Dave was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Hall of Fame, where he was a part of many winning teams.

Lori Jirles : Financial Controller Lori Jirles, Financial Controller

Bringing more than 20 years of experience to the table, Lori Jirles handles BD Capital's accounting and reporting functions. She works closely with agencies to collect and consolidate their financials, assuring a smooth transition during the sales process. Having owned and managed three independent pharmacies, a grocery store, and a commercial real estate rental company, Lori understands small business. In addition, she has done consulting work for restaurants, car dealerships, physicians, and more.

Lori earned her Bachelor’s degree in math and biology from the University of Dayton, where she graduated with honors, and was the founding president of the Iota Pi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha.  She was awarded Business Person of Year, the highest award from the Chamber of Commerce, for her involvement with the community and small business growth, and she has served as President and Treasurer of her local Board of Trade.

 

Mike Piatt : Vice President of Agency Development Mike Piatt, Vice President of Agency Development

A former collegiate basketball coach, and a leading salesperson, agent, and recruiter in the insurance business, Mike brings a wealth of energy and experience to his role as VP of Agency Development for BD Capital Partners. He excels at building relationships with independent agencies, helping them understand the opportunity that acquisition offers—and then customizing the right growth solutions for the business.

A nationally sought-after sales and marketing public speaker, Mike is also an Instructor at Purdue University Insurance Marketing Institute. Before coming to BD Capital, he led the Midwest Region in life insurance sales at Nationwide. He also worked as a National Sales Trainer for Ohio National Life Insurance Company (Cincinnati), as well as a General Agent for Ohio National Life Insurance and Guarantee Reserve Life Insurance Companies.  Mike graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in history. Mike still enjoys coaching basketball, and in May of 2012, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1988 National Championship Team at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Bryan Kissinger : Commercial Lines Manager Bryan Kissinger, Commercial Lines Manager

Bryan brings to BD Capital a highly successful career in Commercial Insurance and leadership. With over 20 years in the insurance industry, Bryan’s extensive commercial lines experience and knowledge adds to the depth of resources available to agencies partnering with BD Capital. Having spent time in the sales, service, and management arenas of the retail segment of the insurance industry allows Bryan to provide guidance and input related to streamlining of the workflow processes and procedures of the Commercial Lines teams.

With previous positions with agencies and with national wholesale brokers, Bryan understands the importance and interactions needed to maintain good working relationships between markets and agency personnel. Along with the other members of the BD Capital management team, Bryan works with the owners and personnel of acquired businesses to ease the transition to the BD family of agencies. Bryan has been a key player in assessing the carrier and personnel needs of each agency, and in recruiting new companies and staff to help each entity achieve its fullest potential.

Bryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Marketing from Bowling Green State University.

Carla Charles : Personal Lines Manager Carla Charles, Personal Lines Manager

Carla brings to BD Capital over 27 years of professional experience in all areas of the insurance industry. Carla has an all-encompassing background with all realms of personal lines and provides expert skill on maintaining proper coverage. With many years invested in both personal lines and commercial lines underwriting for a few major insurers, Carla’s knowledge of risk placement and carrier appetite adds to the success of our team. After attending Wright State University for her education degree, Carla chose to apply that knowledge in the world of insurance.

Carla’s history of insurance sales as an Independent Agent for both P&C and L&H, promotes service, management and revenue growth. She also has decades of proficiency in claims as a prior adjuster for both property and casualty, including large losses. Working on carrier integration, rates and filings also gives Carla an in depth understanding of insurance regulations and processes.

She has driven many sides of the insurance industry including bonds, retail, wholesale and program business for unique risks such as crane operators and concrete pumpers.

Carla joined the BD Capital management team to work closely with personal lines associates to offer guidance, placement and resources to assist our team in achieving their goals.

Daniel Sutherin : Senior Agency Coordinator Daniel Sutherin, Senior Agency Coordinator

Dan Sutherin, MBA CPCU CIC CRM brings 35 years of agency experience to BD Capital.  With deep history in a three generation insurance agency and having started an agency from scratch, Dan has experienced the stresses and the exhilaration of being  an agency owner.

With changes occurring in business today and after several years of dramatic growth in his agencies, Dan decided to join the management team of BD Capital to develop Northeast Ohio for the company.  He will coordinate our growth in a region from Lorain to PA and from Lake Erie to I76.

Dan graduated from DePauw University, later received his MBA from Cleveland State.  His insurance training includes CPCU, CIC, and CRM from Ohio University, Lancaster.  He has received the Governors Voluntary Action Commendation from the State of Indiana and the Bernard Raimer Award for life achievement in community service.

Stephen Campbell : Agency Development Specialist Stephen Campbell, Agency Development Specialist

Stephen Campbell has held a variety of titles and has been involved with various multi-media projects around the midwest for over a decade. Before becoming a part of the BD Capital Team, Stephen worked for several prominent production companies and as a web developer on national and regional projects . His roles included early development and business copy writing as well as content management. He has a BFA from the College-Conservatory of Music. Stephen will be responsible for social media expansion and special projects for BD Capital.

Get in touch with our team today to find out if BD Capital is a fit for your agency!