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MEET THE STAFF THAT SERVES YOU!

Below are the people who bring your insurance needs to life with a personal and unique approach:

Staff Listing:


. SHEILA E. VANZILE : Owner

Email: sheila@watermarkins.com
Work Phone: 616-949-6920

About Sheila E. VanZile:
Sheila E. VanZile is founder and Queen (yes, that is a version of her business card) of Watermark Insurance Services at 4981 Cascade Rd. SE. Sheila has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry from the insurance carrier, broker and agency perspectives.

Launched in late 2004, Watermark Insurance Services has fulfilled her vision for a concierge approach to the business, serving as personalized resource for each client. The agency offers a comprehensive selection of personal property and casualty insurance services, including homes, autos, boats, collections, and umbrella; the focus is on competitive pricing supported by impeccable service. Life and business insurance products are also available.

VanZile's extensive insurance industry experience spans 25+ years in management and leadership with profit and loss accountability within the property/casualty insurance industry, including sales, marketing, distribution, and underwriting disciplines. Sheila led and managed insurance company operations at the local, regional and national level. This included Regional Insurance Services Practice Leader (Midwest Region) for Marsh USA, Regional Vice President (Western/Northern Michigan Branch) for Citizens Insurance Company, and senior management positions with CNA Companies throughout the Midwest.

Watermark Insurance Services was named a finalist for the Top Women Owned Businesses by the Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2011 and 2013. She has also been honored as one of the 2015 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the GRBJ.

VanZile currently serves as Capital Campaign co-chair for the Cascade Community Foundation, and is a board member at St. Cecilia Music Center. Past community roles include President of the Board of Directors for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the Development Committee for the Humane Society of West Michigan. She earned her BA degree in Economics from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She resides in Cascade with her 2 long haired miniature dachshunds (who can be found in the office daily), and a cherished son and daughter in law.

See her recent Grand Rapids Business Journal Profile!
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. SHAWN FRENCH : Senior Account Representative

Email: shawn@watermarkins.com
Work Phone: 616-949-6920

About Shawn French:
Shawn French joined Watermark Insurance in 2015, adding another 13 years to our personal insurance service experience in the agency.

A Michigan native, Shawn has experience in both personal and business insurance, and worked with Farm Bureau Insurance for many years. Her experience spans sales, service, and claims.

Having her first experience in an independent insurance agency by joining Watermark, Shawn is delighted to have many options to offer our clients for price and coverage, versus the single option provided in her prior experience. It allows me to shop for our clients internally, and gives me the opportunity to transition clients as needed to another carrier if necessary because of a major life change, like adding a young driver, or purchasing a high value home. Having these kinds of tools available is really rewarding to me.

Shawn attended Saginaw Valley State University, and she resides in Lowell. She loves chocolate (and wine!).
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. SHANNON ANDERSON : Account Representative

Email: shannon@watermarkins.com
Work Phone: 616-949-6920

About Shannon Anderson:
Shannon joined us in 2018 with 13 years of personal insurance account management, as well as insurance agency management experience. Her role at Watermark is both sales and service.

Shannon is a great fit for Watermark because of her broad experience in both the independent agency system, and also with Allstate. She prefers the independent agency system because of the many options available to our clients. She also fully embraces our unique customer service model. Ive worked in other independent agencies, and find Watermark really refreshing because we always act in the best interest of the client, and we dont operate like a service center. A live person always answers the phone, and we are always focused on providing personal individualized service. Its great to have the opportunity to establish long term relationships with clients in that fashion.

A native of Grand Rapids, Shannon attended Grand Rapids Community College, and she enjoys volunteering at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, as well as spending time with her grandson.
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