Vice Presidents & Directors
Ascend Insurance Brokerage is the entertainment industry’s premier broker of insurance and risk management services. We’re a team of brokers who are not only coverage experts, but who come to the business with strong prior entertainment industry experience – with extensive artist management, concert promotion, film production, touring and venue management backgrounds. We understand your business through hands-on, real-world experience.
Our customer service and integrity is unparalleled in the industry. We provide and thoroughly understand every coverage you might need and how to best protect your assets. And with direct access to the world’s leading insurers, Ascend can provide the best coverage and pricing available.
Our Vice Presidents & Directors all come from different insurance and entertainment backgrounds.
David Shotts, brought on as Vice President of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, was formerly an executive at USI, serving as a risk management consultant, spent year’s prior at Investigation Technologies as VP, Operations and Sales, and earlier as Director of Sales at Baldwin-Cox Agency.
His expertise is in the security world, and his focus at Ascend will be event security and staffing, alongside traditional security officer firms and electronic monitoring services. Shotts offers, “The opportunity to build something with a firm that is squarely focused in the entertainment realm is very attractive. CEO Paul Bassman’s expertise is second to none, and I believe that our collaboration will yield great dividends for Ascend, our current clients, and those that come to the company for their needs in the future.”
Keith Lebowitz comes to Ascend Insurance Brokerage via an impressive Entertainment background. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner in the field of broadcasting, and has received numerous other awards including a Golden Mike and Katie Award for best in his field of Sports Broadcasting and Television Production.
Keith’s background lends to the growing need for insurance coverage in the Television and Film Industries. Additionally, his passion for music of all genres make him an ideal fit for the niche that Ascend Insurance Brokerage has firmly established for itself.
Keith attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications at Arizona State University, and continued his education at Cal State Northridge University in their Radio-TV and Film program.
He hails from Los Angeles, but has called Dallas home now for nearly 17 years, and resides with his two children, Jordan and Gillian.
Sara Anderson heads our new Nashville effort. She brings eight years of experience in the insurance industry, including a specialty in coverage to support the needs of artists and artist management.
Formerly an account executive at HUB International, Anderson also enjoyed a tenure at Robertson Taylor. She shares, “I love music and working with artists. My primary aim is to work behind the scenes in playing a part to help clients grow their businesses and protect their assets. It’s very meaningful to start with a band or small promoter and watch them grow, as it is to ensure that even the largest artists and promoters are supported with insights that super-serve their ability to do business unencumbered by the inherent risks associated with their professional lives.”
Jaimee Goehring is the Director of Special Events and heads up CSI Event Insurance, Ascend’s Online Special Event Platform. She has 16 years of experience in the insurance industry and is a Certified Insurance Counselor.
Prior to joining Ascend, Jaimee was the Director of Marketing at a regional agency in Dallas and was the Director of Employment Services at Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, where she was instrumental in developing and facilitating a premier training and recruiting program initiative designed to attract new young talent into the local insurance industry.