Montage Executive Team
Danone Simpson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Montage Insurance Solutions with over fifteen years’ experience in all lines of insurance. Danone has built an agency focused on employee benefit and property & casualty programs for the commercial and non-profit sectors. Under Danone’s leadership the firm has partnered with over 100 carriers in order to find the perfect insurance solutions for their clients.
Her company utilizes Human Resources tools, consulting, wellness campaigns, health fairs and safety initiatives to reduce premium and employee costs. These programs have proven to be effective in retention and nurturing the health and safety of employees. These client events and services are unparalleled in the industry.
Danone Simpson understands the challenges of the Human Resources Professional and has established My HR Summit™ a leadership series to educate HR Departments in the ever changing world of legal compliance and employee management.
Danone has been presented multiple awards in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Business Journals, including being selected a Trusted Advisor in Insurance and One of the Top Twelve Women Owned Businesses in Los Angeles. Her agency has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Top 25 largest insurance brokerage firms since 2009 and for the number of Employee Benefits Consultants. Recently Danone was selected by Forbes magazine to be represented in the Women of Power series for Southern California.
In the past, Danone worked on the television series “Dallas”, produced by Lorimar Television for ten years. She also has served multiple non-profit organizations, such as Motion Picture and Television Fund; Cystic Fibrosis, and produced the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival which had over 60,000 attendees and benefited over sixty charities.
She is an active member of multiple insurance associations and has continuously served on the EMA/SMA board for over eight years and PIHRA District Nine Board (Woodland Hills) for the last two since 2009.
Executive MBA, Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University.
Mark Simpson, Chief Operations Officer at Danone Simpson Insurance Services LLC DBA: Montage Insurance Solutions, brings over thirty years of experience in operations management. His last positions have been in the Motion Picture Entertainment Industry and the Financial Investment and Acquisition Industry. Before joining DSI, he was the VP of Operations at Investors Capital Management Group in charge of acquisitions of business and real estate investments, in addition to overseeing Finance, IT, HR and Risk Management. Mark later joined Jackson Motion Picture Rentals for 3 years, in which he was in charge of operations; handling staffing, scheduling, inventory control and supervising employees.
For the majority of Mark’s career, he worked as the Director of Operations in the Property Department at Paramount Pictures. For 29 years, he oversaw productions, overhead budgets, staffing and inventory control for both Television and Feature Productions. He staffed all Key Production and Overhead Personnel in his division, which managed five additional production departments. He simultaneously managed the same division at CBS Studio Center Studios under a five year management agreement. In addition, Mark was in charge of all marketing and licensing agreements for the advertising on the New York Street at Paramount, strengthening company revenue from a previously untapped source of income. Mark brings his talent for the management of the many events and projects Montage puts on from enrollment meetings, to health fairs and our My HR and Executive Summits.
Affiliations, member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science - Business Administration and Management, California State University, Northridge
Tobias Kennedy, Executive Vice President at Danone Simpson Insurance Services DBA Montage Insurance Solutions, graduated from LMU with a degree in Political Science. Since his arrival at Montage in early 2007, he has become a trusted advisor to clients ranging from Religious Non Profits to Credit Unions, from Charter School Associations to Commercial Real Estate Developers and more. His broad base of knowledge and experience coupled with his fanatical dedication to rapid response time has seen him become a close friend and trusted partner to clients in Employee Benefits, Workers’ Compensation and various Commercial Insurance lines. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, he has given many seminars to organizations such as LANSA, PIHRA, SMA and in-house at Montage and to Montage clients, consulting boards of directors and Executive Teams to explain the complexities of Health Care Reform in all of its phases. Tobias sits on the board of directors of SMA (The Staffing Management Association - a division of SHRM). He has been trained in underwriting principles at Blue Shield headquarters in San Francisco and enjoys bringing a refreshing enthusiasm to every encounter.
Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, Loyola Marymount University
Affiliations, board member, SMA