My name is Jeff Gueldner. I have been in a sales or sales management capacity my entire work life. From the time I graduated college to today at my new home with Apollo which started approximately 3 years ago. I grew up in central Illinois in a small town and learned quickly not only the value of hard work but also in doing things the right way as everybody knew everybody’s business. I parlayed that work ethic into a basketball scholarship at the University of Kansas where I played from 1986-1990 before graduating in 1991. No doubt the experiences that I had, the people that I met, the coaches I played for, the wins and losses and the obstacles I encountered and overcame prepared me that much more for the real world. Throughout college and by choosing to stay in the area I have continued to live my life in a fish bowl with the feeling that somebody is always watching. This was a constant reminder: to be honest, treat people the right way, and never to burn a bridge. At times I feel my entire life can be Googled but rather than focusing on the negative I choose to relish in the fact that by doing things the right way everything that is out there is positive.In 2010, at the age of 41, I went from being perfectly healthy to being diagnosed with cancer and my life changed forever. The love and support that I received from family, friends, and strangers were something that I will never forget. This experience opened my eyes to how many people knew me or knew of me and cared about my well-being. Life is not always fair and bad things do happen to good people but we all have to choose how we let that impact us and our ability to move forward. Once I was back on my feet I knew I wanted to find a career where I could help people and that is what eventually brought me to Apollo. Even though many agents have seemed to thrown up their hands and have left the industry, I want to help keep agents in this business. As experts in the industry, we are the only ones who can provide services to the group and individual market across the nation. My job is to educate, train, and inspire agents to provide affordable solutions to their clients. My goal is to help agents grow their books of business and take better care of their clients as the health insurance industry continues to evolve. Although none of us have a crystal ball I feel 100% confident that whatever comes next we will be ready for it at Apollo.