technology & innovation

The technology wizards behind the AE curtain

Taking care of all things technical


Jared Arnold
Chief Information Officer

Jared Arnold

Chief Information Officer

Hometown/State: Topeka, KS

Family Information:
Married to Mona for 20 spectacular years, father to 3 boys Finn, Wyatt and Gray, father to 3 dogs Jack, Henry and Bentley.

Job Duties/Responsibilities at Advisors Excel:
Providing vision and leadership for developing and implementing technology initiatives that benefit our employees and advisors. Overseeing, managing and coordinating all aspects of the Technology & Innovation department.

Name one thing that not many people know about you.
My sleep number is 35.

What was your first paying job?
Programming Lotus spreadsheets on an IBM system36.

What do you want to do when you retire?
Travel with my wife to watch all my boys play professional soccer and delight in the fact that all the time and money we spent playing competitive soccer from the age of 8 finally paid off.

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Sandy Higgins-Allen
Director of Tech. Development

Sandy Higgins-Allen

Director of Technology Development

Hometown/State:
Topeka, KS

Family:
Sandy grew up in Topeka with a whopping 13 siblings. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children; Blake and Katy.

Job Duties/Responsibilities at Advisors Excel:
As Director of Technology Development, Sandy has responsibility for designing business information systems, incorporating new technical systems to improve company work-flow, production, efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, she has responsibility for managing the project lifecycle from reviewing business requirements and development activities through production delivery.

When asked what she likes most about working at Advisors Excel, this is what Sandy had to say:
The thing I like best about working at Advisors Excel is the family atmosphere and the opportunity to work with agents and their staff members to build a successful partnership.

Who or what inspires you?
People who use their talents and resources to make a difference in their community.

Were you named after anyone? 
With such a large family my parents got creative with naming the last few of us.  I was named after the girl my oldest brother was dating when I was born.  Sandra Dee.  Thanks bro, haven’t heard many jokes over the years having that name and you didn’t even marry her.

Complete this sentence: Happiness is…
Having a healthy family and being surrounded  by people that I love and truly enjoy being with.

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Mike Napier
Lead Web Developer

Mike Napier

Lead Web Developer

Hometown/State: Topeka, Kansas

Family:
Mike lives in Topeka with his wife Mary and their two children Lee and Leila.

Job Duties/Responsibilities at Advisors Excel:
Mike ensures that we have the systems and processes in place to help our advisors succeed through all their electronic marketing needs. He also in charge of putting systems and workflows in place to alleviate unnecessary busy work so that staff members have more time to spend on our most important function of assisting advisors.

When asked what he liked most about his job at Advisors Excel, this is what Mike had to say:
I thoroughly enjoy working for Advisors Excel because of the fast paced environment and being surrounded by very talented people. At Advisors Excel, I get to utilize all of my abilities and experience on a daily basis along with facing challenges and new situations that give me a chance to expand on those in order to meet our advisors’ needs.

Stranded on a desert island, what five things (books/movies/music, etc.) do you take with you to stay entertained?
Can I take the internet? That and a computer and I should be alright, maybe some sort of solar power to keep things going.

Complete this sentence: Happiness is…
contagious, so spread it around.

What do you want to do when you retire?
Not worry about money (is that the right answer?)

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Sean Gofus
Web Developer

Sean Gofus

Web Developer

Hometown/State: Olathe, KS

Family:
Married to wife Kelly, with a 2-year-old daughter (Jovee) and a baby boy due in December (Jameson).

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I like to spend time with my family, and play outside with my daughter.

Complete this sentence: Happiness is…
My daughter’s laugh.

Do you collect anything, and what?
I collect blank MUNNY vinyl toys, so that I can paint them the way I want.

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Kegan VanSickle
Web Developer

Kegan VanSickle

Web Developer

Hometown/State: Olathe, KS

Family:
Happily married, father of two awesome boys, Rider and Kade!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
? I wanted to be a couple of things, a professional motocross racer or musician.

Stranded on a desert island, what five things (books/movies/music, etc.) do you take with you to stay entertained?
In no particular order:

  1. Motocross bike with lifetime supply of gas/oil and parts.
  2. Guitar(s)
  3. Bible
  4. Computer with Google fiber internet.
  5. My family, they’re going to be stranded with me.

Who or what inspires you?
My kids are my heroes. They give me ideas, inspiration, and motivation to push myself further.

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Daniel Baxter
Help Desk Technician/Assistant Network Administrator

Daniel Baxter

Help Desk Technician/Assistant Network Administrator

Hometown/State: Lawrence, Kan.

Family:
My fiancée, Katie, and my dog, Rupert.

Job Duties/Responsibilities at Advisors Excel:
Maintain and service AE systems.

Name one thing that not many people know about you.
I accidentally took an acting class in high school.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a hobbyist musician and videographer.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut.

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