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Executive Team

Chad Alberson

Chad Alberson

Chad brings nearly a decade of benefits experience with him to Spectrum. Initially cutting his teeth in health insurance with a Fortune 500 company as a wholesaler, he had to learn to navigate health care reform early in his career and has then ridden the waves of ongoing market changes. This has uniquely equipped him for his role with Spectrum Benefits. Working with brokers of all demographics has given him a diverse market view and complete understanding of options and uncommon opportunities for brokers and their clients.

Chad grew up in Stephenville, TX holds his B.B.A. from Rawls College at Texas Tech University in Marketing and Management where he served as Chancellor of Delta Sigma Pi, an elite business fraternity. Chad recently married his wife, Judy and they now live in Plano where they are involved with the community.  Chad enjoys playing softball, basketball and chasing his golf ball through the trees.

Jassen Alexander

Jassen Alexander

Jassen Alexander draws his experience ranging from his time at GE and other Fortune 50 companies to the start-up market. His background helps him to understand the differing needs of businesses and leverages his entrepreneurial background and common-sense application to customize solutions for each group.

His background in brokerage with Morgan Stanley and in the finance and insurance field has helped him to understand the more complex offerings that are available in today’s ever-changing market. He understands that clients want a consultant to discover the best options to navigate risk management and tailor programs to their insurance needs. 

He was born in New Mexico and holds a Bachelors from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he achieved Summa Cum Laude distinction. He is a fan of hiking, cycling, and outdoor sports. He is also an avid photographer.

Shannon Baptiste

Shannon Baptiste

Shannon brings 12+ years of experience in administering benefits and managing projects in a variety of industries. A proven record of success in acting as a liaison in multiple aspects; between stakeholders and producers, coordination of events, and risk management. She has worked on multiple major projects in all phases from idea to development to delivering the completed product. She is an expert in collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders to arrive at an on-target benefit or project plan and creating client solutions. Shannon has outstanding leadership ability, communication skills, and customer service aptitude. This diverse background is well suited for her role at Spectrum Benefits.

Shannon grew up in New Orleans, LA and offers that welcoming “big easy” hospitality, treating no client as a stranger. She holds her MBA in Human Resource Management from Strayer University in Virginia. She served on the 2005 Presidential Joint Task Force - Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in Washington, DC., and serves on the Hospitality Ministry at her church.

She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, and participates in all of their sporting and academic events and has volunteered as their cheerleading coach for the city of Anna.  

Brian Bessellieu

Brian Bessellieu

A Dallas native, Brian has a unique, decade-long relationship with the DFW marketplace. His focus has long been identifying and fulfilling client needs.  He was trained in the consultative, or needs-based, selling approach. This approach allows Brian to act as an “assistant buyer” for his clients. Currently, Brian is consulting with multi-industry groups and guiding their employee benefit offering needs from group medical to ancillary to retirement.

Brian holds his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. This is where he met his wife, Peggy. And where his youngest daughter, Mimi, is now in attendance.  The elder daughter rebelled and now he, on occasion, shouts “Roll Tide!”

Brian is an active member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church. He and his family are involved with several community groups and events including Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, Boxes of Blessing, Lemonade Day, and Carry the Load. Brian enjoys softball, road cycling, and golf, and he has an acute appetite for the guitar.

Marion Carrithers

Marion Carrithers\

Marion brings 14 years of employee benefits experience to our team. She has managed large groups across the United States and understands the intricacies of the employee benefits arena. Marion works with brokers, agents, and employers to design health care programs that suit long-range planning goals of privately owned companies.

Marion lives with her husband of 26 years, Scott, in Louisville, KY. She is originally from Memphis and is still a Volunteer at heart. She received her Bachelors of Education from Memphis State University and has used those skills to train many agents over the years. Marion enjoys serving at her church, supporting animal rescue groups, and renovating her 100-year-old home.  

Tim Cleveland

Tim Cleveland

The founding partner of Spectrum Benefits delayed his career in insurance by first aligning with the Telecommunications industry where he learned to bring solutions to the forefront of annualized spending projections.  His initial insurance experience was in individual, door-to-door selling. The intimate relationships forged between clients and costs has helped Tim work closely with clients to understand their specific needs and has helped him develop strategies to make the health benefits process as cost-efficient and effective as possible.

Tim earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he also played Division II basketball. Originally from Forney, Texas, Tim blends his newly acquired Metropolitan thinking with his East Texas roots to produce a genuine business ethic.

Tim’s wife Gabriella first noticed his genuineness, and from that first impression grew a true love. They live in Dallas with their son Noah and their four-legged baby, Bella.  Tim is involved in the community and enjoys all things golf and, of course, basketball.

Fred Meijering

Fred Meijering

Fred has 23 years of benefits administration experience in the nonprofit world, culminating with National Director of Human Resources. In this capacity, he kept benefits affordable and beneficial for over 10,000 employees and 20,000 dependents. During this time he learned that there are more options than there may seem to be in providing benefits and beating double-digit increases. In 2013 he was able to provide more benefits to his team with 0% increase by implementing the programs he sought out to beat the increases while improving the benefits. He joined forces with Spectrum to specialize in easing the pains of large employer group accounts.

Born in Iowa and a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, NE, Fred provides his clients the sensibility only a true Midwesterner may offer. He shares a passion for motorcycles, flying and most things outdoors with his beautiful wife Melanie and their two daughters. He served as a MedEvac helicopter pilot and section leader in Operation Desert Storm, and he now volunteers with various veterans’ organizations and his church.

Mark Washum

Mark Washum

Mark Washum grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Questa College in San Luis Obispo, California.  He enjoyed playing baseball and playing on the beach.  His job with convention and trade shows brought him to Texas in 1985.  Mark's insurance career began in 1986 when he joined Pilot Life in Arlington, Texas. He went on to work with Met Life for 3 Years and then owned and operated an Allstate agency for 17 years, located in Carrollton, Texas.  He now enjoys the partnership with Spectrum Benefits and its affiliates where he recruits and encourages sales individuals with cutting edge products.

Mark started and has been involved in many different networking groups.  He co-founded Prestonwood Networking 22 years ago, and it’s still going strong. He enjoys listening for ways to connect with people.

Mark is married to DeAnn and has two children, Bryce and Brooke.  In his downtime he enjoys attending church, playing Frisbee Golf and watching the Frisco Rough Riders.