Executive Team

Executive Leadership

John M. Word, III


The Word & Brown Companies

John M. Word III is renowned for transforming the California insurance broker’s role in the small group health benefits marketplace through his pioneering technological and marketing advances since 1972.

Edward J. "Rusty" Brown, Jr.


The Word & Brown Companies

Edward J. “Rusty” Brown, Jr. is highly respected throughout the health care insurance industry for establishing and delivering standards of performance and service designed to exceed all customers’ expectations.

Jessica Word


The Word & Brown General Agency

Jessica Word is President of the Word & Brown General Agency, the recognized leader in developing and distributing comprehensive health benefit plan models and insurance solutions through licensed brokers.

Marc McGinnis

Vice President of National Sales​

The Word & Brown General Agency

Marc McGinnis is Vice President of General Agency Sales, focused on streamlining sales processes and directing the regional leadership and sales teams.

Regional Vice Presidents

Bill Mason

Regional Vice President

Orange County / Inland Empire

Bill Mason is Regional Vice President for the Orange County and Inland Empire regions, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Jan Mesa

Regional Vice President

Northern California / San Jose

Based in San Jose, Jan Mesa is Regional Vice President for Northern California, overseeing sales and service in 48 counties, from the California-Oregon border to Central California.

Cindy West

Regional Vice President

Los Angeles

Cindy West is Regional Vice President for Los Angeles, Glendale, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern counties.

Vanessa Benitez

Regional Vice President

San Diego

Vanessa Benitez is Regional Vice President in the San Diego area, which includes Imperial County and San Diego County.

Darrell F.H. Smith

Regional Vice President


Darrell F. H. Smith is Regional Vice President in Nevada. A resident dating back to the early 1970s, he relocated to Nevada with his family from South Carolina.