Arrow YP Leadership

Helping Kids, Strengthening Families

ARROW YOUNG PROFESSONALS LEADERSHIP

ALLAN SIMONDS


Allan Simonds is an Assistant Vice President at DNB Bank ASA’s Houston office. He covers Oil and Gas Reserve Based Lending for the bank as well as Midstream Lending. In this capacity he advises on loans independent exploration and production firms of all sizes as well as loans to large pipeline companies. Prior to his employment with DNB, Allan worked in corporate finance at United Airlines and Sabre Airline Solutions.

Allan is a native Houstonian though he has lived in Tokyo, Washington DC, Chicago, and Dallas. He holds a BBA in Finance and a BA in Foreign Languages from Southern Methodist University as well as an MBA from The George Washington University. During his time at George Washington, Allan served as Treasurer of his MBA Association. Allan enjoys traveling with his wife Akino, playing golf with friends, and hunting with his father.

Civic Affiliations:

  • The Arrow Child & Family Ministries Young Professionals Group – Treasurer
  • The Japan-America Society of Houston
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Small Steps Nurturing Center

AMANDA BENBOW


Amanda Cooper Benbow has spent the last 10 plus years working with businesses. A native Houstonian, she has helped more than 2,500 businesses increase productivity and profitability with a servant leadership approach. Amanda successfully partners with business leaders across the nation to identify areas in which their businesses can maximize their organizational success through time-tested employment strategies and business services – all of which are designed to shift management focus away from administrative headaches and towards achieving and exceeding company goals.

With Insperity, Amanda has a multi-disciplinary team of experts at her disposal to empower business leaders to be more systematic and strategic regarding employees and the role they play in the success of their companies. Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for over 30 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Serving more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees in all 50 states, Insperity’s mission is to help businesses succeed so that communities prosper.

Additionally Amanda is working with numerous private equity firms handling mergers and acquisitions with relative ease, whether it’s providing the human resources infrastructure necessary to bring on a new business successfully or doing the due diligence required to ensure that the human capital side of the business is sound enough to facilitate a sale.

While not at the office, Amanda is mother to one adorable little girl, a wife to an oil & gas entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist. She enjoys traveling with her family, is an enthusiastic about competitive BBQ contest. Amanda always has the best interest of her peers and clients at heart!

Civic and Professional Affiliations:

  • The Arrow Child & Family Ministries Young Professionals Group – Social Development Director
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

MATTHEW D. LINES


Matthew Lines is an Account Executive in Marsh’s Houston office. In this role, he manages the insurance renewal process and directly services the Corporate clients on a day to day basis. Matthew’s responsibilities include managing client’s requests and questions as it relates to insurance/risk management programs. In addition he is responsible for preparing and presenting key documents for Renewal Strategy and Proposal presentations. Matthew also helps to facilitate client/underwriter meetings and helps clients to review strategic priorities with regards to their risk profile. Matthew oversees all aspects of the insurance programs for his clients and the placement of proper coverage.

Matthew joined Marsh in 2013 and has gained valuable experience by rotating between the Property Placement Group and Corporate Group, working as an Associate Account Executive and now currently positioned as an Account Executive. As an associate in the Property Placement Group he has handled complex multi-layer property programs and negotiated coverage terms. The Corporate Group helped Matthew by providing direct client exposure and account handling while working with our Client Executives/Account Executives.

Matthew has completed the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation which has helped him understand the complexities of risk management and insurance as it relates to our clients. Matthew currently services accounts in various industries including, aviation, banking, real estate, retail, food & beverage, transportation, construction, oil and gas, and hospitality.

Matthew graduated from the University of Houston in 2013. When he is not busy working, you can find him on the farm with his wife, Paige and their two Great Dane’s.

LAURA MCKENERY


Ms. McKenery is a transactional attorney at Johnson Petrov LLP. Her practice focuses on municipal law, special districts, public finance and real estate development. She serves as general counsel and bond counsel to numerous districts in Texas. She obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University and law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.

Laura also serves as the Director of Community Initiatives for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Young Professionals, is a provisional member of the Junior League of Houston, a member of the Heights Chamber of Commerce and a member of Second Baptist Church, Woodway.  She enjoys running, swimming, traveling and working with children.

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