Managing Partner & Agent
Derek Thomas is an experienced sales consultant with over 15 years in business development, consultative selling, and working with business-to-business (B2B)/business-to-consumer (B2C) clients. Over the years, Derek has consistently expanded his territories through agent recruitment, strategic marketing plans, and customer service initiatives. Over the course of his career, he has been consistently recognized as a top performing manager and sales professional. Most importantly, Derek enjoys the interactions with his clients and agents on a daily basis.
Derek joined the My Medicare Network team in 2019 as a Managing Partner. With his deep understanding of insurance markets, he is able to guide his clients to appropriate medical insurance policies. When he isn’t working, Derek can be found on the sidelines cheering for his children at their various sporting events and spending time with his wife.
Michael J Kowal, PPC
Michael Kowal is an accomplished Senior Executive and Financial Advisor with nearly 20 years of success spanning financial planning, marketing, finance, banking, mortgage and insurance. His broad areas of expertise include portfolio design, 401k plan design & management, personal financial planning, debt organization, and funding.
Throughout his executive career, Michael has held leadership positions with Applied Asset Management, My Medicare Network, National City Mortgage, and Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation. He is currently a Financial Advisor and President of Applied Asset Management & My Medicare Network. For the past 15 years, Michael has enjoyed assisting individuals and businesses with holistic financial planning, tax strategies and retirement plan monitoring. Michael holds the Pension Plan Consultant (PPC) designation which demonstrates his knowledge of ERISA requirements for employer-sponsored retirement plans and demonstrates the ability to carry out plan services with a fiduciary standard of care.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University and is the recipient of the 2016 & 2017 Executive’s Council Award. A seasoned board member, he has recently served on the Lorain County Board of Realtors and is a former member of the Northcoast BIA, the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Home Builders.
Client Relationship Manager
Katie Variglotti graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Finance from Miami University in Ohio. Katie started her sales career with Newell Rubbermaid in Tennessee. It was here began collaborating with key decision makers to increase sales while offering creative merchandising solutions for her customers.
In 2001, she relocated overseas to Japan for two years with her husband who was a naval officer. Katie worked as an Account Manager at the various naval bases. Katie enjoyed experiencing the local culture and traveling throughout Japan.
For the next 8 years, Katie worked in healthcare as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She was a top performer in her company, finishing in the top 10% of sales.
Katie joined the My Medicare Network team in January 2020. She assists the sales team with building client relationships as well as providing customer assistance. Katie liaisons with the contracting departments of insurance carriers as well as problem solves issues for customers, agents and clients alike!
Gary joined the My Medicare Team in 2019 as a specialist in helping clients navigate the various Medicare Advantage, Supplement and prescription drug coverages available to them. Gary attended Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major of Broadcast Journalism & Political Science.
Gary has been assisting individuals and families with their insurance and financial needs since 2002. Gary also holds various securities registrations including Series 7, 24, 66 as well as health and life insurance licenses. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Gary also has the ability to assist his clients with their overall financial planning needs.
Gary resides in Bay Village with his wife Lisa and children Carli & Cooper. When not helping people with their insurance and finances, Gary can be seen driving many of his classic cars he has in his collection.