Executive Team

Richard Ollis

Richard Ollis is a fourth generation risk and insurance advisor specializing in business risk who leads the team as the Chief Executive Officer of Ollis/Akers/Arney. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Missouri State University, Richard has gained more than 30 years of experience in the Insurance industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and active in the community, he has served on many boards and regularly writes for the Springfield Business Journal and hosts “Insurance Talk”, a radio talk show.

John Akers

John Akers is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) who brings more than 20 years of Employee Benefits expertise to the company. He is the Vice President for the Benefits Department and is a third generation insurance advisor. He is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health.

With a passion to helping others, John was voted Outstanding Young Agent of Missouri by the Missouri Association of Independent Agents.

David Arney

With over 40 years of business experience in Banking and Marketing which includes 30 years in insurance, David Arney oversees Ollis/Akers/Arney as the Chief Operating Officer.  David served as President and CEO of Akers & Arney for 25 years prior to our merger. He is a graduate of College of the Ozarks and Central Missouri State University. David has been involved in many organizations in a leadership role including Chairman of the board of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Branson Betterment Association, Branson/Hollister Rotary Club and The Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks, just to name a few.

Kevin Robbins - Ollis/Akers/Arney

Kevin Robbins

Kevin Robbins serves as the Chief Sales Officer for Ollis/Akers/Arney. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business Administration degree from AIU  and is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life and Health. With over 20 years of business consulting and strategic resource development experience, Kevin works with clients to provide simple solutions to complex business challenges.  He leads the Ollis/Akers/Arney Advisors to be proactive in protecting client’s employees, assets and income through a proven documented approach.  

Karen Shannon - Ollis/Akers/Arney

Karen Shannon

Karen Shannon is the Director of HR and Business Consulting for Ollis/Akers/Arney.  She recevied her MBA and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Drury University.  She has over 20 year of experience in HR Leadership positions.  

She has served on the Board of Directors for several local organizations.  She is a past President of the Junior League of Springfield and a member of Leadership Springfield Class XV.  Recognized in 2000 by the Springfield Business Journal, Karen was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business.