Agency Training Team

The AF Group Agency Training team delivers an innovative curriculum focused on the foundational concepts of workers’ compensation.  We offer an interactive approach to learning, founded on adult learning principals, providing insurance professionals with a unique opportunity to gain valuable insurance knowledge while networking with fellow industry professionals.

Who We Are

Chris Dowling, CAWC, Senior Training Specialist, AF Group

chris-dChris Joined AF Group in 2014. His prior industry experience includes Property and Casualty (P&C) underwriting, agency management and insurance marketing, while working as a territory sales manager. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a dual major in Marketing and Management from Northwood University. He currently holds his Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC) designation and is pursuing his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Chris is an avid fan of the Cohen brothers’ films. He hopes to one day score a role as a body double for pop star icon, Pitbull.  Chris and his family live in Williamston, Mich. In his free time, he enjoys wrangling his two-year-old-son, backpacking and golf – in that order!

Joe Elliott, CAWC, Training Specialist II, AF Group

joe-eJoe began his career at AF Group in late 2016, returning to his home state of Michigan after spending 21 years in North Carolina.  He has many years of professional experience in Property and Casualty (P&C) underwriting, training, and curriculum development roles with other carriers.  Most recently, he was a licensed P&C and Accident Fund-appointed agent.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Michigan State University and holds the Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC) designation.

Joe enjoys a relaxed bachelor life in Haslett, Mich., and when he’s not training insurance agents and dining on microwave dinners, he’s enjoying high adventure on the ski slopes and traveling the globe.  His goal for 2017 is to score the sports car he thinks will fit very nicely into his mid-life crisis.

Amanda Schillinger, LPCS, CAWC, Training Specialist II,  AF Group

amand-sAmanda joined AF Group in 2016.  Prior to that, she taught high school business and insurance classes at both Berkley High School in Berkley, Mich. and the Capitol Area Career Center in Mason, Mich.  In addition, Amanda has industry experience handling Property and Casualty (P&C) claims, managing claims adjusting teams, claims quality assurance, and agency customer service. She received both a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Marketing and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Preparation from Eastern Michigan University, and holds the Legal Principles Claim Specialist (LPCS) and Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC) designations.

When she is not engrossed in the world of insurance, Amanda enjoys providing her five-year-old son constant, unwavering reminders to eat his veggies and soliciting her husband for his thoughts on when exactly he’ll be “ready” for more pets. Other interests include finding the flat-sided puzzle pieces, perusing Pinterest for DIY projects she’ll never do, Family Feud, live music and yoga.