Insurance talent innovators from the start.

WAHVE was founded as a creative way to help companies in the insurance industry fill the need for experienced talent.

Your Insurance Labour Shortage Solution

WAHVE matches retiring, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals across all positions within the insurance industry.

The WAHVE Difference

WAHVE USA was launched in 2010 to reverse the outflow of experienced talent and knowledge from the insurance industry. WAHVE expanded its presence to Canada in 2021, recognizing the demand for experienced insurance talent. WAHVE Canada is proud to be part of the ECL Group of Companies.  Since 1974, the ECL Group of Companies has focused on developing an organization’s strongest asset—its people. Its foundation as an entrepreneurial recruitment firm, Executrade Consultants, has led the company to evolve into a multi-divisional organization that provides exceptional integrated people solutions, customized to meet clients’ needs.

Work At Home Vintage Experts, an innovative contract staffing solution, delivers experienced insurance industry professionals to businesses with a need to hire.

The candidate qualifying process sets WAHVE apart. WAHVE’s staff, with experience in the insurance industry, conduct thorough assessments and conversations that lead to the most qualified and diverse talent while reducing cost and improving speed to hire.

WAHVE is a game changer for insurance firms, a life changer for vintage professionals.

The WAHVE Promise

WAHVE is committed to making a positive difference in all that we do and in the lives of everyone we serve, guided by five core values:


We treat customers, business partners, vendors, and each other with respect, honesty, and accountability for our actions.


We share information effectively and respectfully with each other and with customers, balancing the need to share with the need for confidentiality.​


We strive for excellence in our day-to-day work and seek continuous improvement in all that we do, with customer satisfaction as our top priority.


We are open-minded and respectful of new ideas, and we encourage creative approaches to problem solving and business process improvement.


We believe we are stronger when we work together as a team for the collective interests of our clients, our candidates, and our company.

Our Leadership Team

Sharon Emek Ph.D., CIC

Chairman & CEO, WAHVE USA
Sharon is the indefatigable force that leads WAHVE and keeps the company always focused on its purpose working from her home in Manhattan. With decades of business experience, Sharon understands firsthand the challenges that employers and “vintage” professionals are facing today and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

Bill Hunt

President Emeritus, WAHVE USA
Bill is the driving force at WAHVE that inspires businesses to engage our work-at-home vintage experts. In the industry, he is known as a brand in his own right. Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the industry’s leading innovators, delivering successful state-of-the-art solutions for the insurance industry.

Scott Stoppler

President & CEO, WAHVE Canada
Guided by Scott's leadership, WAHVE expanded its presence to Canada in 2021. Scott is dedicated to shaping the company's vision, nurturing brand growth, and ensuring the smooth integration of WAHVE within the ECL Group of Companies. With over 25 years of industry experience, Scott ensures a 'people-first' approach is reflected in his actions and among everyone he works with.

George Hoadley

Vice President, WAHVE Canada
George played a vital role in launching WAHVE in the Canadian insurance market. With over 15 years of recruitment experience and a passion for cultivating high-performing teams, he excels in identifying and connecting talent to organizations. George believes diverse teams, spanning all age groups, are essential for success in today's competitive business landscape.

Steve Thomas

Division Director, Insurance, WAHVE Canada
Steve brings over 16 years of extensive experience in the staffing industry, with a notable decade-long focus on Financial Services. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a dedicated commitment to the Insurance Industry, where his expertise truly shines. Steve's passion lies in the art of connecting top-tier talent with their ideal roles, showcasing a keen understanding of both client needs and candidate capabilities.

Diane Cooper

Relationship Manager, WAHVE Canada
Diane brings over 40 years of unparalleled expertise in the Property Casualty Insurance Industry. Her extensive career spans across primary carriers, brokers, and reinsurers, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies within the insurance industry. Renowned for her well-established connections, Diane leverages her extensive insurance network to find the right talent and foster lasting partnerships.

Jeff Newman

Director of Business Development, WAHVE Canada
With over 15 years of experience, Jeff is passionate about building strong relationships with his clients and helping them to achieve their business goals by providing them with the best possible recruitment solutions. Specializing in the insurance industry, Jeff has developed a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the insurance industry when it comes to sourcing and hiring top talent.

Our awards to date


WAHVE was honored to be included in Next Avenue’s 2019 list of Influencers in Aging, which includes 12 advocates, researchers, thought leaders and innovators who are breaking ground and changing how we age and think about aging.

Sharon Emek, WAHVE CEO and WAHVE won Silicon Valley Innovation Competition, sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs: They went on to compete in the competition’s finals in Washington, D.C.

Rick Morgan WAHVE CMO received the Insurance Technology Advocate Award in Memory of Wade S. Dunbar, Jr.,for pushing carriers, agents and industry organizations to do better to evolve the agent and consumer experience.


Sharon Emek is honored by Insurance Business America and awarded the Elite Woman In Insurance 2018 designation.

Sharon Emek received the Leadership Longevity Award: Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the 15th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. The Leadership Longevity Awards showcase the nation’s outstanding individual and group achievements in serving the powerful longevity economy. Sharon was honored as one of the “intrepid female entrepreneurs leading successful businesses they built.”


Work At Home Vintage Experts has earned the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Age Friendly Employer™ for 2017. This certification is granted after a thorough evaluation of your response to Certification Evaluation Standards, review of publicly available information, and comparison with standards for policies and practices within general commerce and the healthcare industry.


Sharon Emek received the SmartCEO Brava Award honoring top female CEOs who combine irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community and who are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities.

She received the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award in recognition of her breaking the mold of the traditional staffing structure in a way that is changing lives and producing impressive results.

2014, 2015 and 2016

Insurance Business America named Sharon Emek, Ph.D., CIC, Founder and CEO of WAHVE, to the “Elite Women in Insurance,” honoring the work of WAHVE.


The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York (IIABNY) bestowed its highest honor, the 1882 Fellow Award, on Sharon Emek, Ph.D., CIC, Founder and CEO of WAHVE. The award recognizes the individual member who has most significantly contributed to IIABNY, the insurance industry and her community.


WAHVE received the 2010 Insurance Entrepreneurial Award for its innovative business model.


Sharon Emek was the first woman to receive the IIABA’s Sidney O. Smith Government Affairs Award for outstanding service to her peers and the national association in the field of government affairs.


Sharon Emek received the Distinguished Service Award from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York (IIABNY).

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