Tellus Brokerage Connections, a Crump Group company, has appointed Jim Duff as senior vice president and general manager to its management team.

Duff comes to Tellus most recently from Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance where he spent 10 years in sales management and executive positions including president, Transamerica Life Solutions, which serves the life settlement market.

Prior to joining Transamerica, he served as president of a brokerage general agency in Pennsylvania in addition to working as a career agent for MONY Financial Services in Virginia.

Tellus provides sales and service solutions to the general agency market place, leveraging the strength of Crump’s carrier and product portfolio, service offering and technology while allowing the general agencies to maintain their market independence.

Crump Life Insurance Services executive vice president, marketing and product management Rob Carney said Jim has nearly 25 years of experience in the insurance industry uniquely position him to take Tellus channel to the next level.

"We have seen tremendous success in this channel this year with growth dramatically outpacing the industry with the addition of several new clients. We are continuing to make Tellus a more robust and attractive offering providing value to general agencies as they build their businesses," Carney said.