Insurance Panda Team

After being established as a small insurance quote website in 2010, Insurance Panda has evolved to become a full-service auto insurance organization that is proud to be lead by the following people:


Desiree Smith is a licensed insurance agent in the 48 continental United States. Award-winning writer and celebrity of the insurance blogosphere, Desiree helped already hundreds of thousands of consumers to make more informed choices about their financial safety and insurance choices. Appreciated by industry colleagues for her always-fresh style, she is an important news contributor for the insurance community on the internet.


Mary Caffrey has a year’s long track record in the insurance industry, public affairs, and journalism. Starting out in journalism as a senior writer at Princeton University and the Times of Trenton, Mary later became Assistant Commissioner at the NJ Department for Banking and Insurance, held several positions as Director of Policy and Communications (County of Mercer, NJ Commerce Commission), and managed over 100 full-time employees during her time as Township Administrator in Robbinsville, NJ. Today she combines her passion for insurance and writing at Insurance Panda while holding a position as president for the Charleville Company and providing agent services. 


Steffen Heringhaus has been involved in internet publishing since 1999. His previous roles include the development manager during the incubation phase and expansion of several eCommerce and community startups in Europe, digital strategist to a large set of national newspapers and magazines held by multi-national publishers, and incubator manager for a large set of topical portals on Anglo-Saxon markets.


James Shaffer is an insurance broker and industry expert. James’ articles have been published everywhere from Yahoo News to the Associated Press. With over 15 years in the online auto insurance quote business, James is one of the most authoritative voices in the industry. James currently resides in New York City and is always busy researching the latest trends and technologies in the insurance sphere.


Andrew Flueckiger is a licensed insurance agent in the State of Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and also a Certified Insurance Counselor. Andrew’s insurance expertise and his wealth of experience have helped Insurance Panda become one of the most authoritative voices in the online insurance quote industry.