The Up and Comers: Russell Carpel

Meet Russell Carpel of LevelFunded Health, an honoree in the insurance category of the 2020 Up and Comer Awards

SFBW’s Up & Comer Awards honors young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. To learn more about this year’s event, taking place Oct. 14, click here.


Russ Carpel is the CEO and founder of LevelFunded Health. Carpel is a serial entrepreneur within the insurance vertical and has started 2 InsureTech platforms within the past decade, both of which have employed extremely disruptive marketing and technology to incumbent insurance carriers within their respective product categories. Over the past 5 years since inception of LFH, Russ and his team has grown LevelFunded Health from idea phase, to multiple-millions in insurance premiums and they have saved their roster of clients collectively over $ 50,000,000, on commercial health insurance costs Prior to founding LFH, Russ founded and ran, a national direct-to-consumer retailer of property and casualty insurance auto insurance, vehicle service and auto warranty contracts. Prior to starting, Russ spearheaded national advertising and media sponsorship revenue for multiple top-tier, national media brands in the U.S. including; The Economist, Crain Communications and CBS. Before his stint in the national media business, Russ was Director of New Business Development for Robert Brandt and Associates, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, based in Chicago. Russ earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University and has completed coursework towards a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.

Favorite quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge

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