Associate Directory

 

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    Aaron Janssen

    Account Executive

    Group Benefits

    Aaron excels at focusing on the needs of his clients. As an Account Executive working on our Group Benefits Team, he develops business relationships and provides professional advice regarding benefit plan designs.

    Aaron excels at focusing on the needs of his clients. As an Account Executive working on our Group Benefits Team, he develops business relationships and provides professional advice regarding benefit plan designs.

    Prior to his time with SilverStone Group, Aaron worked with groups and individuals throughout the Midwest to help them understand their retirement strategies, including Medicare options and entitlements. With each presentation he gives, Aaron strives to leave his clients thinking, “I get it now.” His main goal is not sales but rather educating clients on their options while cutting through the clutter and the noise.

    Aaron enjoys working at SilverStone Group because his vision aligns with ours—to put the clients’ needs first. Aaron is a member of the NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors—Sioux Falls) and Sioux Falls Connections. His hard work has earned him several awards, including the Pacesetter Award, the Club and Agent of the Month.

    When Aaron is not brainstorming solutions for clients at work, you can find him on the ice! As a lover of hockey, he plays in the Sioux Falls Adult City League and also enjoys playing golf. He is a proud husband and father of two young daughters, Irelyn and Austyn.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ajanssen@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.367.6374  |  fax: 605.332.2105

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Community Psychology
    St. Cloud State University  |   St. Cloud, MN

    Adam Muenster

    Account Executive

    Construction Risk Services

    As a former minor league baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and college ballplayer for Kansas State University, Adam understands the importance of teamwork; a factor in his decision to join SilverStone Group.

    As a former minor league baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and college ballplayer for Kansas State University, Adam understands the importance of teamwork; a factor in his decision to join SilverStone Group. “The people here truly care about their clients and that positive, caring mentality and atmosphere is something I have always wanted to be around.”

    Batting as an Account Executive for our Construction Risk Services Team, Adam forms relationships with clients and offers risk management consulting. His three-plus years of experience in the property and casualty industry help him recognize exposures and provide solutions with the most effective coverage for his clients. He considers the opportunity to help a client solve a problem or help a business owner sleep better at night a home run!

    Adam not only covers all his bases as an involved team player at SilverStone Group, but he also assists the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) organizations.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: amuenster@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5633  |  fax: 402.557.6325

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Social Science
    Kansas State University |  Manhattan, KS

    Adrian Bento

    Managing Director

    Property & Casualty / Mergers & Acquisitions

    Adrian is a well-rounded individual. Since starting his insurance career at Lloyd’s of London in 1981, he has covered virtually every facet of the business,

    Adrian is a well-rounded individual. Since starting his insurance career at Lloyd’s of London in 1981, he has covered virtually every facet of the business, including underwriting, claims management, reinsurance, marketing and product development.

    A man who is always looking for his next adventure, Adrian left England in 1993 to take a position with Redland Insurance Company (RIC) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Adrian was subsequently appointed President of Redland Specialty Underwriters, a joint venture between RIC and Swire Blanch, a Lloyd’s broker.

    His vast experience in the international arena and wide array of insurance perspectives allow Adrian to create innovative, customized risk management solutions for clients.

    Adrian manages a dedicated team of professionals who work closely with private equity firms, investment banks and law firms that specialize in mergers and acquisitions. From conducting detailed risk evaluations, which may identify potential challenges, to implementing necessary risk reduction policies, Adrian and his team provide the insight and tools necessary to strategize for success.

    When Adrian is not busy finding the best solutions for SilverStone Group clients, he can be found enjoying the outdoors. He’s an avid bicycler, an enthusiast for skiing the fresh powder on the slopes and is known for catching ‘the big fish’ in deep sea fishing excursions. His curious ways have led Adrian on many adventures throughout the world, leaving him with an abundance of stories to tell. If you’re willing to listen, he’s willing to share!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: abento@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5473  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Education
    Masters of Science  |  Business Administration
    Case-Western Reserve University  |  Cleveland, Ohio

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Management
    Kent State University  |  Kent, Ohio

    Adrienne Geer

    Client Advocate, Account Assistant

    Personal Insurance

    Soccer just may be the theme of the Geer household. Adrienne has always had a passion for the sport...

    Soccer just may be the theme of the Geer household. Adrienne has always had a passion for the sport. She still plays and coaches a youth girls’ soccer team. The talent and love of soccer has even extended to her son. But Adrienne is not your average soccer mom. When she’s not shuffling herself or her family to various games and practices, she is busy fulfilling the role of Account Assistant at SilverStone Group.

    Adrienne assists the Personal Insurance Team by providing a range of services and support for their clients. Her responsibilities range from uploading endorsements and processing renewal questionnaires, to working with detailed client records in ImageRight. She also welcomes all visitors and clients to the Council Bluffs office and extends a positive first impression.

    Adrienne is naturally outgoing and has an upbeat, positive attitude – traits that are visible whether on the soccer field or within the office. She enjoys really being involved with her clients, coworkers and players. Her “goal” will always be to provide the highest level of customer service and have fun doing it!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ageer@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3184  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Fashion Merchandising
    Iowa State University |  Ames, IA

    Alisha Horvath

    Scanning Associate

    Corporate Services

    When little girls are asked what they want to be, Alisha became just that – a ballerina. Alisha has a passion for dance and has taken classes for more than 20 years...

    When little girls are asked what they want to be, Alisha became just that – a ballerina. Alisha has a passion for dance and has taken classes for more than 20 years. She loves being able to channel all of her emotions into dance. When she’s not at the studio, you’ll find her at SilverStone Group’s reception area.

    Alisha has served the customer service area of SilverStone Group for more than 9 years.  Her phone personality and ability to help clients makes her a true asset to the Services team. She is a detail-oriented person – a must when it comes to her daily tasks of processing and scanning mail, packages and documents. Alisha is also a backup receptionist, answering external and internal phone calls. She enjoys the variety in her daily work life, making each and every day unique. She also likes the personal interaction she is able to have with every Associate and feels truly cared about.

    When Alisha is not hard at work or in the studio, you can find her spending time with her two nephews and three nieces – probably teaching them how to dance!

    Amy Aust

    Senior Marketing Specialist

    Personal Insurance

    Once Amy received her property and casualty insurance license in 2005 and joined SilverStone Group’s Personal Insurance department in 2007, she eagerly dedicated her career to specializing in all aspects of personal insurance.

    Once Amy received her property and casualty insurance license in 2005 and joined SilverStone Group’s Personal Insurance department in 2007, she eagerly dedicated her career to specializing in all aspects of personal insurance.

    As a Senior Consultant, Amy focuses on analyzing individual risk, developing product and understanding insurance policy contracts. She also provides SilverStone Group clients expert advice and tailored homeowners, automobile and liability policies. Along with standard policy coverage options, Amy and her team offer specialized personal insurance coverage as well, including kidnap and ransom, medical and political evacuation and group umbrella policies.

    Amy combines her attention to detail and desire for thoroughness with an enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to serving clients’ specific risk strategies, making her an integral member of the Private Client Service Team.

    Amy prides herself on family and when not at SilverStone Group enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their high-spirited toddlers.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: aaust@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5427  |  fax 402.557.6320

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Iowa  |  Iowa City, IA

    Amy Brown

    Client Advocate & Plan Administrator

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Amy DeJong

    Vice President

    Property & Casualty

    Besides her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion, one of Amy DeJong’s best qualities is her level of patience. For example, she’s been on the season ticket waiting list...

    Besides her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion, one of Amy DeJong’s best qualities is her level of patience. For example, she’s been on the season ticket waiting list for the Green Bay Packers since 1992, and she’s currently in line behind 10,500 other fans who also want to enjoy a season in Lambeau Field. Her patience for Packer tickets is similar to her patience in explaining risk management and risk transfer to her clients – she’ll take as long as needed in order for her clients to fully understand their plan.

    With more than 20 years of experience in risk management, including past employment with two Fortune 500 companies, Amy brings expertise and a developed understanding of the various issues faced by clients. She mitigates and manages client risk through traditional insurance programs, captive alternatives, risk control, claims management, behavior-based safety programs, loss control initiatives and contractual risk transfer.

    Amy is a risk management advocate and believes policies should be bought only after steps are taken to reduce the risk. She feels insurance procurement should be the result of a year’s worth of work on controlling, mitigating and managing known and unknown business risks. This investigation should then direct the risk transfer product selection. Amy’s strategy, energy, creativity and passion to help her clients make her a valuable asset to her customers.

    During her years on the client side, she worked through several mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and bankruptcies and associated litigation. Amy utilizes this knowledge base to ensure that client risks are identified and protected. She strives to develop client partnerships based on trust, confidence, courtesy and top-flight client service. Amy considers SilverStone Group to be her clients’ one-stop, one-shop, one-phone-call partner.

    Amy is an active volunteer at the Dougherty Hospice House comforting those in their final hours. She and her husband Jeff reside in Brandon, SD, with their three boys.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: adejong@ssgi.com |  phone: 866.897.2459 x 101  |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI)
    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
    • Certified WorkComp Advisor (CWCA)
    • Associate in Insurance Services (AIS)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Wayne State College  | Wayne, NE

    Amy Fredrickson

    Client Relationship Manager, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Amy Mitchell

    Client Advocate, Senior Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    How do you keep up your passion and interest for an industry you’ve been a part of for 24 years? Amy believes it’s by continuing to learn and experience new things. This is something she knows a bit about as she became a mother for the first time...

    How do you keep up your passion and interest for an industry you’ve been a part of for 24 years? Amy believes it’s by continuing to learn and experience new things. This is something she knows a bit about as she became a mother for the first time at an age when many have already established their families.

    Amy specializes in conducting employee meetings in regard to renewals and benefit changes, plan administration and negotiation of renewal rates with carriers. As a Senior Account Administrator, she assists with Small Group administrative leadership and development. This includes new hire training, as well as identifying ongoing development needs and new or better business processes. Amy helps answer client questions about procedural matters, plan provisions, claim issues and enrollment. She finds many opportunities throughout her day to learn more about her clients and the insurance industry.

    Her additional experience in paying medical and dental claims is helpful when assisting clients with claim issues. In 2014, Amy was the recipient of the H.H. Red Nelson Excellence in Customer Service Award.

    When not at work, Amy spends her free time with her son, Ryan, and boyfriend, Scott. She enjoys seeing her son’s smile and he helps her remember to make the most of every day.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: amitchell@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5414 | fax: 402.963.4090

    Amy Schultz

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Personal Insurance

    Amy has been with SilverStone Group since 2004. She received her Property and Casualty license in 2008 and recently joined the Personal Insurance Team, providing a range of services and support for their clients.

    Amy has been with SilverStone Group since 2004. She received her Property and Casualty license in 2008 and recently joined the Personal Insurance Team, providing a range of services and support for their clients. Her responsibilities include uploading endorsements, processing renewal questionnaires and working with detailed client records in ImageRight.

    Amy has established trusting relationships with her clients and they feel comfortable discussing any issues or concerns, knowing Amy is always willing to provide the highest level of service. This makes Amy an integral member of the Personal Insurance Team.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: aschultz@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5430  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Education
    Associate's Degree  |  Administrative Assistance
    Iowa Western  |  Council Bluffs, IA

    Amy Stefka

    Client Advocate, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Amy learned the value of teamwork while completing a semester-long internship at Walt Disney World. She attended classes through “Disney University” to learn how Walt Disney World is operated...

    Amy learned the value of teamwork while completing a semester-long internship at Walt Disney World. She attended classes through “Disney University” to learn how Walt Disney World is operated – a real behind-the-scenes look at the overall business strategy for the theme park powerhouse. The classes taught her that details matter, as well as attitude, appearance and overall work ethic. Amy quickly learned that it takes hard work to get the job done right. She applies these invaluable lessons to her job every day, making her a tremendous asset at SilverStone Group.

    Amy has over 18 years of experience in the insurance consulting industry. Her background includes both small and large clients, with extensive experience dealing with clients who have multiple locations and vast benefit packages. She specializes in benefit comparison and financial analysis for both self-funded and fully-insured funding arrangements. She is also knowledgeable in products such as life, dental, disability, vision and medical. She possesses a strong technical background which equips her to thoroughly analyze issues and develop creative solutions for clients. This experience enables Amy to successfully negotiate with insurance companies to produce competitive rates and plan designs.

    Following her Disney internship, Amy brought her experience and knowledge back to the Midwest. She works and resides in North Platte, Nebraska and services clients in the Central/Western Nebraska territory.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: astefka@ssgi.com |  phone: 308.534.1511

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Communication Studies
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE

    Masters  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Omaha
    Omaha, NE

    Andie Gordman

    Senior Consultant

    HR Consulting

    Andie sees the value in people, which is why she enjoys her job so much! It is her belief that people are the most important asset to any organization.

    Andie sees the value in people, which is why she enjoys her job so much! It is her belief that people are the most important asset to any organization. Over the last 20 years, Andie has specialized in helping clients and their organizations move forward by providing human resource strategy development and tactical execution.

    Andie provides support to clients through her expertise in human resource management as well as compensation structure and analysis. She provides clients with practical advice on how to create a human resource function to support the mission and vision of an organization. Andie’s previous executive level roles allowed her to learn about the success factors of many industries. She appreciates SilverStone Group’s dedication to the community and recognizes our care and concern for employees.

    Andie is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands, the Society for Human Resource Management and World at Work.

    When away from work, Andie keeps busy serving on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees and in her role as the Certification Director for the Society for Human Resource Management Nebraska State Council. She is also a graduate of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha Class 38. Andie isn’t all work and no play – she loves to travel. She and her family are always planning their next adventure.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: agordman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5624  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
    • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Organizational Communication
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    Annamae Lindsley

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Personal Insurance

    As an Account Administrator and Client Advocate for SilverStone Group’s Personal Insurance Team, Annamae specializes in assessing risks for her clientele. She dedicates her talents to reviewing and servicing their homeowners, auto and personal...

    As an Account Administrator and Client Advocate for SilverStone Group’s Personal Insurance Team, Annamae specializes in assessing risks for her clientele. She dedicates her talents to reviewing and servicing their homeowners, auto and personal liability policies. Annamae displays a high level of commitment, work ethic and attention to detail, all of which make her a valued asset.

    Annamae’s graduate degree, coupled with her licensing and insurance background affords her the insight and know-how to develop policy programs for her clients that provide the most effective coverage solutions to meet their particular needs. While her clients appreciate her policy expertise, it is Annamae’s commitment to exceptional service and can-do attitude that develop lasting relationships.

    Annamae enjoys being involved in various groups and is a member of Nebraska’s Young Agents networking group and SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: alindsley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5780  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Education
    Master of Science in Organizational Management
    Chadron State College |  Chadron, NE

    April Walker

    Senior Account Manager

    Property & Casualty

    April joined SilverStone Group in 2011 with more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. She specializes in Property & Casualty and Risk Management for the Franchise and Non-profit Team.

    April joined SilverStone Group in 2011 with more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry.  She specializes in Property & Casualty and Risk Management for the Franchise and Non-profit Team.  Her position involves marketing new and existing accounts, extending and expanding existing coverage, and renewing expirations, all while providing exceptional service to her clients.  She enjoys the feeling of success she gets from exceeding a client’s expectations. Her time spent as a Financial Analyst in the Air Force taught her the importance of attention to detail in her work, as well as teamwork. April performs her job meticulously, and completes all tasks thoroughly.

    April is an active contributor to the Omaha Insurance Community as a Board Member of Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha and a member of the Young Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha. She recently completed her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. When April isn’t working or studying, she can be found spending time with her family and her two young children. In the little free time she can find, April enjoys indulging her creative personality in photography, scrapbooking and traveling.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: awalker@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5621  |  fax 402.557.6324

    Professional Certifications

    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Master of Business Administration  |  Human Resource Management
    Bellevue University  |  Bellevue, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Peru State College  |  Peru, NE

     

    Ashley Thomalla

    Senior Consultant

    HR Consulting

    Whether she’s taking care of her baby girl, running, working in her garden, fishing or skiing, Ashley enjoys keeping busy. This fast-paced life keeps her on her toes and helps her stay prepared for what the consulting industry brings her way!

    Whether she’s taking care of her little girl, running, working in her garden, fishing or skiing, Ashley enjoys keeping busy. This fast-paced life keeps her on her toes and helps her stay prepared for what the consulting industry brings her way!

    As a Senior Consultant for the HR Consulting Team, Ashley is dedicated to meeting client needs and helping them see the big picture in their organization. Her background in industrial/organizational psychology, coupled with her common sense approach and ability to balance science and practice, prove to be crucial in her work as a consultant. Ashley brings her outside perspective to help numerous clients, including those in financial services, healthcare, non-profits and utilities.

    Ashley has experience in analyzing and documenting jobs, which serve as the foundation of many key organizational functions such as hiring, training, compensating employees and managing their performance. Her experience includes work environment scans and audits as well as organizational design and selection projects. On a regular basis, Ashley conducts research and analyzes data to answer questions and examines best practices and industry trends to help clients see how their policies and practices compare.

    Ashley’s education and experience in compensating and rewarding employees have helped her to focus clients on the importance of their rewards strategies. She routinely provides clients with compensation recommendations to help them attract, motivate, reward and retain top talent. Furthermore, Ashley encourages a pay for performance culture and has helped clients design pay for performance plans to motivate desired employee behaviors that lead to positive organizational outcomes. Her analytical ability, critical-thinking skills and attention to detail prove very useful in helping clients with their compensation needs.

    She is a member of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG), the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELLCOM) and World at Work. Ashley has received WELCOA’s Seven Benchmarks Advanced Level Certification through her work with WAG, a volunteer-led group focused on providing employees with information and resources for improved health and well-being.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: athomalla@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5409  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
    • Global Remuneration Professional (GRP)
    • WELCOA’s Seven Benchmarks: Advanced Certification

    Education
    Doctor of Philosophy  |  Industrial / Organizational Psychology
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Master of Arts  |  Industrial / Organizational Psychology
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Arts |  Psychology
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

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    Bailie Shada

    Principal & Chief Administrative Officer

    Corporate Services

    Although most of us call her Bailie, you could call her Alice, or you could try Cindi. She’d probably answer to any of the three, but no matter what name you call her...

    Although most of us call her Bailie, you could call her Alice, or you could try Cindi. She'd probably answer to any of the three, but no matter what name you call her, if you have a question about daily operations, financial issues or any one of a myriad of other issues, Bailie is always ready to lend her problem-solving skills and help you find the answer you need.

    With more than 35 years of experience in Operations and Management, she began her career with SilverStone Group over 25 years ago as a Senior Accountant. As the company has grown and diversified, she has taken on the responsibility of overseeing the administrative and support functions for the Firm.

    Bailie has played an important role in mergers and acquisitions, both from an analytical and an operational perspective. In addition, she serves as a resource and liaison for all operational managers regarding workflow and problem resolution. She enjoys the daily contact with her Associates (whom she calls "the brightest and best") as she helps find solutions to the logistical challenges they face in performing their various job duties.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bshada@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5539  |  fax: 402.963.4081

    Education
    Masters of  Business Administration
    Wichita State  |  Wichita, KS

    Bachelor of Arts  |  German
    University of Northern Colorado  |  Greeley, CO

    Barb Dale

    Principal, Director of Operations

    Property & Casualty

    Barb has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. With that much experience, you can rest assured that your organization is receiving the most knowledgeable information possible.

    Barb has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. With that much experience, you can rest assured that your organization is receiving the most knowledgeable information possible.  Specializing in property & casualty and risk management, Barb oversees the service staff of the Property & Casualty Risk Services Division, a job she says is a lot like working with extended family. Barb prides herself on her team's commitment to always putting client needs first. She has developed strong, positive relationships with insurance carriers and spends time researching products, industry innovations and other means by which the client/carrier relationship can be enhanced.

    Barb has served on several boards, including acting as past president of Insurance Women of Omaha, past president of Big Red Nebraska NetVU User Group, past board of director for the Omaha Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) and past president of Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha; currently she is Chairman of the Executive Board of NetVU (National User Group of Vertafore products). In 1998 Barb was awarded “Insurance Woman of the Year” by Insurance Women of Omaha. Barb is not in this for the accolades, though -- she loves working at SilverStone Group because of the firm-wide commitment to customer service.  And she's always up for a challenge -- change, she says, is good for the organization, helping us face the future unafraid to try new things.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bdale@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5560  |  fax: 402.557.6328

    Professional Certifications

    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)
    • Certified Professional Insurance Women (CPIW)

    Barb Hoffman

    Client Advocate, Lead Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    As a breast cancer survivor, Barb Hoffman uses her life experiences to provide top-notch care to her clients. She shares the same compassion with her clients as she does helping fellow cancer survivors...

    As a breast cancer survivor, Barb Hoffman uses her life experiences to provide top-notch care to her clients. She shares the same compassion with her clients as she does helping fellow cancer survivors thrive, acknowledging their needs and building lasting relationships. Barb’s efforts to please her clients haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2012, she was recognized by SilverStone Group with the Nelson Award for her on-going dedication.

    Even with more than 15 years of employee benefit administration experience, Barb finds excitement in her job each day. She loves the variety of working with clients and conducting employee education opportunities. She truly appreciates her team, recognizing their thoughtfulness and concern for her personal well-being.

    While away from the office, Barb enjoys gardening and landscaping, going to concerts and driving her 1999 Mustang COBRA. She also serves as Secretary on the Project Pink’d Board of Directors and is in charge of fundraising. Project Pink'd is a nonprofit organization that supports breast cancer survivors.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bhoffman@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5481 | fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

    Education
    Wayne State College | Wayne, NE

    Barry Cleaveland

    Director

    Research & Development

    Beth Johnson

    Client Advocate & Executive Assistant

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    SilverStone Group is not just a place of work for Beth, it’s her second home. After 28 years with the company, her fellow Associates have become like family.

    SilverStone Group is not just a place of work for Beth, it’s her second home. After 29 years with the company, her fellow Associates have become like family.

    Beth currently serves as the Executive Assistant for the Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits division but she has held various positions, including Assistant Plan Administrator, Administrative Assistant and 401(k) Plan Record Keeper.

    Along with the wide variety of duties that keep her moving throughout the day, Beth’s focus is on assisting in the GASB area with marketing, maintaining prospect and client lists and drafting and assembling proposals. Beth also handles plan administrator duties as a backup and fills in wherever she is needed.

    Beth and her son stay busy with his school activities. Basketball, football, baseball and church keep them busy, too.  Beth thinks that sometimes she likes watching sports more than her son likes playing them, but they both have a love for his hobbies. Beth also has a passion for teaching her religion, for the past six straight summers she spent time on an Oji-Cree Indian reservation in northern Ontario Canada teaching Vacation Bible School to Indian children.  She hopes that one day her son will get to experience the joy she finds in mission trips.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bmjohnson@ssgi.com |  phone 402.964.5503  |  fax 402.963.4089

    Education
    Legal Clerical
    Spencer College of Business  |  Spencer, IA

    Bill Fox

    Principal, Senior Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Despite his serious demeanor, Bill Fox will throw caution into the wind and hop on his motorcycle any day. Bill has more than 22 years of experience managing group insurance accounts that have both multiple-plan options and...

    Despite his serious demeanor, Bill Fox will throw caution into the wind and hop on his motorcycle any day. Bill has more than 22 years of experience managing group insurance accounts that have both multiple-plan options and multiple-corporate locations. His areas of specialty include underwriting/budgeting, plan design analysis, analysis of alternate funding methodologies and administration and communication of group insurance programs for large employers. He has extensive knowledge of government filings in health and welfare plans.

    Bill works with a solid, “best-in-class” benefits team whose resources allow them to be responsive and effective in supporting customer needs — whether it’s customer service issues such as claims resolution or billing issues, claims underwriting analysis and strategic planning, or all points in between. He believes he makes a difference to his clients by using a proactive approach to consulting; he offers customers short- and long-term strategies for managing their employee benefit plans. There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer for a benefits program, so our continual evaluation and establishment of a strategic plan for each customer offers unique solutions to control costs, and remain competitive in their own industry by recruiting and retaining the best employees. Over the course of his employment with SilverStone Group, Bill has come to appreciate the flexibility to handle job duties to the best of his ability without being micromanaged. Bill believes that a large part of his success with the Firm is due to the support and encouragement he has received while building his career.

    Bill has been a contributing author for the Firm’s SilverLink magazine. He is a former officer for the Nebraska chapter of CEBS. Bill is a mentor for the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bfox@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5455  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration, Finance
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

    Bob Keefe

    Director | Human Resources

    Human Resources

    Although Bob is nervous to announce his alliance in a Husker majority office, he’s actually an avid Iowa Hawkeyes football fan.

    Although Bob is nervous to announce his alliance in a Husker majority office, he’s actually an avid Iowa Hawkeyes football fan. But that doesn’t mean he would turn down a good SilverStone Group Husker tailgate either. Bob brings over 20 years of experience as a Human Resource Generalist and Manager. He has experience in retail, information technology and the insurance industry.

    As Director, Bob spends time managing the day-to-day functions and planning of Human Resource initiatives for SilverStone Group. He enjoys the culture at SilverStone Group and tries to put resources and philosophies into place that allow all Associates to excel. Bob strives to provide outstanding benefits and services to all staff members by addressing needs in an effective and timely manner.

    In his free time, Bob might be out golfing or vacationing on the shores of Puerto Vallarta…or quietly cheering on the Hawkeyes.

    Bob Lembke

    Principal

    Property & Casualty

    Bob Lembke says that his best "out-of-office" days are spent on long road trips with "the guys" on their Harleys. Sounds like a pretty good time. Now, however...

    Bob says that his best "out-of-office" days are spent on long road trips with "the guys" on their Harleys. Sounds like a pretty good time.

    Now, however, Bob stays busy helping SilverStone Group's construction industry clients manage risk and mitigate exposures. The Harley gets out less than he'd like (although he admits to visiting Sturgis once in awhile).

    With a 30-year career in the insurance/risk management field, 16 with Peter Kiewit and Sons, followed by a post-retirement stint as the owner of a private consulting service, Bob has found his niche -- drilling down into a client's daily operations to thoroughly understand how the risks encountered can affect the organization's bottom line. And Bob has the experience and expertise to know how best to modify an organization's risk management and insurance program to lessen risk for construction clients.

    No matter what the situation, Bob is ready and willing to help, bringing expert analytical strategies to find solutions that really work.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: blembke@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5446  |  fax: 402.557.6325

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate Risk in Management (ARM)
    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
    • Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

    Education
    Masters of Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Finance
    Drake University |  Des Moines, IA

    Bonita Feilmeier

    Senior Account Manager

    Commercial Lines

    Bonnie Cox

    Accounting Processor

    Accounting

    Brad Rueb

    Client Advocate, Senior Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Brad Rueb is a straight shooter. Whether he is working with clients or enjoying his favorite pastime – archery, he sure knows how to hit the bull’s eye!

    Brad Rueb is a straight shooter. Whether he is working with clients or enjoying his favorite pastime – archery, he sure knows how to hit the bull’s eye!

    Brad has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. His experience includes underwriting for accounts from 50 to over 5,000 employees, funding arrangements of various types, presentations to clients and brokers, contract analysis and issuance of new business and renewal rates. Brad enjoys working directly with his clients, allowing for open communication to find the best solutions to meet their needs. His vast insurance underwriting background is critical in the analysis of client renewals and proposals.

    With two and a half decades in the business, Brad knows that practice makes perfect. When he isn’t busy analyzing benefit packages for clients, you might find him slinging arrows on an archery trail outside of Gretna. Whether it’s work or play, Brad delivers a level of dedication that always exceeds expectations!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: brueb@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5460  |  fax 402.96.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts |  Business Administration
    Hastings College  | Hastings, NE

    Brett Sesker

    Principal, Senior Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Brett Sesker is someone who will go above and beyond for his clients. Brett’s 25 years of experience in Group Health and Welfare plans serve him well in underwriting, product development, project...

    Brett Sesker is someone who will go above and beyond for his clients. Brett’s 25 years of experience in Group Health and Welfare plans serve him well in underwriting, product development, project management, alternate funding and managed care. He spent 10 of those 25 years as an underwriter with a major insurance company, an experience, he says, that he “lived to tell about” and which gave him excellent insight into plan design and implementation of group benefits programs.

    With specialties in small and large group risk management, alternate funding (including minimum premium and self-funding) product development, project management, worksite benefits, medical, dental, life, disability, vision and leave management benefit programs, Brett is able to provide comprehensive benefits plans to his clients. Because he knows that every client is different, he enjoys getting to know each one individually as he develops a customized approach to meet their needs. Brett says that meeting the day-to-day challenges of creating understandable and valuable benefits programs allows him to learn new skills and remain open to thinking “outside the box.”

    In his free time, Brett serves as a board member for the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation and the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM). He is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan while living in the great State of Nebraska.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bsesker@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5451  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)
    • Associate, Life and Health Claims (ALHC)
    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Producer's Licenses in Nebraska and Iowa for HMO, Life Insurance and Annuities, Sickness, Accident and Health
    • State of Nebraska Consultant's License in Life and Health

    Education
    Working towards Masters in Business Administration
    (23 hours completed)
    Drake University |  Des Moines, IA

    Bachelor of Business Administration  |  Economics
    University of Iowa |  Iowa City, IA

    Brian Boraas

    Account Manager

    Group Benefits

    Ask Brian Boraas what he loves most about his job and he will tell you that it is working with caring people who love their jobs.

    Ask Brian Boraas what he loves most about his job and he will tell you that it is working with caring people who love their jobs. Brian is a people person. He enjoys working and interacting with both clients and colleagues on a daily basis.

    Brian has more than 26 years of experience in the insurance industry, including 14 years with United Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. John Sutton, SilverStone Group’s Regional Director, said “The depth of Brian’s background with his claims, large group underwriting and Chief Financial Officer experience will be invaluable in assisting our clients to manage the changing complexities of healthcare benefits.”

    He has conducted hundreds of employee meetings and underwriting trainings. Brian is skilled in developing client relationships that are built on great service. He brings value to clients by analyzing their employee benefit programs and making recommendations to create understandable and valuable programs for employers and employees.

    When not at work, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. When his children were younger, he coached them in football, baseball and basketball.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bboraas@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5112

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate Customer Service (ACS)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    Minnesota State University-MoorheadMoorhead, MN

    Brian Kimminau

    Client Advocate & Actuarial Analyst

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Brian is a numbers guy through and through. As an actuarial analyst in the Defined/Post-Retirement Benefits division, he prepares valuation and disclosure reports for his clients.

    Brian is a numbers guy through and through. As an actuarial analyst in the Defined/Post-Retirement Benefits division, he prepares valuation and disclosure reports for his clients. From current numbers to predictions, he can do it all! Brian has been with SilverStone Group for 12 years, 4 as an administrator and 8 as an analyst.

    Throughout his time at the company, Brian has loved using Excel to complete calculations in order to provide efficient, timely information to his clients. This efficiency allows them to get the best results – and to keep coming back. Brian enjoys working at SilverStone Group because he says the leaders genuinely care about their employees. The flexibility in his schedule doesn’t hurt either!

    Brian is a Qualified Plan Administrator (QPA) and a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA). He has written articles for the firm’s SilverLink magazine and is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bkimminau@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5518  |  fax 402.963.4089

    Professional Titles
    Qualified Plan Administrator (QPA)
    Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science
    Family Financial Management & Math
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Bryn Schoening

    Consultant

    HR Consulting

    A fan of continuous learning, Bryn is most comfortable when she’s introducing new experiences to others.

    A fan of continuous learning, Bryn is most comfortable when she’s introducing new experiences to others. Whether it’s at work as an HR Consultant, or while co-leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, Bryn loves to help people unleash their inner potential.

    With more than 10 years of HR management experience, Bryn has worked with teams across a variety of industries to implement strategies to help increase efficiency and improve the employee experience. As an HR Consultant at SilverStone Group, Bryn works with clients to solve HR challenges, including regulatory compliance, employee handbook, policy development, employee relations, job descriptions and compensation. In addition, she partners with clients to ensure policies and procedures are compliant and follow current best practices.

    Bryn is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Association of the Midlands (HRAM).

    In line with her passion for new experiences, Bryn enjoys trips to New York to attend Broadway shows and performances at Julliard.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: bschoening@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5649  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Human Resources
    University of Nebraska  |  Lincoln, NE

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    Cara Kirsch

    Vice President

    Group Benefits

    Although Cara has moved back and forth from the California Bay Area twice since 2000, she is here to stay! Her proven ability to develop strategic alliances, motivate high performing sales teams and execute organizational marketing initiatives is an asset...

    Although Cara has moved back and forth from the California Bay Area twice since 2000, she is here to stay! Her proven ability to develop strategic alliances, motivate high performing teams and execute organizational strategy is an asset to SilverStone Group. In her role as Vice President of the Group division, Cara focuses on new business sales and building relationships with clients and prospects.

    Cara is a motivated and dynamic employee benefits professional offering 20 years of expertise in all facets of employee benefit management including sales, account management, business development, and project management. She makes a difference with clients because of her unique background in account management, sales and strategy. Specifically, Cara puts her clients' interests first and builds their trust by working tirelessly on their behalf. Her ability to create out of the box solutions brings value to her customers and is a demonstration of her commitment to drive innovation.

    Cara was recognized by the Midlands Business Journal with the 40 Under 40 Award in 2012. In early 2017, Cara was also featured in a special Women in Business issue of B2B Magazine. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Cara served as director of large and national account sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. She is a board member of the Omaha Association of Health Underwriters and the Child Savings Institute and also does committee work for the Omaha Women’s Fund. Cara is a graduate of Leadership Nebraska Class IX.  We’re especially glad she is here to stay.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ckirsch@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5772  |  mobile: 402.490.6401 |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Carly Gray

    Client Advocate, Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Carly is not one to back down from a challenge. Whether she’s working on creative benefit solutions for her clients or completing the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon, she’s always determined to put her best foot forward.

    Carly is not one to back down from a challenge. Whether she’s working on creative benefit solutions for her clients or completing the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon, she’s always determined to put her best foot forward.

    With more than seven years of experience in disability claims, Carly’s role as a Service Specialist comes naturally to her. She is committed to providing best-in-class service to her SilverStone Group clients and will go the extra mile to ensure that customer needs are met. Carly assists in the management and retention of group clients by answering client questions, preparing employee communications, implementing new plans and resolving issues related to federal and state plan compliance. She enjoys going outside of her comfort zone to help clients discover customized solutions.

    Having spent most of her life in the Wisconsin and Chicago areas, Carly is a die-hard Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Wisconsin Badgers fan. She also enjoys cooking, exercising and being a mom.

    Contact Information
    Email: cgray@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5732  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications
    Disability Income Associate (DIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Business Administration  |  International Business & Spanish
    St. Norbert College  |  De Pere, WI

    Carol Gonzalez

    Vice President, Senior Consultant

    401(k) & 403(b) Advisory

    With more than 35 years of experience working with qualified retirement plans and 20 years of management experience, Carol plays an integral role on the Retirement Plan Advisory Team.

    With more than 35 years of experience working with qualified retirement plans and 20 years of management experience, Carol plays an integral role on the Retirement Plan Advisory Team. She assists with plan design, vendor evaluations, plan implementation, administration and compliance of both 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

    When it comes to work, Carol understands the "whole picture," including investment guidelines, plan document review, employee communications and the plan transition process. When you combine this knowledge and add in her commitment to one-on-one personal service, you have a powerful resource that our clients have come to rely on.

    In 2013, Carol received the H.H. “Red” Nelson Award1 in recognition of her outstanding achievement in client service. She is also a member of the Pension Council of the Midlands.

    When Carol is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and nine grandchildren.

    1The H.H. “Red” Nelson Award is sponsored by SilverStone Group and presented annually to one or more SilverStone Group associates for their outstanding achievement in Client Service. Recipients are nominated by their peers.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: cgonzalez@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5495  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Chad Tremel

    Vice President

    Group Benefits

    When Chad began working for SilverStone Group, he never dreamed that he would still be here 20 years later. The reason he’s stayed is three-fold. First, he loves working in a challenging, competitive environment. Secondly, he appreciates the fact...

    When Chad began working for SilverStone Group, he never dreamed that he would still be here 20 years later. The reason he’s stayed is three-fold. First, he loves working in a challenging, competitive environment. Secondly, he appreciates the fact that SilverStone Group sets some of the highest standards in the industry and he wholeheartedly supports the philosophy that client satisfaction is the Firm’s number one concern. But most importantly, Chad says it’s an honor to work with people of character who are experts in their field and who value trustworthiness, honesty and integrity as much as he does.

    A 22-year industry veteran, Chad specializes in the design and implementation of group benefit programs that help employers provide comprehensive benefit packages to attract and retain employees. Although he works with clients of all sizes, the majority of his accounts are in the “middle market,” which includes employers with 25-150 employees. For these clients, providing employee benefits is often a challenge. Underwriting expertise, market analysis and negotiating power are extremely important and can make a discernible difference in the client’s success.

    Chad has presented before the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Chapter of Associated General Contractors and numerous nonprofit organizations. He is often quoted in publications as an expert in the field and has led hundreds of employee meetings and orientations regarding employer-sponsored benefit programs.

    In addition to his job responsibilities, Chad is a member of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG), which is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing Associate health and wellness.

    Chad is a member of many professional and civic organizations, including the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, Junior Achievement and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ctremel@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5467  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certification

    • Health Insurance Association (HIA)

    Chris Lausten

    Account Manager, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Chris Nulty

    Client Advocate, Senior Administrative Assistant

    Group Benefits

    Chuck Eckert

    Executive Director

    Real Estate Risk Services

    Chuck is serious about getting to know his clients and their insurance needs. With more than 20 years of property and casualty experience and a diverse insurance background, including five years...

    Chuck is serious about getting to know his clients and their insurance needs. With more than 20 years of property and casualty experience and a diverse insurance background, including five years as a front lines claims adjuster and eleven years of marketing, underwriting and sales management experience, Chuck has the tools necessary to provide innovative and comprehensive solutions for his clients.

    His superior product knowledge, claims experience, sales acumen and underwriting background give SilverStone Group clients a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Chuck's ability to help insurance carriers understand the key components of his clients' operations and exposures are critical ingredients to securing comprehensive insurance programs in the marketplace.

    His background with both regionally-based and national insurance carriers gives him access to a network of relationships across the industry. These contacts and business relationships are often key drivers behind the development of solutions for his clients' catastrophic risk exposures. He is part of a team at SilverStone Group that is considered one of the top industry-specific insurance teams in the United States, insuring property in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

    Chuck specializes in multi-family residential, hospitality, retail and industrial and commercial property risks. He knows that no matter where they're located, his clients face a variety of risk management challenges every day. That's why Chuck and the team work hard to find insurance solutions to address these complex business exposures. According to Chuck, Wisdom at Work isn't just a catch phrase -- it's the way his team uses its experience and knowledge to provide the best possible service for his clients.

    Chuck's hobbies including golfing, hunting and other outdoor activities. He is active with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation and enjoys coaching soccer, softball and basketball.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ceckert@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5484  |  fax: 402.557.6323

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Associate in Claims (AIC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Management & Accounting
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

    Clancy Nelson

    Communications Specialist

    Marketing & Communications

    Adding finesse and flair to communication pieces is Clancy’s specialty. As a Communications Specialist, she has mastered these attributes to ensure high-quality, accurate communication for SilverStone Group’s Associates and clients.

    Adding finesse and flair to communication pieces is Clancy’s specialty. As a Communications Specialist, she has mastered these attributes to ensure high-quality, accurate communication for SilverStone Group’s Associates and clients.

    In her role within the Communications department, Clancy is responsible for formatting and proofreading a variety of communication pieces, including letters, reports and enrollment material.

    Clancy’s attention to detail and customer-service orientation come naturally. She derives satisfaction in knowing that she can make a difference through the art of wordsmithing, which is of great benefit
    to both internal and external customers.

    When she’s not polishing communication material, Clancy enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog Crew. A fan of Lilly Pulitzer fashion, you can get a sense of Clancy’s style in her brightly colored clothing.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: cnelson@ssgi.com   |  phone: 402.964.5759  |  fax: 402.964.5454

     Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Broadcast Journalism
    University of Nebraska  |  Lincoln, NE

    Colleen Stich

    Account Manager

    Group Benefits

    At age 17, Colleen began her career in the insurance industry, working at Blue Shield of South Dakota. Now that’s what we call motivation!

    At age 17, Colleen began her career in the insurance industry, working at Blue Shield of South Dakota. Now that’s what we call motivation!

    Today, Colleen has more than 36 years of experience in the insurance industry in account management, billing and customer service. She manages group accounts and serves clients with plan changes, administration, benefits changes, renewals and negotiation of renewal rates with carriers.

    Colleen understands the importance of providing detailed, accurate information and quick turnaround time. Her clients can count on her to handle their needs in an efficient and timely manner.

    Colleen strives to enjoy life to the fullest. She notes her greatest pleasure in life is spending time with her family and grandchildren, along with taking walks.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: cstich@ssgi.com  |  phone: 605.444.5111  |  fax: 866.427.6568

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    Dan Burke

    Principal

    Property & Casualty / Franchise Risk Services

    Dan knows that in business, it’s people who make the difference. He’s been in the Property & Casualty arena for more than 25 years, which is long enough to know that what really makes a customer feel valued is having someone take the time to listen...

    Dan knows that in business, it’s people who make the difference. He’s been in the Property & Casualty arena for more than 25 years, which is long enough to know that what really makes a customer feel valued is having someone take the time to listen to his or her story. That’s exactly what Dan and his team do every day while communicating extensively with their clients to work together and streamline coverages.

    Dan specializes in the placement of unique coverages in the franchise area, including an extensive nationwide practice in the janitorial and in-home care industries. He and his team use a holistic approach to help clients solve business-related problems by utilizing many of SilverStone Group’s resources to determine the lowest cost of risk possible. Dan also maintains a substantial practice with not-for-profit organizations.

    Dan really enjoys helping others and has an admirable community service record. He is currently on the Skutt Catholic High School President’s Advisory Council, a board member of Midlands Mentoring Partnership and a member of the Nebraska Restaurant Association. Dan is a past member of the New Cassel Retirement Center Board of Directors and a past President of the St. Vincent de Paul School Board. In addition, he has also served on the Ak-Sar-Ben Floor Committee, the Advisory Board of Continental Western and participated in the Partnership Program through St. Paul Companies.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dburke@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5562  |  fax: 402.557.6326

    Professional Certification
    Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Organizational Communication
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

     

    Dan LaRock

    Principal

    Group Benefits

    When Dan isn’t busy with clients and volunteer activities, if you listen carefully, you might just hear him playing his guitar and singing. Dan is a Principal for the South Dakota Group Benefits division. He joined SilverStone Group in 2006 and specializes...

    When Dan isn’t busy with clients and volunteer activities, if you listen carefully, you might just hear him playing his guitar and singing.

    Dan is a Principal for the South Dakota Group Benefits division. He joined SilverStone Group in 2006 and specializes in working with employers who have complicated funding arrangements and large, multi-site locations. His communication skills and relationships with the carrier and vendor marketplace help his clients to achieve the most competitive pricing and highest levels of customer service.

    Dan knows that the best solutions are often a result of collaboration -- both within our Firm and with our clients. He believes SilverStone Group makes a difference for clients by delivering sound, independent advice and helping educate clients about changes and new developments in the industry. Dan quarterbacks a talented team, rich with industry expertise. In the process of showing clients where their true costs lie and helping them manage and negotiate both their fixed and projected expenses, this team creates a mutually valued partnership that helps clients learn things they've never known before.

    Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Dan spent 12 years working in professional public relations, fundraising and consulting positions. His experience in donor cultivation and management are extremely beneficial to the development of new clients for all of SilverStone Group's service areas.

    Dan also serves on the Leadership Sioux Falls Executive Selection Team and the Orion Foods Challenge Steering Committee benefiting the Children’s Home Society, and he volunteers for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Hills in Minnesota. In addition, Dan is an elected board member of the Hills-Beaver Creek School District.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dlarock@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5108  |  fax: 605.332.2105

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mass Communications
    Minnesota State University |  Moorhead, MN

    Dan Martin

    Senior Vice President, Business Development

    Corporate Services

    While others start a conversation by advising, Dan Martin has mastered the keen ability to listen. When meeting with clients, he wants them to do the majority of the talking to gain a holistic perspective of their concerns and challenges.

    While others start a conversation by advising, Dan Martin has mastered the keen ability to listen. When meeting with clients, he wants them to do the majority of the talking to gain a holistic perspective of their concerns and challenges. A born problem-solver, Dan believes that a full understanding of the issues is crucial before determining innovative, individualized solutions.

    An insurance veteran with over 35 years of industry experience, Dan has taken on the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development for SilverStone Group. Dan’s vast leadership experience across the group and individual insurance spectrum along with his actuarial background, make him invaluable at fostering client relationships and crafting solutions to help meet clients’ evolving workforce challenges.

    After beginning his insurance career as an actuarial assistant at Mutual of Omaha in 1983, Dan went on to hold leadership positions at Guarantee Mutual, B&S Underwriters and Premiere Risk Management before returning to Mutual of Omaha where he became Executive Vice President in charge of both individual and group insurance. Dan retired in early 2017 from Mutual of Omaha and has a long history of working with the Principals of SilverStone Group.

    Active in the community, Dan has served on various community non-profit boards, including the American Red Cross, Omaha Street School, Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty, Inc. and Creighton Jaybackers Executive Board.  Dan has also chaired the Make-A-Wish Blue Jean Ball and Creighton Jamboree fundraising events.

    Contact Information
    Email: dmartin@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.56600  |  mobile: 402.301.1857  |  fax: 402.557.6328

    Professional Certifications
    Member American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)
    Fellow Society of Actuaries (FSA)

     Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics
    University of Nebraska  |  Lincoln, NE

    Dan Myers

    Vice President

    Group Benefits

    When away from work, Dan Myers enjoys traveling to Sanibel Island, FL with his wife to relax and take advantage of the warm weather on the beach.

    When away from work, Dan enjoys traveling to Sanibel Island, FL with his wife to relax and take advantage of the warm weather on the beach. When he isn’t taking in the sun and sand, Dan is hard at work, specializing as a broker or consultant for group medical, dental, disability, life and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).

    During his almost 30 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field, Dan has worked on both the insurance company and broker sides of the industry. He believes this vast experience allows him to contribute a strong perspective regarding insurance carrier philosophies, broker competition and the service/solution needs of clients. His unique ability to present multiple lines of employee benefit and administrative programs, coupled with our highly qualified Client Services Team, Dan provides his clients with trusted advisors for their employee benefit plans.

    Dan knows the importance of acting as an advocate for his clients and he searches for the best possible outcome in every engagement. He takes pride in his team’s ability to solve benefit issues and to develop new products that will enhance each client’s benefits portfolio. Dan’s team makes a difference for clients by being proactive, taking the time to listen and providing outstanding customer service.

    Dan is a member of the Omaha Association of Health Underwriters (for whom he served as president in 1996) and is currently Chairman of the Consumer Credit Counseling Board of Directors. Dan is also active in both the Sarpy and Bellevue chambers of commerce. Dan is a Creighton University alum and proud supporter of the Creighton Bluejay basketball and soccer teams.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dmyers@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5476  |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Professional Certifications

    • Registered Health Underwriter (RHU)
    • Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts
    Creighton University | Omaha, NE

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    Dana Sullivan

    Multi-Media Manager

    Marketing & Communications

    Dana has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and sales and is the Multi-Media Manager for SilverStone Group.

    Dana has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and sales and is the Multi-Media Manager for SilverStone Group. This role highlights her expertise in the maintenance and update of the Firm and affiliate company websites, e-mail marketing and social media. In addition, Dana works in graphic design and advertising, coordinates events and handles public relations. She is the project lead for Marketing and is responsible for the training and development of the other members on the Multi-Media team.

    Dana’s sharp problem-solving skills, willingness to take on any project and creative wit make her an invaluable asset to the company.

    Dana is the Immediate Past President of the Omaha Chapter of the American Marketing Association and Vice President of Public Relations on the board of SilverStone Group’s Toastmasters Club. She is also actively involved in Nebraska’s Teammates Mentoring program, providing support and guidance to youth in the Omaha area.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dvotava@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5517  |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Education
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration  |  Marketing
    University of Nebraska – Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Dani McCawley

    Business Analyst

    Corporate Services

    Dave Berliner

    Private Client Executive / Director

    Personal Insurance / Outdoor Recreational Risk Services

    With nearly 10 years of service at SilverStone Group, David focuses on risk management in the key areas of Personal Insurance and Outdoor Recreation.

    With over 10 years of service at SilverStone Group, David focuses on risk management in the key areas of Personal Insurance and Outdoor Recreation.

    As Private Client Executive of the Personal Insurance Team, David works with both affluent and general markets to provide individuals with protection for the possessions they value most while delivering unsurpassed customer service. Through face-to-face visits and consultations, he serves clients who need more than the average mass-market insurance products. He maintains detailed knowledge of new and existing products, researches market conditions and identifies solutions to help his clients select the most effective coverage for their particular needs.

    David also oversees our Outdoor Recreation Risk Services practice, specializing in golf courses/country clubs and hunting preserves. His 10 years in the golf industry, including 8 years as a PGA assistant professional and teaching professional, assist him in building and maintaining solid working relationships within the industry. He has experience with exposures that impact a variety of facilities—including upscale daily-fee, private and resort operations.

    Prior to living in Omaha, David was located in Denver where he worked with “Open Fairways,” a charitable organization that introduces disadvantaged, inner-city youth to the game of golf. David worked for several years as a Division Leader for the Annual Membership Drive for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He volunteers as a coach for his sons’ various sports teams.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dberliner@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5576  |  fax: 402.557.6330

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Political Science
    Villanova |  Philadelphia, PA

    David Choquette

    Client Advocate & Actuarial Analyst

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    David is always eager to learn. He enjoys problem solving and working with numbers in a very practical matter.

    David is always eager to learn. He enjoys problem solving and working with numbers in a very practical manner. As an actuarial analyst, David completes valuations for early retiree health benefit plans and assists on a variety of tasks related to the administration of defined benefit plans. David’s desire to learn something new every day helps him to work hard and apply his past experiences in actuarial issues to find solutions for our clients. David first stepped into this field in November 2011 with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries. In 2014, David and his colleagues joined SilverStone Group when Heitnzberger Payne Actuaries merged with our firm.

    David is currently working to earn his Associate in the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation. When he isn’t busy crunching numbers, David likes to stay active outside. He particularly enjoys crushing his opponents in racquetball and disc golf.

    Contact Information
    e-mail:  dchoquette@ssgi.com |  phone: 503.597.1623  | fax: 402.963.4089

    Education
    Bachelor of Science | Economics
    Oregon State University |  Portland, OR

    Dawn Hanson

    Account Manager

    Entrepreneurial Risk Services

    With an energetic approach to problem solving, Dawn’s work style makes her invaluable to her clients and peers. Dawn has dedicated the majority of her career to insurance...

    With an energetic approach to problem solving, Dawn’s work style makes her invaluable to her clients and peers. Dawn has dedicated the majority of her career to insurance, with over 12 years of experience in medical, professional and construction insurance services.

    As an Account Manager in Entrepreneurial Risk Services, Dawn is committed to helping her customers. She brings a new perspective to client business needs and draws on her vast insurance experience to help provide answers. Dawn holds a producer’s license from the State of Nebraska for property/casualty insurance and is an active member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska.

    Although her career has kept her centralized in Omaha, Dawn enjoys traveling whenever possible – mostly to tropical beaches in Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. When stateside, she spends time with her dogs and enjoys the outdoors.

    Contact Information
    E-mail: dhanson@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5638  |   fax: 402.557.6324

    Professional Certifications
    Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
    Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

    Debi Dodson

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Property & Casualty

    Most of Debi’s professional career has been in customer service and retail, she loves working with and is dedicated to her clients!

    Most of Debi’s professional career has been in customer service and retail; she loves working with and is dedicated to her clients!

    Debi’s past experience has prepared her for her role as an Account Administrator. Fulfilling client requests and ensuring they have the best insurance coverage possible are just a few of Debi’s daily responsibilities. Her enthusiasm for meeting new people and building personal relationships make her an asset to the Property & Casualty Team. She is currently studying for her Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.

    When Debi is out of the office, she is busy shuttling around her 3 boys to various sporting events and school functions. When she gets some time to herself, she enjoys reading, crafting and photography.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ddodson@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5412 | fax: 402.557.6325

    Denise Gzehoviak

    Client Advocate & Executive Assistant

    Private Client Services

    Denise is a loyal fan. For 10 years, she has been arriving in Lincoln at 7:00 am on Nebraska Football game days to set up her elaborate tailgate.

    Denise is a loyal fan. For 10 years, she has been arriving in Lincoln at 7:00 am on Nebraska Football game days to set up her elaborate tailgate. It started as a family tradition, but has grown to include many friends, their families and over 20 brand new Husker fans just this year! That’s impressive, but Denise displays the same loyalty to her work family at SilverStone Group.

    Since joining SilverStone Group in 2005, Denise has provided administrative support for Principals and Design Analysts in the Wealth Transfer department. She is constantly “in the know” and assists in the coordination, scheduling and implementation of various projects for the Private Client Services Team. Her professional skills are a true asset to SilverStone Group.

    Denise enjoys the people she works with and the variety her job has to offer. She is passionate about helping to make life easier for others. Her compassion and genuine interest in people enable her to really understand her department’s wants so she can jump in to assist wherever and whenever she is needed.

    When she’s not working or in the middle of football season, Denise keeps her life active by spending time with her husband of 39 years (did we mention she’s loyal?), golfing, quilting, participating in various philanthropic events with her sorority sister alums and chasing after her 3 young grandchildren that are so close in age they could be triplets. She definitely has energy!

    Denise Sullivan

    Client Advocate, Senior Claims Representative

    Claims & Safety

    Denise has 37 years of experience the insurance industry. Specializing in the Commercial Property and Casualty Claims Department, she handles all the Property and Casualty and Workers’ Compensation claims. Denise verifies coverage and deductible...

    Denise has 37 years of experience the insurance industry. Specializing in the Commercial Property and Casualty Claims Department, she handles all the Property and Casualty and Workers’ Compensation claims. Denise verifies coverage and deductible amounts to  determine if a claim should be reported and sends to the appropriate carrier when necessary.

    A SilverStone Group Associate since 1979, Denise’s positive  experience with clients has given creditability to the claims handling process of SilverStone Group. She works closely with other team members to solve problems and provide solutions.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dsullivan@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5588  |  fax: 402.963.4094

    Denny Monaghan

    Senior Consultant

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Denny see’s the “big picture” for his clients. Whatever problem is thrown his way, he is able to draw on his decades of experience to clearly communicate options and suggested solutions.

    Denny see’s the “big picture” for his clients. Whatever problem is thrown his way, he is able to draw on his decades of experience to clearly communicate options and suggested solutions. As a Senior Consultant in our Defined Benefits division, Denny helps clients meet their goals and find the best solutions for their plan problems. Denny also provides defined benefit pension and post-retirement medical consulting services, all while managing client project work and directing his team.

    Denny has nearly 40 years of experience in the pension and health actuarial planning field. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Denny worked with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries for 10 years until 2014 when the company merged with our firm. From 1999 to 2005, Denny served as a presenter at the Conference of Consulting Actuaries’ annual conference. He is also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

    Denny loves his role at SilverStone Group and enjoys helping clients in any way that he can. Although he is a straight shooter when it comes to work, he likes to extrude his sense of humor on those around him. As Denny would say, he’s not as dull as he looks!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dmonaghan@ssgi.com |  phone: 503.597.1627  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Professional Certifications

    • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
    • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
    • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science & Masters | Mathematics
    Portland State University |  Portland, Oregon

     

    Derek Smith

    Program Manager

    In-Home Care Risk Services

    Derek Smith believes communication is key in making a difference to his clients. Majoring in English taught Derek the importance of words – and keeping your word.

    Derek Smith believes communication is key in making a difference to his clients. Majoring in English taught Derek the importance of words – and keeping your word. His perfected combination of communication and trust has allowed him to build prosperous client relationships for over 20 years.

    Originally launching his career in 1996 with SilverStone Group, Derek Smith has rejoined the firm as Program Manager of our In-Home Care Risk Services division. Derek spent nearly 16 years as a wholesale insurance broker and senior vice president in Chicago before returning home to Omaha. Derek brings vast risk management expertise to his position at SilverStone Group. His client-centric mentality is instrumental in fostering long-term relationships while delivering customized insurance solutions to his clients. As client needs evolve, he is constantly challenging himself to seek fresh and innovative client solutions. Derek accomplishes this with a very high level of service and a flair for developing close, personal client relationships.

    Outside of his professional career, Derek enjoys traveling with his family. Derek also appreciates warm, sunny days when he can take in a round of golf.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: dsmith@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5645  |  fax: 402.557.6332

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  English
    University of Oklahoma  |  Norman, OK

    Donelle Royce

    Senior Account Manager

    Real Estate Risk Services

    Donelle knows the importance of commitment. She’s been a dedicated SilverStone Group Associate for more than 25 years and has more than 40 years of total industry experience.

    Donelle knows the importance of commitment. She’s been a dedicated SilverStone Group Associate for more than 25 years and has more than 40 years of total industry experience. With all that knowledge, clients can rest assured Donelle is taking care of their insurance needs. Specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management, she works closely with producers to review all account information, including marketing the account to available carriers, reviewing coverages and needs, coordinating internal account service and overseeing all day-to-day servicing of accounts.

    In order to provide the best possible customer service, Donelle stays current on real estate trends to ensure her clients are protected against emerging risks. She listens to her client’s needs and finds the best solution to their problems. She enjoys facing new challenges and taking on new types of risk because it adds to the variety of the job.

    Donelle has experience working with a number of industries, including manufacturing, restaurants, auto/mobile home dealerships, chemical/oil distributors, printers, financial institutions, hospital/nursing home, aviation and property management.

    When she’s not busy at SilverStone Group, Donelle spends all of her free time with her granddaughters and family.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: droyce@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5423  |  fax: 402.557.6323

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

    Donita Stratman

    Client Advocate & Plan Administrator

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

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    Earley Smith

    Help Desk Analyst

    Information Technology

    Earley is a people person. In his short time at SilverStone Group, he says the people are his favorite part of the job. He enjoys having the opportunity to go around the office and talk to Associates as he helps them with their IT issues

    Earley is a people person. In his short time at SilverStone Group, he says the people are his favorite part of the job. He enjoys having the opportunity to go around the office and talk to Associates as he helps them with their IT issues. As Help Desk Analyst, Earley spends the majority of his day assisting colleagues with a variety of technology issues, so his friendly, helpful personality makes him well suited for the role.

    Earley’s background includes 20 years of experience in automation and computer-based control systems with over 12 years of industrial IT support. From researching errors to helping Associates troubleshoot software and hardware issues, to performing equipment installations and assisting with various system updates, Earley adapts to ever-changing day-to-day activities.

    Earley’s desire to help and be around people extends outside the office, too. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, certified youth fishing instructor and a former bowling coach for the Millard West High School Bowling Club. A fun fact: Earley has bowled three perfect 300 games!

    In his free time, Earley enjoys cheering and tailgating at Husker games, fishing for walleye and northern pike and spending time outdoors boating and camping.

    Contact Information
    E-mail: esmith@ssgi.com  |  Phone: 402.964.5543  |  Fax: 402.963.4080

    Professional Certification
    Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Computer Information Systems & Business
    Bellevue University  |  Bellevue, NE

    Associate of Applied Science  |  Networking Technology
    Metropolitan Community College  |  Omaha, NE

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    Gail Valverde

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    Gail is a strong believer in the importance of putting people first. You don’t spend over 35 years in a customer service role without caring for your clients, and Gail makes that her number one priority.

    Gail is a strong believer in the importance of putting people first. You don’t spend over 35 years in a customer service role without caring for your clients, and Gail makes that her number one priority. She began her career at Mutual of Omaha, developing and enhancing her customer service skills while handling health insurance for accounts of all sizes.

    As an Account Administrator for the Group Benefits department, Gail specializes in day-to-day administration, helping with renewals, marketing, retention and customer service. Gail prides herself on making sure her clients are well cared for, focusing on their concerns and providing the best assistance possible.

    When she’s not in the office, Gail can be found spending time with the most important people in her life –  her four grandchildren – or possibly reading a good book. After all, everyone deserves a little time for themselves.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: gvalverde@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5630  |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Glen Gahan

    Principal

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Growing up in a family of nine children, Glen learned early about the importance of sharing, acting responsibly and living within a budget. As a retirement plan consultant, Glen draws on his background to guide him as he responds...

    Growing up in a family of nine children, Glen learned early about the importance of sharing, acting responsibly and living within a budget. As a retirement plan consultant, Glen draws on his background to guide him as he responds to his clients' needs. A successfully managed pension plan can help individuals achieve a secure retirement -- and Glen and his team do their best to make that scenario a reality for their clients.

    Glen has more than 25 years of pension plan actuarial experience. He works with employers within several industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial, not-for-profit and governmental. He is highly knowledgeable in the areas of performing and communicating actuarial valuations for funding and accounting purposes, retirement plan designs and implications of new and proposed legislative changes. He performs complex transactions, including plan mergers, acquisitions, plan designs, regulatory compliance and their funding and accounting impact. He believes this responsibility has given him the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, as he faces the challenge of providing viable solutions in a changing marketplace.

    He advises clients regarding their unique situations and solves challenging issues for both large and small employers. Glen and his team offer actuarial and consulting services for employer pension plans and defined contribution plans. Every interaction is planned with one goal in mind -- to serve the clients to the best of their ability.

    Glen has authored numerous articles for SilverLink magazine. He is a member of community and professional associations including the Society of Actuaries, American Academy of Actuaries and Dundee Presbyterian Church. He volunteers his time serving as a youth coach, at Open Door Mission and the Nebraska Children's Home. Glen is a devoted family man who appreciates the security and loyalty one finds within the family unit. He and his wife provide transitional foster care to newborns as they proceed through the adoption process.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ggahan@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5490  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Professional Certifications

    • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
    • Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA)
    • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
    • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

    Grace Spomer

    Account Manager

    Professional Risk Services

    Grace has been in the insurance industry since 2011, specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management for businesses and individuals with a professional risk exposure. As a member of the Professional Risk Services Team...

    Grace has been in the insurance industry since 2011, specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management for businesses and individuals with a professional risk exposure. As a member of the Professional Risk Services Team, she assists clients with all of their insurance needs, from placement to the day-to-day operations.

    Grace understands the importance of providing detailed, accurate information to clients. She enjoys interacting with her clients and building long-lasting relationships. She and the rest of her team work hard to make each client happy by working together to reach common goals. Grace finds value in providing support by advising clients on coverage options and making the insurance process easier for them.

    Grace is a Certified Insurance Representative (CISR) and is currently working towards receiving the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation.

    Grace leads an active lifestyle and is proud to serve on SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG) which promotes Associate health and wellness.

    Grace is a member of the Junior League of Omaha and the Young Insurance Agents of Omaha. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, running and hiking, as well as volunteering for various organizations in the Omaha community. She is a proud fan of of the UNO Mavericks hockey team and of her alma mater, the University of North Dakota.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: gspomer@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5730  |  fax: 402.557.6321

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Bachelor of Business Administration | Economics
    University of North Dakota |  Grand Forks, ND

    Grant Matthies

    Principal

    Group Benefits

    Grant has the gift of being able to focus. On one client. On one goal. Honing in on a solution to fit the client's needs. And never giving up until all goals have been met...

    Grant has the gift of being able to focus. On one client. On one goal. Honing in on a solution to fit the client's needs. And never giving up until all goals have been met and the client has a satisfactory outcome. With more than 23 years of experience working with employers on group health and welfare plans, Grant knows that customer service is built on the ability to create real world solutions for clients who deal with day-to-day benefit issues. His experience includes working with complicated funding arrangements, large multi-site employers, Rx vendors, TPAs and non-medical insurance plans. He also has additional experience with 401(k) retirement plans and Section 125 medical spending accounts.

    Grant appreciates the importance of staying at the pinnacle of industry trends. This is evidenced by the number of publications that quote him as an expert in his field. He has also conducted hundreds of employee meetings and orientations regarding employer-sponsored benefit programs. Grant's relationship with the carrier and vendor marketplace helps clients maintain the most competitive pricing and the highest level of customer service available. United HealthCare elected Grant to their National Advisory Council in 2005. This group consists of 40 brokers from across the country that meet three times a year to provide feedback on United HealthCare's operations and plans for the future.

    Grant and the Group Benefits Team work together to provide clients with the most current information on benefits -- always with the outstanding service SilverStone Group is known for.

    Grant is currently serving as a board member for the YMCA of Greater Omaha. Grant is a past member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce President's Club and an active member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. In 2004, Grant was a recipient of the Midlands Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award. This award honors 40 Omaha entrepreneurs, business owners, managers and professional men and women under the age of 40.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: gmatthies@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5466  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications
    Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics
    Dana College |  Blair, NE

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    Haley Duncanson

    Human Resource Assistant

    Human Resources

    Hannah Pares

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    As a self-professed math nerd with a creative mind, Hannah’s personality is a unique mixture of contrasting traits—a true dichotomy.

    As a self-professed math nerd with a creative mind, Hannah’s personality is a unique mixture of contrasting traits—a true dichotomy. This rare combination allows Hannah to find creative solutions to analytical problems, which is a major benefit to her work here at SilverStone Group.

    With over three years of underwriting experience in small and large group health insurance, Hannah’s role as Account Administrator is a natural fit. Hannah spends her workdays preparing client renewal reports, requesting and analyzing proposals and answering client questions. Her affinity for people makes her comfortable in any client meeting.

    In her spare time, you can find Hannah enjoying outdoor activities like camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. When she’s feeling creative, you can find her at a good bluegrass concert or playing guitar with her husband—ironically, that’s how they met!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: hpares@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5652 |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics
    Simpson College  |  Indianola, IA

    Hollee Phares

    Accounting Processor

    Accounting

    Holly Smith

    Account Manager

    Agriculture & Transportation Risk Services

    As an Account Manager, Holly helps business owners protect their assets against potential loss. Her 10-plus years of experience in the insurance industry...

    As an Account Manager, Holly helps business owners protect their assets against potential loss. Her 10-plus years of experience in the insurance industry and customer service background aid her in explaining complex insurance policies in a simplified manner and using real-life examples to help clients understand their coverage. Holly diligently researches issues and guides clients through any difficult areas of the insurance process to present them with clear, concise solutions, ensuring confidence and comfort in their decisions.

    Holly enjoys working at SilverStone Group because of the employee and community-focused atmosphere. She appreciates the commitment to employees’ well being, as well as the emphasis on giving back and supporting the community. Not surprisingly, Holly extends this dedicated, client-focused trait to clients.

    Away from the office, Holly enjoys spending her time with her Australian Shepherd, Rhys, and restoring old furniture.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: hsmith@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5614  |  fax: 866.855.9750

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

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    Jackie Schulte

    ImageRight System Administrator

    Information Technology

    Jackie loves her family. From her husband and son at home to her family of coworkers at SilverStone Group, she just loves spending quality time with other people! As ImageRight (IR) Administrator in the IT Department, Jackie gets to work...

    From her husband and son at home to her family of coworkers at SilverStone Group, Jackie just loves spending quality time with other people! As ImageRight (IR) Administrator in the IT Department, she gets to work with all Associates throughout the firm. Jackie has over 24 years of experience in the industry that includes an extended background in Accounting.

    Jackie collaborates with IR to make processes and others’ jobs more efficient, enabling SilverStone Group Associates to provide the best product to their clients. She also provides training for new hires and advanced classes on imaging software as well as offers support for troubleshooting or technical issues.

    Jackie is far from the average IT employee! Her educational background began with a degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood. And as Jackie likes to joke, she “found that working with adults is a lot like working with children.” Jackie’s time as a former school teacher has proved very beneficial throughout her career. Since the start of IR in 2006, she has provided assistance to end users on how to operate the program and eventually became the power user of the software.  Jackie says, “There are few occasions when I speak to SilverStone Group’s external clients, but my coworkers are my clients. I am here to assist them and make their jobs more efficient so that they can provide the best service to their clients.”

    In 2007, Jackie received the H.H. "Red" Nelson Award for outstanding achievement in client service, an accomplishment she holds dear to her heart. Jackie is a member of the SilverStone Group Wellness Activity Group (WAG) and serves as Secretary/Treasurer. She appreciates that SilverStone Group provides her with the resources and opportunities to grow and learn. Jackie is proud to say she belongs to such an amazing organization and group of people, where they have truly become family.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jschulte@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5611  |  fax: 402.964.5677

    Education
    Bachelors of Science  |  Early Childhood Education
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

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    Jacob Jensen

    Staff Accountant

    Accounting

    The great outdoors can be unpredictable, yet it’s where Jacob likes to spend his free time. Hunting, fishing, camping and anything that takes him outdoors are his preferred pastimes. These activities serve as a counterpoint to the precision and ...

    The great outdoors can be unpredictable, yet it’s where Jacob likes to spend his free time. Hunting, fishing, camping and anything that takes him outdoors are his preferred pastimes. These activities serve as a counterpoint to the precision and detail required in his role as Staff Accountant.

    As a member or our Accounting department, Jacob brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. He enjoys the challenge of keeping daily operations running smoothly, as well as the opportunity to work with a dedicated, helpful team. He is responsible for Property & Casualty agency and direct bill duties, plus additional tasks related to billing, payment processing, account and bank reconciliations, fixed assets and surplus lines tax. Jacob received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in January 2015 and spent three and a half years in tax accounting at a public accounting firm prior to joining SilverStone Group. He is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jjensen@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5616  |  fax: 402.557.6336

    Professional Certification

    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Education
    Master of Professional Accountancy
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    James Gulson

    Managing Director

    Aviation Risk Services

    James has always been fascinated with flight. His father gave him his first flight lesson as a gift while he was in college and he was hooked!

    James has always been fascinated with flight. His father gave him his first flight lesson as a gift while he was in college and he was hooked! With a private pilot license and 21 years of experience in risk management, he’s placed coverage on everything from a single engine piston aircraft to large business jets and rotorcraft, James is now Managing Director of our Aviation Risk Services.

    Working with people in the aviation industry quickly leads to an understanding of a common passion. From pilots to aircraft owners and manufacturers to service providers, this passion is evident and James enjoys working with these professionals every day. He takes the time to really listen to his clients and understand their businesses so that he may be part of their team rather than merely react to challenges that may arise.

    His first foray into aviation insurance was handling a vertical placement for a large products liability case involving hot air balloons. He immediately endeavored to meet the leadership of the major domestic aviation markets to build the relationships necessary to serve his clients. James also handled a large medical fleet to include 6 fixed wing and 4 rotorcraft air ambulance units, as well as FBO’s and a multitude of aircraft used for charter, industrial aid, pleasure and business. He understands the regulations and is acutely aware of the challenges facing the aviation industry. His experience with complicated risks has allowed him to establish strong relationships within the insurance markets and serve as a credible advocate for his clients.

    James is also proud of the strong bond he has with his son. They are often out hunting, which James describes as special experiences. He enjoys watching his son behind their gun dog, learning how to work with him in the field. He couldn’t be more amazed. When they return from the hunt, their two big dogs rule the house.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jgulson@ssgi.com |  phone: 866.897.2459  |  fax: 605.332.2105

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business
    Colorado State University |  Ft. Collins, CO

     

    Janet Williams

    Client Advocate, Senior Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Lights, camera, action! Janet Williams was born to perform! Her involvement in local theater has earned her a number of accolades from the Omaha Community Playhouse, including “Best Overall Actress” and “Best Actress in a Musical.”

    Lights, camera, action! Janet Williams was born to perform! Her involvement in local theater has earned her a number of accolades from the Omaha Community Playhouse, including “Best Overall Actress” and “Best Actress in a Musical.”  When she isn’t busy entertaining audiences, Janet is a dedicated Senior Benefit Analyst for SilverStone Group.

    Janet has worked in the insurance industry for more than 40 years. Her experience includes working for insurance carriers, brokerage firms, third-party administrators (TPAs) and administering employee benefits in human resources. Janet specializes in benefit comparisons and financial analysis for both self-funded and fully-insured funding arrangements.

    Whether she is working for a customer or entertaining a crowd, Janet understands the importance of exceeding expectations. She is a rising star both on and off the stage!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jlwilliams@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5483  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC)
    • Registered Health Underwriter (RHU)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Music Education
    Hastings CollegeHastings, NE

    Jeannie Aldredge

    Client Advocate & Executive Assistant

    Corporate Services

    It’s a full-time job keeping SilverStone Group’s Chairman in line, and Jeannie’s got plenty of experience! Since Junior High, Jeannie has worked as an assistant in various positions, perfecting the art of multi-tasking and organization...

    It’s a full-time job keeping SilverStone Group’s Chairman in line, and Jeannie’s got plenty of experience! Since Junior High, Jeannie has worked as an assistant in various positions, perfecting the art of multi-tasking and organization. Her wide array of assignments keeps her shifting gears frequently, but that’s what Jeannie loves about her job. No two days are ever the same. She enjoys working at SilverStone Group because she has an “amazing boss” and our Associates genuinely care about one another.

    In addition to Jeannie’s hectic schedule, she has been a member of Executive Women International since 1998, is a Notary Public of Iowa and is the Director, Secretary& Treasurer for the Council Bluffs Airport Authority. Inside her home Jeannie enjoys entertaining, reading and scrapbooking, but she’d prefer to be outside gardening or watching the fish in their koi pond!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jmaldredge@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5605  |  fax: 402.963.4091

    Education
    Associate of Business
    Iowa Western Community College
    |  Council Bluffs, IA

     

    Jeff Barrett

    Principal

    Property & Casualty / Manufacturing, Staffing & Telecommunication Risk Services

    Jeff has over 35 years of risk management and consulting experience. He works with both public and privately held clients. His unique skills are in the area of analysis, design and implementation of property...

    Jeff has over 35 years of risk management and consulting experience. He works with both public and privately held clients. His unique skills are in the area of analysis, design and implementation of property and casualty programs. His approach with accounts is to focus on Total Cost of Risk (TCOR) reduction strategies. This involves various risk financing techniques that include captives, self insurance and loss sensitive rating approaches that impact the clients profit.

    Jeff and his industry-specific teams know that every client faces individual challenges that require customized solutions and deployment of resources. His ability to deploy SilverStone Group’s resources to positively impact a client’s bottom line profit is truly unique . That's the SilverStone Group hallmark, and it's practiced every day by Jeff.

    A frequent contributor to the SilverStone Group's SilverLink magazine, Jeff also provides seminars on reducing workers' compensation costs and has given presentations to the Nebraska Society of CPAs. He also writes articles helping clients find solutions to impact their profit.

    Jeff is a member of many professional associations, including the Risk Insurance Management Society and numerous carrier advisory councils. He has attained the Certified Analytic Broker (CAB) designation along with his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Workers Compensation Underwriter (CWCU) designations.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jbarrett@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5563  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Workers Compensation Underwriter (CWCU)
    • Certified Analytic Broker (CAB)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Business Administration
    Iowa State UniversityAmes, IA

    Jeff Freygang

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    Although Jeff enjoys working for SilverStone Group, his dream job would be to work in the White House! He may not be President of the United States, but he is honest, dependable and an excellent communicator – all qualities of a great leader.

    Although Jeff enjoys working for SilverStone Group, his dream job would be to work in the White House! He may not be President of the United States, but he is honest, dependable and an excellent communicator – all qualities of a great leader.

    Jeff brings several years of experience to his role as Account Administrator in the Small Group department. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Jeff gained expertise in small business sales of ancillary products with Lincoln Financial Group. Jeff’s background in finance, as well as his account management experience, make him a true asset to his team. His dedication to customer service and his knowledge of benefit plans allow him to identify solutions and provide options for clients to best address their specific needs.

    Jeff is a Creighton University graduate. He is a fan of Bluejay basketball and Texas Longhorn football. Other sports interests include MLB and NFL, particularly the New York Yankees and the New York Jets. In his free time, Jeff keeps busy spending time with his son, playing golf or talking politics.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jfreygang@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5775  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Finance
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    Jeff Jorth

    Principal

    Group Benefits

    Although he lives and works in Nebraska, Jeff is a diehard Iowa Hawkeyes fan – a risky allegiance to make in Husker territory! When he isn’t busy supporting the Hawkeyes, Jeff is hard at work as a trusted advisor with employers on their...

    Although he lives and works in Nebraska, Jeff is a diehard Iowa Hawkeyes fan – a risky allegiance to make in Husker territory! When he isn’t busy supporting the Hawkeyes, Jeff is hard at work as a trusted advisor with employers on their group health and welfare plans. He knows that developing a strategic partnership with clients helps drive solutions through teamwork and goal-sharing.

    Jeff’s experience includes alternate funding arrangements, healthcare reform, vendor evaluation, diverse employee populations, consumer-driven health plans, large multi-state employers and defined contribution strategies. In addition, Jeff worked for 2 years as a major accounts sales executive for United Healthcare.

    Various publications have quoted Jeff as an expert in his field. He has conducted hundreds of employee meetings and orientations regarding employer-sponsored benefit programs, and has made many presentations on consumer driven healthcare, focusing on both Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and healthcare reform.

    Jeff and his team possess the expertise needed to understand the changing environment and to assist employers in analyzing needs and evaluating options, as well as developing and managing a benefits program that attracts and retains quality employees while meeting the financial targets established.

    Jeff is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also involved with United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the Nothing But Net Foundation. Jeff is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Nebraska Association of Health Underwriters. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha, Class 28 (the best class ever!) and was named to the Omaha Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) in 2009. Jeff was also a 2011 recipient of the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.

    In 2006, Jeff was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award for Service” by Waldorf University (his alma mater). When he is not busy drafting solutions for his clients, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife (who was his high school sweetheart) and their two sons.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jjorth@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5622  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Finance & Management
    Waldorf University |  Forest City, IA

    Jeff Kaye

    Accounts Payable | Billing Technician

    Accounting

    Jeff Sharp

    Principal

    Qualified Plan Investments & Private Client Services

    When you first meet Jeff in a comfortable conference room at SilverStone Group's headquarters, sipping on a Starbuck's coffee and talking about protecting the assets...

    When you first meet Jeff Sharp in a comfortable conference room at SilverStone Group’s headquarters, sipping on a Starbuck’s coffee and talking about protecting the assets you’ve worked so hard to accumulate, you might think “what does this guy know about hard work?” The truth is, Jeff spent a couple of summers working on oil rigs in Wyoming. That’s hard work and Jeff now extends that same hard work and commitment to his clients.

    Jeff has more than 30 years of experience providing families with comprehensive wealth management and retirement planning solutions. He helps individuals position their assets in an effort to accomplish wealth accumulation, conservation and distribution goals. Jeff knows that because every individual’s situation is different, his challenge is to think “outside the box” to provide viable solutions to meet his client’s needs. He leads the team within SilverStone Group that was recognized as one of the 2014 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers in America by PLANSPONSOR.1

    In 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, Jeff was identified as a Top Wealth Manager in Nebraska by receiving the Premium Advisor Award2 which is awarded by the National Association of Board-Certified Practices (NABCAP). He received the Carl G. Mammel Award3 in 2008, in recognition of outstanding marketing achievement.

    Jeff has served as President of various professional associations including the Omaha Chapter of The Society of Financial Service Professionals, and the Omaha Estate Planning Council. Jeff has also served on the Board of Directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).4

    Jeff is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, Omaha Bar Association, Financial Planning Association (FPA), Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA), Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP), National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).4

    Jeff is active in the community including five years of service as the President of the Board of Directors for the Westside Schools Foundation. His past involvement includes the Board of Directors of the Women’s Center for Advancement and serving as President of the Board of Fontenelle Nature Association. Jeff and his wife, Becky, served as past Co-Chairs of the United Way/CHAD campaign and in 2017, Chairs of United Way's Tocqueville Society.  In 2008, he and Becky chaired the Henry Doorly Zoo Membership campaign. That same year, Jeff was awarded the “Lighthouse Leader” Award5 by the Westside Community Schools.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsharp@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5440  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
    • Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®)
    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

    Education
    Juris Doctorate
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

    Master of Business Administration
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

    1To be considered for the annual PLANADVISER list, advisers had to either submit information and references or be nominated and enter the award process for the 2014 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year – individual, team or multi-office team. PLANADVISER did not consider advisers who did not submit information to PLANADVISER or were not nominated for the award.  Nominees were then asked to complete a form, providing various details about their practice. PLANADVISER did not consider input from clients of Advisers. Advisers could also, for the first time, submit such information unsolicited, although not to be considered for the awards. The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is drawn solely from a smaller set of quantitative factors and information supplied by the advisers themselves.

    2The designation is awarded annually by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP). The selection process is based on a proprietary system whose ultimate goal is to provide investors and advisors a trusted standard of excellence to help guide them within the financial services industry. The evaluation process assesses 20 categories of practice management, which include areas such as customer service, risk/investment planning philosophy, credentials, team dynamics, fee/cost structure, and average AUM per client among other areas.

    3The Carl G. Mammel Award is sponsored by SilverStone Group and presented annually to one or more SilverStone Group associates for their outstanding achievement in Sales and/or Marketing. Recipients are nominated by their peers.

    4SilverStone Group and SilverStone Asset Management are not law firms and we do not provide legal advice. You should always consult the advice
    of a qualified attorney.

    5Earned from civic duties while a member of the Westside Schools Foundation.

     

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckInvestment Advisory Services Offered Through SilverStone Asset Management. SilverStone Asset Management and SilverStone Group are independently owned and are not under common ownership with M Holdings Securities, Inc. 0594-2017

    Jenna Baker

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Property & Casualty / Franchise & Non-Profit Risk Services

    Jenna values real relationships and believes that efficiency, organization and a positive attitude paves the way to learning and growth in the workplace.

    Jenna values real relationships and believes that efficiency, organization and a positive attitude paves the way to learning and growth in the workplace. She uses these skills in her position as a client advocate and account administrator in Franchise & Non-Profit Risk Services by truly listening and communicating with her clients and co-workers to receive awesome outcomes.

    Jenna keeps busy with her three children, Zane, Sophia and Levi, but you better believe she finds time to set it up and spike it on the volleyball court. When she is not bringing home the “W” in volleyball, she enjoys training horses and channeling her inner rock star by singing in a band.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jtaylor@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5480  |  fax: 402.557.6323

    Education
    Bachelor of Science | General Business
    University of Northwestern | St Paul, MN

    Jennie Smith

    Office Assistant

    Corporate Services

    With over 26 years of Administrative Assistant experience, Jen offers friendly customer service at SilverStone Group by answering phones, shipping/receiving packages, greeting outside guests, assisting with monthly reports, helping...

    With over 26 years of Administrative Assistant experience, Jen offers friendly customer service at SilverStone Group by answering phones, shipping/receiving packages, greeting outside guests, assisting with monthly reports, helping with special projects, as well as a host of other important jobs.

    SilverStone Group is lucky to have a service-oriented employee like Jennie. She enjoys serving and caring for others, while being versatile and adapting to wherever her assistance is needed. Jen enjoys taking on a variety of tasks, especially when she is able to spend time with other Associates, whom she considers family. By keeping a “we can help” attitude, she constantly strives to make a difference for all Associates and clients.

    Whether at home or on the job, Jennie is an active woman from sun-up till sun-down! In Jennie’s spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, riding her motorcycle, kayaking, horseback riding and anything that involves spending time outside in the summer. In the winter months, Jen and her husband are avid UNO Maverick hockey fans and support their team as often as possible.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsmith@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5496  |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Psychology
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Jennifer Connelly

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Personal Insurance

    Jen takes commitment very seriously. She entered the insurance industry in 1999 and enjoys it just as much now as she did when she started. As an Account Administrator for the Personal Insurance division, Jen is committed to servicing the needs of ...

    Jen takes commitment very seriously. She entered the insurance industry in 1999 and enjoys it just as much now as she did when she started. As an Account Administrator for the Personal Insurance division, Jen is committed to servicing the needs of her clients including processing renewals and endorsements. She received her Property & Casualty license in 2000 and more recently received her Life Insurance license in 2013.

    Prior to SilverStone Group, Jen worked at Hayes Insurance Agency, Inc. and is very pleased that she can continue to grow with a company that shares the same goals and values. She considers it a second family. Jen prides herself on customer satisfaction and her clients appreciate her continued dedication and commitment.

    Jen is equally committed to her life outside the office. She’s going on 23 years of marriage and is the proud mother of two sons.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jconnelly@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3183  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Jennifer Eblen

    Communications Lead

    Marketing & Communications

    Variety may just be the spice of Jennifer’s life! Whether in the office or during her free time, there is no shortage of activities to keep Jennifer occupied. It’s a good thing she’s a skilled multi-tasker!

    Variety may just be the spice of Jennifer’s life! Whether in the office or during her free time, there is no shortage of activities to keep Jennifer occupied. It’s a good thing she’s a skilled multi-tasker!

    Before joining SilverStone Group, Jennifer spent 12 years in the printing industry. Working in the prepress department, she utilized and cultivated her proofreading and customer service skills. Now, as Communications Lead, Jennifer applies this expertise to an array of projects, from transcribing dictations to proofreading and formatting to assembling proposals and PowerPoint presentations and more. “I really enjoy the variety of projects I work on and how every day is always different,” she said.

    Jennifer’s interests are just as diverse outside of the office. She enjoys gardening, reading, shopping, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeyes and taking hot air balloon rides. (Take that, fear of heights!) In addition, she is the proud mother of two daughters who – between dance and Girl Scouts – keep her very busy.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jeblen@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5580  |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Mass Communication and Journalism
    Simpson College  |   Indianola, IA

    Jennifer Fairman

    Account Manager, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Whether she’s digging to find solutions for clients or camping in the mountains of Estes Park, Jennifer isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. With 10 years of experience in the group benefits industry...

    Whether she’s digging to find solutions for clients or camping in the mountains of Estes Park, Jennifer isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. With 10 years of experience in the group benefits industry, she is a valuable asset to SilverStone Group. As an Account Manager on the Group Benefits Team, Jennifer  enjoys collaborating with her clients to develop sound strategies that will help them reach their specific goals. She is knowledgeable in emerging healthcare delivery models and holistic benefit plan design analysis, as well as the administration and communication of group insurance programs for large employers.

    Jennifer not only provides solutions and strategies for successful health and wellness programs, she also helps clients understand the meaning of the reports provided and establishes program goals and objectives over time.

    Jennifer is a member of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) and is participating in our local Toastmasters chapter. When she’s able to find free time, you might find Jennifer at a local concert or cheering on her favorite Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jfairman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5789  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Compensation Management Specialist (CMS)
    • Nebraska Producer's License in Health/Life/Disability
    • Retirement Planning Associate (RPA)

    Education

    Post-Graduate Certificate  |  Human Resources & Training
    University of Nebraska  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Marketing & Personnel Management
    University of Nebraska  |  Omaha, NE

    Jennifer Thompson

    Client Advocate, Lead Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Utilizing her creative side, Jennifer, Lead Benefit Analyst in the Employee Benefits division, provides plan options for her clients by weaving together a plan that best suits their needs.

    Utilizing her creative side, Jennifer, Lead Benefit Analyst in the Employee Benefits division, provides plan options for her clients by weaving together a plan that best suits their needs. Each client is presented with a plan that is flexible and customized to meet their individual goals. She obtains and analyzes quotes for prospective and current clients, in addition to preparing mid-year planning reports.

    Jennifer enjoys the tight-knit team she works with at SilverStone Group. She believes the company offers great opportunities to collaborate with and learn from co-workers, while still focusing on the clients’ needs. Jennifer is surrounded by a supportive team of co-workers and managers and she enjoys working in a flexible atmosphere.

    When she’s not chasing her toddler around the house, Jennifer enjoys spending time with a needle and thread in hand—working on her next knitting project.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jthompson@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5109 | fax: 866.427.6568

    Professional Certification

    • Health Insurance Associates - HIA

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts | Management
    University of Sioux Falls | Sioux Falls, SD

    Jenny Jacobsen

    Client Advocate, Advisor, Risk Management & Regulatory Affairs

    Professional Risk Services

    Jenny is an Advisor who focuses on Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs for our Professional Risk Services Team. Specifically, Jenny provides risk management consulting to...

    Jenny is an Advisor who focuses on Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs for our Professional Risk Services Team. Specifically, Jenny provides risk management consulting to bridge the gap with other advisors who work with our clients. She focuses on industries within the Property & Casualty division that have significant professional liability exposure, including healthcare, education, law firms and technology companies. Jenny is also involved in research and development of new consulting and the use of data analytics to help clients identify and quantify exposures to loss.

    For nearly five years, after working her way from an entry-level position, Jenny ran a skilled nursing facility for a national senior care organization. During this time, she gained invaluable experience in strategic and operational risks that affect the clients she will work with at SilverStone Group. Upon graduating from law school, Jenny worked with the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians and helped in marketing and legislative issues important to physicians.

    Jenny loves her job at SilverStone Group because she has the opportunity to provide consulting while working with an array of clients. She not only identifies risks for clients, but also helps them implement strategic plans specific to their business to mitigate the risks. Jenny is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and was recognized by the Midlands Business Journal with the 40 Under 40 Award in 2016.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jjacobsen@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5565  |  fax: 402.557.6321

    Education
    Juris Doctor
    Creighton School of Law  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska  |  Kearney, NE

    Jenny McLaughlin

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Property & Casualty

    Whether she’s taking care of her husband and two children or servicing the needs of her clients, Jenny has what it takes to make a positive difference.

    Whether she’s taking care of her husband and two children or servicing the needs of her clients, Jenny has what it takes to make a positive difference. Her passion for helping others led her to the insurance industry as a member of SilverStone Group’s In-Home Care Team. Jenny’s past experience managing a large team of workers’ compensation specialists has equipped her with the ability to stay calm under pressure while juggling many important tasks. At SilverStone Group, Jenny assists in providing exceptional service to clients who request loss runs, certificates of insurance, endorsements and change requests.

    Outside of her busy work life, Jenny can be found enjoying her favorite hobbies, such as running, reading, or rocking out at a local concert to one of her favorite bands.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jmclaughlin@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5782 |  fax: 402.557.6328

    Jerald Scott

    Accounting Processor

    Accounting

    When asked why Accounting appeals to him, Jerald is quick to say it comes down to balance. Between the work he does for the Firm and his role as an Accounting Processor...

    When asked why Accounting appeals to him, Jerald is quick to say it comes down to balance. Between the work he does for the Firm and his role as an Accounting Processor, Jerald puts his balancing skills to work daily—and his detail-oriented mind makes him quite good at both.

    Jerald is precise in his work, has mastered time management and has more than five years of experience in Accounting at SilverStone Group. Primarily supporting accounting for the Firm, Jerald has a hand in accounting deposits, producer commissions and preparing invoices. In addition, Jerald acts as backup for payroll. He also performs accounting duties to support Retirement and Property/Casualty.

    Utilizing his skill set, Jerald is the Secretary/Treasurer of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG), which is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing Associate health and wellness.

    Jerald is a self-professed sports fanatic who follows both college and professional sports throughout the year. When he’s not watching televised sports, you’ll find Jerald with his nose in a good book. Keeping with his organization-driven personality, Jerald has a complete list of every book he has ever read. If he hadn’t chosen Accounting as a career, Jerald would have opted to be a librarian.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jscott@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5510 |  fax: 402.577.6336

    Education
    Associates Degree |  Business Administration
    Southeast Community College  |  Lincoln, NE

    Jeremy Sample

    Client Relationship Manager, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Jeremy loves the ever-changing dynamic of the insurance industry. In order to be successful in this field, the work demands constant education regarding marketplace trends and changes.

    Jeremy loves the ever-changing dynamic of the insurance industry. In order to be successful in this field, the work demands constant education regarding marketplace trends and changes.  Jeremy enjoys the challenge of utilizing his collective knowledge for the benefit of SilverStone Group clients.

    Jeremy has over 10 years of experience in the group insurance industry. His background includes carrier plan design analysis, service and claims administration of group benefits, sales of group and individual insurance lines, and analysis of alternative fund arrangements.

    Having previously worked with an insurance carrier, Jeremy brings a fresh perspective to his clients.  He has a thorough understanding of insurance contract and underwriting practices. As Client Relationship Manager, Jeremy manages business accounts of varying size. He also works with prospective clients in the development of new employee benefits programs. Above all, he enjoys helping develop solutions to best meet the benefit needs of his clients.

    Jeremy loves sports – particularly those that get him outdoors. He is an avid golfer and spends as much time on the course as his schedule permits. He also enjoys watching baseball and is a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. In addition to golf and spending time with his wife and two children, Jeremy is active in the community, serving on the Advisory Board for the Good Samaritan Society and participating in the Teammates Mentoring Program.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsample@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5449  |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Professional Certifications

    • Managed Healthcare Professional (MHP)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)
    • Disability Income Associate (DIA)
    • Disability Healthcare Professional (DHP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of South Dakota |  Vermillion, SD

     

    Jesse Lauzon

    Client Advocate & Actuarial Analyst

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Jesse enjoys a good puzzle, which might be why he excels as an Actuarial Analyst.

    Jesse enjoys a good puzzle, which might be why he excels as an Actuarial Analyst. He likes the challenge of untangling various regulations and standards and then putting them to practical use. At SilverStone Group, Jesse is able to use his problem solving skills to perform actuarial valuations on pension and retiree health plans for funding purposes. His other responsibilities include estimating the potential effects of change in a plan’s design, as well as ensuring compliance with plan qualification requirements.

    Jesse has been in the industry for eight years. He began his career with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries, and in 2014 joined the SilverStone Group family when the company merged with our firm.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jlauzon@ssgi.com  |  phone: 503.597.1607  | fax: 402.963.4089

    Professional Certifications

    • Enrolled Actuary (EA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science | Mathematics
    Western Washington University |  Bellingham, WA

     

    Jesse Sweet

    Account Executive

    Agriculture Risk Services

    You could say agriculture feels like home to Jesse. Growing up in a small rural Nebraska town, he worked on family farms during high school and college...

    You could say agriculture feels like home to Jesse. Growing up in a small rural Nebraska town, he worked on family farms during high school and college, and Jesse has continued his commitment to agriculture throughout his risk management career.

    With nearly 20 years of insurance experience (10 of which have been agriculture-specific), Jesse's role at SilverStone Group is a perfect fit. He began his insurance career conducting workers' compensation fraud surveillance. As an Account Executive, Jesse continues to utilize his investigative, risk-centric skills to help develop and manage SilverStone Group’s commercial agriculture and farm risk management program, striving to provide clients the broadest coverage at a competitive price. Jesse also fosters a strong fellowship with the agriculture community who he considers family.

    With Jesse’s passion for both agriculture and risk management, he loves the flexibility in his position, which allows him to work with agribusiness accounts of various sizes, matching the client’s risk specifications to the right carrier. Jesse’s sense of urgency and honest approach with clients make him a vital asset.

    After hours, Jesse enjoys listening to talk radio and visiting the Colorado Rockies with his family and friends.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsweet@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5642  |  fax: 402.557.6339

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Criminal Justice
    University of Nebraska – Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Associate's Degree  |  Business
    Southeast Community College  |  Lincoln, NE

    Jessica Odorisio

    Account Manager

    401(k) & 403(b) Advisory

    Jessie is very active both in and out of the office. As an Account Manager in the 401(k) & 403(b) Advisory services area, she is responsible for certain aspects of all retirement plan advisory accounts, including preparing proposals, fiduciary reviews and...

    Jessie is very active both in and out of the office. As an Account Manager in the 401(k) & 403(b) Advisory services area, she is responsible for certain aspects of all retirement plan advisory accounts, including preparing proposals, fiduciary reviews and reports, vendor benchmarking studies and client account administrative duties.

    Jessie’s interpersonal and organizational skills along with her attention to detail allow her to handle client needs in an efficient and timely manner. She builds pride in the firm by maintaining high standards of integrity, work quality and maintaining confidentiality of client information. Jessie is a member of Toastmasters and a mentor for Teammates. She recently obtained her Series 7 license and is working toward her Series 66 license.

    Outside of the office, you may find Jessie at a country music concert or hanging with friends and family.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jodorisio@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5597  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska Omaha |  Omaha, NE

     

    Jill Aldredge

    Client Advocate, Senior Marketing Consultant

    Risk Services

    Jill has a history with SilverStone Group that spans 25 years. The reason this has been such a lasting relationship? In her words, “SilverStone Group has a great culture. The people are fun, smart, kind and...

    Jill has a history with SilverStone Group that spans 25 years. The reason this has been such a lasting relationship? In her words, “SilverStone Group has a great culture. The people are fun, smart, kind and really care about each other.”

    The camaraderie Jill experiences within the office she takes and extends to her customers as part of her commitment to client satisfaction. She loves talking to and visiting her clients. Having this type of relationship enables her to really understand their businesses and their exposures.

    Jill has been devoted to the Construction Risk Services team since 2003 and has moved back into a variety of large non-construction related accounts in recent years. Her vast knowledge of the industry and her resourcefulness helps her identify solutions for her client’s evolving coverage needs. In addition, she is also currently working towards an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM).

    Jill volunteers at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, caring for orphaned Fox Squirrels and is a member of both the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Helping animals and preserving our wild spaces is a lifelong passion that will be a major part of Jill’s future endeavors. Stay tuned!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jaldredge@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5575  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

    Joan Emond

    Office Services Supervisor

    Corporate Services

    Jodi O'Keefe

    Office Coordinator

    Sioux Falls Administrative Services

    Joe Freeman

    Safety Manager

    Claims & Safety

    Joe has over 10 years of experience in the areas of OSHA compliance audits, manufacturing safety, loss control and training program development. He has the ability to review safety programs and identify gaps in their construction. His expertise enables...

    Joe has over 10 years of experience in the areas of OSHA compliance audits, manufacturing safety, loss control and training program development. He has the ability to review safety programs and identify gaps in their construction. His expertise enables him to design training programs specifically for each client's individual needs.

    Joe is passionate about creating a safe, comfortable work environment and he enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and industries. He looks forward to assisting clients with the continual improvement of their current risk program. He particularly enjoys touring client facilities and jobsites because he sees some of the brilliantly designed, state-of-the-art machinery and processes used to create, move or deliver products and services. Joe's main goal is to leave a client's facility or jobsite in a safer condition than it was when he arrived.

    Joe is a member of the National Safety Council Nebraska Chapter, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association and has completed Forklift and Fall Protection Competent Person training. When he isn't helping a client with safety concerns, he heads out fishing every chance he gets.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jfreeman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5583  |  fax: 402.963.4094

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
    • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration & Marketing
    University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

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    Joe Sorrentino

    Senior Risk Management Specialist

    Real Estate

    Joe has more than six years of experience in the insurance industry. As Senior Risk Management Specialist on SilverStone Group's Real Estate team, he works directly with carrier underwriters and loss control representatives to develop risk...

    Joe has more than six years of experience in the insurance industry. As Senior Risk Management Specialist on SilverStone Group's Real Estate team, he works directly with carrier underwriters and loss control representatives to develop risk management and insurance programs while assisting with sales and marketing efforts. His background enables him to assess existing and alternative program structures for gaps and/or deficiencies, as well as analyze retentions and rates to provide his clients with the best solutions for their exposures.

    Prior to SilverStone Group, Joe’s previous experience includes working for Arthur J Gallagher, where he assisted in the coverage analysis and marketing of large corporate accounts and spent time in London facilitating placements within the Lloyd’s of London market. He also worked for Zurich, underwriting accounts with annual revenue of $500M or more.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsorrentino@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5641  |  fax: 402.557.6326

    Education
    Master of Arts  |  English
    De Paul University  |  Chicago, IL

    Bachelor of Arts  |  English
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    John Dresher

    Account Executive

    Personal & Commercial Insurance

    John obtained his insurance license over 10 years ago and ever since, his focus has always been on providing excellent customer service. He specializes...

    John is not afraid to get his hands dirty – he actually quite enjoys it. Whether he is problem solving for clients, playing catch with his son, working on his motorcycle or fixing things around the house, his passion to get involved, no matter the situation, is evident.

    Ten years ago John obtained his insurance license and has been working diligently in the field of risk management ever since. His clients range from small artisan contractors to larger business owners, as well as individuals seeking personal insurance. John considers his clients to be priority number one and will gladly go the extra mile to ensure they receive superior service. He brings an attention to detail and strong work ethic to all he does, allowing him to effectively solve challenges and offer strategic solutions. Whatever the mess, John will dive in and clean it up.

    And if something needs done at home, John’s the man! He’s at the ready with his power tools, eager to help family and friends (unless it’s College World Series time). Each summer John and his family vacate to the ballpark to unwind. But rest assured, he washes his hands clean of everything before enjoying the peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jdresher@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3185  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    John H. Nelson

    President, Principal

    Property & Casualty / Real Estate Risk Services

    John H. Nelson grew up in a family that espoused Midwest values of family, community and an honest day's work for an honest dollar and his upbringing shows...

    John H. Nelson grew up in a family that espoused Midwest values of family, community and an honest day's work for an honest dollar and his upbringing shows in the way he handles his business. With 20 years of experience in property and casualty insurance, John specializes in multi-family residential, hospitality, retail, industrial and commercial property risks.

    John founded and continues to lead our Real Estate Risk Services division, which is considered one of the top industry-specific insurance teams in the United States, with assets in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

    Our real estate clients develop and manage commercial, residential and hospitality investment properties. These clients face risk management issues that require complex solutions. With backgrounds in reinsurance, underwriting, marketing, safety engineering and claims adjudication, John's team is uniquely positioned to offer clients a true 360-degree perspective of their risk management programs.

    John has expertise in designing property programs for clients with catastrophic risk exposures. He has designed exclusive specialty programs for portfolios with vulnerability to Tier I windstorm, moderate to high risk earthquake and multi-national terrorism exposures.

    John has always had a keen interest in aviation. His grandfather, Major James Tucker, flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning during World War II. In recognition of the globalization of business and the proliferation of both privately-owned and corporate aircraft, John founded the Aviation division at SilverStone Group by recruiting experts with expertise in the industry. He works closely with the Aviation Team, which has experience in many facets of aviation risk management and is dedicated to bringing our customers the best service in the industry.

    His job experience includes working internationally with Swire Fraser at Lloyd's of London, Swire Pacific in Hong Kong and Aon Risk Services in Chicago, IL.

    John has participated in several education programs, including the Grieg Fester Reinsurance Program, London, England; the CNA Sales & Technical Training School, Chicago, IL; and, the USF&G School of Insurance, Baltimore, MD.

    John is passionate about supporting Nebraskans Support Seals and  the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. He is a member of Young Presidents' Organization and the Board of Aksarben. He and his wife, Susie, also volunteer for several regional and national philanthropies. In 2016, John joined the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jhnelson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5573  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Political Science & Economics
    University of Iowa |  Iowa City, IA

    John Marshall

    Principal

    Professional Risk Services

    John has lived and breathed healthcare from a very young age. Growing up in a family who works in the industry, he knows the challenges and rewards first-hand.

    John’s first job out of college was with SilverStone Group and, while it might have been accidental that he found our industry so soon in his career, the reasons John remains in insurance are easy to understand. His family history includes generations committed to serving and advising others and understanding the needs of the customer. John’s entrepreneurial spirit drives him to find better, easier ways to assist clients in the ever-changing world of risk.

    John is head of the Professional Risk Services practice area for SilverStone Group. With over 19 years of experience, John has developed an expertise in professional liability insurance and risk management, working with industries with significant professional, regulatory, reputational and cyber-related exposures. John has developed a proprietary strategic risk planning process that is adaptable for companies who have different risk management needs, from reducing coverage over time with more active management of their exposure to organizations who want to self-insure or manage primary exposures. SilverStone Group benchmarks and categorizes data analytics from each risk assessment performed to help existing and future clients learn from the uninsured mistakes of others.

    John is a frequent contributor to trade journals and serves as a public speaker for several professional associations each year. He has received various professional certifications related to advising on and financing risk. John was honored as one of the top 40 under 40 professionals in 2005 by the Midlands Business Journal, an Omaha publication.

    John’s family also upholds a tradition of volunteering, which he maintains by actively involving himself in the community. Over the years, John and his wife have served on the board of directors of 11 non-profit organizations in addition to supporting organizations such as the Knights of AKSARBEN Foundation and Jesuit Academy. In his personal time, John enjoys hiking, gardening and spending time with his two young children. He hopes to guide his children to continue on the same path.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jmarshall@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5559  |  fax: 402.557.6321

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Risk Manager (CRM)
    • Enterprise Risk Management Certified Professional (ERMCP)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Drake University |  Des Moines, IA

    John P. Nelson

    Chairman

    Corporate Services

    The second generation of the Nelson family to head what is known as SilverStone Group, John's first experience in business was literally as a young child...

    The second generation of the Nelson family to head what is known as SilverStone Group, John's first experience in business was literally as a young child, when his parents had just opened Nelson Insurance and he and his brother rode in the car when their father called on clients. Now, as a recognized business leader and entrepreneur, John works with both private and public entities to construct alternative funding strategies, including captives, reinsurance, self-insurance and various pre-funding structures. His work with reinsurance intermediaries and direct insurers develops unique strategies that reduce overall client costs.

    After serving as an officer in the US Navy, John joined Nelson Insurance in 1965. He has since served as President of The Redland Group (the holding company of Nelson Insurance) and SilverStone Group. His experience also includes serving as the COO of six insurance companies that specialized in tailored programs for associations with difficult risks.

    John is a member of many professional associations, such as Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, Chief Executives' Organization, Nebraska Presidents' Organization and World Presidents' Organization. He also serves on numerous boards, including Bellevue University, Doane College and United Way.

    Because of his active service participation throughout the area, John has earned several prestigious awards: the Boy Scouts of America Citizen of the Year Award, he was named to the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and also inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2010. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Bellevue University in 2000, the United Way Citizen of the year in 2002 and was the 2003 King of Ak-Sar-Ben.

    John derives deep satisfaction from working at SilverStone Group, mostly, he says, because it's rewarding to see how the firm's Associates come together to solve complex problems, listen to each other's viewpoints and discuss issues thoroughly until a final resolution is reached. He describes SilverStone Group as a collegial company that fosters inquiry and open, honest communication on all matters.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jpnelson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5401  |  fax: 402.963.4091

    Professional Certifications

    • Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    Carleton College |  Northfield, MN

    John Sutton

    Principal

    John may have grown up on a ranch in central South Dakota, but he's no stranger to the business world. Since graduating from Augustana College, John has...

    John may have grown up on a ranch in central South Dakota, but he's no stranger to the business world. Since graduating from Augustana College, John has spent more than 20 years in risk management and the commercial insurance industry. John was responsible for establishing SilverStone Group’s Sioux Falls office and serves as Regional Director for SilverStone Group operations in North and South Dakota.

    John also leads the South Dakota risk management team. Their unique practice partners with midsize companies to take a proactive risk management approach. They recognize that placing and servicing insurance policies offers only a limited value to most larger businesses. By employing a comprehensive analysis of both insurable and uninsurable risks, the team is able to develop and implement customized, risk reduction systems and alternative risk transfer strategies to minimize the purchase of insurance and lower the total cost of risk.

    John is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors for LifeScape Foundation and the Construction Financial Management Association – Siouxland Chapter.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jsutton@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.332.3882  |  fax: 605.332.2105

    Professional Certification
    Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Business Administration
    Augustana College |  Sioux Falls, SD

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    Julia Von Riesen

    Client Advocate, Design Analyst

    Executive Benefits

    Julia knows a thing or two about mathematics, and she also has a keen eye for detail. These skills make her a great fit for her position as Design Analyst in the Executive Benefits division.

    Julia knows a thing or two about mathematics, and she also has a keen eye for detail. These skills make her a great fit for her position as Design Analyst in the Executive Benefits division. Julia evaluates benefit plans to help clients work towards their specified required goals. Her inquisitive mindset allows her to assess how SilverStone Group can assist in supporting clients’ needs.

    Julia loves to spend time with her family. No matter where her relatives are or what they are doing, you can bet they are enjoying each another’s company. In Julia’s case, a family that skis together, stays together! Her family likes to spend time water skiing in the summer and hitting the Colorado slopes during winter.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jvonriesen@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5734 |  fax: 402.963.4082

    Education
    Bachelor of Science | Business Administration & Accounting
    Drake University | Des Moines, IA

     

    Julie Rush

    Client Advocate, Account Manager

    Group Benefits

    Julie Schram

    Client Advocate & Systems Specialist

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Julie Schram loves to make beautiful quilts. She enjoys the challenge of piecing together small swatches of fabric to make a unique, finished product.

    Julie Schram loves to make beautiful quilts. She enjoys the challenge of piecing together small swatches of fabric to make a unique, finished product. Her passion for quilting provides great practice for her at SilverStone Group. As Systems Specialist, she is piecing together information on a daily basis!

    Julie has been with SilverStone Group since 1998 and has over 17 years of experience with defined benefit plans. She also specializes in working with Access databases.  Julie understands the importance of providing accurate, timely and detailed information.  She will always do what needs to be done to get the job complete.  Julie also takes the time to explore new methods to improve her data processes.

    Julie’s attention to detail is superb. Whether she is working on clients’ data or piecing together an irreplaceable quilt, she always produces a finished product that pleases everyone!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: jschram@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5502  |  fax 402.963.4089

    Education
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    University of Nebraska at Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Julie Theisen

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

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    Kathy Leith

    Client Advocate, New Business

    Private Client Services

    Whether it’s in the garden, sewing a quilt, spending time with her 4 grandkids or helping out with the family construction business, Kathy sure knows how to stay busy.

    Whether it’s in the garden, sewing a quilt, spending time with her 4 grandkids or helping out with the family construction business, Kathy sure knows how to stay busy.

    Kathy has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her insurance career as a customer service representative in the property and casualty field. For the past 19 years, Kathy has worked in the Executive Benefits area.  During that time, she has focused on case design, underwriting and plan administration. Kathy joined SilverStone Group in 2003 as the New Business Coordinator for the Wealth Transfer department for Private Client Services.

    The Private Client Services Team at SilverStone Group includes individuals who are well-known and respected in the community for their expertise and professionalism. Together they partner with their clients to provide innovative solutions through industry-leading services and products.

    When she isn’t busy planting flowers or chasing her grandkids, Kathy guides corporate and private clients through the underwriting and application process for life, disability and long-term care coverage. In her position, she uses her skills and imagination to solve problems and negotiate competitive rates for SilverStone Group clients.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: kleith@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5433  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Education
    Associate of Science  |  Business Administration
    College of St. MaryOmaha, NE

    Katie Shaneyfelt

    Communications Specialist

    Marketing & Communications

    If you’re looking for a highly-creative perfectionist, Katie fits the bill. As a Communications Specialist, Katie works with Associates to ensure that material presented and distributed...

    If you’re looking for a highly-creative perfectionist, Katie fits the bill. As a Communications Specialist, Katie works with Associates to ensure that material presented and distributed to SilverStone Group clients and prospects meets corporate standards, is grammatically correct and error-free.

    Associates depend on Katie and the Communications Team as another set of eyes to proofread and format letters and various communication pieces. The Team is not only detail-oriented, but very efficient as they fulfill hundreds of requests per week.

    Managing social media platforms for a local coffee roaster while in college, Katie discovered her love for all things coffee and communication. She enjoys indulging in new varieties of specialty coffee and sharing her knowledge of these addictive beans.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: kshaneyfelt@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5769 |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Communication
    University of Nebraska-Omaha   |   Omaha, NE

     

     

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    Keelin Jones

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Personal Insurance

    Keelin is always on the move. Whether it’s relocating to four different states in six years, keeping up with her young daughter or launching her career in the insurance industry, she keeps all the balls in the air without missing a beat. Her focus and attention ...

    Keelin is always on the move. Whether it’s relocating to four different states in six years, keeping up with her young daughter or launching her career in the insurance industry, she keeps all the balls in the air without missing a beat. Her focus and attention to detail is especially helpful in her role as an Account Administrator in our Personal Insurance department, where she works with SilverStone Group’s home and auto liability clients. Keelin assists clients with quotes, renewals and property updates. She received her Property & Casualty license in 2016.

    Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Keelin was in the hospitality industry. There she perfected her customer service skills and gained experience in planning and coordinating meetings and group events.

    Though Keelin has lived in lots of different places, she grew up in Omaha and thinks it’s the best city to raise her daughter. She also thinks SilverStone Group is the perfect company to establish her career and learn the ins and outs of the insurance industry. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and showing her husband, a Chicago native, the sights that make Omaha unique.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: kjones@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5595  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Tourism Management
    University of Illinois  |  Urbana, IL

    Kelly Chartier

    Client Advocate, Senior Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Kevin Novak

    Client Advocate & Sr. Design Analyst

    Executive Benefits

    From the looks of Kevin, you might not guess that his favorite movie is “Mean Girls.” Kevin brings his sense of humor to the Executive Benefits department, working as a Senior Design Analyst.

    From the looks of Kevin, you might not guess that his favorite movie is “Mean Girls.” Kevin brings his sense of humor to the Executive Benefits department, working as a Senior Design Analyst. Kevin’s role includes supporting the design of client benefit plans, creating and proposing plans to finance the projected dollars needed and analyzing plans to ensure they are meeting financial objectives.

    Kevin has nearly ten years of experience in the banking and financial services field, more than five of those at SilverStone Group. Kevin’s commitment to accuracy, quality and attention to detail makes him a valuable asset to the Executive Benefits Team. Kevin enjoys working at SilverStone Group because he feels his work is appreciated by both employees and clients. His team is grateful for his ability to make sense of the numbers, and his clients commend his work in helping to attract and keep key employees.

    When Kevin is not crunching numbers, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his wife and their two Boston terriers.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: knovak@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5512  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Accounting
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Finance
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Financial Markets
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Kirk K. Madsen

    Account Executive

    Property & Casualty / Entrepreneurial Risk Services

    Kirk has always had a strong desire and passion to see people succeed. As a former classroom teacher, he understands how important it is for each client to be treated...

    Kirk has always had a strong desire and passion to see people succeed. As a former classroom teacher, he understands how important it is for each client to be treated as an individual whose situation may differ from other clients. That's the reason the Associates in the Entrepreneurial division at SilverStone Group work so hard to develop good relationships with their clients -- because you can't really help someone until you know the challenges they face.

    Kirk views each day as a new opportunity to earn the right to do business with his valued clients. The Entrepreneurial Team works with a variety of small- to medium-size businesses and each engagement requires expertise, strategies and risk management solutions tailored to the client's individual needs. Dealing with multiple clients requires a team of organized and efficient professional to assist with the array of tasks and questions that come up on a daily basis. The Entrepreneurial Team prides itself on meeting these challenges and offering comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing, along with the outstanding service that clients expect.

    A native of Council Bluffs, Kirk has an extensive knowledge of the city and is actively involved in numerous civic projects including non-profit risk management. He was involved in the St. Paul Partnership Training program, which provided him with extensive product knowledge on a wide range of prospects. Kirk says he is not the type of person who can sit back and read about what's going on in his community. Instead, he takes a "hands-on" approach, giving back through service on a variety of local, civic, governmental and non-profit organizations.

    Kirk serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa West Racing Association, the Board of Trustees for Iowa Western Community College, the City of Council Bluffs Board of Health and the Micah House. He served as past Board Chair for the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chaired the Total Resource Campaign, their largest fundraising effort. Kirk is also a past member of the Ameristar Casino Advisory Board, Council Bluffs Rotary and DC Ambassadors and is a past participant of Leadership Council Bluffs. He is also actively involved with numerous advisory committees and fundraising efforts throughout the city.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: kmadsen@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3108  |  fax: 402.557.6324

    Professional Certification

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)

    Education
    Master of Education  |  Secondary Education & Speech Communication
    University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Arts  |  English &  Speech
    Saint Olaf College |  Northfield, MN

    Kris Bruno

    Client Advocate, Senior Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Kris Sowers

    Client Advocate, Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Whether following the plot of a favorite book or crocheting an intricately patterned afghan, Kris gives her undivided attention to the task at hand.

    Whether following the plot of a favorite book or crocheting an intricately patterned afghan, Kris gives her undivided attention to the task at hand. She brings this same precision to her role as Benefit Analyst in our Group Benefits department where she prepares a variety of reports, such as quarterly, stewardship and planning reports. Kris’ other duties involve client renewals, bid specifications and utilization report maintenance.

    Kris's 18-plus years of experience, along with her previous work in a consulting office where she assisted with document review, office administration and providing backup to service personnel helped her gain organizational and detail-oriented skills her SilverStone Group team and clients can appreciate.

    Away from the office, Kris spends her free time gardening, crocheting or reading.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ksowers@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5593  | fax: 963.4083

    Professional Certification
    Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Elementary Education
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Kristin Nollett

    Client Relationship Manager

    Group Benefits

    If you think Kristin looks familiar that could be because she is often the face of SilverStone Group at our Husker tailgates in Lincoln. Kristin believes in the value of a positive attitude, whether at a fall football game or at the office.

    If you think Kristin looks familiar that could be because she is often the face of SilverStone Group at our Husker tailgates in Lincoln. Kristin believes in the value of a positive attitude, whether at a fall football game or at the office.

    With more than seven years of experience working in Group Benefits, Kristin specializes in benefit plans for employer groups of up to 250 employees. As a Client Relationship Manager, she works to ensure that clients’ current and future needs are met. Kirstin is responsible for directing preparation of presentations and employee communications, implementing and maintaining plans and performing special projects.

    Clients truly appreciate Kristin’s attention to detail. They can count on getting accurate, dependable information and timely support from Kristin whenever needed. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Kristin worked in the customer service industry. In dealing with clients, she notices the difference a friendly smile or voice can make when handling difficult insurance issues.

    When Kristin is not tailgating at Husker games, she can be found exercising, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: knollett@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5564  |  mobile: 402.208.8526  |  fax 402.963.4083

    Professional Certification

    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

     

    Kristy Stevens

    Client Advocate, Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Like the old saying goes … choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Kristy has not only found that once, but twice, with SilverStone Group.

    Like the old saying goes … choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Kristy has not only found that once, but twice, with SilverStone Group. After almost five years with the company, Kristy moved away to be closer to family. But after a year of missing her work family, she found her way back home to SilverStone Group.

    As a Service Specialist, Kristy assists in the management and retention of group clients by answering client questions, preparing employee communications, implementing new plans and resolving issues related to federal and state compliance. Kristy enjoys coaching her clients as they navigate an array of benefit choices – and helping them determine the best choice for their unique needs. Her goal is to help clients be wise consumers of their healthcare through education.

    When she’s not sharing wisdom with her clients, you can find Kristy in the kitchen schooling herself on new recipes. Outside of the kitchen, Kristy enjoys making handmade jewelry and relaxing in front of her patio fire pit.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: kstevens@ssgi.com  |  phone: 605.444.5121  |  fax:  866.427.6568

    Education
    MBA  |  Human Resource Management
    Colorado Technical University   |  Sioux Falls, SD

    Bachelor of Arts  |  Human Resource Management
    Briar Cliff University  |  Sioux City, IA

    Associate of Applied Science  |  Accounting Specialist
    Iowa Lakes Community College  |  Estherville, IA

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    Laura Goossen

    Client Advocate, Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Laura enjoys working with people who know and love what they do, making her a great fit at SilverStone Group where her infectious positive attitude can flourish.

    Laura enjoys working with people who know and love what they do, making her a great fit at SilverStone Group where her infectious positive attitude can flourish. As a Service Specialist in Group Benefits, Laura assists account managers with client management and retention by acting as a liaison for day-to-day administrative and client needs. Her duties include reviewing plan documents for accuracy, preparing employee communications, implementing plans, assisting clients with complex legislative requirements and performing special projects.

    Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Laura spent 20 years working in a variety of roles on the carrier side of health insurance, including claims, information technology and operations. From this experience, she cultivated excellent customer service skills that allow her to provide clients with prompt and accurate responses – an invaluable asset she will bring to her team.

    Laura could not be happier with her team and said, “Coming to work on my first day I was greeted with open arms – literally, a couple of hugs.” Away from the office, kayaking, biking, listening to live music and playing sand volleyball keep a big smile on Laura’s face.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lgoossen@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5110  |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  English
    University of South Dakota  |  Vermillion, SD

    Laurie Cook

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Construction Risk Services

    As an Account Administrator, Laurie’s responsibilities include issuing certificates of insurance, renewing and verifying policies, submitting change requests and obtaining quotes.

    As an Account Administrator, Laurie’s responsibilities include issuing certificates of insurance, renewing and verifying policies, submitting change requests and obtaining quotes. She believes professional relationships are best forged through service, and she endeavors to be diligent and responsive to the needs and expectations of each client and colleague.

    Laurie’s previous positions involved providing client sales support, quote development and record maintenance. She is new to the industry and appreciates that each day brings a new challenge and an opportunity to learn from encouraging and helpful co-workers.

    Originally from San Diego, Laurie is happy to be a Midwest transplant and a SilverStone Group Associate. She especially appreciates our family-friendly atmosphere and the Wellness Activities Group (WAG). Away from the office, Laurie enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children or enjoying her hobbies of running and cooking.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lcook@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5639  | fax: 402.557.6324

    Education
    Associate of Fine Arts & Sciences
    Indian Hills Community College  |  Ottumwa, IA

    Linda Askew

    Client Advocate & Sr. Plan Administrator

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Linda isn’t one to toot her own horn, but while attending the University of Nebraska, she was a trumpeter in the marching band.

    Linda isn’t one to toot her own horn, but while attending the University of Nebraska, she was a trumpeter in the marching band. Being part of a band takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication, all of which she learned at a young age growing up as a farm girl near Pilger, Nebraska. Though her marching and farming days are over, she now dedicates her spare time to attending her boys’ sporting events, which include football, baseball, basketball, track and wrestling.

    Linda has 29 years of administrative experience with qualified pension plans, 25 of which are with SilverStone Group. Having worked with Simplified Employee Pension Plans (SEP), 401(k), money purchase and defined benefit pension plans, Linda specializes in administering large defined benefit plans. She is responsible for the accuracy of valuation data, benefit determinations, asset reconciliations, government filings and review of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO). Clients depend on Linda’s years of experience for accurate and timely answers to questions and resolution of problems.

    SilverStone Group is lucky to have a “first chair” employee like Linda!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: laskew@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5489

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Education
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE

    Professional Titles
    Life Office Management Association , Inc.

    Linda Vick

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    Lindsay Uleman

    Plan Administrator Specialist

    Executive Benefits

    As a native of Elkhorn and a recent graduate of Morningside College, Lindsay has returned to Omaha to start her career with SilverStone Group in the Executive Benefits industry.

    As a native of Elkhorn and a recent graduate of Morningside College, Lindsay has returned to Omaha to start her career with SilverStone Group in the Executive Benefits industry. Having played volleyball throughout college, Lindsay brings her hard work ethic and upbeat attitude to the office everyday. In her day-to-day work life, Lindsay provides assistance to her department, while working together to help clients accomplish their goals of attracting and retaining key executives through the use of benefit plans.

    Familiar with performing under pressure, Lindsay provides high-quality administrative support at the management level. Not only does she have experience communicating with clients and managing correspondence, but she has assisted in the creation of several promotional campaigns. Lindsay makes a difference for her clients by providing timely assistance and using her strong interpersonal and organizational skills. She understands the importance of completing tasks efficiently.

    Lindsay enjoys her evolving role at SilverStone Group. She is constantly learning new concepts and ways to improve her working habits to better support her coworkers. As a team-focused player, Lindsay appreciates that everyone she works with is always willing to help a fellow Associate out, making it a true team effort.

    When not at work, Lindsay can still be found on the court coaching a youth volleyball team for a local club in Omaha.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: luleman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5619  |  fax: 402.963.4082

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Marketing & Management
    Morningside CollegeSioux City, IA

    Lisa Hartman

    Account Manager

    Group Benefits | Worksite Marketing

    Whether she’s volunteering in local schools or working hard on behalf of her clients, Lisa likes to help others. With 16 years of industry experience, Lisa has an in-depth understanding of employee benefits.

    Whether she’s volunteering in local schools or working hard on behalf of her clients, Lisa likes to help others. With 16 years of industry experience, Lisa has an in-depth understanding of employee benefits. Her responsibilities include the review of specific plan designs, rates, summaries and proposals, as well as the execution of plans and enrollment. Additionally, Lisa’s experience and relationships with carriers assists her in the development of rate quotes, underwriting and eligibility.

    Outside the office, Lisa dedicates her time to giving back to her local community. For the last eight years, she has volunteered for Junior Achievement by working with students in the classroom and teaching them the value of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. On top of all that, Lisa is a wife and mother of two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children compete in sports activities. When time allows, Lisa also likes to travel and cheer on her favorite sports team, the Green Bay Packers!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lhartman@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5103  |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Lisa Johnson

    Client Advocate, Commercial Risk Specialist

    Property & Casualty

    Lisa has always enjoyed the game of golf. Growing up on a farm, she recalls being sent to the local course to spend her days and she couldn’t have been happier.

    Lisa has always enjoyed the game of golf. Growing up on a farm, she recalls being sent to the local course to spend her days and she couldn’t have been happier. She developed focus, concentration, patience and self-assurance, all valuable traits that she has continued to utilize throughout her career at SilverStone Group.

    For nearly eight years, Lisa has worked in a continually evolving role, spanning all lines of coverage for businesses of every size, specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management. She currently works in a team support and administration role for multiple industry teams including Outdoor Recreation which allows her to incorporate a little golf into her daily work life. Lisa performs background research, analyzes policy details, compares coverages, issues certificates of insurance and maintains quality for all of her team members. Her well-rounded history, attention to detail and organization skills are invaluable to her team and she is more than capable of stepping in for any team member, should the need arise.

    With customer service skills like these, it’s easy to see why Lisa is a past recipient of the H.H. "Red" Nelson award for outstanding achievement in client service. She strives to provide the best possible client service as if SilverStone Group was owned by her family. Lisa is also the current President of the Omaha Underwriters Association.

    When Lisa is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family at her son’s sporting events or playing a round or two of golf. That’s par for her course!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ljohnson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5411  |  fax: 402.557.5566

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

    Lisa Legendre

    Client Relationship Manager

    Group Benefits

    While Lisa lives in Husker Nation, she remains a devoted LSU football fan. Her husband attended LSU and Lisa quickly jumped on the bandwagon - even their Beagle has a special “Geaux Tigers” bark.

    While Lisa lives in Husker Nation, she remains a devoted LSU football fan. Her husband attended LSU and Lisa quickly jumped on the bandwagon - even their Beagle has a special “Geaux Tigers” bark. She brings this same loyalty and enthusiasm to working with clients. Lisa’s insurance experience spans more than 25 years, specifically working directly with clients and decision makers. As a Client Relationship Manager, she is responsible for coordinating service and benefit management of small group clients. Lisa provides advice, consultation and service to clients to ensure their benefits needs are being met. In addition, she helps clients prepare and conduct employee meetings as well as directs Account Administrators in preparing presentation materials and employee communications. Lisa is also responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the plans.

    Lisa currently holds her Life and Annuities, Sickness, Accident and Health Insurance licenses in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. She is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). When Lisa isn’t studying to obtain her Consultants license, she can likely be found cheering on her son while he plays for UNL’s Rugby team!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: llegendre@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5631  |  fax: 402.463.4090

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Human Resources/Business
    Northwest Missouri State University  |  Maryville, MO

    Lisa Mascarello

    Client Advocate, Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Our Group Benefits Associates often boast that they have national talent on a local level, which is especially true of Lisa. She recently moved back to Omaha after working and living in Colorado and Florida in the group insurance industry.

    Our Group Benefits Associates often boast that they have national talent on a local level, which is especially true of Lisa. She moved back to Omaha after working and living in Colorado and Florida in the group insurance industry. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience to her role as a Service Specialist in the Group Benefits division. It’s Lisa’s job to build and maintain client relationships. Specifically, she answers clients’ questions regarding procedural matters, claims issues and plan provisions, and helps them to implement plans and coordinate ERISA requirements.

    Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Lisa worked as an account manager on the carrier side for group insurance products. She spent much of her career working with third-party administrators and other service and IT vendors. This provided an opportunity for Lisa to learn the life-cycle process of multiple insurance lines, starting with product development and ending with implementation from enrollment and claim payment.

    Lisa’s passion for relationship building as well as her trustworthy attitude will go a long way in continuing the Group Benefits Team goal of excellent customer services.

    When she isn’t focused on her work, though, Lisa has a special personal goal. An avid college basketball fan, Lisa dreams of being able to attend all rounds of the NCAA tournament in the same year.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lmascarello@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5520  |  fax: 402.463.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

     

    Lisa Mathers

    Client Advocate, Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    As a twin, Lisa has a special understanding of the value of relationships and the benefits of having a partner for every venture. Forming lasting relationships and partnering with clients and co-workers alike is an integral ...

    As a twin, Lisa has a special understanding of the value of relationships and the benefits of having a partner for every venture. Forming lasting relationships and partnering with clients and co-workers alike is an integral part of Lisa’s role as a Benefit Analyst. Lisa uses her experience and understanding of benefit options to provide comprehensive analysis for employer groups of all sizes while maintaining individual service.

    As part of the Group Benefits Team, Lisa works on mid-year planning reports, client bid proposals, client renewals and market analyses. Her high level of work efficiency is invaluable to the clients she serves. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Lisa spent over eight years with a Sioux Falls-based health plan company, where she was responsible for analyzing all lines of business offered, including Medicare, small transitional groups, ACA policies and large groups. She also assisted with pricing of all block renewals.

    When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys playing with her young daughter, joining her husband on the golf course and riding her bike.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lmathers@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.367.6375  |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Human Resource Management
    Minnesota State University  |  Mankato, MN

    Liz Salkin

    Client Advocate, Worksite Marketing Administrator

    Worksite Marketing / Group Benefits

    Just like the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Liz loves to explore, awaiting discoveries and seizing every opportunity. Not only did she live in London for five months while studying abroad,

    Just like the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Liz loves to explore, awaiting discoveries and seizing every opportunity. Not only did she live in London for five months while studying abroad, but she also visited half the world's continents! Liz's interest in experiencing and learning new things also extends to her position as a Worksite Marketing Administrator.

    As a recent college graduate, Liz appreciates the many seasoned professionals at SilverStone Group who are helping her learn the employee benefits industry. In her position within our Worksite Marketing / Group Benefits division, Liz assists clients with claims and ensures they have a clear understanding of their benefit plan. She also helps her team with a variety of plan and account administration duties. With more than six years of customer service experience, Liz believes each client interaction offers an opportunity to surpass expectations.

    When Liz is away from the office, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, allowing her to visit new and interesting places and meet remarkable people.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lsalkin@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5636  | fax: 963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Lizanne Stene

    Vice President

    Private Client Services

    Lizanne really loves her job. She enjoys the challenge of analyzing a client's financial and estate plans and implementing plans of action that can empower that client to achieve...

    Lizanne really loves her job. She enjoys the challenge of analyzing a client's financial and estate plans and implementing plans of action that can empower that client to achieve his or her personal goals. With the perspective of 25 years of experience in life insurance, wealth transfer and business continuity, Lizanne is a valuable addition to a client's financial planning advisory team. Her specialties include financial and estate planning, as well as advanced life insurance planning techniques.

    Lizanne is a liaison of our Broker-Dealer on all securities-related business. She administers many of our more complicated wealth transfer and business continuity plans and provides case design technical support for account executives and clients. Lizanne works closely with M Financial, an exclusive network of the nation's premier financial services distribution companies, and enjoys the networking capabilities SilverStone Group enjoys with some of the "best of the best" in our industry.

    Lizanne is a member of several professional and civic associations, including the Omaha Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (for which she served as President) and Lions Club International. When Lizanne is not working with clients, she enjoys lake life near Fremont, Nebraska, and the company of her two "babies," Nikki (a miniature American Eskimo) and Sophia (a Shih Tzu). They go almost everywhere with Lizanne, but haven't convinced her yet that accompanying her to work would be a good thing!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lstene@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5436  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Designations

    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

    Education
    Master of Science  |  Financial Services
    The American College |  Bryn Mawr, PA

    Bachelor of Science  |  Finance
    Arizona State University |  Tempe, AZ
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckSilverStone Group is independently owned and operated.

    Lori Ruzicka

    Senior Account Manager

    Property & Casualty

    Lori has spent the past 5 years learning the ins and outs of the insurance industry. She specializes in Property & Casualty and Risk Management for...

    Lori has spent the past 5 years learning the ins and outs of the insurance industry. She specializes in Property & Casualty and Risk Management for our Real Estate and Aviation Risk Services teams. Her position involves marketing new and existing accounts, extending and expanding existing coverage and renewing expirations, all while providing exceptional service to her clients. Lori joined SilverStone Group in 2011 and  truly enjoys the family-oriented nature of the company. When it comes to putting Associates’ needs first, she said that “SilverStone Group doesn’t just talk-the-talk, they walk-the-walk.”

    Lori is extremely detail-oriented, She often finds herself giving everything a second or even third look.  She enjoys working in a team environment and knows that collaborating with others can improve work quality and create a more efficient workplace. Lori  is anxious to share her knowledge and experience with others, and welcomes the opportunity to learn something new from her colleagues.

    In addition to her role at SilverStone Group, Lori plays active part in the Omaha insurance community.  She holds the title of Co-Chair for the Young Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha and is a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha (IIAO), in addition to Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska (IIAN). In 2011, she was awarded the 2011 Young Agent of the Year at the IIAN annual convention.

    When Lori isn’t focused on work, she enjoys spending time outdoors biking, gardening and visiting parks. Her two sons currently do a good job keeping her schedule full, but she hopes that she’ll eventually have more time for traveling.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lruzicka@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5758  |  fax: 402.557.6323

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

     

     

    Lynn Harper

    Service Manager

    Property & Casualty

    It’s true what they say, some people are born to be leaders, and Lynn Harper is a perfect example.

    It’s true what they say, some people are born
    to be leaders, and Lynn Harper is a perfect example. While she does enjoy reading leadership books, her leadership traits come quite naturally and can be seen throughout various aspects
    of her life.

    As SilverStone Group’s Service Manager for the Property & Casualty division, Lynn combines her insurance background of nearly 15 years with her ability to engage individuals to exceed their potentials. Even more impressive, she does it to successfully manage a team of top-notch service associates. Her leadership inspires others to make service excellence not just a goal, but a reality.

    Outside of the office, Lynn is on the board of the Young Professionals of NetVu and a member of both Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha and Young Agents of Omaha.

    With all this responsibility, you might wonder what Lynn does for fun and stress relief? Well, she is a self-described Pinterest addict and adrenaline junkie who has already checked skydiving off on her bucket list, just to name a few. Now all inquiring minds want to know, if Lynn jumped out of a plane, would her team members follow? Stay tuned…

    Contact Information
    e-mail: lharper@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5728  |  fax: 402.557.6328

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate in Management (AIM)
    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Master of Science | Organizational Performance
    Bellevue University |  Bellevue, NE

    Bachelor of Business Administration | Management
    Bellevue University |  Bellevue, NE

    Lynn Hoff

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Corporate Services

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    Marcia Hofmann

    Executive Assistant

    Property & Casualty

    With more than 20 years of invaluable professional experience as an Executive Assistant, Marcia believes her organizational and interpersonal skills benefit her greatly...

    With more than 20 years of invaluable professional experience as an Executive Assistant, Marcia believes her organizational and interpersonal skills benefit her greatly as she works in the Property and Casualty department at SilverStone Group.  Working for both the President and Managing Director is a busy job, but she likes the hustle and bustle as well as the variety of work, which includes coordinating and updating schedules, fielding client calls, scheduling business travel, coordinating meetings and maintaining monthly expense reports.

    Marcia enjoys working at SilverStone Group because she believes the wonderful atmosphere and “top notch” Associates help make each day the very best.  She thinks it is the perfect environment for her to engage her friendly and enthusiastic work ethic.

    Marcia serves as a member of Executive Women International (EWI) Omaha Chapter. EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement.

    Marcia stays active with daily exercise and enjoys every opportunity she has to work on her golf game and travel to warm-weather destinations.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mhofmann@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5498  |  fax: 402.964.5566

     

    Mardi Whitley

    Senior Account Manager

    Property & Casualty

    Mardi truly believes in giving back to her community. She volunteered with Special Olympics and Booster Club at her son’s high school, she was able to give her time and efforts showing how much she cares.

    Mardi truly believes in giving back to her community. She volunteered with Special Olympics and Booster Club at her son’s high school, she was able to give her time and efforts showing how much she cares. This positive attitude carries with her both at home and at SilverStone Group. Mardi has more than 32 years of experience in the insurance industry, specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management, her expertise includes working with large complex accounts that deal with manufacturing, staffing, telemarketing and telecommunications. Her professional skills are definitely a true asset to SilverStone Group.

    Mardi’s ability to help clients is invaluable. She loves working with each client and strives to give the best possible customer service by working proactively to meet their needs. She understands the importance of providing detailed, accurate information and a quick turnaround time. Mardi knows she couldn't get this done without the great group of employees she works with, all of who are professionals and experts in their field.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mwhitley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5567  |  fax: 402.557.6322

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Teaching, Physical Education
    Chadron State College |  Chadron, NE

    Mark Matthes

    Chief Operating Officer

    Corporate Services

    Whether he is solving complex problems at the office or climbing to the Mount Everest Base Camp, Mark is up for the challenge. Having summited 24 of the 53 mountain peaks in Colorado that have an elevation of at least 14,000 feet, one could say Mark...

    Whether he is solving complex problems at the office or climbing to the Mount Everest Base Camp, Mark is up for the challenge. Having summited 24 of the 53 mountain peaks in Colorado that have an elevation of at least 14,000 feet, one could say Mark has a flair for adventure. His most recent adventure has brought him to SilverStone Group, where Mark serves as our Chief Operating Officer.

    In this role, Mark is involved in the firm’s day-to-day operations and he works closely with the firm’s leaders to ensure SilverStone Group’s continued growth. His diverse background as President of Jet Linx Aviation and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Duncan Aviation have well-prepared him to be an excellent leader and problem-solver. Mark is a good listener and enjoys working with producers and support teams to provide the resources they need to offer outstanding service to clients. He particularly enjoys the positive energy that is exhibited by SilverStone Group Associates. A fitness advocate, Mark is co-chair of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG) which promotes Associate health and wellness.

    In addition to dedicating himself at the office, Mark has previously dedicated himself to our community by serving as a board member of the United Way, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Omaha YMCA. When Mark is away from the office, he and his wife enjoy biking, gardening and hiking.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mmatthes@ssgi.com | phone: 402.964.5552 | fax: 402.963.4098

    Mark McLaughlin

    Client Advocate, Claims Adjuster

    Claims Management

    Mark has never been one to turn down a challenge. As a Claims Adjuster, Mark specializes in processing complex medical, legal and insurance issues...

    Mark has never been one to turn down a challenge. As a Claims Adjuster, Mark specializes in processing complex medical, legal and insurance issues which he finds interesting and challenging at the same time. He is constantly advocating for his clients, helping them contain costs by working with adjusters, reviewing claim losses with insureds and discussing the best ways to prevent future claims in their workplaces. He utilizes his well-established relationships with adjusters to either lower reserves or apply his recommendations on how to achieve the best possible outcome on a claim.

    On the Third Party Administrator (TPA ) side, Mark’s clients trust him to handle their workers' compensation claims to attain the best result. His effective communication skills provide his clients with an accurate and timely turnaround for any event that arises.

    In his free time, Mark’s competitive nature remains evident. He enjoys golfing, Husker football and a spirited game of bag toss. Mark equally looks forward to spending time with his wife and kids.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mmclaughlin@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5586  |  fax: 402.963.4094

    Professional Certification
    Associate in Claims (AIC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business
    University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

    Mark Weber

    Principal

    Private Client Services

    Mark exemplifies our Firm's commitment to experience. With 30 years in the industry, he is recognized as a financial consultant to business owners and executives.

    Mark exemplifies our Firm’s commitment to experience. With 30 years in the industry, he is recognized as a financial consultant to business owners and executives. He has assisted some of the country’s wealthiest individuals with personal financial and estate planning and is widely recognized for his work in both business transition planning and philanthropic estate planning. Mark enjoys the challenge of helping clients solve financial problems. Like his coworkers, he is committed to excellence and is gratified to see his clients achieve their goals.

    Mark has spoken on various financial and estate planning topics to audiences including the Nebraska Bar Association, the Nebraska Society of CPAs, the Iowa Bar Association, the University of Nebraska College of Law and School of Accounting, the Society of Financial Services Professionals and the Omaha Estate Planning Council. He has also authored numerous articles on topics dealing with sophisticated uses of life insurance in estate and business succession planning.

    He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the Advanced Association of Life Underwriters, the National Advisors Conference, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Service Professionals, the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute, the Nebraska Bar Association, the Omaha Bar Association and the Omaha Estate Planning Council. In several of these organizations, he has held leadership positions at both the local and national levels. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services and M Financial’s Standard of Care Task Force.

    Mark is active in the community and enjoys charitable work, a commitment that he shares with his clients. He knows first-hand how satisfying it can be to contribute to causes that are near to his heart, and he derives great pleasure from helping clients find that same satisfaction in their own lives.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mweber@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5442  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Designations

    • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®)
    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
    • Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC)
    • Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®)

    Education
    Juris Doctorate
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

    Master of Science  |  Financial Services
    The American College |  Bryn Mawr, PA

    Bachelor of Arts  |  Psychology
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC .  Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck. Investment Advisory Services Offered Through SilverStone Asset Management. SilverStone Asset Management and SilverStone Group are independently owned and are not under common ownership with M Holdings Securities, Inc.

    Mary Johnson

    Client Advocate, Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Whether she’s spending time with her family, traveling, golfing, skiing, playing piano or watching Husker football, one thing’s for sure, Mary is dedicated!

    Whether she’s spending time with her family, traveling, golfing, skiing, playing piano or watching Husker football, one thing’s for sure, Mary is dedicated! In the office, Mary proves her dedication to her clients. She is a resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships.

    Mary brings over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry to SilverStone Group. As a Benefit Analyst, Mary works with the Group Benefits Service Team to analyze health insurance data in preparation for submission and renewals. She also prepares quarterly, stewardship, planning, and renewal reports. Mary’s broad background, which includes working with multiple employee benefit plans, designs and concepts, is a tremendous asset to her clients. Mary recently furthered her insurance knowledge by earning the Health Insurance Associate (HIA) designation.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mjohnson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5751  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certification

    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Mary Paladino

    Senior Account Manager

    Personal Insurance

    With many years of experience in the insurance industry, Mary could be called an expert! She started working at SilverStone Group 16 years ago and has become an invaluable member of the Private Client Services Team...

    With many years of experience in the insurance industry, Mary could be called an expert! She started working at SilverStone Group 17 years ago and has become an invaluable member of the Private Client Services Team.

    As a Senior Account Manager, Mary is responsible for selling new accounts through referrals and rounding of existing accounts. She also markets and administers existing accounts to renew expirations and extend or expand coverage, serving clients throughout the process. Mary prides herself on listening to customers and then making recommendations for their specific insurance needs. She strives to go above and beyond by making herself available to clients at any time via phone or e-mail.

    When Mary isn’t devoting her time to work, she enjoys reading and golfing.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mpaladino@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5569  |  fax: 402.557.6320

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate in General Insurance (AINS)
    • Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI)

    Matt Fisher

    Client Advocate & Actuary

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Aim. Shoot. Matt Fisher always has his eye on the prize. From his success at work to enjoying his favorite past time, waterfowl hunting, he sure knows how to shoot and score.

    Aim. Shoot. Matt Fisher always has his eye on the prize. From his success at work to enjoying his favorite past time,  hunting pheasants and waterfowl, he sure knows how to shoot and score.

    Matt has been with SilverStone Group since 1998 and has over 17 years of experience in the actuarial analysis of Defined Benefit Plans and 12 years of experience in Post-Retirement Medical Plans. He also has 11 years of actuarial experience in the areas of Dental Pricing and Financial Reporting.

    Matt’s expertise includes performing actuarial valuations of pension plans and retiree welfare plans. His experience also includes plan design, experience analysis of assumptions and forecasting of valuation results.

    Matt is a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club and volunteers his time coaching youth sports, whether it is work or play, he delivers a level of dedication that always exceeds expectations!

    Contact Information

    e-mail: mfisher@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5511  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Education
    Bachelor of Science |  Business Administration  |  Actuarial Science
    University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE

    Matt Guthrie

    Client Advocate, Senior Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Meg Circo

    Account Manager

    In-Home Care Risk Services

    At an early age, Meg was introduced to the insurance industry. As the daughter of an agency owner, risk management has always played a part of her life.

    At an early age, Meg was introduced to the insurance industry. As the daughter of an agency owner, risk management has always played a part of her life. After her father sold his agency, Meg found her place at SilverStone Group and has worked in several different areas, including Commercial Lines & Bonds and also Personal Lines. She has handled a unique variety of accounts and understands the specialized needs of clients in different industries. She is now an Account Manager in the In-Home Risk Services division.

    With more than eight years of professional experience in the insurance industry, Meg knows the importance of providing detailed, accurate information and a quick turnaround time. She makes sure her clients understand their policy and helps them resolve any issues they may have. Meg listens to her clients’ needs and finds creative solutions to their problems. It’s safe to say that she understands the industry and is passionate about serving clients.

    In her spare time, Meg enjoys spending time with her two young children.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mcirco@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5425  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certification
    Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Human Resources
    College of Saint Mary
    |  Omaha, NE

    Melinda Sergeant

    Client Advocate & Billing Coordinator

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Melinda prefers to take life step by step – literally! Whether Melinda is enjoying the sights at the Henry Doorly Zoo or taking a stroll over her lunch hour, she loves being outside and staying active.

    Melinda prefers to take life step by step – literally! Whether Melinda is enjoying the sights at the Henry Doorly Zoo or taking a stroll over her lunch hour, she loves being outside and staying active. The discipline it takes to ensure her daily walks not only benefits her health, but also serves her well in her position at SilverStone Group.

    Melinda has dedicated over 25 years to SilverStone Group. She currently handles and maintains all billing for the retiree and medical group and pension group in the Retirement Division. Melinda understands the importance of detailed, accurate information and superior customer assistance. Her dedication to client satisfaction is just as strong as her commitment to her own health – making her a perfect fit at SilverStone Group.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: msergeant@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.963.4089  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Melissa Hansen

    Client Advocate, Administrative Specialist

    Property & Casualty

    As a busy working mother, Melissa knows how to handle a little chaos.

    As a busy working mother, Melissa knows how to handle a little chaos. Her ability to multitask serves her well in her role as an Administration Specialist for the Property & Casualty Team.

    Melissa is responsible for ensuring all Producers and team members are properly certified with both licensing and continuing education credits – talk about a lot to keep track of! Her nearly 8 years of experience in the insurance industry prepared her for her position at SilverStone Group and her depth of knowledge and overall attention to detail benefits not only her fellow team members, but also the clients who interact with her.

    Melissa loves that her role doesn’t really feel like “work” and genuinely enjoys every aspect of it. She values her team members and believes the family-like atmosphere and friendly faces make SilverStone Group a great place to work.

    When Melissa is not assisting her Property & Casualty Producers, she enjoys being a softball and dance mom to her three young daughters.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mmhansen@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5424  |  fax 402.557.6324

    Michael Vech

    Client Advocate & Actuary

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Considering his career choice, it’s not surprising that Michael has always excelled when it comes to mathematics. In college, he used his extraordinary math skills to write...

    Considering his career choice, it’s not surprising that Michael has always excelled when it comes to mathematics. In college, he used his math skills to write a computer program to simulate a baseball game, a project that won him the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award.

    Michael has over seven years of actuarial experience helping clients find solutions that fit their individual and organizational needs. He performs post-retirement medical valuations to satisfy ASC 715-60, GASB 45 and NAIC reporting requirements.  He has also been involved in working with Actuarial Equivalency attestations for Medicare Part D.  He has been assisting clients with Early Retiree Reinsurance Programs established under PPACA.

    Michael has worked as a pricing actuary in several sectors, including individual health, Medicare supplement, disability, critical illness and Long-Term Care. He has been involved at all levels of actuarial work, from pricing new market expansion and new plan offerings to existing markets, annual rate filings, producer compensation design and primary support.

    Michael is the author of several articles for our SilverLink magazine and is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club. He is also a member of the Maple Street YMCA Advisory Board and has served on the Parish Council and Stewardship committee of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

    With five little girls, Michael spends most of his free time at home with his family. Whether he is giving “dragon rides” or pretending to be a puppy—since he has thus far resisted giving in and buying one—Michael can always expect an abundance of hugs when he walks in the door at night.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mvech@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5722  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Professional Titles

    • Associate of Society of Actuaries (ASA)
    • Member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

    Education
    Bachelor of  Science  |  Mathematics & Information Systems
    Nebraska Wesleyan University  |  Lincoln, NE

    Michele Rutherford

    Vice President, Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Michele has more than 15 years of experience in Group Health and Welfare Plans, specializing in groups with 25 to 150 participants. She manages Group insurance accounts that have multiple benefit plan packages.

    Michele has more than 15 years of experience in Group Health and Welfare Plans, specializing in groups with 25 to 150 participants. She manages Group insurance accounts that have multiple benefit plan packages. Michele specializes in the marketing of new and renewal plans for existing and prospective clients.

    Her background includes plan design analysis, maintaining client relationships, helping clients strategize the cost containment of policies, analysis of alternative funding and administrations and communication of insurance programs. Michele’s expertise includes group health, life, dental, vision, disability and Health Savings Account plans. Additional areas of expertise include employee education, employee meetings, claims and billing.

    Michele is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). She is also a recipient of SilverStone Group’s H.H. “Red” Nelson Award for Outstanding Client Service and a former mentor for Nebraska’s Teammates Mentoring program, providing support and guidance to youth in the Omaha area.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mrutherford@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5563  |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certifications
    Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    University of Nebraska |  Omaha, NE

    Michelle Miller

    Director

    Marketing & Communications

    Michelle’s favorite color used to be purple. Since 2003, she’s taken a shine to silver and blue. Why? SilverStone Group’s corporate colors! Michelle has over 20 years of experience in marketing...

    Michelle’s favorite color used to be purple. Since 2003, she’s taken a shine to silver and blue. Why? SilverStone Group’s corporate colors!  Michelle has over 20 years of experience in marketing, specializing in graphic design, branding, advertising and writing and editing marketing materials.

    She leads a team of multi-media and communication specialists whose vision helps drive all materials prepared by SilverStone Group Associates. The department utilizes leading-edge technology to innovatively and accurately create an entire brand experience. They pride themselves on their can-do attitude and passion to provide high quality deliverables.

    Her innovative thinking was integral in the redesign of SilverLink magazine, which received the Heartland Print Gallery Award in 2004. She was also instrumental in the development of SilverStone Group’s current brand.

    Michelle leads by example, promoting teamwork and collaboration among Firm Associates. She knows that successful client engagements are the result of many people working together with a common goal — to provide excellent customer service no matter what the job.

    Michelle has served on SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG) since 2004, and she is currently co-chair. WAG mentors Associates in developing and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Through her efforts with WAG, Michelle has obtained the Wellness Council of America's (WELCOA) Seven Benchmarks Advanced Level Certification.

    Michelle is a current member of the Mid-America Direct Marketing Association, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Omaha Marketing Group Roundtable, a member of the Board of Directors for WELLCOM and the Golf Outing Committee for Outlook Nebraska Inc., an Omaha-based company that employs the blind and visually impaired. She is also a past board member of Midlands Humane Society and Owen’s Educational Services which serves as an educational opportunity for at-risk youths.

    When not being creative at work, you can often find Michelle on the golf course with her husband, enjoying a glass of red wine or even in her flower gardens.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mmiller@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5793  |  fax: 402.964.5504

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Graphic Design &  Fine Arts
    Dana College  |  Blair, NE

    Mike Ehmke

    Principal

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Mike loves the outdoors, but you'd never guess that from his choice of career -- as an actuary. He's a 24-year veteran of pension, actuarial and consulting services, including 22 years in post-retirement medical...

    Mike loves the outdoors, but you'd never guess that from his choice of career -- as an actuary. He's a 24-year veteran of pension, actuarial and consulting services, including 22 years in post-retirement medical, dental and life insurance actuarial valuations and consulting. His extensive experience provides for the design, implementation, evaluation and ongoing administration of pension and retiree welfare programs. Mike enjoys the challenge of creating solutions for complex financial problems. He realizes that while clients expect his department to provide viable answers, they are often surprised to find that Mike and his team take the time to really listen before making recommendations.

    Mike is the author of several articles for our SilverLink magazine and is involved in numerous professional associations, including the American Academy of Actuaries. He is an Enrolled Actuary by the Joint Board for Enrollment of Actuaries, an Associate for the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club. He is Treasurer of the not-for-profit Copper Ridge Estates Homeowners' Association and attends St. Patrick Church.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mehmke@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5522  |  fax: 402.963.4089

    Professional Certifications

    • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
    • Associate of Society of Actuaries (ASA)
    • Member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

    Mike Hart

    Systems Administrator

    Information Technology

    Mike Red

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    Mike knows it takes a mix of patience and passion to coach – skills he acquired from coaching his son’s basketball teams over the years. Nowadays, Mike appreciates working as a Small Group Team...

    Mike knows it takes a mix of patience and passion to coach – skills he acquired from coaching his son’s basketball teams over the years. Nowadays, Mike appreciates working on our Group Benefits Team, providing strategic solutions for small employers.

    With 10 years of claims, benefits and underwriting experience in the insurance industry, Mike also brings a wealth of customer service expertise to his position as Account Administrator at SilverStone Group.

    Mike's outgoing personality combined with his ambition to make a difference make him an ideal, relatable professional for his clients to rely on.

    When he’s not earning the trust of his SilverStone Group clients, Mike enjoys discovering new metro restaurants and following the Dallas Mavericks, his favorite NBA team.

     Contact Information
    Email: mred@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5648  |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Education
    Working toward an Associate’s Degree in Business Management
    Metropolitan Community College  |  Elkhorn, NE

    Mike Wieger

    Accounting Processor

    Accounting

    Molly Rowen

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    In-Home Care Risk Services

    Molly has the gift of being able to budget time and adapt quickly to change, which contributes to her role as Account Administrator in the In-Home Care industry.

    Molly has the gift of being able to budget time and adapt quickly to change, which contributes to her role as Account Administrator in the In-Home Care industry. Molly allocates her attention to assisting her team with pulling loss control runs, certificates, proposals and sending out renewal questionnaires. She loves to learn new things and is always working to the best of her ability to serve clients and deliver solutions. Molly enjoys positive people and a friendly work environment, these two things keep her completely happy at work.

    When Molly is not at SilverStone Group, you may find her with a hammer in her hand. Molly and her fiancé enjoy spending time remodeling their home. Traveling is high on her list of favorite things to do as well. She will take any chance she gets to explore new places.

    Molly is a member of the Young Agents and is working toward passing her Licensing Exam.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mrowen@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5598  | fax: 866.855.9750

    Education
    Master of Business Administration
    Bellevue University  |  Bellevue, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Organizational Communications

    Monica Larsen

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Group Benefits

    With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Monica knows the key to success is putting the customer first.

    With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Monica knows the key to success is putting the customer first. Her demonstrated ability to develop and build relationships is key to Monica’s success at SilverStone Group.

    As an Account Administrator, Monica prepares bid specifications, presentation materials and employee communication materials for clients and prospects. Monica is proud to be a part of an organization that truly cares about its clients and takes pride in serving unique customer needs. She strives to provide customer guidance aimed toward their long-term success.

    When she’s not building relationships, you can find Monica doing a different kind of building – she enjoys working with tools for home remodeling, design projects and refinishing furniture.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: mlarsen@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5116 |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Colorado Technical University  |  Sioux Falls, SD

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    Nancy Ashley

    Vice President & Senior Consultant

    Executive Benefits

    Whether it's indoors or out, Nancy's got a knack for interior design. She enjoys the challenge of decorating a room, as each space is unique...just like she enjoys...

    Whether it’s indoors or out, Nancy’s got a knack for design. She enjoys the challenge of decorating a room, as each space is unique…just like she enjoys the challenge of taking on a client’s specific need. Nancy knows how to take pieces of the puzzle and bring it all together to make a complete, holistic solution.

    Nancy has over 20 years experience in the insurance and benefits industry. Nancy specializes in the development, implementation and administration of non-qualified executive benefit plans. Such plans include deferred compensation, supplemental retirement, pension restoration, split-dollar, disability, long-term care and compensation and bonus plans for executives.

    As clients well know, Nancy strives to provide solutions for her clients. She enjoys designing and administering Executive Benefit Plans that help clients attract, retain and reward talented executives. Nancy knows that staying on top of challenges in the industry helps to keep clients informed and her relationship with M Financial Group provides her team with numerous resources to offer solutions to clients’ needs. Nancy and her staff take a proactive approach when meeting their clients’ needs and they are there every step of the way—from communicating a new plan to complex reporting and compliance procedures, clients can depend on Nancy and her team!

    Nancy knows that SilverStone Group works hard for their clients, which has resulted in many clients requesting information, advice and referrals for services in other areas of the firm, further strengthening client relationships.

    Nancy is a member of several professional associations, including the Omaha Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. She loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, explore and spend time outdoors. During the winter months, you can find Nancy working on home improvement projects, as one of her true passions is interior design—selecting and mixing colors, fabrics, woods, finding the perfect furniture, light fixtures, area rugs and accessories to pull a room together and make it inviting and cozy.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: nashley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5438  |  fax: 402.963.4082

    Professional Titles

    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Education
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Nancy Edelman

    Risk Management Coverage Director

    Property & Casualty

    Nancy has been with SilverStone Group since 2000 and has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Her experience includes working for national insurance brokers and companies. She finds insurance exciting...

    Nancy has been with SilverStone Group since 2000 and has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.  Her experience includes working for national insurance brokers and companies.  She finds insurance exciting and appreciates the challenge of continuous evolving changes requiring the development of new coverage.

    Specializing in property and casualty insurance as well as professional and executive liability coverage, Nancy’s focus is to explore and evaluate insurance policy endorsements and coverage forms. Understanding insurance language is not easy and sometimes it requires dissecting sentences.

    She knows that a strong client relationship and a working knowledge of each client’s operation enables SilverStone Group to build a quality insurance program and risk management alternatives. She meets with SilverStone Group’s producers and marketing experts, as well as underwriters to find ways to offer our clients choices for broader insurance coverage. Nancy has also prepares coverage training modules. for presentation. Her goal is to make things better and easier for everyone to understand.

    In 2004 Nancy received special recognition from SilverStone Group when she was awarded the H.H. “Red” Nelson Award for excellence in client service.  Associates are nominated by their peers in recognition of their willingness to work as a team and positively express their work ethic, personal characteristics and communication skills.

    Nancy values continuing education.  She is a member of the Omaha Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).

    Contact Information
    e-mail: nedelman@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3139  |  fax: 402.557.6328

    Professional Certifications

    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
    • Registered Professional Liability Underwriter Plus (RPLU+)
    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM-P)
    • Associate in Insurance Services (AIS)
    • Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
    • Associate in Underwriting (AU)
    • Risk Management for Public Entities (RMPE)

    Nancy Petersen

    Client Advocate, Senior Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    Nancy always has her game face on…as the mother of three boys she's had a lot of practice! Now that they are out of school, Nancy doesn't have to juggle sports equipment and game schedules, but she still stays busy as a Senior Service Specialist...

    Nancy always has her game face on…as the mother of three boys she's had a lot of practice! Now that they are out of school, Nancy doesn't have to juggle sports equipment and game schedules, but she still stays busy as a Senior Service Specialist.

    Nancy joined SilverStone Group in 2010, bringing an extensive background in the healthcare field that spans over 25 years. Nancy’s most recent experience includes leading the client service team for one of the top third-party administrators in South Dakota and Iowa. Prior to that, Nancy worked for one of the most prominent hospitals and health systems in the region. Her impressive knowledge of all aspects relating to supporting clients in the group health insurance industry makes Nancy an invaluable asset to the clients she serves.

    Nancy’s broad experience has given her a deep understanding of service and design for self-funded health plans. She brings this tremendous depth of experience to every interaction she has with her clients at SilverStone Group.

    Nancy is responsible for the day-to-day service needs for her clients, which includes helping to answer questions and resolve any issues related to federal and state plan compliance, health carrier claim service, third party administration, employee education and human resources support. When there’s a break in her busy schedule, Nancy enjoys enjoys going for long walks and spending time at the lake with her husband and sons.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: npetersen@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5113

    Nick Leinen

    Client Advocate, Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    They say the devil is in the details – but Nick knows that only positive things come from his detail-oriented, analytical thinking style.

    They say the devil is in the details – but Nick knows that only positive things come from his detail-oriented, analytical thinking style. Pairing these traits with his comfort for public speaking (acquired through his membership in Toastmasters) Nick is a true asset to SilverStone Group.

    After a positive internship with SilverStone Group while attending college, Nick returned to the Firm as a Benefit Analyst. He assists in the management and retention of clients by acting as a contact point for their technical needs. Some of Nick’s responsibilities include preparing client renewal, planning and stewardship reports, managing internal systems, conducting benefit plan market analysis and analyzing benefit plan utilization data. Nick enjoys working with a team of professionals who share their skills and experience with him.

    Born and raised in Iowa, Nick is a hardcore Iowa Hawkeye fan. He’s also a fitness and outdoors enthusiast. In his spare time, Nick enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, hiking and competing in CrossFit competitions.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: nleinen@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5637 | fax: 963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Business Administration  |  Finance
    University of Iowa  |  Iowa City, IA

    Nicole Edmundson

    Client Advocate, Marketing Operations Specialist

    Healthcare Risk Services & Professional Liability

    As a Marketing Operations Specialist, Nicole assists clients in controlling and financing the various professional liability risks that affect their businesses.

    As an Marketing Operations Specialist, Nicole assists clients in controlling and financing the various professional liability risks that affect their businesses. Her day-to-day work includes gap analysis, research on appropriate design of insurance programs and helping clients quantify their exposures to determine the most efficient use of their resources. She will work with risk managers, financial risk analysts and attorneys on her team to produce a holistic solution for clients in the healthcare, legal and educational fields.

    Nicole is a detail-oriented and thorough worker, which is important when analyzing coverages and reviewing quotes, policies and endorsements for accuracy. She puts the client first, which is essential in making sure each client’s needs and requests are met in a timely and efficient manner.

    Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the insurance and risk management industry and will utilize this experience to help clients identify and address exposures before they cause financial loss.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: nedmundson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5531  |  fax: 402.557.6321

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Criminal Justice
    University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

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    Pamela Langel

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Personal Insurance

    Pamela has been with SilverStone Group since 2010 and has recently stepped into the role of Account Administrator for the Personal Insurance Team after obtaining her Property & Casualty license.

    Pamela has been with SilverStone Group since 2010 and has recently stepped into the role of Account Administrator for the Personal Insurance Team after obtaining her Property & Casualty license. In this position, she will provide service to existing clients including changes to their policies and assistance with renewals. Pamela will also assist in new business marketing and preparation of quotes and proposals. Her professionalism and strong organizational skills allow her to establish trustworthy relationships with clients while providing excellent customer service.

    Pamela is on the board for the Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was an integral part in coordinating their 2012 Links for a Cause golf fundraiser. She previously held the position of Multi-Media Specialist and First Impressions Coordinator.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: plangel@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5435  |  fax 402.557.6320

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Journalism & Public Relations
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    Pat Fay

    Retirement Plan Advisor

    Qualified Plan Investment

    If you ask Pat where he is from, he will likely tell you he is from the same town as Bob Dylan – Hibbing, Minnesota. This native Minnesotan has found his career...

    If you ask Pat where he is from, he will likely tell you he is from the same town as Bob Dylan – Hibbing, Minnesota. This native Minnesotan has found his career calling in Nebraska as a Senior Advisor at SilverStone Group. He truly enjoys helping plan participants learn how to save and identify financial goals designed to benefit them over the long-term. Pat has 15 years of experience in qualified plan investments, 10 of which have focused on the institutional side of corporate retirement planning. This  background has enabled Pat to provide retirement planning solutions with attention to communication and service. In his day-to-day work-life, Pat provides recommendations to clients by proactively monitoring investments and working to help them meet their financial goals.

    Pat is active in the community and is currently a member of the Omaha Morning Rotary, Omaha Venture Group, Jaybacker Jamboree Committee and the AKSARBEN Floor Committee. His past involvement includes serving as a board member for the Creighton University Young Alumni Association. When he’s not at work, you might find Pat attending a local sporting event such as Creighton Basketball or UNO Hockey, or enjoying a round of golf.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: pfay@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5594  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Certification

    • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF)
    • Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration & Finance
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckInvestment Advisory Services Offered Through SilverStone Asset Management. SilverStone Asset Management and SilverStone Group are independently owned and are not under common ownership with M Holdings Securities, Inc.

    Patty Moore

    Client Advocate, Senior Project Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Paula Salas

    First Impressions Coordinator

    Marketing & Communications

    When you walk through the doors of SilverStone Group, one of the first things you’ll see is Paula’s smiling face. Although it’s her job to be friendly, Paula’s customer service is top-notch.

    When you walk through the doors of SilverStone Group, one of the first things you’ll see is Paula’s smiling face. Although it’s her job to be friendly, Paula’s customer service is top-notch. Whether she’s chatting with clients, organizing meetings or coordinating with caterers, Paula does it with enthusiasm.

    Paula is a born hostess and enjoys planning, organizing and making people feel welcome. This makes her a natural fit for the role of First Impressions Coordinator. In addition to her duties at the front desk, she assists the Marketing Team with various projects.

    Paula has previous experience as an office manager, running the day-to-day events while assisting with meetings, travel arrangements and conference calls.

    When she’s not playing the role of First Impressions Coordinator, Paula plays the role of pageant mom! Her youngest daughter has competed in beauty pageants since she was four years old.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: psalas@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5704  |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Education
    Associate's Degree  |  Office Management
    Iowa Western Community College  |  Council Bluffs, IA

    Pete Hanley

    Account Executive

    Agriculture & Transportation Risk Services

    Pete is a family man and a community advocate. When he’s not enjoying outdoor activities with his family, helping to coach a youth baseball team

    Pete is a family man and a community advocate. When he’s not enjoying outdoor activities with his family, helping to coach a youth baseball team or finding the next problem to tackle in the Omaha community, he’s helping his clients with their insurance issues so they can spend more time with their families.

    Pete has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, including managing the marketing of various insurance programs throughout the Independent Agency System for a 12-state region. He combines his knowledge and background in the transportation industry to help identify potential exposures and to provide cost-effective solutions. His specialization in the transportation industry allows him to focus on his customer relationships and to stay current with issues that impact his clients.

    Prior to becoming a retail insurance agent, Pete developed his property and casualty knowledge working for insurance companies. He gained valuable experience in claims handling, underwriting, product development and marketing during a 13 year period.

    Pete is involved in several professional and civic associations. He previously served a two-year term as President of Merrymakers and still remains an active board member. He also served a two-year term as President of the 1752 Club of Nebraska, a recognized group of insurance marketing representatives. Pete is an active board member of Westside Community Foundation and he previously served on the board of Nebraska Land Trust and Champions Run.

    Pete holds two insurance designations that include a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).

    Contact Information
    e-mail: phanley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5729  |  fax: 402.557.6327

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Risk Manager (CRM)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Agriculture Economics
    Kansas State University  |  Manhattan, KS

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    Rachel Bussey

    Content Strategist

    Marketing & Communications

    If you aren’t careful, you might miss her! Only 60 inches tall, Rachel is the shortest member of the MarComm department. Despite her size, she plays a big role!

    Rachel has worked in the Marketing and Communications department for more than six years, filling several roles before landing in her current position as Content Strategist for SilverStone Group. Her current responsibilities include blogging, editing/proofing various Firm communication pieces and providing transcription services for fellow Associates. She also serves as lead editor and writer for the company magazine, SilverLink. SilverStone Group recognizes Rachel’s expertise and commitment to excellent customer service by honoring her with the H.H. Red Nelson Award.

    A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in writing and linguistics. She has nearly 9 years of professional experience, having worked for a mortgage brokerage firm prior to joining SilverStone Group. Rachel’s sharp attention to detail and creativity allows her to bring fresh, effective ideas to each project she is involved in. She enjoys working with Associates to help create communication pieces they are proud to place in front of clients and prospects.

    When Rachel isn’t in the office, you can likely find her enjoying time with her family or going for long runs when the weather is nice.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rbussey@ssgi.com |   phone: 402.964.5579  |  fax 402.964.5454

    Education
    Bachelor of English  |  Writing & Linguistics
    University of Nebraska  |  Omaha, NE

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    Rachel Conn

    Client Advocate, Account Administator

    Group Benefits

    Be it plants or relationships, Rachel thrives when she can foster growth in and out of the workplace. She’s an avid gardener at home and an advocate of educating her clients and their employees at the office. Rachel enjoys helping clients better ...

    Be it plants or relationships, Rachel thrives when she can foster growth in and out of the workplace. She’s an avid gardener at home and an advocate of educating her clients and their employees at the office. Rachel enjoys helping clients better understand and use their insurance. She believes her previous experience as a plan administrator in the human resources department of a large organization and then later in a brokerage setting helps her understand “both sides of the fence.” In her role as a Client Advocate and Account Administrator in our Group Benefits department, Rachel works diligently to communicate effectively with clients and to develop great partnerships.

    With over nine years of experience in group benefits, Rachel is familiar with all standard account administration duties and especially enjoys the education aspect of the broker role. She says the environment at SilverStone Group is supportive and positive, allowing her to grow her industry knowledge.

    Rachel is currently pursuing her Master’s degree and spends any remaining free time gardening, hiking, camping or watching Husker games. She is mom to three children, two young girls and a boy, who she says are growing up to be big Husker fans, just like their mom and dad.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rconn@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5783  |  fax: 402.963.4090

    Professional Certifications

    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

    Education
    Master of Science | Human Resources Strategic Management
    Bellevue University | Bellevue, NE

    Bachelor of Business | Business Administration
    Bellevue University | Bellevue, NE

    Randi Wagner

    Senior Account Manager

    Property & Casualty / Real Estate & Environmental Risk Services

    Randi sets her standards high and takes pride in the fact that clients have always commended her on prompt response in any situation.

    Randi sets her standards high and takes pride in the fact that clients have always commended her on prompt response in any situation. She uses this ability in her position as an account manager in Real Estate & Environmental Risk Services and works endlessly to serve clients in the manner she believes they deserve.

    The driving force behind Randi’s strong work ethic is her two small children; they keep her busy and she enjoys every second of it. When Randi and her family are not camping under the stars—and she has a free minute to herself—she enjoys running, gardening and crocheting.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rwagner@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5787  | fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
    • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Accounting
    Nebraska Wesleyan |  Lincoln, NE

     

    Renee Nolte

    Vice President & Senior Consultant

    Defined / Post-Retirement Benefits

    Renee derives satisfaction from knowing she has a hand in helping companies manage their pension cost and contribute to their employees’ secure future.

    Renee derives satisfaction from knowing she has a hand in helping companies manage their pension cost and contribute to their employees’ secure future. Throughout her over 20 year tenure at SilverStone Group, Renee has advised numerous clients on retirement benefit plans, including both qualified pension plans and nonqualified retirement plans. She completes actuarial valuations, provides financial disclosures and models the cost impact and implications of plan design alternatives. She advises plans regarding contribution strategies with the plan's specific funding objectives in mind. Renee is a registered representative (Series 7) and is licensed in life and health insurance and annuities.

    These qualifications, along with her actuarial credentials and experience, make Renee exclusively skilled to manage pension plan terminations and partial pension settlements from start to finish. Her actuarial expertise provides a clear and precise understanding of the pension plan benefits required to be paid. As a registered representative, she thoroughly analyzes insurance company financials to assist plan sponsors in determining the safest annuity available to participants, and her insurance license assures plan sponsors receive the most appropriate annuity at the best available price.

    Renee is involved in several professional associations, including the Society of Actuaries, the American Academy of Actuaries and the Nebraska Actuaries Club. She is also a member of a group that promotes continuing education for women. This group provides encouragement and financial support to women seeking to advance their education. In addition, Renee is involved with a pen pal program that connects city elementary classrooms with agriculture in Nebraska. Renee has also published several articles in the SilverLink magazine.

    As a key member of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG), Renee helps to coordinate activities and events to promote Associate health and wellness.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rnolte@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5439  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA)
    • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics & Actuarial Science
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Robyn Larson

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Group Benefits

    Dedicated is one word that best describes Robyn. On the job, in the gym or for charity—dedication is what makes her stand out from the rest.

    Dedicated is one word that best describes Robyn. On the job, in the gym or for charity—dedication is what makes her stand out from the rest. Robyn has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Past responsibilities include extensive consulting experience dealing with design and funding for large group benefit programs and personnel management.

    Robyn currently manages the Group Division’s internal and external project development from implementation through completion. One of her most important ongoing initiatives is management of quality control to ensure policies, procedures and training for the Group Division are in place and being followed. This includes the selection and preservation of internal databases, software and vendor partners.

    In addition, Robyn leads SilverStone Group’s enterprise to bring online enrollment solutions to our clients and their employees. This initiative helps employers navigate the complex, ever-changing healthcare world with the right technology, reporting and easy administration. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, she dedicates time every day to make SilverStone Group a better place for our Associates and ultimately, our clients.

    Robyn is a former member of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG). Her experience with our wellness plan, coupled with her extensive background in the management of employee benefits plans, makes Robyn an invaluable resource to our company. As an advocate for community involvement and education, Robyn is currently a member of both the Weeping Water Public School’s Board of Education and the Weeping Water Public School’s Scholarship Foundation.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rlarson@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5462  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
    • Health Insurance Associate (HIA)

    Rochelle Nick

    Principal, Senior Consultant

    Group Benefits

    Rochelle has always enjoyed exploring new places. Her love of traveling has taken her to exotic locations such as India, Malaysia, Egypt and Morocco.

    Rochelle has always enjoyed exploring new places. Her love of traveling has taken her to exotic locations such as India, Malaysia, Egypt and Morocco. Despite her extensive globetrotting, Rochelle has always stayed true to her local roots. Having lived in the Midwest for most of her life, Rochelle’s values and work ethic are well-suited for SilverStone Group’s mission.

    In the midst of all the jet-setting, Rochelle has managed to accumulate 20 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field. During her career at SilverStone Group, Rochelle has been a manager of Large Group clients, an internal manager of Group and Worksite Marketing administrative teams and recently assumed responsibility for managing the Small Group Department. Her current job focuses on the operations of the Small Group department, Small Group client management, recruiting new team members, training (ongoing and new hires), associate development and advancement, performance evaluations, compensation, time away, Group process/ procedure analysis and development, associate licensing and managing the Group 5500 (government filing) process.

    Rochelle truly enjoys working at SilverStone Group and feels very fortunate to be a part of such a talented team.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rnick@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5461  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)
    • Certified Benefits Professional (CBP)
    • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
    • Producer's License in Nebraska for HMO, Life Insurance and Annuities, Sickness, Accident and Health
    • State of Nebraska Consultant's License in Life and Health

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Psychology
    Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ

     

    Russ Becker

    Consultant

    HR Consulting

    With his core ideology focusing on employee engagement and enrichment, Russ discovered his perfect career fit...

    With his core ideology focusing on employee engagement and enrichment, Russ discovered his perfect career fit in human resources nearly 10 years ago. Russ enjoys developing unique strategies to meet the needs of the ever-changing employee population.

    Russ brings a diverse perspective to the table, having worked across the country and in different industries. Through this previous experience, Russ has led and participated in a variety of projects and initiatives, such as developing a mentorship program for employees to increase engagement and productivity, and creating and administering employee satisfaction surveys to identify key areas of improvement. Russ has played a key role in the re-design of organizations and teams, and has helped develop new compensation structures and philosophies.

    As a Consultant at SilverStone Group, Russ specializes in developing and employing compensation practices that help employers attract, retain, reward and motivate top talent. Russ thinks of compensation as a puzzle – and he enjoys solving the puzzle by knowing where to strategically place each piece to meet an employer’s goals. Although the puzzle is generally the same, Russ knows that each organization brings its own flavor and nuance to the mix – allowing him to bring innovative solutions to the table.

    Russ is dedicated to remaining current on the latest compensation trends and is an active member of WorldatWork. When he’s not engaged with clients, Russ enjoys spending time with his family, dabbling in woodworking and catching a good movie.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rbecker@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5651  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Education
    Masters  |  Business Administration
    University of South Dakota  |  Vermillion, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska  |  Kearney, NE

    Ryan Gebauer

    Vice President

    Retail Risk Services

    Upon meeting Ryan, it is no surprise that he has been in the industry for quite some time. His drive and dedication shine through with his enthusiasm when working...

    Upon meeting Ryan, it is no surprise that he has been in the industry for quite some time. His drive and dedication shine through with his enthusiasm when working with new clients and long-term partners. Ryan got his start in the industry in 2001, when he first began to learn day-to-day functions and worked to develop a deep understanding of each critical business piece within the industry.

    Ryan’s previous positions of District Manager and Director of Loss Prevention & Risk Management for a “big box” retailer have provided him with 11 years of experience, allowing him to utilize this knowledge in a productive manner to better service his clients.

    Ryan focuses on a global risk management approach that many of his clients haven’t been offered. He also works to enhance current risk platforms to better protect his clients. Since each industry has unique needs or exposures, Ryan constructs a tailor-made program specifically formulated to fit each individual accounts as it pertains to a retail environment.

    Ryan’s creativity and outgoing personality have proved to be an asset throughout the years and he strives to keep building his positive reputation. He thrives on partnerships and enjoys working with others throughout the organization.

    When Ryan isn’t working to improve client accounts, he spends his time scuba diving and enjoying his training as a student pilot.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: rgebauer@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5115 |  fax: 866.427.6568

    Professional Certification
    Certified Protection Officer  (CPO)

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    Sandy Ryan

    Account Manager

    Group Benefits

    Those who have professional and personal relationships with Sandy Ryan would call her a driven relationship builder with an eye for opportunity.

    Those who have professional and personal relationships with Sandy Ryan would call her a driven relationship builder with an eye for opportunity. Whether she’s advising a client on a benefits solution or fundraising for a community event, Sandy has a passion for helping others.

    With over 15 years of sales and account management experience in the insurance industry, Sandy puts her passion to work as she helps clients create customized benefit solutions. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Sandy served as Manager of Account Management and Account Service for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). As a former Strategic Account Executive at BCBSNE, she partnered with SilverStone Group’s Group Benefits team to educate mutual clients on medical and dental plans. Sandy’s strong communication skills, collaborative style and empathetic nature allow her to relate to a client’s unique challenges and identify areas of opportunity by conveying best practices. Her professional, proactive approach with clients makes her an asset to SilverStone Group.

    Sandy is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and holds a Producers License from the State of Nebraska for life insurance, annuities, sickness, accident and health.

    When she’s not fostering relationships at work, Sandy enjoys participating in various walk/run events and running for fun and fitness. She is active in the Lincoln Public Schools’ PTO and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Women’s Altar Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. As the wife of a high school football coach, Sandy enjoys spending time with her daughters as they cheer on the home team. 

    Contact Information
    Email: sryan@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5574  |  mobile: 531.205.9209  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Marketing & Merchandising
    University of Nebraska  |  Lincoln, NE 

    Professional Designation
    Certified Health Consultant (CHC)

    Sara Jones

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Surety

    Sara is not one to shy away from many challenges. In fact, she enjoys tackling them head on...

    Sara is not one to shy away from many challenges. In fact, she enjoys tackling them head on. That’s just one of the reasons she likes working at SilverStone Group. Every day offers a new challenge and the opportunity for Sara to learn new things. Her career began over 9 years ago in Personal Insurance, but she now spends her time on the Surety side of the business, issuing bonds, collecting and reviewing underwriting information and coordinating renewals. Sara also credits her Surety team as another great benefit of working at SilverStone Group. She says she has learned a great deal from her colleagues in the time she has spent with them.

    Plenty of challenges await Sara at home, too. She and her husband have three very active children and a playful Golden Labrador. We bet it’s a challenge for her to relax!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: sjones@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5768  |  fax: 402.557.6325

    Sarah Simmon

    Client Advocate

    Sarah has a wide array of interests and hobbies, including fishing, gardening, painting, sewing and visiting zoos, or better yet, experiencing animals in the wild – number one on her bucket list!

    Sarah has a wide array of interests and hobbies, including fishing, gardening, painting, sewing and visiting zoos, or better yet, experiencing animals in the wild – number one on her bucket list! It might seem like a challenge to accomplish all of these activities, but Sarah is ambitious, organized and always prepared – traits that carryover to her professional career as well.

    Sarah has been with SilverStone Group since 2002 and has applied her time management skills and multi-tasking abilities to coordinating and maintaining firm documentation and recordkeeping, assisting with client correspondence, handling various monthly and quarterly reporting and performing a variety of other administrative duties for several SilverStone Group departments. She also holds Life, Accident and Health Insurance Licenses in both Nebraska and Iowa.

    Sarah’s superb attention to detail and organization allow her to handle multiple company projects at the same time, and also earned her the SilverStone Group H.H. “Red” Nelson Award1 in 2012 for outstanding achievement in Client Service. We can’t wait to see what she achieves next!

    1The H.H. “Red” Nelson Award is sponsored by SilverStone Group and presented annually to one or more SilverStone Group associates for their outstanding achievement in Client Service. Recipients are nominated by their peers.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ssimmon@ssgi.com | phone: 712.329.3128 |  fax: 712.329.3110

    Education
    Bachelor of Science, Information Technology
    Bellevue University |  Bellevue, NE

    Scott Simon

    Vice President, Senior Consultant

    Group Benefits

    When Scott advises his clients about Wellness programs, he knows what he's talking about -- because he lives the Wellness ethic. Scott has more than 20 years of experience...

     When Scott Simon advises his clients about Wellness programs, he knows what he’s talking about — because he lives the Wellness ethic. Scott has more than 20 years of experience working with Group Health and Welfare Plans. During his employment with United Healthcare and CIGNA, he specialized in the management of medical, dental, life and disability programs.

    With more than 10 years of underwriting experience working with self- funded and fully insured plans, Scott has the strong technical background needed to thoroughly analyze healthcare issues and develop creative solutions for his clients. This background also provides him with the tools needed to negotiate with insurance companies and third-party administrators.

    Scott also has several years of claims experience working on a management team responsible for production and customer service. His experience with claims management helps him understand the value of good customer service and the importance of being proactive to serve his clients’ needs.

    Scott and his team know how important it is to thoroughly analyze a client’s situation, getting to know the people and how their health benefits can impact their lives. Scott’s underwriting background plays a large part in the success of placing his clients’ coverages, and his team’s dedication to great service assures that expectations are exceeded.

    Scott is a former member of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Committee. He has been a chairperson for the Walk-for-Diabetes organization and has chaired many other events. Scott is currently on the Jewish Community Center Board of Trustees and serves on the committee for the Omaha Sports Banquet.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: ssimon@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5464  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certification
    Group Benefits Associate (GBA)

    Education
    Master of Business Administration
    University of Hartford  |  Hartford, CT

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Hartford  |  Hartford, CT

    Shannon Klein

    Manager

    Bonds & Surety

    Shannon is a person who likes to make things happen and enjoys watching his hard work pay off. He thrives on the energy and enthusiasm that he believes SilverStone Group management brings to the organization.

    Shannon is a person who likes to make things happen and enjoys watching his hard work pay off.  He thrives on the energy and enthusiasm that he believes SilverStone Group management brings to the organization.

    With over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry centered around underwriting, claim handling and contract bonds, he has a high level of integrity and holds himself accountable for all the decisions he makes. Shannon feels passionately that he is able to work as a team with his clients and that process enables him to provide the best possible service.

    Shannon is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Highway and Building Chapters.  With such a packed schedule, Shannon prefers to spend his free time relaxing with family and friends. He also notes that one thing he will never have is a FaceBook page. Surprised?

    Contact Information
    e-mail: sklein@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5725  |  fax: 402.557.6325

    Professional Certification
    Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Sheena Moulton

    Client Advocate, Benefits Technology Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Shelli Hulsing

    Client Advocate, Senior Service Specialist

    Group Benefits

    What does Shelli love about her job? Let us count the ways! She enjoys putting her talents to good use and loves the family-like atmosphere at SilverStone Group.

    What does Shelli love about her job? Let us count the ways! She enjoys putting her talents to good use and loves the family-like atmosphere at SilverStone Group. Shelli appreciates the fast pace of her job, as well as the variety – each day brings new challenges and opportunities.

    With more than 30 years of experience in the Group Benefits insurance industry, Shelli specializes in claims, customer service and marketing. As a Senior Service Specialist, Shelli is responsible for answering client questions, conducting research, maintaining client files and databases, and providing training to new clients. Shelli also facilitates ERISA document preparation.

    Shelli strives to “wow” her clients with her friendly and outgoing personality. She has a mind for service and a passion for helping people with her problem solving abilities. Shelli’s responsiveness, flexibility and loyalty have helped establish positive relationships with her clients. She is a perfectionist with an eye for detail. These skills carry over to her interests outside the office.  Shelli enjoys interior decorating, painting, gardening and cooking. When she isn’t busy sprucing up her home or trying a new recipe, she enjoys taking trips – including an annual excursion to Table Rock Lake with her family and friends.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: shulsing@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5458 | fax: 402.963.4083

     

    Shelly Kenison

    Client Advocate, Benefit Analyst

    Group Benefits

    They say that some things in life are worth waiting for – this is something that Shelly knows firsthand.

    They say that some things in life are worth waiting for – this is something that Shelly knows firsthand. Twenty-three years after graduating high school, Shelly reconnected with her high school sweetheart and they are now married and sharing a blended family of four children! The same can be said of waiting for the perfect job. After working in the employee benefits industry for more than 20 years, Shelly is thrilled to have found a professional home at SilverStone Group.

    As a Benefit Analyst on the Group Benefits Team, Shelly works on renewal, stewardship, monthly claim utilization, market analysis, and planning reports. She is also responsible for setting up and maintaining internal client files, records and databases. Shelly’s high attention to detail is helpful in gaining and retaining client trust, allowing them to rest assured that she is prepared and providing accurate and reliable information! Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Shelly marketed various lines of coverage including medical, dental, vision, life and disability benefits. She also worked extensively in claims and enrollment administration, billing, Section 125 and COBRA.

    When Shelly isn’t in the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially gardening or swimming. She enjoys cooking up a delicious storm for her husband, kids and eight grandchildren. Whether Shelly is digging for new recipes or spending time with her loved ones, she’s sure to be living every minute of it!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: skenison@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5735  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Shelly Lang

    Client Advocate, Senior Marketing Consultant

    Property & Casualty Department

    Shelly Lang has always been a detailed-oriented person. Regardless of the situation, she always meticulously...

    Shelly Lang has always been a detail-oriented person. Regardless of the situation, she always meticulously investigates each aspect of every project she works on in an effort to produce the best possible outcome. This commitment to detail makes her a perfect fit for her role as Senior Marketing Consultant at SilverStone Group. Shelly looks forward to analyzing coverage and providing clients with options that meet or exceed their expectations.

    Shelly has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years and has gained a range of expertise through her prior positions. She started out as a commercial lines rater where she learned the key components of the business. She spent a few years in marketing and then became an Account Executive, which ultimately led her to earn the title of Vice President of Marketing.

    Shelly believes that SilverStone Group provides Associates with a professional and positive work environment, which is what originally drew her to the company. Her co-workers continue to amaze her on a daily basis and always make her feel right at home. In her personal time, Shelly enjoys taking new adventures in the kitchen and diving into home remodeling projects. She also loves spending time with her four dogs who constantly keep her up and running.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: slang@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5482  |  fax: 402.557.6322

    Professional Certifications

    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
    • Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU)
    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)

    Sherri Gibilisco

    Communications Specialist

    Marketing & Communications

    With over 20 years of experience as an administrative and executive assistant, Sherri knows the importance of true customer support.

    With over 20 years of experience as an administrative and executive assistant, Sherri knows the importance of true customer support. You may say Sherri is a pro at dotting her i’s and crossing her t’s when it comes to providing SilverStone Group clients and prospects with exceptional materials.

    Sherri approaches her role in the Communications Department as a team player and appreciates that each member helps the others. Her keen eye and years of experience come in handy as she formats and reviews communication and enrollment material prior to distribution.

    Outside of the office, Sherri loves to spend time with her husband and their canine family members. She also enjoys spends her free time creating greeting cards.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: sgibilisco@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5653  |  fax: 402.964.5454

    Sherry Allen

    Account Manager

    Professional Risk Services

    Shirley Keen

    Vice President

    Private Client Services

    Shirley loves to make beautiful quilts. The process of piecing together small, unrelated swatches of fabric to make an integrated, finished product is a lot like...

    Shirley loves to make beautiful quilts. The process of piecing together small, unrelated swatches of fabric to make an integrated, finished product is a lot like her job at SilverStone Group.

    With more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of life insurance, and 20 years of management experience, Shirley is involved in the design, implementation and administration of sophisticated life insurance and disability plans for the Firm's business and private clients. She possesses expertise in all areas of business and wealth transfer strategies.

    The Private Client Services Team at SilverStone Group are individuals who are well-known and respected in the community for their expertise and professionalism. Together they partner with their clients to provide innovative solutions through industry-leading services and products.

    Shirley has worked with some of her clients for more than 25 years. In that time, she has helped build a foundation of confidence and trust, not only in the products we offer, but in the people who make up the Private Client Services Team at SilverStone Group.

    With more than 20 years of experience in the administration of securities products including variable life, variable annuities and mutual funds, Shirley truly understands the unique needs of each client. Some are business clients planning for their key executives. Some are individuals planning for their retirement or their children's education. Whether the need is immediate or involves planning for the future, Shirley knows that although each engagement is unique, the one thing each client has in common is the desire for outstanding service. Clients count on Shirley to keep them informed and involved every step of the way. For Shirley, service is a lot like the centerpiece of a quilt -- it's the piece around which the entire quilt is built and it sets the theme for the finished product.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: skeen@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5434  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Designations

    • Fellow Life Management Institute Designations (FLMI)

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckSilverStone Group is independently owned and operated.

     

    Stan Kulzer

    Client Advocate, Ergonomic & Loss Control Specialist

    Claims & Safety

    Stan’s background as an occupational therapist includes experience in an outpatient clinic setting where he helped develop and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary work hardening and return to work...

    Stan’s background as an occupational therapist includes experience in an outpatient clinic setting where he helped develop and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary work hardening and return to work program for injured workers. He also spent time treating chronic pain patients in a multi-disciplinary team, treated post-surgical hand patients and performed functional capacity assessments for injured workers. Stan pioneered post injury and preventative ergonomic programs in the region having trained scores of ergonomic teams and trainers and performed thousands of individual ergonomic assessments. His clients included such companies as Raven Industries, Citibank, Metabank, Good Samaritan Society, Sanford Health Systems, Showplace Wood Products and many others.

    Stan also spent a decade as part of the loss control department in a workers’ compensation insurance company where he performed pre-inspections on prospective insureds for the underwriting department, continued to refine his ergonomic programming and performed and helped refine the onsite causation analysis product (helping determine whether strain injuries have occupational or non-occupational causes) for the claims analysts through the use of evidence-based information. Along with this service, Stan pioneered a training program for claims analysts focusing on the top 10 most important diagnoses for onsite causation analysis. Additionally, Stan is skilled in performing Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)-compliant functional job descriptions.

    Stan is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES) and the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association (SDOTA). He presents on numerous topics including Workers’ Compensation Basics, Ergonomics, Accident Investigation, Slip and Fall Injury Prevention and a variety of others.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: skulzer@ssgi.com |   phone: 605.367.6373 |  fax 866.427.6568

    Professional Certifications

    • Occupational Therapist, Registered and Licensed (OTR/L)
    • Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist (CEES)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Occupational Therapy
    University of North Dakota  |  Grand Forks, ND
    North Dakota State University  |  Fargo, ND

    Stephanie Unger

    Client Advocate & Account Manager

    Group Benefits

    Stephanie likes spinning, kickboxing and hiking, so it’s no wonder her career involves health, as well. Having worked in the healthcare benefits market for 14 years, Stephanie believes that SilverStone Group delivers the best client experience, one unlike...

    Stephanie likes spinning, kickboxing and hiking, so it’s no wonder her career involves health, as well. Having worked in the healthcare benefits market for 14 years, Stephanie believes that SilverStone Group delivers the best client experience, one unlike any other in our region. As an Account Manager, she specializes in advising clients on developing long-term benefit strategies that help meet their financial goals.

    Her background includes Third Party Administrator (TPA) experience in plan design, analysis and preparation, client relationship management on the carrier side and administration of a number of group benefit programs for a large employer. Stephanie’s expertise includes strategic planning, labor relations, contract management, customer relationship development, vendor management, management and development of policies and procedures and claims management. As an experienced benefit administrator of a large municipality, she has a track record of developing solutions to improve effectiveness and efficiencies in employee benefits administration. Her leadership and vast healthcare market experience is invaluable to her clients.

    Stephanie is a Certified Critical Incident Stress Peer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She was also instrumental in the implementation of the Omaha Fire Department’s and Omaha Police Department’s Peer Support Programs.

    Stephanie is dedicated to her work and her clients, but when she allows herself some free time, she’s likely reading, traveling or boating.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: sunger@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5773  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Biology
    University of Nebraska  |  Omaha, NE

    Steve Cockrell

    Principal

    Claims & Safety

    Steve has been involved with more accidents than anyone ought to be. But that's only because it's his job. When accidents happen in the workplace -- and, unfortunately...

    Steve has been involved with more accidents than anyone ought to be. But that's only because it's his job. When accidents happen in the workplace -- and, unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, it can happen -- Steve is there to help his client mitigate the loss and plan for greater workplace safety in the future.

    Steve has 37 years of experience in claims cost containment and claims management with more than 24 of those years at SilverStone Group.

    He specializes in workers' compensation claims, monitoring claims reserves and assisting in settling outstanding or disputed claims. His extensive knowledge of the claims process is highly beneficial to his clients, which include both insureds and carriers. He has also established and managed a Third-Party Administration Program.

    Having an accident is never a good thing. Having Steve's expertise when dealing with the aftermath of an accident is just good business.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: scockrell@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5584  |  fax: 402.963.4094

    Professional Certification
    Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Steve Nelson

    Account Executive

    Entrpreneurial Risk Services

    Steve knows a thing or two about strategy and taking risks. Prior to starting his career in insurance, Steve worked for nearly 20 years in the gaming industry.

    Steve knows a thing or two about strategy and taking risks. Prior to starting his career in insurance, Steve worked for nearly 20 years in the gaming industry. As luck would have it, Steve decided to bring his keen management and customer service skills to SilverStone Group.

    As an Account Executive, Steve works with various carriers to gauge clients’ risk tolerance and insurance needs and develop a tailored solution for the specific business. Steve relies on his past experience and enjoys the fact that each day brings a challenge requiring a customized solution.

    After business hours, Steve applies that same strategic mind as an avid billiards and card player. He even boasts a third place finish in a World Series of Poker event.

    Contact Information
    E-mail: snelson@ssgi.com  |  phone: 712.329.3140  |  fax: 402.557.6324

    Professional Designations
    Associate in Claims (AIC)
    Associate in General Insurance (AINS)

    Sue Lund

    Client Advocate, Coordinator

    Worksite Marketing / Group Benefits

    Susan Duncan

    Client Advocate, Senior Claims Representative

    Claims & Safety

    Susan has more than 20 years of experience in commercial claims, property and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation on both the agency and company sides.

    Susan has more than 20 years of experience in commercial claims, property and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation on both the agency and company sides.  As a Senior Claims Representative, she has extensive knowledge of the claims process, handling reports, completing reviews and providing summaries.

    Susan’s broad range of knowledge and expertise enables her to provide superior customer service and to enhance the overall performance of the Claims Department.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: sduncan@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5587  |  fax: 402.963.4094

    Professional Certification
    Associate in Claims (AIC)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Family & Consumer Science
    Utah State University  |  Logan, UT

    Suzie E. Hurley

    Vice President

    Group Benefits

    Suzie Hurley has always had a passion for basketball. She played ball while growing up in Iowa in the late 70s and had the unique opportunity to play for the same person who coached her mother in high school during the...

    Suzie Hurley has always had a passion for basketball. She played ball while growing up in Iowa in the late 70s and had the unique opportunity to play for the same person who coached her mother in high school during the 1940s. Since then, Suzie’s passion and competitive drive has translated into a successful career for her in the Group Benefits arena. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Suzie has grown into one of the premier management professionals in the region.

    Suzie has experience working with large, sophisticated clients who often utilize a self-funded approach for their benefit plans. She is able to design and model benefit plans with her employer groups that are not only cost effective, but also provide the best solutions overall for employers and employees. Her extensive background in claim operations, customer service and Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) at a carrier and Third Party Administrator level allow her to uncover potential opportunities for employers to keep administrative expenses manageable while providing the most fiscally responsible benefits for her clients. In 2010 Suzie received special recognition from SilverStone Group when she was awarded the H.H. “Red” Nelson Award for excellence in client service.

    In addition to her strong work ethic, Suzie plays an active role in the community. She is a current member and past President of the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club and has received the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services award from the Lions Club International.  Suzie also co-chaired the 2012 Habitat for Humanity of Coreatu Sioux Falls Women Build Project.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: shurley@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5105  |  fax: 605.332.2105

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    Tammy Rogers

    Accounting Supervisor

    Accounting

    Tanya Mulder

    Account Manager

    Worksite Marketing / Group Benefits

    Whether she’s in the office or on the volleyball court, Tanya knows how to get the job done!

    Whether she’s in the office or on the volleyball court, Tanya knows how to get the job done! She also realizes the value of hard work, having earned her bachelor’s degree in 3½ years while playing on the Doane College volleyball team. Being part of a team comes naturally to Tanya, so joining SilverStone Group was easy for her. Tanya appreciates how SilverStone Group Associates work together for the common goal – to make clients happy!

    Tanya has more than nine years of experience in the Worksite Marketing industry. Each day, she helps clients and their employees develop a strong understanding of their benefits, making sure their needs are taken care of. She helps with billing, claims and any other issues that may arise before, during or after enrollment.

    In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also continues to play competitive volleyball, both indoor and sand.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tmulder@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5607  |  fax: 402.963.4083

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    Tara Kessler

    Executive Assistant

    Executive Benefits

    If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine, look no further. When Tara walks through the doors of SilverStone Group each morning, her enthusiastic wave greets every person she passes by. Tara has an outgoing personality and truly enjoys making people smile.

    If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine, look no further. When Tara walks through the doors of SilverStone Group each morning, her enthusiastic wave greets every person she passes by. Tara has an outgoing personality and truly enjoys making people smile.

    As an Executive Assistant, part of Tara’s job includes putting her strong interpersonal skills to work. Tara provides high-quality administrative support to the Executive Benefits department, runs monthly reports, coordinates travel and flight arrangements and sets up monthly meetings. Tara oversees and processes expense reports, correspondence, copying and filing. Her strong organizational skills make Tara a valuable member of her team. With eight years of experience under her belt, Tara is a reliable decision maker and loyal employee who exceeds goals and welcomes new opportunities.

    When Tara isn’t sharing her contagious smile with coworkers, she devotes much of her free time to charity work. Tara plans and hosts events for The Sunshine Kids – an organization that provides support for children battling cancer. During the summer months, you likely can find Tara soaking up the sun with friends while boating down the river.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tkessler@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5523  |  fax: 402.963.4082

    Education
    Metropolitan Community College  |  Omaha, NE

    Tayna Rezac

    Client Advocate, Account Administrator

    Property & Casualty | Aviation Risk Services

    Tayna believes having a keen eye for the details is necessary to see the big picture.

    Tayna believes having a keen eye for the details is necessary to see the big picture. As an Account Administrator, she strives to be efficient and timely in all situations. Marketing, renewals and managing day-to-day activities on accounts keep Tayna busy as she works to go above and beyond. There is nothing she values more in her position than interacting with clients and getting to know them on a personal level, hoping to exceed their expectations.

    You may see Tayna rocking a Kansas City Royals shirt or the occasional Nebraska Cornhusker shirt on casual day in the office. She lived in Kansas City, Missouri for 10 years prior to moving to Omaha, but her loves for the city’s sports team still lives on. When Tayna is not cheering on her favorite teams, you can find her working out, shopping and, of course, hanging out with her kids.

    e-mail: trezac@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5763   |  fax: 402.964.5566

    Professional Certifications

    • Associate in General Insurance (AINS)
    • Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

    Tiffany Donahoe

    Client Advocate, Project Analyst

    Group Benefits

    Tim Huber

    Vice President / Director

    In-Home Care Risk Services / Franchise Services

    Tim demonstrates dedication throughout both his professional and personal life. As an insurance and marketing specialist, he campaigns for enhanced support and marketing...

    Tim demonstrates dedication throughout both his professional and personal life. As an insurance and marketing specialist, he campaigns for enhanced support and marketing of the In-Home Care and Franchise divisions at SilverStone Group – resulting in unbeatable service for his customers. As a family man, he commits quality time, support and encouragement to his wife and three children. Safely said, he is a champion for dependability.

    Tim has more than 25 years of insurance coverage experience, with an increased focus on property and casualty risk management. The clients he has worked with range from contractors, manufacturers and environmental firms, to lawyers, physicians, large retail companies and the home care industry. When he isn't at the office helping customers make the most out of their insurance coverage, Tim also enjoys going to the lake in Park Rapids, MN and a cabin near Buffalo, WY with his family.

    Having grown up in Norfolk and moving to Omaha when he was a junior in high school, Tim lives and breathes Midwestern values and fundamental excellence. His extensive marketing and technical expertise are just a few of the numerous advantages Tim provides his customers – his valuable experience and top-notch customer service represent the SilverStone Group standard of quality that clients have enjoyed for more than 65 years.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: thuber@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5618  |  fax: 866.855.9750

    Professional Certifications

    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU)
    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
    • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)

    Education
    Bachelor of Arts  |  Economics
    Creighton University  |  Omaha, NE

    Tim Kiteley

    Chief Information Officer

    Information Technology

    Tim isn't just a computer guy. He's a highly trained manager whose immersion in Information Technology allows him to understand user's needs and the technological advances available to meet those needs...

    Tim isn't just a computer guy. He's a highly trained manager whose immersion in Information Technology allows him to understand user's needs and the technological advances available to meet those needs.

    Tim has a comprehensive background in Information Technology that spans more than 18 years. His background encompasses infrastructure design, system administration, system design and selection, capacity planning, strategic planning and problem resolution. This experience enables Tim to understand our organization's needs and allows him to provide the service level necessary to our Associates, ensuring actions congruent with the business objectives of our organization. He knows that his field is constantly changing and he recognizes the need for everyone on his team to receive the training needed to address current trends and technology advances.

    Tim understands the "whole picture," including system design and selection, system capacity planning, implementation, strategic outsourcing, documentation, regulations and security guidelines and effective employee communications. His everyday goal is to provide a stable, secure computing environment for Associates, enabling them to provide the services necessary for positive client interaction.

    Tim's ability to manage the information and technology needs of our Associates brings about a coordinated fulfillment of information technology services. It also gives him a great deal of satisfaction to address daily challenges and provide accurate, detailed and viable solutions.

    If you ask Tim why he likes his job at SilverStone Group, he'll tell you that he enjoys working with his team and with the Firm's Associates. But he also values our Firm's commitment to giving back to the community, providing both financial assistance and opportunities for Associates to give their time and talent to helping others. In this same spirit of community service, Tim helps coach the girls' trap shooting team at Marian High School. He's proud that this team has taken the State championship seven times out of the last eleven years.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tkiteley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5540  |  fax: 402.963.4080

    Professional Certifications

    • Certified Netware Engineer

    Education
    Master of Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Medical Microbiology
    Colorado State University  |  Fort Collins, CO

    Tim Richards

    Account Manager

    Worksite Marketing / Group Benefits

    Ask Tim Richards what he loves most about his job and he will tell you that it is his interaction with other people. He enjoys working with both clients and fellow team members on a day-to-day basis. With more than 25 years of...

     Ask Tim Richards what he loves most about his job and he will tell you that it is his interaction with other people. He enjoys working with both clients and fellow team members on a day-to-day basis. With more than 25 years of worksite marketing experience, specializing in Worksite Marketing, Tim is skilled at suggesting alternative benefits to clients, based on the close working relationships he has forged with each carrier. Tim’s experience allows clients and their employees to develop a strong understanding of their benefits, while enhancing the Firm's credibility in the marketplace.

    Tim and his team strive to do what is best for their clients and work hard to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction. They use a hands-on method, promoting a consultative sales approach with their clients to make sure they receive the best product and enrollment strategy for their employees.

    Tim also works with clients to assist with an employee's transition to Medicare. His main objective is not sales directed but rather educating individuals on the Medicare/Medicare Supplement options available to them when they become eligible.

    Tim currently sits on the Board for Omaha Junior Achievement and is past President of the Voluntary Employee Benefits Board.

    When not at work, Tim enjoys working out, playing golf and watching college sports. He is also involved in many church and school activities with his wife and daughter.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: trichards@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5591  |  fax: 402.963.4086

    Professional Certification

    • Registered Health Underwriter (RHU)

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Criminal Justice
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Arts  |  Business Administration
    Bellevue University  |  Bellevue, NE

    Todd Flickema

    Director

    Healthcare Risk Services

    Todd has a diverse knowledge with unique experiences. From working with clients across the country to having background knowledge in various organizational industries, he’s well-equipped to handle any client’s healthcare need…

    Todd has a diverse knowledge with unique experiences.  From working with clients across the country to having background knowledge in various organizational industries, he’s well-equipped to handle any client’s healthcare need…and happy to do it!

    Todd is the Director of Healthcare and In-Home Care Risk Services for SilverStone Group, providing consulting services to regional and national firms. Todd works with clients to address not only their risk management needs, but also many strategic and operational concerns by utilizing his background and SilverStone Group’s expertise in Human Capital, Benefits Management and Compliance. Todd has more than 24 years of professional experience, with 14 years in banking and over 10 years working in the healthcare industry. With a healthcare background, Todd is well suited to help prioritize clients’ needs, making the best use of their time and resources.

    Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Todd was a senior leader of a company that consulted, developed and managed ambulatory surgical centers and specialty hospitals across the United States. He worked with the owners of these facilities in making key decisions in project conception, construction, day-to-day operations and strategic management. These experiences, along with having a wife who is a doctor, provide Todd with a broad range of expertise and unique perspective that he brings to SilverStone Group clients who provide care for patients.

    Todd enjoys working at SilverStone Group for the same reasons he was a client of theirs before joining the firm. He believes it is extraordinary of SilverStone Group to invest in people with industry and background experiences outside of insurance who can be a guide for our clients. Todd knows our Associates are truly risk managers and not insurance sales people. He knows first-hand what a huge benefit it is to the clients to have a true sense of what is affecting clients now, and may into the future so we are able to help plan and manage risk for our clients and not simply purchase insurance. With SilverStone Group’s specialized internal talent, they are able to become an outsourced advisor that can address a myriad clients’ needs, in a very cost effective way that truly adds value. Todd loves bringing the resources and experience to a client in order to become the trusted advisor he strives to be.

    Todd has actively given back to his community for many years. He provides service by volunteering time with United Way, Kids Against Hunger and The Banquet. In addition, Todd and his family, consisting of four children, enjoy “away time” traveling and scuba diving.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tflickema@ssgi.com |  phone: 866.897.2459  |  fax: 605.332.2105

    Professional Certification
    Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)

    Education
    Master of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of South Dakota  |  Vermillion, SD

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Northern State University  |  Aberdeen, SD

    Todd Rogge

    Principal, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Treasurer & Shareholder

    Accounting

    Todd has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting profession. He became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1996.

    Todd has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting profession. He passed the Certified Public Accountant Exam (CPA) in 1996. While his mathematics skills might have initially drawn him into the finance arena, Todd has continued on this career path because he truly cares about the Associates at SilverStone Group. His thoughtfulness and attention to detail have pushed him to remain on the forefront of industry advancements. Todd prides himself on leading, not following, the pack.

    Todd’s dedication extends to numerous areas of the company. He manages all of the accounting functions for SilverStone Group’s multi-state locations, including banking relationships and treasury operations. He is a Director for the SilverStone Group and the Firm’s Cayman Islands Captive and serves as financial liaison to our SilverStone Group Holdings Board of Directors and shareholders. Todd functions as a catalyst for the Firm’s budgeting and future financial planning. He also works with outside accountants and legal professionals to handle all federal and state tax planning.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: trogge@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5533  |  fax: 402.964.5777

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Tom Kristensen

    Vice President

    Private Client Services

    Tom Kristensen has always been good with numbers. His mathematic skills come in handy when it comes to keeping track of his grandchildren & great grandchildren– all 21 of them!

    Tom Kristensen has always been good with numbers. His mathematic skills come in handy when it comes to keeping track of his grandchildren & great grandchildren – all 21 of them! Tom’s natural talent with numbers has also been beneficial throughout his career. He has specialized in personal lines casualty, personal life insurance and pre-retirement planning for educators and TSAs for more than 40 years. Tom has concentrated his focus on pre-retirement and post-retirement planning with an emphasis on structuring retirement income flow while still being sensitive to potential income tax consequences. He has written several articles related to these core areas and has spoken at numerous seminars.

    Tom has been a member of many professional associations including the Chamber of Commerce and the Council Bluffs Independent Agents Association. He has served as a board member for Project Camelot, a chairman for the Downtown Kiwanis and Chairman of the Board for the Council Bluffs Senior Center. He was also Chairman of the Endowment Fund Committee, President of the Iowa Association of Life Under-writers and President of the National Life Share Foundation.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tkristensen@ssgi.com |  phone: 712.329.3174  |  fax: 712.329.3110

    Professional Designations

    • Chartered Financial Consultant ( ChFC )
    • Chartered Life Underwriter ( CLU )

    Education
    Master of Counseling & Psychology
    University of Nebraska - Omaha

    Bachelor of Education, History & Foreign Language
    Buena Vista College | Storm Lake, IA

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckInvestment Advisory Services Offered Through SilverStone Asset Management. SilverStone Asset Management and SilverStone Group are independently owned and are not under common ownership with M Holdings Securities, Inc.

    Tom Von Riesen

    Principal

    Executive Benefits

    Tom Von Riesen has a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips, with over 30 years of experience in human resource consulting, nonqualified benefit design and tax consulting.

    Tom Von Riesen has a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips, with over 30 years of experience in human resource consulting, nonqualified benefit design and tax consulting. Before joining SilverStone Group in 1991, Tom worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both individual and corporate taxation, and he also served as an attorney for Farm Credit Banks. He and his team offer a depth of service that is unmatched by other firms -- their creativity and technical capabilities enable them to design, implement and administer innovative plans for the benefit needs of their clients' key executives.

    Tom has authored numerous articles on nonqualified plans. In addition, he has shared his expertise in that area by speaking at continuing education sessions with M Financial Group, the University of Nebraska College of Law and School of Accounting, Nebraska State Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and Financial Executives Institute.

    Tom is a past Chairman of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and is currently on the Board of Directors of their Political Education Committee. He has also served on the Member Firm Relations Committee for the M Financial Group and he is a past President of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).

    Additional affiliations include the Nebraska and Omaha Bar Associations and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he has served on the Employee Benefits Technical Resource Panel.

    Tom is a family man who enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tvonriesen@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5441  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Professional Designations

    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Education
    Juris Doctorate
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, NE

    Bachelor of Arts  |  Political Science & Economics
    Hastings College  |  Hastings, NE

    Securities Offered Through  M Holdings Securities, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck. Investment Advisory Services Offered Through SilverStone Asset Management. SilverStone Asset Management and SilverStone Group are independently owned and are not under common ownership with M Holdings Securities, Inc. 0331-2017

    Tony Ravenstahl

    Account Executive

    Construction Risk Services

    Establishing connections and building relationships has always been Tony’s forte.

    Establishing connections and building relationships has always been Tony’s forte. As an Account Executive within SilverStone Group’s Construction Risk Services team, it’s fortunate that Tony specializes in his passion – builder’s risk insurance for homebuilders.

    A master communicator, Tony is a professional with his clients both over the phone and face-to-face. Tony enjoys getting to know his clients and continually learning about the insurance industry to help meet client needs.

    Tony’s energetic and outgoing personality makes it natural for him to build lasting relationships with new clients and coworkers. When he’s not working, Tony enjoys spending time with family, friends and his black lab, Bella.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: travenstahl@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.431.4107  |  fax: 402.557.6325

    Education
    Bachelor of Science  |  Public Health
    University of Nebraska   |  Omaha, NE

    Tony Sorrentino

    Principal

    Regulatory Compliance & General Counsel

    Tony is always on the run. Really. He's over halfway to his goal of completing 100 marathon runs. The same kind of discipline it takes to train for long-distance runs...

    Tony is always on the run. Really. He’s over halfway to his goal of completing 100 marathons. The same kind of discipline it takes to train for long-distance runs also serves Tony well in the business world. Tony has over 25 years of experience with Group Health and Welfare Plan compliance under IRS, DOL and HHS regulations. He frequently lectures on Healthcare Reform Legislation, Section 125 plan compliance, Wellness initiatives, Consumer Driven Health Plans, HIPAA Privacy and Security, COBRA interpretation, ERISA fiduciary responsibilities and, most recently, the healthcare reform Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

    He provides regulatory compliance in all areas of employee benefits and investment consultation services offered by the Firm, with particular emphasis on Group Health Plan Federal Mandates. Tony sets the standard for his team by being willing to go the distance to satisfy their clients’ individual benefits needs. His team has the training and discipline necessary to create proactive, cutting-edge solutions based on experience, research and current industry trends. No matter what the challenge, the goal remains the same — provide the best, most reliable products available, combined with outstanding customer service. No matter how large or small the client, Tony’s group benefits team provides a level of expertise for a price that is the same or less than the client has paid in the past. That kind of service is not widely available in the industry marketplace and sets SilverStone Group apart from its competitors.

    Tony is a member of several professional associations including the Nebraska State Bar Association and Nebraska State Society of CPAs and serves as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Creighton University School of Law. How does he manage to do all this and train for marathons? Through discipline and a desire to see things through. 61 down, Tony, and only 39 to go!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: tsorrentino@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5470  |  fax: 402.963.4083

    Professional Certifications

    • Attorney
    • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
    • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    • Certified Flexible Compensation Instructor (CFCI)

    Education
    Juris Doctorate
    Creighton University School of Law |  Omaha, NE

    Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
    Creighton University |  Omaha, NE

    Tracy Moneke

    Staff Accountant

    Accounting

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    Vicki Wulf

    Vice President, Consultant

    Group Benefits

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    Wendy Krewson

    Accounting Processor

    Accounting

    Whether she’s swimming, riding horses, fishing or hiking, Wendy enjoys exploring the outdoors. When she has to be inside, Wendy can be found crunching numbers in our Accounting division. With her photographic memory...

    Whether she’s swimming, riding horses, fishing or hiking, Wendy enjoys exploring the outdoors. When she has to be inside, Wendy can be found crunching numbers in our Accounting division. With her photographic memory, strong organizational skills and positive client relationships, Wendy is prepared for every task that comes her way!

    Wendy’s daily work includes processing company charges, employee expense reimbursements and distributing mail. Wendy claims that “SilverStone Group has a different culture,” and appreciates the various programs that the company offers. Within the Accounting division, Wendy enjoys working on an array of tasks, including cross-training to learn new skills.

    In addition to her busy work schedule, Wendy is a dedicated mother to Nathaniel, Brandon and Tatiana. Before she had children, she had the privilege of traveling to Germany and the Swiss Alps where she toured the Neuschwanstein Castle. Wendy hopes to return to Germany someday soon with her children.

    Contact Information
    e-mail: wkrewson@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5493  |  fax: 866.964.5555

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    Zach Horner

    Investment Specialist

    Private Client Services

    Zach enjoys working at SilverStone Group because he believes its leaders act in the best interests of their clients as well as their employees. As an Investment Specialist, Zach assists the portfolio managers with creating, reviewing and...

    Zach enjoys working at SilverStone Group because he believes its leaders act in the best interests of their clients as well as their employees. As an Investment Specialist, Zach assists the portfolio managers with creating, reviewing and executing trades in order to help clients quantify their financial goals. He also aides in the preparation of periodic client reviews, processes paperwork for new accounts, contributions/distributions and transfers, and performs administrative client account changes and updates. His actions mirror those of the company by putting clients’ interests first to help them succeed.

    Zach has worked in the financial services industry for five years. He has obtained the Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Zach’s prior experience has equipped him with the knowledge and efficiency to excel in his role at SilverStone Group. Every day is different and he enjoys the excitement of not knowing what to expect.

    Zach also prefers variety in his hobbies as well. One day he may be outdoors golfing, hiking or playing tennis, but the next day may find him traveling, watching sports, catching a concert or studying history. What’s next for Zach? His wedding this summer!

    Contact Information
    e-mail: zhorner@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5416  |  fax: 402.963.4084

    Education
    Bachelor of Business Administration  |  Finance
    University of Nebraska at Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

    Securities Offered Through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Check the background of this Firm and/or investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheckSilverStone Group is independently owned and operated.