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Meet the Team

 
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James Gulson

Managing Director

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 18 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

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

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Lyndsay Schaben

Client Advocate & Sr. Account Manager

Born and raised in the Midwest, Lyndsay knows the value of hard work and loyalty. For more than four years, she has dedicated herself to SilverStone Group’s mission and clients.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Lyndsay knows the value of hard work and loyalty. For more than six years, she has dedicated herself to SilverStone Group’s mission and clients. Specializing in property and casualty insurance and risk management, she understands the importance of providing detailed, accurate information and a quick turnaround time.

Clients appreciate Lyndsay’s ability to simplify insurance-related tasks. She works hard to make sure clients understand their policies and are comfortable with claims resolution. Her clients can count on her to handle their needs in an efficient and timely manner.

Lyndsay obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor designation in November 2010 and is involved in Young Agents of Nebraska. She received her Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) designation in February of 2012. She is one of less than 100 people in the country that hold this title. She spends her free time traveling and chasing after her two young children, who she hopes to raise with the same Midwestern values as she was raised with.

Contact Information
e-mail: lschaben@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5545  |  fax: 402.557.6323

Professional Titles

  • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
  • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)
  • Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
  • Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP)

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Dani McCawley

Client Advocate & Account Administrator

Dani loves the outdoors and spends most of her free time outside biking, running, snowboarding or playing various sports. In college, Dani, a Summa Cum Laude graduate, played soccer...

Contact Information
e-mail: dmccawley@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5488  |  fax: 402.963.4089

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

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Lori Ruzicka

Client Advocate & Account Administrator

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. She is currently pursuing the title of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and has nearly completed her training for Accredited Adviser of Insurance (AAI).

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
Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

 

 

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Jenna Taylor

Client Advocate & Account Administrator

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 Aviation and Real Estate Risk Services by truly listening and communicating with her clients and co-workers to receive awesome outcomes.

Jenna keeps busy with her two small children, 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

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Katie Scheuer

Client Advocate & Account Administrator

Communication is Katie’s specialty! She believes it should be open, honest and timely, which makes her the perfect Account Administrator.

Communication is Katie’s specialty! She believes it should be open, honest and timely, which makes her the perfect Account Administrator. Katie works with the Property & Casualty division, with a heavy focus on the construction and aviation industries. She supports both divisions by working on stewardship meetings, renewal reviews, negotiating coverage and premiums, ordering policies and assisting them in any other way necessary. Her positive attitude and excellent communication skills make her an asset to her team and her clients alike.

Her ability to communicate and respond quickly to challenges has led to Katie to receive numerous recognitions and leadership awards. And it doesn’t hurt that she is extremely outgoing and always willing to help! Most recently, Katie was named the 2014 Rookie of the Year by the International Association of Insurance Professionals. She is also very active in the community as the President-Elect of the Insurance Professionals of Greater Sioux Falls in addition to holding several different offices and chairing multiple committees within the region.

At home, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Nate, and their two children, Rosie and Harvey. They prefer to be at the lake where you’d most likely find them in the midst of a wakeboarding competition. All fun and games of course!

Contact Information
e-mail: kscheuer@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.367.6317  |  fax: 866.427.6568

Professional Title
Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)