Meet the Team

Group Captives

 

Group Captives

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 Harrisburg Community Foundation.

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

Professional Designations
Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)

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

Jeff Barrett

Principal

Jeff has over 37 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 37 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 other 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 Designations

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

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

Adrian Bento

Managing Director

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

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

marshall-john

John Marshall

Principal

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. From business owners to doctors and lawyers, 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 more efficient ways to identify and address risk to benefit with his clients, as well as making sure those risks that must be financed are designed properly and priced accordingly.

John is head of the Professional Risk Services practice area for SilverStone Group. With over 20 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 and his team are frequent contributors to trade journals and he serves as a public speaker for several professional associations each year to help healthcare and legal professionals fulfill continuing education requirements. 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 the VNA. In his personal time, John enjoys hiking, yard work and spending time with his two young children.

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

Professional Designations

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

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

Amy DeJong

Vice President

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. But her ship is about to come in!  She's currently in line behind 200 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.

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 Designations

  • Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI)
  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
  • Certified WorkComp Specialist (CWCS)
  • Associate in Insurance Services (AIS)

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