Meet the Team

Real Estate

 

Real Estate

John H. Nelson

President, Principal

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 is passionate about supporting families of United States Navy Special Warfare Forces. He co-founded a non profit – Nebraskans Support Seals in 2010. John and his wife Susie helped raise a record $2.4 million for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo as co-chairs of "Zoofari" in September 2017. They are chairing the 2019 Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala.

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

Chuck Eckert

Vice President & Shareholder

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 include golfing, hunting and other outdoor activities. He is active with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics and enjoys coaching  softball and basketball.

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

Professional Designations

  • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
  • Associate in Claims (AIC)
  • Certified Analytical Broker (CAB)

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

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Joe Sorrentino

Senior Risk Management Specialist

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