Meet the Team

Property & Casualty

 

Property & Casualty

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 25 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 families of United States Navy Special Warfare Forces. He co-founded a non profit - Nebraskan's 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.

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

Mark Matthes

Chief Operating Officer

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...

6Whether 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

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

Barb Dale

Principal, Director of Operations

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), past President of Independent Insurance Agents of Omaha and past 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 Designations

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