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Our People

We’re proud to introduce you to some of the best consultants and support representatives our industry has to offer. Meet the CGO team.

CGO Named 2016 Best Places to Work

In 2016 Connor & Gallagher OneSource earned the distinction of being ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance. Talent is one of the greatest assets you could have in the insurance industry, and we have no shortage of it here. 



Business Insurance Best Places to Work

Principals

Tom Connor
John Gardner
Dan Gallagher
Luke Barnett

Meet The Team

Peter Krynski
Peter Krynski
Education

In 2002, I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I am licensed in Life & Health and maintain a Chartered Benefit Consultant designation through The National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants.

Experience

I started working as a Benefits Consultant after my honeymoon, in August of 2006. My world has not been the same since.

Expertise

Compliance and Alternative funding arrangements have been the primary focus of my consulting since the passing of the ACA in 2010. Several clients offer an H.R.A. Plan, a Level Funded Plan, a self-funded plan through our Group Health Captive, or a more traditional self-funded arrangement. That being said, nothing replaces outstanding service. A large portion of my time is spent meeting with clients and coordinating our teams' efforts to deliver an excellent client experience.

Enjoy

With four children my enjoyment is dictated for me! Gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, dance, flag football and soccer. Did I mention soccer? I'm still not sure how my neighbors suckered me into it, but I coach 2 competitive indoor soccer teams called Team Chaos which my 2nd and 3rd graders participate in. It's a lot of fun to see the neighborhood kids improve and compete at a high level. Sundays are about the only time my household can agree on what to watch on TV. The Krynski Family are unconditional Bears Fans!

Bob Davis
Bob Davis
Education

Licensed in Property, Casualty, Life and Health Insurance. Insurance industry continuing education courses completed annually.

Experience

I’ve been a licensed insurance agent since 2000.

Expertise

Competitively protecting and providing risk management to middle market businesses and companies including public entities.

Enjoy

Spending time with family, golfing and boating.

Levi Johnson
Levi Johnson
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University. Majored in Finance with a minor in Insurance. I am continuously expanding my knowledge throughout many industries and applying that knowledge to my Insurance career. I consistently take continuing education classes specific to the ever evolving Insurance industry.

Experience

5 years of commercial insurance experience among corporate and independent agency.

Expertise

Generalist with a large spectrum of capabilities suited to many industries and have target focus on the transportation, construction, distribution, and restaurant industries.

Enjoy

Staying active, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.

Steve Gallagher
Steve Gallagher
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University and Brother Rice High School.

Experience

30 years of Property and Casualty Insurance, including 16 years at Connor & Gallagher OneSource.

Expertise

Includes Elevator contractors, Captives, and Crane Operators.

Enjoy

Our lake house in Michigan, hacking up a golf course, and watching all sports, especially the World Champion Chicago Cubs!

Scott Laxgang
Scott Laxgang
Education

Graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Management. I have my Series 7, 63, and 66 securities licenses, and also the CRPS® (Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist) from the School of Financial Planning and also the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) through Fi360.

Experience

Over 20 years’ experience consulting in the retirement plan industry.

Expertise

Have worked in a variety of different roles; including plan design consultation, plan implementation, investment lineup monitoring, and employee engagement. Our experience guides plan fiduciaries in the for-profit and not-for-profit markets.

Enjoy

Spending time with my wife and two children. I enjoy working with a number of different charitable organizations, most notably Habitat for Humanity and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I Love my Chicago sports and coaching soccer.

Kent Lee
Kent Lee
Education

I have been licensed in the Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance business since 1987. Prior to entering into the insurance field, I owned and operated a family style restaurant for five years.

Experience

I understand the thin profit margins for businesses and strive to safeguard their valuable assets. I have protected the same customers for 20 plus years.

Expertise

Mid to large level accounts in the manufacturing, technical, healthcare, life science and construction industries.

Enjoy

Working with new and current customers to understand their unique exposures; every operation is different. I like to spend my free time with family and friends, traveling and outdoor activities.

Justin Mangan
Justin Mangan
Education

Graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois.

Experience

Began as a health and benefits consultant in 2007.

Expertise

Focused on meeting the needs of my customers, and creating long-term, results-driven strategies that manage claims and control costs.

Enjoy

My wife Kourtney and I reside in the South Loop. I enjoy fitness, traveling and watching Detroit and Michigan State sports.

Phil Stratman
Phil Stratman
Education

Graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. I am licensed in property, casualty, life and health insurance.

Experience

35 years as a commercial insurance broker. Joined Connor & Gallagher OneSource in 2000.

Expertise

Contracting, manufacturing, and property management.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends.

Rich Pucci
Rich Pucci
Education

I graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University. I am licensed in Life and Health insurance and Property and Casualty since 1977.

Experience

I began my career out of college with the Prudential Insurance Company in 1977 where I quickly grew my block of business in Group Health Insurance.

Expertise

My strength is in working with companies who are struggling to control costs because of high claimants. My goal is to look over a 3-5 year time horizon with little to no increase in future premiums due to our proactive claim mitigation strategies.

Enjoy

My wife Marian and I have a daughter, Alessandra. We enjoy golfing, dining with friends, and we have a summer home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where we spend much of our summer weekends.

Bill Miller
Bill Miller
Education

Graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois with Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. Licensed in Property and Casualty insurance in Illinois. Member of Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

Experience

Over 20 years in Commercial insurance marketing experience.

Expertise

Marketing of commercial business including negotiations with insurance carriers and qualifying risks that provide the best opportunities.

Enjoy

Spending time outdoors, watching sports and warm weather travel.

Peggy Meyer
Peggy Meyer
Education

Property & Casualty Insurance License for Illinois, Real Estate Brokers License for Illinois

Experience

Over 25 years working in the commercial insurance industry and risk management

Expertise

Marketing mid to large size commercial accounts

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, planning vacations, gardening, and reading

Susan Vanek
Susan Vanek
Education

Licensed in Property & Casualty with a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist

Experience

10 years of commercial insurance experience.

Expertise

New business and renewal marketing, bonds and certificates of insurance and every aspect of the renewal process.

Enjoy

Volunteering at my local animal shelter, shopping, traveling, concerts, and spending time with my family and friends.

Sue Aggen
Sue Aggen
Education

Licensed in Property and Casualty Insurance.

Experience

25 years of commercial insurance experience in a role of a customer service representative and account manager.

Expertise

Marketing mid-large size commercial accounts

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, watching my son play baseball and relaxing up at Lake Carroll.

Debbie Matas
Debbie Matas
Education

Graduated from University of Illinois/Chicago with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. Licensed in Property and Casualty insurance.

Experience

Working in the insurance industry for about 30 years. About 12 years of that were on the insurance carrier side with time spent in both Commercial and Personal lines. I then transitioned to the Agency side and have been working in Commercial lines ever since.

Expertise

Commercial lines marketing, servicing and claims assistance.

Enjoy

Reading, cooking/baking and taking walks.

Lupé Salgado
Lupé Salgado
Education

Licensed in Life and Health Insurance.

Experience

32 years insurance experience: 6 years workers’ comp carrier, 13 years with 2 major ancillary carriers, 14 years and counting benefit agency involved in medical and ancillary products.

Expertise

Client services, bilingual employee benefits education, benefit evaluation and contract comparison.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends and traveling whenever possible.

Brittany Wetzel
Brittany Wetzel
Education

Graduated from Bob Jones University with Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois.

Experience

4 years’ experience in employee benefits.

Expertise

Resolve claims issues, assist our clients’ employees with coverage questions, prepare monthly claim reporting for our accounts, manage open enrollment kit activity and audits, help maintain employee benefits portal, market medical insurance plans for prospects and clients, maintain medical and ancillary carrier relationships.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, traveling, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Cubs.

Michele Gabrielson
Michele Gabrielson
Education

Attended Moraine Valley Community College. Licensed in life and health insurance.

Experience

I began my career in Human Resources. I most enjoyed the area of employee benefits and focused on that path. I have been in the industry for 14 years and love being an Escalated Claims Resolution Specialist at CGO.

Expertise

Claims resolution (nicknamed the “pit-bull” of our department); my position is both challenging and rewarding, but I most enjoy the interaction with our clients and helping their employees with claim issues. I oversee our COBRA department at CGO and assist in office management when needed. Can bake a mean pan of brownies and love to share them with my co-workers!

Enjoy

I love to cook/bake for my family and friends, enjoy canvas painting, crafting, watching the Cubs baseball games with my husband, traveling with our grown children.

Daniel Daley
Daniel Daley
Education

Graduated in 1982 from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. I am licensed in Life & Health Insurance and Property & Casualty in the state of Illinois.

Experience

I started my insurance career in 1984 working in Metropolitan Life’s Group Benefits Department and since then I have spent the majority of my career consulting for employers in the middle market segment.

Expertise

I am a consultant in the Employee Benefits Division at Connor & Gallagher OneSource and I am responsible for business development and account management. I provide consultation on employer-sponsored group benefit programs, design wellness programs and assist employers with understanding and implementing Healthcare Reform requirements.

Enjoy

I enjoy spending time with my wife, four daughters, five grandchildren and when time permits I have been known to take in a round of golf. I am currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities as well as the former President of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Family Services Southwest.

Sergio Rodriguez
Sergio Rodriguez
Education

Licensed in Life and Health Insurance.

Experience

5 years of Employee Benefits.

Expertise

Employee benefit education (English/Spanish), marketing health plans, new business implementation and customer service.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends. Enjoy watching sports.

Edgar Soto
Edgar Soto
Education

Attended Elgin Community College.

Experience

I began my career working in the financial industry for 9 years. I decided to transition my skills into the insurance world.

Expertise

COBRA Specialist; my position is a fast-paced and professional environment. I perform COBRA day to day activities such as collect monthly premium payments from participants, process COBRA elections by reinstating coverages with multiple carriers and handle open enrollment for participants that are currently enrolled.

Enjoy

My favorite hobbies are to spend time with my family and friends, travel, and play in my baseball league in the summer.

Barb Turcich
Barb Turcich
Education

Graduated from Carl Sandburg H.S. and followed a diverse customer service path for many years. Licensed in Property & Casualty, and enjoy always learning new and interesting information with our continuing education classes.

Experience

I have many years of customer service experience.

Expertise

I am the first person you see when you walk through our door, so a smile is always welcoming. Making clients and our carriers feel comfortable is something I have learned throughout my career.

Enjoy

My husband and I enjoy our weekends camping and enjoying the company of our family and friends.

Cathy Cummane
Cathy Cummane
Education

Licensed in Property and Casualty Insurance.

Experience

18 years in Commercial Insurance.

Expertise

Responsible for the day-to-day dissemination of documents and information relative to the client service processes.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends.

Jamie Leahy
Jamie Leahy
Education

Licensed in Property & Casualty, Bachelors of Science in Business Management and concentration in Human Resources Management from Illinois State University.

Experience

5 years of Commercial Insurance experience and 16 years of Customer Service experience.

Expertise

Commercial business insurance coverages and customer account management.

Enjoy

Spending time walking and hiking with my husband and dogs, watching baseball and hockey and site seeing as often as possible.

Matt Venhousen
Matt Venhousen
Education

Graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and focus in Human Resources. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois. Always looking to learn more, especially through blogs, podcasts and industry articles.

Experience

5 years of digital marketing experience.

Expertise

Email marketing, website, inbound marketing, marketing automation, social media, blogging, branding, SEO, webinars and seminars.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, traveling, avid Chicago sports fan.

Bob Glonek
Bob Glonek
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Economics. My insurance designations include CRIS (Construction Risk Insurance Specialist) and CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist).

Experience

After college I’ve worked in the steel, paper, dairy distribution and construction industries.

Expertise

I specialize in insuring real estate, construction, private equity/ M&A due diligence, distributors and manufacturing exposures country wide.

Enjoy

Married to my wife Laura for over 25 years, 2 children and a grandson. Outside of work we enjoy sailing on Lake Michigan, traveling and searching for new hidden gem restaurants.

Daniel Berkwitt
Daniel Berkwitt
Education

Graduated from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance in Illinois.

Experience

17 years Insurance experience.

Expertise

I have developed expertise in wood products, elevator/lift contractors, and manufacturing. I have tailored insurance programs that work both locally and on a nationwide level.

Enjoy

I currently live in Hoffman Estates with my wife Noel. We are big sports fans and in our down time are huge movie buffs.

Jonathan Clayton
Jonathan Clayton
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Experience

1 Year Commercial Insurance experience.

Expertise

Tailoring business insurance policies to the needs of your business, towers insurance plans, mechanical services insurance plans and auto services insurance plans.

Enjoy

Time with family & friends, snowboarding, golfing, avid sports fan.

Josh Kopec
Josh Kopec
Education

I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and earned the designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) from the Center of Fiduciary Studies. I am a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) and was nominated in 2015 and 2016 for NAPA’s Young Guns – Top Plan Advisors Under 40.

Experience

I began working in the financial services industry in 2007 for a National 401(k) provider. Since then I’ve managed my own retirement plan consulting practice and most recently helped manage the retirement plan division at Wintrust Wealth Management. Over my career I’ve consulted with over 500 companies and educated thousands of plan participants. I use my experience to help plan sponsors define their retirement plan goals and choose the optimal plan design to reach those goals.

Expertise

Helping business owners and plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations by providing cost-effective and compliant retirement plan benefits for their employees. My specialties include plan sponsor relationship management, fiduciary oversight, plan design consulting, fee and service provider analysis.

Enjoy

Spending time with my wife Beth and two children, golfing and home craft brewing.

Kyle Todd
Kyle Todd
Education

Graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Licensed in Life and Health Insurance in Illinois. Constantly expanding my base of industry knowledge.

Experience

Seasoned entrepreneur, business consultant and senior sales executive.

Expertise

Partnering with businesses in the development of Employee Benefit Strategic Plans, with an emphasis on cost containment.

Enjoy

Adventures with family and friends, vintage autos, motorcycles, music, fine dining, collecting wine and traveling.

Matthew Karstens
Matthew Karstens
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Political Science.

Experience

1 year within property management, 1 year of commercial insurance experience.

Expertise

Risk Management, Property & Casualty Insurance, and Customer Retention.

Enjoy

Spending time with friends and family and playing hockey and golf.

Rick Goschey
Rick Goschey
Education

Graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Licensed in Property and Casualty along with Life and Health Insurance in Illinois.

Experience

Over 25 years in Insurance, the last 17 years with Connor & Gallagher OneSource.

Expertise

Property and Casualty Insurance Producer that handles middle market size accounts – employee size of 25-200.

Enjoy

Spending time with my family and watching my kids grow into adulthood. Playing golf and watching Blackhawks games and Tennis with my wife. Making people laugh.

Rob Rousseau
Rob Rousseau
Education

While my formal education was a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance at Arizona State University, I learned the most being an Entrepreneur. Starting two companies from nothing has provided “hands-on learning” in Human Resources, Sales, Marketing and Operations. But above all, it has taught me perseverance.

Experience

Eighteen years of strategic business planning, finance, merger & acquisition, fiduciary responsibility, leadership, sales, client service and system administration.

Expertise

Change Management, Implementation of Human Resource Information Systems, Technology Evaluation, Communication, Team Building, System Integration, Payroll, Time and Attendance, 401(k) Administration, Benefit Administration, Accounting, Problem Solving.

Enjoy

Laughing with my wife and two children, physical activity, golf, downhill skiing, biking and a great challenge.

Rob Wagner
Rob Wagner
Education

I began my career in Industrial Equipment Sales shortly after graduating from Thornwood High School and then purchased the company I worked for becoming a Business Owner at age 24. I am Licensed in both Life and Health and Property & Casualty Insurance.

Experience

Prior to exiting my Company in 2000, I was involved in some frivolous and costly Employment Litigation. I became passionate about the value of strategic Human Resources and Employment Risk Management. I entered the PEO Industry but after 7 years felt the marketplace was changing with the integration of Payroll – Benefits – HR Technology on a new converging path. In 2008 I founded OneSource-HR as an Administrative Services Outsourcing (ASO) practice. After M & A discussions with some of the largest Insurance Agencies in the industry who recognized the value of our business model and technology platform, we merged with Connor & Gallagher in November 2015 and our entire team is proud to be a part of Connor & Gallagher OneSource.

Expertise

I lead the Human Resource Solutions practice at CGO and enjoy sharing my experience with Business Owners, C-Level Executives, and HR Professionals. Our integrated HR Service Delivery and HRIS Technology platform is in high demand and has put us in a very rapid growth mode. I enjoy working with all of the CGO Sales Producers who are excited about getting our message out in front of Clients and Prospects.

Enjoy

My wife Laura and I have 5 grown children between us who are as close as can be to each other with 3 newly married. We enjoy Boating on Lake Michigan with family and friends, spending time at our family summer home in SW Michigan, and an occasional round of Golf at Edgewood Valley C.C. where I’ve been a Member for over 25 years.

Andrea Somodi
Andrea Somodi
Education

I have been licensed in Life & Health insurance in Illinois for over 25 years. I attend various educational meetings, webinars and seminars to further my industry knowledge.

Experience

25+ years’ experience in Life & Health, Employee Benefits.

Expertise

Employee Communications, Enrollment meetings, Market Analysis, Plan Implementation and Client Services including claims, customer support, billing and carrier contact.

Enjoy

Spending time with my family, cooking, baking, gardening and fishing.

Anna Macalaguin-Skrajny
Anna Macalaguin-Skrajny
Education

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Science degree in Accounting (MSA) from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Experience

8+ years of group employee benefits experience in the small and mid-size market segment.

Expertise

Group health, life & disability insurance, compliance, cost & claim analysis.

Enjoy

I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, cheering for my Chicago sports teams and vacationing in tropical destinations.

Bryan Beauchamp
Bryan Beauchamp
Education

Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois.

Experience

5 years’ experience as a financial analyst in both investments and insurance.

Expertise

Marketing, claims analysis, financial strategy, and translating complicated numbers into terms that facilitate clients’ decision making.

Enjoy

I’m an avid NBA fan and love Chicago. I enjoy traveling, overeating and making the most possible out of every day.

Catie Crnkovich
Catie Crnkovich
Education

Graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois.

Experience

3 years accounting background. With CGO since September of 2015.

Expertise

Employee education and presentations, benefit administration software and portal set-up and client services.

Enjoy

Live music, spending time with family and friends, and trying new things.

Chris Monk
Chris Monk
Education

Attended Southern Illinois University and majored in Journalism with a specialty in advertising and a minor in psychology.

Experience

Licensed Illinois Property & Casualty Producer since 2002. I have almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry with roles as a client specialist, service representative and lead customer service representative at a number of large financial institutions.

Expertise

Customer services and account management for both large commercial and small commercial accounts.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends. Coaching youth baseball, football and basketball, going to concerts and sporting events.

Cindy Kurow
Cindy Kurow
Education

Graduated from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with Bachelor of Arts degree in Retail Marketing.

Experience

13 years of insurance industry experience.

Expertise

Client support, commercial business insurance coverages, client account management, renewal coverage marketing, billing, claims assistance, bonds and certificates of insurance.

Enjoy

Cooking and spending time with my three children and dog Lucy.

Erica Gonzalez
Erica Gonzalez
Education

Graduated from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois with a Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Experience

2 years as an ACA Reporting Specialist, 10 years in the insurance industry.

Expertise

ACA Reporting – processes & procedures, Q&A, 1095C Filings.

Enjoy

Spending time with family, watching sports with friends and reading.

Gabriela Mares
Gabriela Mares
Education

I hold a Fundamental Payroll Certification designation as well as certificates in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Experience

In my third year as a payroll professional.

Expertise

Payroll and accounting, time and attendance solutions.

Enjoy

I’m a proud mom and a Star Wars aficionado

Isela Mares
Isela Mares
Education

I’m a former student at DeVry University and Chicago State.

Experience

Sixteen years’ experience in compensation processing.

Expertise

Payroll system configuration, time and attendance, garnishments, employee self-service and team building.

Enjoy

Volunteering at church, spending time with family and friends, traveling and "Grey’s Anatomy."

Jack Mangan
Jack Mangan
Education

Graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School before attending Monmouth College for Political Science. I am licensed in Life and Health Insurance in Illinois.

Experience

Aggregate 5 years of customer service.

Expertise

Employee benefits in the under 50 market segment, benefits package benchmarking and implementation.

Enjoy

Avid sports fan, especially KU basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) and European soccer (FC Schalke 04); and playing the occasional gig with my band.

Jennifer Morrissey
Jennifer Morrissey
Education

I’m a graduate of Northern Illinois University and hold a B.S. in Political Science.

Experience

I spent 13 years at ADP as an Implementation Consultant and Solutions Center Team Lead.

Expertise

Client HRIS conversions and implementation.

Enjoy

I enjoy being a mom of three (one German shepherd and two teenagers), being a board member for the National Charity League and supporting the Dodgin’ For Lou Gehrig’s Disease Dodgeball Tournament.

Jenny Thompson
Jenny Thompson
Education

Graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management.

Experience

Interned with Connor & Gallagher OneSource, now working full-time in Benefits Administration.

Expertise

Benefit administration and open enrollment tracking.

Enjoy

Spending time at home with my dogs and family and going to Chicago Blackhawks games.

Joanna Koch
Joanna Koch
Education

I earned a Bachelor’s in History from North Central College and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Experience

I have an 18-year background in higher education as a business professor at Elmhurst College and workforce assessor at Northern Illinois University.

Expertise

Client service management, business strategy and HRIS technology.

Enjoy

Volunteering for the PTA and being a mom of three. I’m a former PTA president and currently the treasurer for the Illinois PTA DuPage East Region.

Joseph DiPirro
Joseph DiPirro
Education

Graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems. Licensed in Life and Health Insurance. Certified Enrollment Specialist.

Experience

Prior to joining CGO I spent 12 years at an ancillary insurance carrier: Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Expertise

Account management, customer service, renewal processing, rate negotiations, ACA reporting.

Enjoy

Golfing, going to the movies, playing cards with friends, cheering on the Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame Football.

Katelyn DeCort
Katelyn DeCort
Education

Attended Liberal Arts College at Iowa State University.

Experience

2 ½ years in benefits/COBRA administration at Connor & Gallagher OneSource.

Expertise

Benefits and COBRA Administration.

Enjoy

Avid book lover and theatre attendee.

Kristen Sepe
Kristen Sepe
Education

Licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance in Illinois, have the CISR and CRIS designations.

Experience

14 years of Commercial Insurance experience.

Expertise

Working with clients as well as my team to insure the best possible coverage options for their needs.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, party planning, arts & crafts, traveling and cooking/baking.

Kristi Arcurie
Kristi Arcurie
Education

Graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois with Bachelors in Human Resource Management and Psychology. Currently hold a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) Certification as well as SHRM-CP. Always looking for new challenges and developing myself through educational opportunities.

Experience

Over 10 years of Human Resource/Service experience.

Expertise

Human Resource Management; Client Services, Recruiting, Benefits, Employee Relations.

Enjoy

Spending time with my husband and friends, traveling, reading and attempting to run/jog.

Liliana Milroy
Liliana Milroy
Education

Graduated from Northwestern University with Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Licensed in Life and Health insurance in Illinois.

Experience

Employee benefits professional with over 25 years of experience in employee group benefits with a focus on account management. Background includes design and implementation of a comprehensive range of health and welfare benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, disability and voluntary product offerings.

Expertise

Serving as a liaison between markets and clients and responsible for the day-to-day management of client’s benefit plans. I specialize in marketing and implementing group coverages which include fully-insured and self-funded programs, renewal negotiations, managing open enrollments and keeping clients up to date with government compliance.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, traveling, Chicago Cubs.

Liz Allen
Liz Allen
Education

Graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. Licensed in Property and Casualty insurance in Illinois.

Experience

4 years Commercial Lines Insurance.

Expertise

Online rating and small business accounts.

Enjoy

Spending time with friends and family, including my two children.

Magali Garcia
Magali Garcia
Education

Licensed in Property, Casualty, Life and Health in the state of IL.

Experience

5 years of experience in the Insurance Industry.

Expertise

Online carrier rating, customer service, certificates of insurance, invoices and billing inquiries.

Enjoy

Reading, learning new things and spending time with friends and family.

Maggie Palermini
Maggie Palermini
Education

Graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Bachelor of Science in Community Health with concentrations in Health Planning and Administration, Health Education and Promotion, and Rehabilitation and Disability Services.

Experience

1.5 years of being an admissions coordinator and insurance liaison for residents in a continued care retirement community.

Expertise

Anything from marketing out renewals, to running audits, to helping the Account Executives and Mangers set up HR Connecting page. I get involved in a little bit of everything and am always looking to learn more.

Enjoy

running, golfing, music, and spending time with family and friends. Also, watching my Cubs, Blackhawks, and Packers!

Manal Hamdan
Manal Hamdan
Education

I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting from St. Xavier University.

Experience

5 years of Accounting and administrative management.

Expertise

Accounting, HR and Retirement Plan administration, insurance carrier billing reconciliation.

Enjoy

Spending time with my five kids and volunteering for Ladder Up Chicago, an organization that provides free financial services to help families become more financially stable.

Mike LaPointe
Mike LaPointe
Education

Graduated from Northern Illinois University with Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Licensed in Life and Health and Property and Casualty insurance in Illinois. Continue to expand my industry knowledge by attending industry specific educational seminars, webinars and reading the many legislative updates and briefs provided by various carrier and government entities.

Experience

30 plus years in both the carrier and brokerage space.

Expertise

Employee Benefit plan design, funding arrangements, financial reporting, the Affordable Care Act and electronic enrollment technology.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, yardwork, grilling, playing and watching golf as well as all of Chicago’s sports teams.

Radhika Shetty
Radhika Shetty
Education

Received my Bachelor’s in English from Carthage College.

Experience

I’ve been in human resources since 2015

Expertise

Gaining experience in the human resources field in both strategic and administrative areas.

Enjoy

Traveling, I’ve been to 27 countries but don’t ask me to name them all. I enjoy volunteer work, in the past I’ve volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Hinsdale Humane Society.

Shirley Balk
Shirley Balk
Education

Graduated from Reavis High School. Producer License in Property & Casualty Insurance in Illinois.

Experience

18 years in the Insurance Industry.

Expertise

Servicing our Client’s needs, expert in commercial insurance lines and Professional Liability Insurance, numerous insurance program systems.

Enjoy

Playing Billiards, (Chicago) Cubs & Black Hawks & Bears Sports Fan, Pool side in Florida with my brother, Spending time with my Family & Friends.

Stephanie Simmons
Stephanie Simmons
Education

I hold a B.S. in Accounting from North Central College.

Experience

20 years of accounting experience.

Expertise

Accounting and tax management, payroll tax processing and government resolution.

Enjoy

Numbers, tax code and accounting humor. I love to talk about sports, as long as it’s tennis and love animals, as long as they’re beagles.

Stephanie Thompson
Stephanie Thompson
Education

Associates’ Degree in Business Administration and Management. Licensed in Life & Health since 1995

Experience

23 years Employee Benefits experience.

Expertise

Account management, customer service, employee education and presentations, claim reports and open enrollment meetings.

Enjoy

Huge Chicago Blackhawks Fan. Like travelling and spending time with family & friends.

Yuliana Cruz
Yuliana Cruz
Education

Just learning the payroll business

Experience

I am new to the industry and anxious to learn

Expertise

Payroll administration

Enjoy

Event volunteering, primarily playing with kids during church events. I love playing basketball and soccer and I’m a self-admitted Justin Belieber.

Chad Woldman
Chad Woldman
Education

Graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Experience

5+ years of experience in accounting and financial analysis.

Expertise

Financial reports and analysis, accounts payable/receivable and payroll.

Enjoy

Any time spent with my wife and daughter, playing and watching sports, craft beer and an occasional half-marathon.

Patty Wood
Patty Wood
Education

Licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance since 1986. I attend and complete various continuing educations classes to stay up-to-date.

Experience

30 years’ experience on the agency side of the insurance business. Prior to that, I spent time in the banking industry.

Expertise

Accounting, payroll, financial reporting and analysis, accounts payable/receiveable, time and attendance, billing, corporate budgeting, carrier statements/commissions, new employee onboarding and carrier administration.

Enjoy

Spending time with my close knit family and friends, attending local events and supporting local businesses.

Rob Gaylord
Rob Gaylord
Education

Graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with bachelor in political science. I have a property and casualty & life and health license.

Experience

I’ve been a licensed insurance agent since 2003.

Expertise

I was offered a position at Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services (now called Connor & Gallagher OneSource) as a Property and Casualty Insurance consultant. Since then, I have become the program director for our exclusive municipal, pallet and bowling insurance program. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of watching and taking part in a true business success story. From the time I have started, I have watched CGO mold into one of the top brokerage firms in the nation.

Enjoy

I have a wife and two children. When I am not working, I spend most of my time with my children’s sports. They are very active in football, wrestling and baseball.

Jeanine Bulthuis
Jeanine Bulthuis
Education

Graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s degree in  Business Administration.  Licensed in Property and Casualty Insurance.  Currently working toward my CIC (Certified Insurance Counselors) designation.

Experience

Over 14 years of experience in Commercial Lines Property and Casualty insurance.

Expertise

Customer service and marketing new and renewal business for a wide variety of commercial accounts.

Enjoy

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family including my 3 kids, traveling and walking my dogs with my husband.

Bryan Doty
Bryan Doty
Education

I graduated from Ball State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. I am licensed in Property and  Casualty in the state of Illinois.

Experience

I’ve been in the insurance industry since 2001.

Expertise

Assisting clients with questions they have regarding their insurance needs.

Enjoy

I love reading, hiking and attending both my sons’ sporting events.

Katrina Buban
Katrina Buban
Education

I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, May 2014.  I am currently in the process of applying to NIU graduate school for my MBA with a certificate study in Managerial Leadership.

Experience

I have been in the accounting field for 30 years. I have created new business operations for a commercial charter company and served a municipal client base which included school districts, villages, libraries, park districts and police pension funds. I have provided assistance and served as an advisor in all facets of accounting.

Expertise

I have the accounting skills to manage and successfully track the financial stability in the private and public sector. I am very resourceful and pride myself on being a problem solver. I thrive in an environment where I can continuously learn, and enjoy the daily challenges of the work environment.

Enjoy

Family time especially with my grandchildren, oh and my awesome Husband! Harley riding, sports and music events, golf, and ANY time by the water whether it be by the pool, lake or ocean.

Jeanette Cure
Jeanette Cure
Education

Graduated from College of DuPage with an Associate of Arts degree.

Experience

I have over 30 years of Payroll/HR experience focusing on Software System Support. I earned my Human Resources Information Professional (HRIP) Certification in 2010.

Expertise

I have an extensive background in HRIS system project management, implementation and a full range of system functions focused on developing automated efficient processes.

Enjoy

I love animals, reading, traveling and being outdoors. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends.

Marija Miljic
Marija Miljic
Education

Licensed in Property & Casualty, Graduated in 2013 from North Park University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

Experience

4 years of experiences in the commercial insurance industry.

Expertise

Commercial business insurance, account management and customer service.

Enjoy

Spending time with family and friends, traveling, running and watching the Cubs win!

Brian MacDonald
Brian MacDonald
Education

Graduated from University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Attained the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and have been a licensed Property, Casualty, Life and Health producer for over 20 years.

Experience

I began my career in 1988 working for Cigna Insurance followed by St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance.  After having spent approximately 6 years on the carrier side of the business, I moved to the broker side of the business where I have spent the past 23 years. 

Expertise

Bringing value to clients by analyzing their exposures to loss and then implementing risk transfer/retention strategies, coupled with claims management and loss control services to effectively address clients’ specific needs. The value brought is based around experience, a comprehensive approach, and a focus on long term relationships with my clients.  

Enjoy

My wife Pamela and I have been married for close to 30 years and are blessed to have 4 wonderful children.  Outside of work, my interest include boating, gardening and spending time with my family.

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