Grand Island
3610 W Capital Ave
Grand Island, NE 68802

308.345.6690
Our Locations

Meet Our Team

Grand Island

Justin Shavlik

Bio

Justin began his insurance career in July of 1998 with The Pinnacle Agency’s Osceola branch.  In 2008 he was transferred to the Grand Island location and currently holds the position of President.  Prior to joining The Pinnacle Agency Justin received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska – Kearney.  Justin is married to his wife of 15 years, Tiffany (Petzoldt).  Together they have three children, Aidan, Porter, and Ivy.  In his free time Justin enjoys golfing, attending his children’s activities, and spending time with his family.  In addition to being a license insurance agent in multiple states Justin also holds his Nebraska Real Estate Salesperson License. 

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Justin Shavlik

Bio

Justin began his insurance career in July of 1998 with The Pinnacle Agency’s Osceola branch.  In 2008 he was transferred to the Grand Island location and currently holds the position of President.  Prior to joining The Pinnacle Agency Justin received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska – Kearney.  Justin is married to his wife of 15 years, Tiffany (Petzoldt).  Together they have three children, Aidan, Porter, and Ivy.  In his free time Justin enjoys golfing, attending his children’s activities, and spending time with his family.  In addition to being a license insurance agent in multiple states Justin also holds his Nebraska Real Estate Salesperson License. 

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Donna Buss

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Donna Buss

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Judy Weitzel

Bio

Judy grew up in Harvard Nebraska and graduated from Harvard Public School.  Judy then moved to Grand Island to attend Central Community College, majoring in Secretarial & Accounting.    

 

Judy’s Insurance Career started in 1985.  Since then, she has worked for the same agency in the Personal Lines Department.  Judy earned the CISR-Certified Insurance Service Representative-Designation in 1994.  Finding the best insurance coverages and rates for every client is my goal.  Service after the sale is just as important to her.

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Judy Weitzel

Bio

Judy grew up in Harvard Nebraska and graduated from Harvard Public School.  Judy then moved to Grand Island to attend Central Community College, majoring in Secretarial & Accounting.    

 

Judy’s Insurance Career started in 1985.  Since then, she has worked for the same agency in the Personal Lines Department.  Judy earned the CISR-Certified Insurance Service Representative-Designation in 1994.  Finding the best insurance coverages and rates for every client is my goal.  Service after the sale is just as important to her.

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Becky McDowell

Bio

Becky has been in the insurance industry since 1999. She oversees the day to day operations of the Life and Health Department. Becky truly cherishes the friendships she has built thru the years, with her dedicated clientele.

A life-long Grand Island resident, Becky has one daughter, Lexis. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Becky McDowell

Bio

Becky has been in the insurance industry since 1999. She oversees the day to day operations of the Life and Health Department. Becky truly cherishes the friendships she has built thru the years, with her dedicated clientele.

A life-long Grand Island resident, Becky has one daughter, Lexis. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Robert 'Jody' LaBrie, CIC

Bio

Jody started in the insurance business in April 1986 working for Combined Insurance until September 1987 when he joined this agency. Jody is licensed in life and health , property and casualty, and crop ins. Jody attained his CIC designation (certified insurance counselor) in October of 1997.

Jody grew up on a farm near Giltner and was # 2 of 10 children, graduating from Giltner in 1958 and attending St Benedict’s College for 1 year prior to joining the Navy. After serving 4 years he started working in Doniphan as a butcher and meat cutter, buying the processing plant in 1969.

Jody and Carol married in September of 1964 and are parents of Brett, Mindy, Margo and Bartt. They have 6 grandchildren.

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Robert 'Jody' LaBrie, CIC

Bio

Jody started in the insurance business in April 1986 working for Combined Insurance until September 1987 when he joined this agency. Jody is licensed in life and health , property and casualty, and crop ins. Jody attained his CIC designation (certified insurance counselor) in October of 1997.

Jody grew up on a farm near Giltner and was # 2 of 10 children, graduating from Giltner in 1958 and attending St Benedict’s College for 1 year prior to joining the Navy. After serving 4 years he started working in Doniphan as a butcher and meat cutter, buying the processing plant in 1969.

Jody and Carol married in September of 1964 and are parents of Brett, Mindy, Margo and Bartt. They have 6 grandchildren.

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Parma LaBrie

Bio

Parma was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. She is married to Tom LaBrie. They have one son Nathan and daughter in law Sarah.  Parma started in the insurance industry in 1989, in personal lines and moved into Commercial Lines in 2002 as CSR/Agent and has been with the agency since 1990. Parma is a Tastefully Simple Consultant.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, Husker Sports, gardening and is looking forward to learn how to quilt.

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Parma LaBrie

Bio

Parma was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. She is married to Tom LaBrie. They have one son Nathan and daughter in law Sarah.  Parma started in the insurance industry in 1989, in personal lines and moved into Commercial Lines in 2002 as CSR/Agent and has been with the agency since 1990. Parma is a Tastefully Simple Consultant.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, Husker Sports, gardening and is looking forward to learn how to quilt.

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Gina Lechner

Bio

Gina was born and raised in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1993.  She then attended Central Community College, Grand Island Campus majoring in Accounting.   She began her Insurance Career in 1991 as a File Clerk for AAA Nebraska and obtained her Property & Casualty Insurance License in 1998.   Gina worked for multiple agencies before joining The Pinnacle Agency.  Gina enjoys following her sons Austin and Dylan in their activities along with hunting and being with friends and family in her spare time.

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Gina Lechner

Bio

Gina was born and raised in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1993.  She then attended Central Community College, Grand Island Campus majoring in Accounting.   She began her Insurance Career in 1991 as a File Clerk for AAA Nebraska and obtained her Property & Casualty Insurance License in 1998.   Gina worked for multiple agencies before joining The Pinnacle Agency.  Gina enjoys following her sons Austin and Dylan in their activities along with hunting and being with friends and family in her spare time.

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Greg Gustafson

Bio

Greg grew up in Albion, NE.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in business management.  Greg began his insurance career in 1996 as a claim representative, and spent 21 years in that role.  He joined The Pinnacle Agency in August 2017.  Greg is licensed in Property and Casualty lines.   Greg is married to Donna, and his children are Garrett and his wife Kalee, Blake and Jay.  In his free time, he is active in the Grand Island Senior High Booster Club, Peace Lutheran Church and spending time with friends and family.   

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Greg Gustafson

Bio

Greg grew up in Albion, NE.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in business management.  Greg began his insurance career in 1996 as a claim representative, and spent 21 years in that role.  He joined The Pinnacle Agency in August 2017.  Greg is licensed in Property and Casualty lines.   Greg is married to Donna, and his children are Garrett and his wife Kalee, Blake and Jay.  In his free time, he is active in the Grand Island Senior High Booster Club, Peace Lutheran Church and spending time with friends and family.   

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Michael McLagan

Bio

Mike is originally from Brookings South Dakota and has lived in Grand Island Since 2008. He attended Southeast Technical Institute studying Business Management and Marketing. Mike began his career at The Pinnacle Agency in Grand Island in April of 2013 and in July of 2013 was also named the Agency Manager of the Palmer Agency location. Mike currently splits his time between both the Grand Island & Palmer Offices and is licensed in Personal and Commercial lines, Crop, and Life & Health insurance. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and son Gage as well as Camping, Hunting, and Competitive Archery.

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Michael McLagan

Bio

Mike is originally from Brookings South Dakota and has lived in Grand Island Since 2008. He attended Southeast Technical Institute studying Business Management and Marketing. Mike began his career at The Pinnacle Agency in Grand Island in April of 2013 and in July of 2013 was also named the Agency Manager of the Palmer Agency location. Mike currently splits his time between both the Grand Island & Palmer Offices and is licensed in Personal and Commercial lines, Crop, and Life & Health insurance. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and son Gage as well as Camping, Hunting, and Competitive Archery.

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McCook

Account Manager
Roxie Roth

Account Manager

Bio

I began my career as a licensed insurance agent in June of 1992 under the mentorship of a seasoned agent.  I learned how to manage clients risks with the appropriate insurance products.  I care about the wellbeing of each client and I go the extra mile to make sure they are well protected from the unexpected events of life.  I have many years of experience and knowledge in Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Life and Health as well as Crop Insurance.  I am very active in my local community and do a lot of volunteer work with various organizations.  Working for The Pinnacle Agency gives me the opportunity to provide outstanding customer service, as well as, coverage through some of the best rated companies and products available in the market.  Call the agency for an appointment to review your risk and discuss products that are best suited for your situation.  

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Account Manager
Roxie Roth

Account Manager

Bio

I began my career as a licensed insurance agent in June of 1992 under the mentorship of a seasoned agent.  I learned how to manage clients risks with the appropriate insurance products.  I care about the wellbeing of each client and I go the extra mile to make sure they are well protected from the unexpected events of life.  I have many years of experience and knowledge in Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Life and Health as well as Crop Insurance.  I am very active in my local community and do a lot of volunteer work with various organizations.  Working for The Pinnacle Agency gives me the opportunity to provide outstanding customer service, as well as, coverage through some of the best rated companies and products available in the market.  Call the agency for an appointment to review your risk and discuss products that are best suited for your situation.  

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Account Manager
Michelle Harrison

Account Manager

Bio

Michelle grew up in Russell, KS and graduated from Russell High School. She then attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, KS. Michelle started her insurance career in 1997. In 2001, she became a CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative). Michelle moved to McCook, NE in 2014 and was hired by AmFirst Insurance in February of 2015. In 2017, she joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

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Account Manager
Michelle Harrison

Account Manager

Bio

Michelle grew up in Russell, KS and graduated from Russell High School. She then attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, KS. Michelle started her insurance career in 1997. In 2001, she became a CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative). Michelle moved to McCook, NE in 2014 and was hired by AmFirst Insurance in February of 2015. In 2017, she joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

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Account Manager
Martha Roe

Account Manager

Bio

Martha was born and raised in Southwest Nebraska. Martha started in the insurance industry in 1980 with New York Life and later EF Hutton. In 1989, Martha stepped away from the workforce to raise her three children. Martha was then employed by Community Hospital in 2007. Martha returned to the insurance industry in 2014 joining the AmFirst Insurance team. In 2017 Martha joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. Martha is licensed in property & casualty, life, health, and crop. Martha recently achieved the designation of CISR Elite. Martha is married to Ray Chmiel and the two are avid runners. Martha has taught group fitness at the McCook YMCA since 1999. Martha also enjoys fishing, gardening, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

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Account Manager
Martha Roe

Account Manager

Bio

Martha was born and raised in Southwest Nebraska. Martha started in the insurance industry in 1980 with New York Life and later EF Hutton. In 1989, Martha stepped away from the workforce to raise her three children. Martha was then employed by Community Hospital in 2007. Martha returned to the insurance industry in 2014 joining the AmFirst Insurance team. In 2017 Martha joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. Martha is licensed in property & casualty, life, health, and crop. Martha recently achieved the designation of CISR Elite. Martha is married to Ray Chmiel and the two are avid runners. Martha has taught group fitness at the McCook YMCA since 1999. Martha also enjoys fishing, gardening, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

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Agent
Ben Anderson

Agent

Bio

Ben began his insurance career in September 2014 with AmFirst Insurance in McCook. In 2017, Ben joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. Prior to his insurance career, Ben received his Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Business Education and Business Marketing, from the University of Nebraska - Kearney in 2013. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing golf, skiing, hunting and spending time with his chocolate lab Bud. Ben currently holds insurance licenses in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and South Dakota. Ben recently received his Associate in Insurance Production (AIP) designation.

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Agent
Ben Anderson

Agent

Bio

Ben began his insurance career in September 2014 with AmFirst Insurance in McCook. In 2017, Ben joined The Pinnacle Agency's McCook location. Prior to his insurance career, Ben received his Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Business Education and Business Marketing, from the University of Nebraska - Kearney in 2013. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing golf, skiing, hunting and spending time with his chocolate lab Bud. Ben currently holds insurance licenses in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and South Dakota. Ben recently received his Associate in Insurance Production (AIP) designation.

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Accounting / Data Entry Manager
Beth Bethell

Accounting / Data Entry Manager

Bio

Beth has worked for the agency for 17+ years now. She loves what she does, who she works for and who she works with. She handles the background work at the agency which includes accounting. Beth has lived in McCook for over 20 years and has one daughter.

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Accounting / Data Entry Manager
Beth Bethell

Accounting / Data Entry Manager

Bio

Beth has worked for the agency for 17+ years now. She loves what she does, who she works for and who she works with. She handles the background work at the agency which includes accounting. Beth has lived in McCook for over 20 years and has one daughter.

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Columbus

Ray Pilakowski

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Ray Pilakowski

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Jane Sander

Bio

Jane has over 25 years of experience in the Insurance Industry.  The past 11 years has been with The Pinnacle Insurance agency in Columbus NE, as a Commercial & Personal Lines Agent.

Jane is a native of Platte Center, NE and a graduate of Lakeview High School.  Her early career was in the financial industry before continuing her education to obtain her insurance license.

Jane & her husband Layne, have 3 grown children.   When Jane is not working she loves to spend time with her 2 granddaughters, family and friends.  She enjoys gardening, golfing, card games & bowling in women’s league.  

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Jane Sander

Bio

Jane has over 25 years of experience in the Insurance Industry.  The past 11 years has been with The Pinnacle Insurance agency in Columbus NE, as a Commercial & Personal Lines Agent.

Jane is a native of Platte Center, NE and a graduate of Lakeview High School.  Her early career was in the financial industry before continuing her education to obtain her insurance license.

Jane & her husband Layne, have 3 grown children.   When Jane is not working she loves to spend time with her 2 granddaughters, family and friends.  She enjoys gardening, golfing, card games & bowling in women’s league.  

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Ahren Uhlig

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Ahren Uhlig

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Linda Collins

Bio

Linda began working at the Columbus Pinnacle Agency in August 2017 and brought with her 17 years prior experience with State Farm Insurance. Linda is married to Chester, her high school sweetheart that she met in Montrose, Colorado where they graduated high school. She has two grown children that live in Bellevue with their families. One of Linda’s greatest joys is to spend time with her two grandchildren baking, playing and just enjoying their laughter and amazement in everything. She also enjoys reading, learning new things, scrapbooking, spending time with her family and listening to music. Linda is known for sending cards in the mail and listening to Christmas music year round.

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Linda Collins

Bio

Linda began working at the Columbus Pinnacle Agency in August 2017 and brought with her 17 years prior experience with State Farm Insurance. Linda is married to Chester, her high school sweetheart that she met in Montrose, Colorado where they graduated high school. She has two grown children that live in Bellevue with their families. One of Linda’s greatest joys is to spend time with her two grandchildren baking, playing and just enjoying their laughter and amazement in everything. She also enjoys reading, learning new things, scrapbooking, spending time with her family and listening to music. Linda is known for sending cards in the mail and listening to Christmas music year round.

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Sylvia Coffey

Bio

Sylvia has been with The Pinnacle Agency since April 2012 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Sylvia is married to John Coffey.  They have three grown children and farm southwest of Columbus.  Along with working the farm with her husband, Sylvia has worked in the feed industry, ran a sewing school, and worked as a school secretary.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her hobbies include sewing for family, quilting, reading, playing cards and is a novice golfer. She is a member of a local quilt club and the Krumbach Quilt of Valor Quilt Club Shelby, Nebraska.  She also volunteers at the Platte Valley Literacy Association (PVLA), a United Way sponsored organization, as a tutor for adults enrolled in English Second Language classes. PVLA also nominated Sylvia as Volunteer of the Year in 2016. She and her husband are members of Peace Lutheran Church where Sylvia has held positions on several boards and is currently in the adult handbell choir.  

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Sylvia Coffey

Bio

Sylvia has been with The Pinnacle Agency since April 2012 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Sylvia is married to John Coffey.  They have three grown children and farm southwest of Columbus.  Along with working the farm with her husband, Sylvia has worked in the feed industry, ran a sewing school, and worked as a school secretary.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her hobbies include sewing for family, quilting, reading, playing cards and is a novice golfer. She is a member of a local quilt club and the Krumbach Quilt of Valor Quilt Club Shelby, Nebraska.  She also volunteers at the Platte Valley Literacy Association (PVLA), a United Way sponsored organization, as a tutor for adults enrolled in English Second Language classes. PVLA also nominated Sylvia as Volunteer of the Year in 2016. She and her husband are members of Peace Lutheran Church where Sylvia has held positions on several boards and is currently in the adult handbell choir.  

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Jake Jarecki

Bio

Jacob Jarecki was born and raised in a small town outside of Columbus, NE called Platte Center which is where he currently reside.  Jacob started with the Pinnacle Corporation in January of 2012 and transitioned to the Insurance Agency in June of 2013.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Bellevue University and currently only has his Property and Casualty license in the state of Nebraska with a goal to be licensed in all lines of business.  Jacob’s immediate family consists of his father Kevin Jarecki, mother Ileana  Jarecki, and younger brother Mark Jarecki.  Jacob tries to involve himself in many areas of the community mainly in the Chamber, Platte Center city council board member, and assistant football coach at a local high school.  Jacob tries to spend his free time outdoors either hunting, fishing, camping, exploring, traveling or playing with his dog Nova!

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Jake Jarecki

Bio

Jacob Jarecki was born and raised in a small town outside of Columbus, NE called Platte Center which is where he currently reside.  Jacob started with the Pinnacle Corporation in January of 2012 and transitioned to the Insurance Agency in June of 2013.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Bellevue University and currently only has his Property and Casualty license in the state of Nebraska with a goal to be licensed in all lines of business.  Jacob’s immediate family consists of his father Kevin Jarecki, mother Ileana  Jarecki, and younger brother Mark Jarecki.  Jacob tries to involve himself in many areas of the community mainly in the Chamber, Platte Center city council board member, and assistant football coach at a local high school.  Jacob tries to spend his free time outdoors either hunting, fishing, camping, exploring, traveling or playing with his dog Nova!

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Bill Zumbrennen

Bio

Bill was born and raised in Southwestern WY. He attended Mesa State College in Grand Jct. Co. where he graduated with a degree in Business Marketing.  Upon graduation Bill began his insurance career with Farmers Insurance where he owned and operated an agency for 11 years.  In 2004, Bill was promoted to a management position in Omaha where he managed a team of agents for the next 5 years.  In 2010, Bill became a regional manager for MetLife Auto and Home. Bill joined The Pinnacle Agency in 2012, and is proud to be part of a group of truly honest people the are continuously looking out for their customer’s best interests. Bill is licensed in all lines of insurance.   In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Dawn, and his two sons, J.J. and Connor.   

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Bill Zumbrennen

Bio

Bill was born and raised in Southwestern WY. He attended Mesa State College in Grand Jct. Co. where he graduated with a degree in Business Marketing.  Upon graduation Bill began his insurance career with Farmers Insurance where he owned and operated an agency for 11 years.  In 2004, Bill was promoted to a management position in Omaha where he managed a team of agents for the next 5 years.  In 2010, Bill became a regional manager for MetLife Auto and Home. Bill joined The Pinnacle Agency in 2012, and is proud to be part of a group of truly honest people the are continuously looking out for their customer’s best interests. Bill is licensed in all lines of insurance.   In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Dawn, and his two sons, J.J. and Connor.   

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Lexington

Terry Delp

Bio

Terry is a native of Lexington, Nebraska.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration, he returned to Lexington and entered the Insurance and Real Estate business.  In 1992 he purchased the agency and merged it with the Dan Grafton Agency to form the Barrett-Housel-Grafton Agency.  The Agency was purchased by the Pinnacle Agency in 2002 and continues today.   Terry has been in the business in excess of forty years.

 

Terry’s wife is an elementary music teacher in the Lexington School System. Most of their spare time is spent with Mario (Dog) at the lake!

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Terry Delp

Bio

Terry is a native of Lexington, Nebraska.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration, he returned to Lexington and entered the Insurance and Real Estate business.  In 1992 he purchased the agency and merged it with the Dan Grafton Agency to form the Barrett-Housel-Grafton Agency.  The Agency was purchased by the Pinnacle Agency in 2002 and continues today.   Terry has been in the business in excess of forty years.

 

Terry’s wife is an elementary music teacher in the Lexington School System. Most of their spare time is spent with Mario (Dog) at the lake!

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Jeremy Roberts

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Jeremy Roberts

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Mary Reed

Bio

Mary was born, raised, educated, married and will retire in Lexington, Nebraska.  She graduated from Lexington High School in the Class of 1976, and went on to attend Kearney State College.  She was married, raised a family and took up teaching preschool for 20 years.  In January 2013, she came to The Pinnacle Agency to be the CSR and the Claims person.  In June 2016 she got her license to sell insurance in the state of NE.  Mary has two grown children and six grandchildren all living in the eastern part of Nebraska.  Mary is active in the Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Destination Imagination, Nebraska Creative Problem Solvers, Plum Creek Community Players and Lexington Area Community Choir.     In her spare time she enjoys time with friends and family, bowling, yardwork, volunteering and walking.  

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Mary Reed

Bio

Mary was born, raised, educated, married and will retire in Lexington, Nebraska.  She graduated from Lexington High School in the Class of 1976, and went on to attend Kearney State College.  She was married, raised a family and took up teaching preschool for 20 years.  In January 2013, she came to The Pinnacle Agency to be the CSR and the Claims person.  In June 2016 she got her license to sell insurance in the state of NE.  Mary has two grown children and six grandchildren all living in the eastern part of Nebraska.  Mary is active in the Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Destination Imagination, Nebraska Creative Problem Solvers, Plum Creek Community Players and Lexington Area Community Choir.     In her spare time she enjoys time with friends and family, bowling, yardwork, volunteering and walking.  

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Chris Fread

Bio

Chris was born in Kearney, NE and raised in Bertrand, NE.  She graduated from Bertrand High school with the class of 1985 and went on to attend Kearney State College. She has lived in Lexington for the last 28 years. Chris worked for an Industrial retailer prior to joining The Pinnacle agency in November of 2017 as a CSR. Chris is married with 3 grown children and 1 grandchild that all live in central Nebraska. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, bowling, and cutting fire wood with her husband. 

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Chris Fread

Bio

Chris was born in Kearney, NE and raised in Bertrand, NE.  She graduated from Bertrand High school with the class of 1985 and went on to attend Kearney State College. She has lived in Lexington for the last 28 years. Chris worked for an Industrial retailer prior to joining The Pinnacle agency in November of 2017 as a CSR. Chris is married with 3 grown children and 1 grandchild that all live in central Nebraska. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, bowling, and cutting fire wood with her husband. 

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Benkelman

Principal, Manager, Agent
Shane Sis

Principal, Manager, Agent

Bio

I love to help our communities make their lives easier when it comes to insurance.  When an insurance issue manifests itself, good or bad, I believe that our agency is the best choice to make a positive difference in the tri-state area.  When I started my career in May of 1994, I was just learning the ropes, but I am still learning something new everyday.  The Pinnacle Agency has given me a platform to be a leader not only in risk management, but in the community as well by serving in many organizations over the years.  I look forward to serving my clients and our communities for years to come.

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Principal, Manager, Agent
Shane Sis

Principal, Manager, Agent

Bio

I love to help our communities make their lives easier when it comes to insurance.  When an insurance issue manifests itself, good or bad, I believe that our agency is the best choice to make a positive difference in the tri-state area.  When I started my career in May of 1994, I was just learning the ropes, but I am still learning something new everyday.  The Pinnacle Agency has given me a platform to be a leader not only in risk management, but in the community as well by serving in many organizations over the years.  I look forward to serving my clients and our communities for years to come.

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Account Manager
Lynn Schrader

Account Manager

Bio

Lynn has been a licensed Account Manager with The Pinnacle Agency since 2003.  She is licensed in all lines and is very proficient in home, auto, farm and crop processing.  In 2008 Lynn became a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) which gave her a more in depth understanding of all things insurance.  In 2016 she then became a CISR Elite member which gave her an even deeper understanding of the everchanging insurance world.  Lynn works out of the Benkelman location Tuesdays thru Thursdays primarily or by appointment.  Stop in or give her a call and let her put her insurance knowledge to work on all your insurance needs.

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Account Manager
Lynn Schrader

Account Manager

Bio

Lynn has been a licensed Account Manager with The Pinnacle Agency since 2003.  She is licensed in all lines and is very proficient in home, auto, farm and crop processing.  In 2008 Lynn became a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) which gave her a more in depth understanding of all things insurance.  In 2016 she then became a CISR Elite member which gave her an even deeper understanding of the everchanging insurance world.  Lynn works out of the Benkelman location Tuesdays thru Thursdays primarily or by appointment.  Stop in or give her a call and let her put her insurance knowledge to work on all your insurance needs.

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Account Manager
Sonya Auffet

Account Manager

Bio

Sonya began her insurance career in November 2015 with AmFirst Insurance Services, LLC (Benkelman), now The Pinnacle Agency.  Prior to joining The Pinnacle Agency, Sonya worked in Banking, Health Care, and Education.  Sonya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Sonya’s family includes husband, Dr. Rodney Auffet and son Nathan Auffet, a student at Concordia University in Seward. Sonya currently holds Nebraska licenses in Property & Casualty, Life, Health, and Crop Insurance.

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Account Manager
Sonya Auffet

Account Manager

Bio

Sonya began her insurance career in November 2015 with AmFirst Insurance Services, LLC (Benkelman), now The Pinnacle Agency.  Prior to joining The Pinnacle Agency, Sonya worked in Banking, Health Care, and Education.  Sonya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Sonya’s family includes husband, Dr. Rodney Auffet and son Nathan Auffet, a student at Concordia University in Seward. Sonya currently holds Nebraska licenses in Property & Casualty, Life, Health, and Crop Insurance.

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Hayes Center

Account Manager
Betty Strasburg

Account Manager

Bio

Betty has been a licensed Account Manager with The Pinnacle Agency since December 2002. In 2007, Betty became a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). Betty has her Insurance license in Property and Casualty, Life and Health and Crop. Betty has many years of experience in the insurance industry .She will do her very best to take care of your insurance needs as our clients are very important to her. Betty is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with her clients now and into the future. Betty's free time is spent with her family and grandchildren.

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Account Manager
Betty Strasburg

Account Manager

Bio

Betty has been a licensed Account Manager with The Pinnacle Agency since December 2002. In 2007, Betty became a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). Betty has her Insurance license in Property and Casualty, Life and Health and Crop. Betty has many years of experience in the insurance industry .She will do her very best to take care of your insurance needs as our clients are very important to her. Betty is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with her clients now and into the future. Betty's free time is spent with her family and grandchildren.

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Loomis

J.J. Lauby

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J.J. Lauby

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Ogallala

Heidi Juarez

Bio

Heidi was born and raised in Ogallala Nebraska, after graduating college in Iowa she returned to her hometown of Ogallala and started her career with Pinnacle Bank in July of 2002 and The Pinnacle Agency in November of 2004.  Heidi is licensed in property and casualty insurance lines.  She enjoys working with clients and has always made customer service her top priority. Heidi loves spending time with her 3 kids, family and friends camping and boating at Lake McConaughy.

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Heidi Juarez

Bio

Heidi was born and raised in Ogallala Nebraska, after graduating college in Iowa she returned to her hometown of Ogallala and started her career with Pinnacle Bank in July of 2002 and The Pinnacle Agency in November of 2004.  Heidi is licensed in property and casualty insurance lines.  She enjoys working with clients and has always made customer service her top priority. Heidi loves spending time with her 3 kids, family and friends camping and boating at Lake McConaughy.

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Osceola

Matt Gillespie

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Matt Gillespie

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Casey Tonniges

Bio

Casey Tonniges grew up on a farm northwest of Utica Nebraska. After graduating from Centennial Public High School in Utica she went on to Massage Therapy School in Lincoln at the Myotherapy Institute. Casey and her husband Joe live on a farm between Shelby and Gresham with their two girls Chaylee and Cheyenne. Casey is very active with the farming and cattle they own. She is also very involved in her girls’ activities consisting of 4-H, softball, volleyball and basketball. Casey joined The Pinnacle Agency in August 2008. Casey received her property casualty insurance license in February 2010 and her crop license in July 2011.

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Casey Tonniges

Bio

Casey Tonniges grew up on a farm northwest of Utica Nebraska. After graduating from Centennial Public High School in Utica she went on to Massage Therapy School in Lincoln at the Myotherapy Institute. Casey and her husband Joe live on a farm between Shelby and Gresham with their two girls Chaylee and Cheyenne. Casey is very active with the farming and cattle they own. She is also very involved in her girls’ activities consisting of 4-H, softball, volleyball and basketball. Casey joined The Pinnacle Agency in August 2008. Casey received her property casualty insurance license in February 2010 and her crop license in July 2011.

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Palmer

Michael McLagan

Bio

Mike is originally from Brookings South Dakota and has lived in Grand Island Since 2008.  He attended Southeast Technical Institute studying Business Management and Marketing.   Mike began his career at The Pinnacle Agency in Grand Island in April of 2013 and in July of 2013 was also named the Agency Manager of the Palmer Agency location.  Mike currently splits his time between both the Grand Island & Palmer Offices and is licensed in Personal and Commercial lines, Crop, and Life & Health insurance. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and son Gage as well as Camping, Hunting, and Competitive Archery.   

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Michael McLagan

Bio

Mike is originally from Brookings South Dakota and has lived in Grand Island Since 2008.  He attended Southeast Technical Institute studying Business Management and Marketing.   Mike began his career at The Pinnacle Agency in Grand Island in April of 2013 and in July of 2013 was also named the Agency Manager of the Palmer Agency location.  Mike currently splits his time between both the Grand Island & Palmer Offices and is licensed in Personal and Commercial lines, Crop, and Life & Health insurance. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and son Gage as well as Camping, Hunting, and Competitive Archery.   

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Shelby

Jeff Kuhnel

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Jeff Kuhnel

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Doug Lamoree

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Doug Lamoree

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Tami Coffin

Bio

Tami has been with The Pinnacle Agency in Shelby, NE for the past 12 years---assisting in commercial and personal lines insurance and keeping day-to-day operations in order. Growing up in Shelby and graduating from there, Tami loves the close-knit feel that a small town offers---where all clients seem like family. She likes being involved in her community and is always ready with a helping hand.

Tami and her husband Bill live in rural Shelby where they farm and raise livestock. They have three children and enjoy spending their free time with their kids, family, & friends.

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Tami Coffin

Bio

Tami has been with The Pinnacle Agency in Shelby, NE for the past 12 years---assisting in commercial and personal lines insurance and keeping day-to-day operations in order. Growing up in Shelby and graduating from there, Tami loves the close-knit feel that a small town offers---where all clients seem like family. She likes being involved in her community and is always ready with a helping hand.

Tami and her husband Bill live in rural Shelby where they farm and raise livestock. They have three children and enjoy spending their free time with their kids, family, & friends.

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St. Paul

Ken Roy

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Ken Roy

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Jenny Lech

Bio

Jenny began her Insurance career back in November of 2006. Jenny came from a small town, with a living in town background to always being out on the farm helping with chores and the cattle operations. With the knowledge of both living the town life to farm life she helps provide clients with the best knowledge of insurance that will fit their needs.  Jenny’s hobbies are spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors doing just about anything, hunting, golfing, and crafts. 

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Jenny Lech

Bio

Jenny began her Insurance career back in November of 2006. Jenny came from a small town, with a living in town background to always being out on the farm helping with chores and the cattle operations. With the knowledge of both living the town life to farm life she helps provide clients with the best knowledge of insurance that will fit their needs.  Jenny’s hobbies are spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors doing just about anything, hunting, golfing, and crafts. 

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Verdigre

Sue Ellen Kopecky

Bio

Sue Ellen was born and raised on a Farm near Verdigre, NE. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Kearney. Sue Ellen started with The Pinnacle Agency in Columbus as a Customer Service Representative in 2008. Since then she has gotten her Property & Casualty License and Crop License. In 2012, Sue Ellen moved back to the O’Neill area with her husband to work on his ranch and transitioned to working in the accounting office for the Agency.  In the summer of 2017, Sue Ellen became the manager of the Verdigre Agency.  Sue Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband and  three children, gardening, being outdoors, and scrapbooking.

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Sue Ellen Kopecky

Bio

Sue Ellen was born and raised on a Farm near Verdigre, NE. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Kearney. Sue Ellen started with The Pinnacle Agency in Columbus as a Customer Service Representative in 2008. Since then she has gotten her Property & Casualty License and Crop License. In 2012, Sue Ellen moved back to the O’Neill area with her husband to work on his ranch and transitioned to working in the accounting office for the Agency.  In the summer of 2017, Sue Ellen became the manager of the Verdigre Agency.  Sue Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband and  three children, gardening, being outdoors, and scrapbooking.

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Wallace

Account Manager
Kassie Pelster

Account Manager

Bio

Kassie grew up in Hershey, NE, graduating from Hershey Public Schools. Upon graduating from college in Lincoln, Kassie and her husband Matt moved back to Elsie, NE, where they currently reside. Together they own Pelster Ag in Wallace, where Matt is a seed corn salesman for Pioneer Seeds, and also run a few head of cattle. They have 2 children, son Blake and daughter Denay. Kassie has been involved in the insurance industry off and on since 1993. She obtained her Property & Casualty license in 2005 and Life & Health and Crop in 2006. Kassie was hired by AmFirst Insurance Services in 2006, which was later purchased by The Pinnacle Agency in 2017.

Kassie enjoys following her kids in their numerous activities, spending time with family, helping out in the community, golfing, riding horses, going to the lake, or just about any activity that involves with being outside.

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Account Manager
Kassie Pelster

Account Manager

Bio

Kassie grew up in Hershey, NE, graduating from Hershey Public Schools. Upon graduating from college in Lincoln, Kassie and her husband Matt moved back to Elsie, NE, where they currently reside. Together they own Pelster Ag in Wallace, where Matt is a seed corn salesman for Pioneer Seeds, and also run a few head of cattle. They have 2 children, son Blake and daughter Denay. Kassie has been involved in the insurance industry off and on since 1993. She obtained her Property & Casualty license in 2005 and Life & Health and Crop in 2006. Kassie was hired by AmFirst Insurance Services in 2006, which was later purchased by The Pinnacle Agency in 2017.

Kassie enjoys following her kids in their numerous activities, spending time with family, helping out in the community, golfing, riding horses, going to the lake, or just about any activity that involves with being outside.

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