MEET THE MATHENIA INSURANCE GROUP TEAM

2017 Dave and Me

Dave Mathenia
Founder & Managing Partner

dave@mathins.com
Cell: 314-520-7031
Dave began his insurance career in 1979, starting as a sales associate before rising through the ranks to become sales manager, branch manager, senior sales representative, territorial manager, and eventually owning a Farmer’s agency. During his almost 40 years in the insurance industry, Dave worked for Metropolitan Life, Cigna, Century, Prudential, and Principal. Dave’s major goal when founding Mathenia Insurance Group was to provide clients an alternative to the recent trends of insurance companies promoting cheap prices and 15 minute quotes. These companies rarely offer professional advice or personal customer service and are often not the best value. The “One Company Agents,” many with good intentions, cannot offer real choices because they offer only one company’s prices. Dave’s goal was to create a place where clients can receive professional advice, unbiased quotes from multiple carriers, and most importantly a superior customer experience. Dave has been active in the local community participating in and promoting children’s sports activities and many local charities. Dave and his wife, Julie, have been married for 39 years and considers Julie his rock and compass. They have 2 beautiful daughters and are blessed with 3 grandsons.
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Bill Kaatman
Managing Partner & Insurance Consultant

I am a Missouri native, spending a short 8 years in Florissant then making the transition to St. Charles where I currently reside. I have spent majority of my carrier as a Personal Risk advisor with two fortune 500 companies. My first position was as Personal Risk Advisor for State Farm Insurance. After a 6 years in that role, I decided to take a position as Sales Leader with the top producing office in Missouri at State Farm. With this team, I was able to achieve the “Top Sales Agency” award for 9 consecutive months and take the office to the “Top 20” national agencies across the country. Prior to entering the Agent Carrier Track program with State Farm I took the opportunity to review opportunities with several major companies. I quickly realized that my goals and passion for client loyalty would be better aligned with an independent insurance agency. On October 5th, 2011, I started as a producing member of the Mathenia Insurance Group. We have seen four great years of success and client satisfaction. Since becoming a managing member my commitment to client satisfaction and my competitive nature have only grown stronger. By letting my management experiences at State Farm guide me on this new path, I was able to transfer my loyalty from just one company to the trust of my client.
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Chris Hansel
Insurance Consultant

After 17 years in construction contracting, Chris became a mortgage consultant, at State Farm Bank, with the hope of getting into the insurance side of the business. He wanted to use his construction knowledge to help grow his career in claims and become a catastrophe claims specialist. While working towards these goals he was told over and over again that he should be an agent. With that position not available there, he decided a change in employers was needed. Chris has been with Mathenia Insurance Group for two years and is finally a full service, one stop shop for all things insurance. Chris resides in north O’Fallon, Missouri with his wife (Natalie), four daughters and two dogs. The girls, as Chris refers to them, are the most important part of his life. They keep him on his toes.


"It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! - Rocky"
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Ashley McConnell
Sales Executive

Ashley started her insurance career with State Farm in 2011. She was a sales producer for an agent and moved up into a management role. Her passion was to help protect her clients and building relationships. She hit several achievements through State Farm, and after 5 years she ended her employment with them. Since then she has been working with Mathenia Insurance as an independent agent where she continues to be passionate about her job and clients. She and her husband met in the United States Army in 2008. They have been married now for 7 years. Since then Ashley got out of the military in 2016. She spends her available time with her family. She is a step mother of two boys, ages 11 & 13. She is also a mother to a very outgoing, independent, 3 year old little girl. Family and travel is what drives her to succeed.


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Phil 4:13
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Kristin Rubenstein
Managing Partner & Office Manager

Kristin started her insurance career during high school at her father’s insurance company. After graduation, she continued working part time at the agency while attending college. Kristin thoroughly enjoyed helping and interacting with customers. Kristin opted to obtain her insurance license and continue her training, constantly asking questions and learning from the more experienced staff. She developed her own style of providing personal service to the agency customers and became an advocate for the customer. Over the years, Kristin has taken on agency operations and led the team in customer interactions, carrier claims personnel, underwriters, and service staff. She is known as the “happy warrior,” always having a positive attitude and constantly putting a smile on everyone’s face. Kristin reminds the team to “provide superior customer service by getting it right the first time, every time!” Kristin has been happily married for 10 years and has two sons. She and her husband always find time to enjoy their sons’ sporting events of baseball and wrestling, as well as family time at the lake.
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Leslie Tippett
Customer Service Representative

Leslie began her insurance career in 2003 in Florida. She started out document filing for a trusted choice independent agency, and was quickly designated a customer service representative specializing in auto insurance. Leslie moved to Missouri in 2010, and obtained her insurance license for life, health, property and casualty. She received a Long Term Care designation while working for Bankers Life in 2011.She has worked for captive offices including State Farm, and most recently American Family. She enjoys supporting and training new staff to ensure the agency’s continued success and is always looking for ways to be helpful and put a smile on someone’s face. Leslie enjoys hobbies such as sand volleyball , gardening, spending time with her family & friends, shopping, cooking, baking, and tending to her and her husband Joe’s ducks at home.
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Cassie Curry
Insurance Consultant

Prior to working for Mathenia, Cassie obtained her bachelors degree in psychology from Lindenwood University. Cassie has a very consultative approach when it comes to offering her services to her clients. Saving her clients money is great, but knowing that you walk away understanding the coverages and how the policy can work for you is her goal every time she meets with a new customer. Cassie takes a lot of pride in being your personal agent and making herself available to you and your family. The level of service you can receive when dealing with a local agent versus a 800 number is something that Cassie and Mathenia Ins Grp. take a lot of pride in.
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Kathy Brinker
Customer Service Representative

Hi, I am Kathy Brinker,
I started my insurance career in 2006 when a friend introduced me to Insurance and I have never looked back! I’ve been learning and making strides since the start and I have to say that I love what I do.
I have been with my husband, Dan for nearly thirty years and we have raised our daughter, Rachel who is now twenty four and out of the home, so we are now empty nesters. I love reading, gardening, bowling, playing Wii games, throwing darts and listening to music. I am an avid animal lover and currently have three cats, two dogs and two parakeets. I volunteer at the Humane Society and am always looking for anyone who would like to donate items to help make a shelter animal feel comfortable until they can find their forever homes.


"Believe you can and you're halfway there. - Teddy Roosevelt"
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Josh Graddy
Senior Risk Advisor

Josh has 16 years of experience in food service, sales and in management. Josh began his career in insurance with Farmers and has since become a member of the Mathenia Insurance Group. He is from Silex, Missouri and currently resides in O'fallon. Josh is married with three children and spends a lot of time with his family at the lake of the Ozarks teaching his children to fish, swim, and boat. Josh also enjoys golfing and is a big sports fan.


"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi"
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Daniel Villa
Account Representative

After moving from Costa Rica in 2011, Daniel completed his bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University in 2015. In 2016 he married his wife Shannon and they currently reside in Wentzville where they plan to raise their family. Daniel is bilingual which helps him to communicate and help the Hispanic community in the area. Daniel likes to spend his time off with his family, fishing, or playing soccer. He is very passionate about aviation and plans to finish his private pilot license in the near future.
Prior to Mathenia Insurance, Daniel has always been very interested about helping others. He started in the insurance industry back in 2016 as a producer with Farmers Insurance and joined Mathenia Insurance Group back in April 2018 where he is looking forward to provide his clients with quality service.

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful. - Eric Thomas"
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Mike Larkin
Senior Risk Advisor

mike@mathins.com
636-219-8522
Mike started at Mathenia Insurance Group in January 2018. Mike brings more than 10 years of Sales and Customer Service experience to his clients, having worked in the Automotive and Banking Industry prior to Insurance. Mike started his Insurance career with State Farm, where he was able to build a really good foundation for the all different products that are offered to protect you and your family’s property. Mike takes a different approach than most agents, he takes the time to go over everything with you to make sure you’re properly covered in the event you have a total loss. Mike spends more time in the beginning to understand his clients, to help protect some of the biggest purchases you will make in your life. Mike wants to make sure you completely understand your coverage's and what they mean to you. Mike realized rather quickly in order to be able to help his clients better, he would need to be able to offer them choices, and would need to become an Independent Agent. When not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his 2 children, family, and friends. He loves hitting the golf course when time allows and any playing any sport outside.
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Ryan Gwaltney
Marketing Manager

Ryan is the youngest member of the Mathenia Insurance team. Hired on to handle all marketing related activities for Mathenia going forward. Ryan recently graduated from Truman State University class of 2017 where he earned a bachelors degree with a concentration in marketing. Ryan is also an alumni of St. Charles Community College where he played 2 years of Men's Soccer and earned his Associates Degree. When Ryan is not working he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is a big sports fan and loves going to Cardinals and Blues games and has experience coaching youth soccer.


"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretzky" --Michael Scott