Don Endress

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Don is Founder, Owner and President of Ledgestone Insurance Group and has over three decades of experience in the insurance industry serving in a wide variety of roles including underwriting, claims, corporate risk management, product development, and regulatory compliance. Prior to forming Ledgestone Insurance Group in 2009, he was employed by Risk Management Solutions, Inc. and led the development and growth of the Personal Lines & Commercial Broker market segments. This role involved establishing, expanding and managing key insurance relationships with many Fortune 500 accounts. His strong qualifications and keen insights helped guide clients use of technologies used to support…

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Austin Endress

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Austin is a Principal and Owner at Ledgestone Insurance Group and holds the insurance designations of CPCU, AIC, AINS & AIS. Upon graduating with a Bachelor degree in Finance and Insurance from Illinois State University in 2015, he co-founded Brooktower Insurance Group, a commercial-focused independent retail brokerage. In the spring of 2017,  operations were merged with Ledgestone Insurance Group. Austin’s primary focus is the implementation and maintenance of Enterprise Risk Management programs for middle-market Contractor and Manufacturing clients. Austin enjoys golf, biking and traveling and is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bulls.

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Nate Heinold

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Nate focuses on personal and business insurance and works out of our satellite office in Washington. Nate specializes in writing business insurance for Churches and Contractors. Nate graduated from Illinois State University with an undergraduate degree in business and finance and has an MBA from Illinois State as well. In addition to his degree Nate was the 2009-2010 Outstanding MBA Student of the Year. Nate holds the insurance designations of CPCU, AU, API, AINS and AIS. Nate sits on the board of directors for the Professional Disc Golf Association and is a Past President of the Washington Chamber of Commerce….

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Mark Friedrich

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Mark is a veteran in the insurance industry with expertise in both personal lines and commercial business risk management.  His designations include LUTCF, CWCA, and CBC. In additional to his commitment to his clients, he is focused on serving his community and church. He is presently Vice President of the Washington Kiwanis Club, Secretary/treasurer for his BNI (Business Network International) group, and on the board of War Room Ministries. In the past he has served on the board for the Red Cross, Foster Pet Outreach, and active in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Bryce Silverthorn

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Bryce’s mission is to bring an unparalleled level of service and increase the overall value clients receive from their broker. Bryce joined the Ledgestone team as a Risk Advisor prior to completing his Bachelor of Science in Marketing Analytics at Illinois State University. For three generations Bryce’s family has been involved in the building trades in Central Illinois – continuing the tradition, his primary focus is on the construction and manufacturing industries. Bryce holds the CLCS designation and is actively pursuing CIC designation. Bryce enjoys snow skiing, surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing and outdoor concerts.

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Ed Riesberg

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Ed is a Risk Advisor specializing in manufacturing and churches.  Ed came to us from Caterpillar with extensive experience in lean project management and a strong risk analysis background. Ed has a degree from Iowa State University in Production Operations Management and Management Information Systems. Ed has put down roots in Morton with his wife Jessica and two children.  He is active in his community and has created a local business networking group, serves as a board member of the T3 Triathlon,  member of the Blessed Sacrament Commission of Education and Enrollment Committee, member of the Morton Rotary, and volunteer…

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Nick Gurdian

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Nick is a Risk Adviser specializing in the construction, manufacturing, and restaurant industries. Nick graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Leadership.  While there, he completed an internship at Ledgestone Insurance Group and then joined them full time upon graduation. Nick stays busy as a member of the Morton Fire Department and enjoys hunting, fishing, and target shooting in his free time.

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Gabe Meiss

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Gabe joined the Ledgestone team in 2015 as a customer service intern and began full-time with the organization in 2016.  He currently oversees the customer service team as Operations Manager. Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Organizational and Leadership Communication with a certificate in Human Resource Management. He is active in his church, is a member of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. Other hobbies include baseball (specifically Cardinals baseball), American history, reading, and making music.

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Brenda Decker

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Brenda has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and joined the Ledgestone team in 2013. Prior to her employment at Ledgestone, Brenda worked as a policy processor, then as a commercial lines rate clerk at Travelers Insurance and Pekin Insurance. In 2000, she obtained her Property & Casualty Insurance Producer license and worked for another independent insurance agency in the area, dealing in both commercial and personal lines insurance. Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially in her backyard in-ground pool. One of her main hobbies is creating cross-stitch pictures.

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