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Leadership Team

Scott Schaefers

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Innovation

While a newcomer to the crop insurance industry, Scott is no stranger to agriculture and marketing strategy. He and his wife own Scott’s original homestead farm which has been in his family 161 years. After years of cropping it, they have now turned the 270 acres into fields of native grasses, wetlands and trees in West Central Minnesota.

Prior to joining the ProAg team, Scott was responsible for marketing strategy within a commercial division of Travelers Insurance. He has also held a variety of marketing and strategy roles at Deluxe Corporation where he led several transformational initiatives including New Product Development, eCommerce and Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition, he has previous experience in both the telecommunications and consulting industries and has owned his own small business.

Scott received his MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Scott lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Kate and has two twenty-something daughters, Rachel and Clare. In his spare time, he spends as much time outdoors as he can hunting, fishing, hiking and at his farm.

Becky Piechowski

Senior Vice President, Operations

Becky has been in the insurance industry her entire career. Her experience ranges from personal to commercial lines within the property and casualty field as well as crop insurance. She has worked at State Farm, Travelers, CUNA Mutual, John Deere and most recently Farmers Mutual Hail. Her career has spanned areas from claims, product management, strategic development, business transformation and implementation to operations.

Becky was impacted by farming from an early age since her father ran the local coop. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Becky and her husband, Steve, will be relocating to the Twin Cities from Des Moines, IA. They have two daughters who are currently attending the University of St. Thomas.

Benji Borner

Chief Information Officer

Benji has served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) since November of 2018. His hiring represents ProAg’s continuing commitment to innovation as well as being more focused on technology solutions for our growing agent and policyholder base.

Benji comes to us with over 20 years of IT experience including seven years as the Vice President of IT at AIMIA, a global leader in loyalty programs. He obtained his MS in Software Engineering at Saint Thomas in Minnesota and his BS in Business Management at Saint Cloud University in Minnesota. In his spare time, Benji volunteers for youth baseball, hockey and waterski teams.

Missy Waters

Senior Vice President, Sales

Missy has been in the crop insurance business for 25 years, beginning her career as an underwriter for a Texas agency. Through the years, she has worked as an Underwriting Supervisor, Operations Supervisor, Training Manager, and Regional Vice President.

Missy joined the ProAg team in June of 2006. “I am proud to work for an organization that values their employees and customers,” she states. “I see it throughout the company every day.”

Terri Sell

Senior Vice President, Underwriting

A graduate of MidAmerica University, Terri entered the crop insurance business with Continental Insurance in 1986, and joined ProAg in 2004 as the National Operations Manager. In her crop insurance career she has held various positions, including Crop Hail Underwriter/Supervisor, MPCI Underwriter/Supervisor, Regional Operations Manager, and Agent in Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas.

She grew up on a grain farm and spent many hours with her father, who was committee chairman for their ASCS division. She credits her extensive knowledge of agriculture to that experience as well as her strong background as a member and leader of 4-H.

Terri has three grown children: Tangela, Jessica, and Cameron, and four grandchildren. Family is her primary focus away from the office, but she also enjoys tropical vacations, collecting Wizard of Oz memorabilia, and gardening.

Matt King

Interim National Claim Manager

Matt brings over 12 years of experience in the crop insurance industry with 10 years at ProAg. Matt started his career as a claims adjuster for RCIS. In 2009, he joined to ProAg as a claims adjuster and shortly after became a product specialist. In 2015, Matt accepted the role as a Claims Manager for the eastern region.

Vikki Blettner

National Compliance Manager

Vikki has been in the crop insurance business for over 20 years. Her career began in the Northwest as an underwriter. Through the years, she has held various positions, including claims supervisor, claims processing manager, and legal analysis coordinator.

Vikki joined the ProAg team in 2004. Working to help protect America’s farmers and ensure they can continue to farm, is exactly where she feels she belongs. Vikki enjoys being a part of the crop insurance industry.

Vikki and her husband, Kerry, live in northern Idaho. Together with their children, Kara and Logan, they spend their free time snow skiing, water skiing/wake-surfing, mountain biking or attending the kid’s sporting events.

Jeanie Bonewitz

National Crop Accounting Manager

She grew up on a farm and has been involved in agriculture all of her life. Jeanie attended Kansas State University and has 38-years of crop insurance experience which started by becoming the crop hail office supervisor for her first employer.

During her career, she has worked as an MPCI Underwriting Supervisor and a Regional Office Supervisor. She joined ProAg in August of 2006.

Jeanie has three grown and married sons and four grandsons.

Chris Ohm

Regional Vice President of ProAg’s Southern Region

Chris brings over 15 years of experience in the crop insurance industry to ProAg. He has worked in positions with various crop insurance companies including being a marketing representative as well as regional and national underwriting supervisor positions.

Chris’ education includes an Agricultural Business bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Diane Stinson

Regional Vice President of ProAg’s Northern Region

She is responsible for the supervision of all sales and marketing of numerous insurance products within the Upper Midwest region of eight states. Diane has 25 years of experience in the crop insurance industry, including roles as a claims processor, software training specialist, underwriting and claims supervisor, and regional marketing manager.

Diane’s career has focused on mentoring her employees to better themselves and the companies they work for. She considers the success and career advancement of her team members her greatest accomplishment. Diane is currently a Women in Agribusiness national advisory board member and sees this as a great opportunity to contribute to the participation and growth of women in the diverse field of agriculture.

Tyffany Basila

Regional Vice President of ProAg's Western Region

Tyffany brings over 20 years of experience in the crop insurance industry. Since starting ProAg in 2008, Tyffany spent five years in compliance before moving into claims as an Area Claims Supervisor and in 2015 she became the Western Claims Manager.

Joe Sharp

Regional Vice President of ProAg's Eastern Region

Joe brings over 10 years of sales experience to ProAg. He is coming to us from Steyer Seeds where he was a district sales manager. Joe also spent six years working for Monsanto Regional Brands as a district sales manager. Joe graduated from Wilmington College with his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and is a Certified Crop Advisor.

Tom Wise

National Accounts Manager

Tom has been in the crop insurance industry for 19 years, beginning his career as an agent for Country Companies in his current hometown of Geneseo, Illinois. Tom spent roughly half of his career as an agent and the other half working for AIPs. His undergraduate degree was in Marketing / Finance at Augustana College, and he received an MBA at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Tom was a Division Sales Manager for John Deere Crop Insurance and most recently was the National Sales Manager at AmTrust Ag.

Along with his crop insurance experience, Tom also brings valuable experience from several sales and marketing roles while at John Deere and served as a VP of Business Development for Wells Fargo in their Ag Lending group.

Tom joined the ProAg team via the AmTrust Ag acquisition in May of 2019.

 

Executive Team

Experience. Experience. Experience—three reasons why the Executive Team adds incredible strength to ProAg. With almost 100 years of cumulative experience in all phases of crop insurance—from adjusting and underwriting to trade organizations and Capitol Hill—this team thoroughly understands the industry. They put their knowledge to work for the benefit of ProAg agents and customers every day.