Meet Our Champions

General Manager

Rookie Year

1990

Phil Mavon

President

Brief History/Background

Phil began his career working at Lloyd's of London and Northland Insurance Company prior to joining Mavon as an E&S lines manager. As a fourth-generation owner, Phil works to develop the most talented staff to service our agencies, and to contract with the finest insurance carriers for the benefit of our clients.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree, Colgate University; MBA, the University of Chicago

Outside Interests

Golf, platform tennis, boating, fishing, brewing beer, falconry, reading, and more golf

Coach - Commercial, Personal, Marketing

Rookie Year

1975

Jeanette Benisek

Vice President

Brief History/Background

Jeanette’s career started in Nashville. She later received underwriting training from CNA and then moved into marketing. She joined Mavon in 2006.

Education & Qualifications

Attended CSU, Northridge and MTSU for Marketing and Recording Industry Management; CPCU designated

Outside Interests

Enjoys spending time with her family, involved at DG Community Church, caring for her 2 adopted dogs, reading, gardening, and hopefully finding time to play golf

Coach - Professional & National Programs

Rookie Year

1991

Jim Skelton

Senior Vice President

Brief History/Background

Jim began his insurance career in 1991 by following in his father's footsteps. Jim's focus is on Professional Liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and Cyber Liability.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree, University of Illinois; Urbana-Champaign Insurance designations: Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU)

Outside Interests

Swimming, biking, running, and fishing

Coach - Accounting & Administrative

Rookie Year

1995

Catrina Letto

Vice President

Brief History/Background

Catrina started as a temporary receptionist and moved through various departments using her IT background to implement efficiencies.

Education & Qualifications

Attended Moraine Valley Community College for AS400 mainframe specialist

Outside Interests

When she is not planning world domination, she reads, cooks, attends local events, schemes with her granddaughter against her sons and, Chicago weather permitting, gardens

Team – Commercial – Standard

Rookie Year

1981

Diane Bryant

Senior Production Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Diane started in personal lines but moved into commercial over 30 years ago. She has been a senior account manager/agent, head of operations, marketing manager.

Education & Qualifications

Triton College 2 years business management – many years experience

Outside Interests

Racquetball, volleyball, attending sporting events, concerts and enjoying time with my family and friends

Rookie Year

1995

Jennifer Curtis

Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Jennifer began her career in 1995 and worked at MWG speciality before joing Mavon and an E&S underwriting assistant.

Education & Qualifications

Harper College

Outside Interests

Traveling, gardening, dinner with friends, swimming, candle making, cooking

Rookie Year

2015

Matt Veljkovich

Underwriting Assistant

Brief History/Background

Matt joined Mavon in 2015.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in Hospitality Administration, Northern Illinois University; Masters in Business Administration and Masters in International Management, Northern Illinios University

Outside Interests

Nutrition, powerlifiting, bodybuilding, podcasts, computer gaming, eSports, daily fantasy sport

Team – Commercial – Specialty

Rookie Year

2009

Michelle Chow

Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Michelle began her Mavon career in the file room as seasonal help while attending college. After graduating college in 2009 she became an underwriter in the commercial lines E&S department.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Outside Interests

Being a foodie, Broadway musicals, anything that requires a competitive spirit, and traveling

Rookie Year

1990

Alma Gadison

Underwriting Assistant

Brief History/Background

Alma moved to Chicago in 1987 after serving a 2nd tour overseas in the US Army. She started in the insurance industry as a receptionist and then an underwriting support technician. Alma came to Mavon in 2000.

Education & Qualifications

Professional Business School

Outside Interests

Spending time with her grandchildren, knitting, crocheting, solving crossword puzzles, and cooking

Rookie Year

2015

Catie King

Underwriting Assistant

Brief History/Background

Catie joined the company after college, started as a receptionist.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree,Northern Illinois University

Outside Interests

Antiquing, exercising, D.I.Y., crafting, and traveling

Rookie Year

1987

Chuck Lynch

Senior Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Chuck started in insurance as a claims clerk at the Illinois Insurance Exchange in 1987. Moved over to Excess & Surplus lines binding authority underwriting in 1992 and started at Mavon in 1998.

Education & Qualifications

P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

All sports (including golf), music and long walks on the beach

Rookie Year

1979

Tim Shastany

Senior Broker

Brief History/Background

Tim began his career working at the Hartford and then Kemper as a commercial package underwriter before transitioning to E&S lines 10 years ago. Time joined Mavon in 2013 and is excited to work on more challenging commercial placements.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor's degree, University of California, Santa Barbara

Outside Interests

Swimming, cycling and running; preparing plant-based meal; currently training to compete in the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii

Rookie Year

2012

Lauren (Sheehan) Shaw

Operations Manager

Brief History/Background

Lauren started at Mavon as a part-time receptionist and general underwriting assistant. She has spent time in both specialty and standard commercial lines. She currently splits her time between underwriting, operations, and managing the commercial support staff.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Indiana Wesleyan University; Masters of Divinity, Vanderbilt University

Outside Interests

Traveling, eating (chef for a husband, comes with the territory), reading, watching movies, and playing with her dog Scooter

Team – Personal – Standard

Rookie Year

2000

Amanda “Mandy” Fellers

Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Mandy started her insurance career when she was 21 years old.

Education & Qualifications

Degree in Counseling; P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain

Rookie Year

2000

Tiffany Hill

Underwriter/ Operations Director

Brief History/Background

Tiffany started her career in insurance in 2000 and worked for a few agencies before joining Mavon in 2014. She works both on standard Personal and Commercial Lines accounts.

Education & Qualifications

Associates degree in Accounting and Business Management; P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

Boating, swimming, waterparks and theme parks; then hibernating in the winter

Rookie Year

1965

Shirley Sexton

Assistant Underwriter

Brief History/Background

At the age of 17, Shirley started working for Northwestern National Insurance Company as a policy typist. In 1969, Shirley joined Mavon as a policy endorsement typist.

Education & Qualifications

Attended Moraine Valley College for some courses; P&C Licensed and CISR certification

Outside Interests

Grandchildren, playing cards and games, taking walks, cooking and baking

Team – Personal – Specialty

Rookie Year

1977

Bonny Johnson

Senior Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Bonny began her career in 1977 working at her father's agency. She worked for a few different agencies before landing at Mavon in 2013. Bonny has been in insurance since she was 15 years old and still loves it!

Outside Interests

Hiking, reading, fishing, animal rescue, quilting, counted cross-stitch, visiting/helping elderly neighbors

Rookie Year

2007

Nikki Smith

Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Nikki started as a temp file clerk, quickly became a full-time receptionist and then worked her way up to personal lines underwriter.

Education & Qualifications

P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

Photography, reading, road trips, board games and pretty much anything outdoors

Team – Professional Lines

Rookie Year

2006

Laura Williams

Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Laura started working at Mavon in 2006 as an assistant underwriter fo the Personal and Commercial departments. She became the professional specialty underwriter in 2011.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration, North Central College

Outside Interests

Crafting, including making candles and basket weaving. During the spring and summer Laura enjoys working in the garden.

Team - National Programs

Rookie Year

2008

Sheri DiGirolamo

Operations Manager

Brief History/Background

Sheri has worked for Mavon for 9 years all in the Program Department. She specializes in insuring mobile entertainers and wedding event professionals.

Education & Qualifications

Undergraduate degree, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; fluent in French and Spanish

Outside Interests

Tennis, reading, and travel

Rookie Year

2010

Anke Thayer

Equine Underwriter

Brief History/Background

Anke began her insurance career working for an Equine Insurance Agent in Lexington and joined Mavon in 2014.

Education & Qualifications

Chemical/Petroleum Refining Engineering Degree from Colorado Schools of Mines

Outside Interests

Anything to do with horses; kayaking and tennis

Rookie Year

1977

Ian Snow

Equine Program Manager

Brief History/Background

Ian began equine insurance career in London in 1977, working for an underwriting agency and then the leading Lloyd’s Bloodstock Broker. He moved to Lexington, KY in 2004 working first for an insurance company with an Equine department and then an insurance agency that specialized in horses. Ian joined Mavon in 2014.

Outside Interests

Golf, snow skiing, soccer and cycling

Team - Marketing

Rookie Year

2014

Mallory Benisek

Marketing Strategist

Brief History/Background

Mallory began her insurance career on the retail side, marketing to advisors of the affluent. Just last year, she transitioned into marketing for Mavon.

Education & Qualifications

BA, Scripps College; JD, University of OK (Boomer Sooner!); IL Bar member; P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

Foodie, wine enthusiast, and shopping addict; also enjoys designing, organizing, reading, dancing, and the beach; aspiring ukulele musician

Team - Accounting

Rookie Year

2007

Pat Annoreno

Accounting Assistant

Brief History/Background

Pat has worked for more than 20 years in accounting and worked as a licensed P&C agent for 10 years.

Education & Qualifications

Business and Accounting courses, Wright Jr. College; P&C Licensed

Outside Interests

Cooking, sewing, crafting and fishing - when they are biting

Rookie Year

1988

Dave Cunico

Controller

Brief History/Background

Dave started his career at the Illinois Insurance Exchange and joined Mavon in 2009.

Education & Qualifications

CPA, MBA, BA,Lewis University & Wartburg College

Outside Interests

Spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Nick, Abby, and Juliana; plays guitar and coaches girl's softball as well

Rookie Year

2012

George Hofmann

GAMCO Representative

Brief History/Background

George began his career in accounting, operations, and development in 2008. He joined Mavon in 2012.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Illinois, Chicago

Outside Interests

Involved in the music ministry of a few local churches and his cover band plays across the Greater Chicagoland area; he is recently married and enjoys spending time with his wife and first born son, George J. Hofmann III

Rookie Year

1999

Jennifer Riter

Director of Accounting Operations

Brief History/Background

Jennifer began her career with Mavon in 1999 as a receptionist and non-standard auto assistant. She has since worked in Personal Lines, Mavco, Gamco and now in Accounting.

Education & Qualifications

Associates degree in Business Admin/Accounting, Carl Sandburg College and University of Iowa

Outside Interests

Her kid's sports, home improvement projects/design, giving new life to old furniture & décor, golf, gardening, canning, and traveling (not nearly enough)

Team - Administrative

Rookie Year

1988

Lily Chow

Administrative Assistant

Brief History/Background

Lily was born in Shanghai, China, fled from China when she was 8 and moved to Hong Kong. She came to Chicago 35 years ago. Lily joined Mavon 19 years ago.

Outside Interests

Since Lily has two jobs and no extra time for herself, her former hobbies of knitting, crocheting, reading, dancing, cooking and sporting events no longer exist

Rookie Year

2016

Jessica Romberg

Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant

Brief History/Background

Jessica just started her insurance career with Mavon after working at a Dermatology office while in school.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Technical Management from DeVry; hopes to get her Masters soon!

Outside Interests

Being with friends and family, taking my dog to the dog park, reading, traveling, watching movies, and circuit training

Rookie Year

1974

Joyce Esterson

Administrative Assistant

Brief History/Background

Joyce started at Mavon in the mailroom in 1974, right out of high school.

Outside Interests

Reading, going out for lunch with her brother, relaxing, and watching movies

Rookie Year

2013

Rebecca Hofmann

Administrative Assistant

Brief History/Background

Joined Mavon right out of college, started as an indexer.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Outside Interests

Decorating, crafting, theology, board games, and spending time with family

Hall of Famer

Rookie Year

1967

Jerry Mavon

"The Chairman"

Brief History/Background

Jerry became Mavon's third-generation president in 1972. After many years of working on field marketing, executive management, and carrier relations, Jerry now focuses on agency relations and acquisitions on a part-time basis.

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor's in business, Southern Methodist University

Outside Interests

Boating, golfing, fishing, the Cubs, and sitting on his dock in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Have Any Questions?

Please call our Marketing Department at 630-242-3124 to find out more about the commercial lines insurance solutions we offer and how we can work with you to help you expand your agency’s business.

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