Flagship Insurance Services has a strong reputation for excellence in the products and services we offer. Founded in 1942, we have grown to provide a full range of insurance solutions for individuals and businesses in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Central and Western Minnesota including the communities of Winsted, Hutchinson, Glencoe, Lester Prairie, Watertown, Howard Lake, Dassel, Cokato and Buffalo and all counties throughout Minnesota, including McLeod, Wright, Hennepin, Carver, Meeker, and Stearns counties to name a few.
Flagship Insurance Services is built upon a tradition of integrity, industry leadership and excellence. We are committed to delivering tailored insurance solutions with thoughtful strategic planning, valuable professional services and technology-based solutions that result in sustained customer satisfaction.
The Flagship Insurance Services team is made up of specialists dedicated to using their experience and expertise to meet your objectives, and is committed to anticipating and fulfilling your needs. As highly specialized consultants, we have built our reputation for excellence.
Jennifer Sherman Stratton | President, Employee Benefits Manager
19 Years of Experience
Jennifer earned her B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She began her insurance career with Flagship Insurance Services in 1998. Jennifer was selected as a 2012 Five Star Business Insurance and Benefits Professional and serves as Vice Chair on the MN Republican Health Care Reform Task Force. She purchased Flagship Insurance Services in 2012.
Jennifer assists and advises businesses in the management of their employee benefits and assists employees transitioning from an employer plan into Medicare. She takes particular interest in properly vetting employers with 50-200 employees to consider self-insuring and gives mid-size employers the personal attention they need to make a self-insured plan successful. After policies have been established, she offers continued assistance in the capacity of account servicing and acts on the client’s behalf with insurance providers. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Dave Sherman | Representative
29 Years of Experience
Dave has a BA in economics/accounting from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of St Thomas and a PhD from Pacific Coast University. He holds the designations of CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CPIA (Certified Professional Insurance Agent), CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and has a Series 6 investment license. He specializes in business insurance, employee benefits and investments. David served as CFO (Chief Financial Officer) in two manufacturing companies for a total of 21 years before purchasing the Agency in 1988. Dave is a certified Notary Public. Email | Facebook
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Cliff Hanson | Employee Benefits Senior Representative
15 Years of Experience
Cliff entered the employee benefits industry in 2002. His specialty is showing our group clients how to think differently when purchasing and utilizing health care insurance by using Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and other creative alternatives. Over the years, he has demonstrated how these tools can significantly reduce plan costs for our clients. Cliff is a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club, and the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU). Email | Facebook
Erin Kutz | Business Insurance Manager
14 Years of Experience
Erin graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a B.S. in Business Management. Prior to joining Flagship Insurance Services in 2006, Erin gained more than 2 years experience with an agency in St. Cloud, MN. Her unique position allows her to sell, service and negotiate all aspects of commercial accounts. Erin is a licensed agent and has earned both CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designations. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Sarah Fasching | Personal Lines Manager, Notary
8 Years of Experience
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Communications from Bemidji State University. She joined Flagship Insurance Services in 2009 and is responsible for the sales and service of personal lines accounts including home, auto and farm insurance. She is a licensed agent and has earned her CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation. Sarah is a certified Notary Public. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Eileen Vasko | Life & Health Representative, Notary
26 Years of Experience
Eileen began her career in the insurance industry in 1986, providing customer service for an insurance agency in Bloomington, Minnesota. She took a brief hiatus in 1993 to raise a family but returned to the field in 1998. Eileen joined Flagship Insurance Services in 2013 as a licensed agent for sales and service of individual life and health products, including Medicare.
Eileen also assists and advises small employers down to 2 employees who want to offer employee benefits. She is certified in the MNsure Exchange and Private Market to find the best health solution for individuals and small employers. Eileen is a certified Notary Public. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Patti Habisch | Customer Service Representative
19 Years of Experience
Patti has spent her entire professional career as a customer service specialist, many of those years in the insurance industry.
Cindy Engle | Customer Service Representative
33 Years of Experience
Cindy joined Flagship Insurance Services in 2014 to provide customer service support for our employee benefit clients. She manages our online enrollment as well as onboarding/offboarding services for employers. Cindy takes a hands on approach to servicing that our clients have come to expect. Prior to joining Flagship, Cindy spent 30 years in customer service, servicing individuals in both the legal and medical fields. Cindy is a certified Notary Public. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Leigha Bruns | Customer Service Representative
Leigha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Having worked 2-3 jobs while going to school full-time at Loras, and being actively involved on campus as a peer assistant, CORE team member, and student tours volunteer, Leigha has developed a strong work ethic and maintains her commitment to community and volunteer activities in her free time. She also enjoys painting and traveling, and has a minor in International Studies.
Leigha joined Flagship in 2017 to manage our employee benefits enrollment and administration platforms, tools and resources that give employers a secure online presence to streamline and automate administration, employee engagement and benefits management. She also offers customer service support to our employer groups. Email | Facebook | LinkedIn
Tina Caturia | Receptionist
Tina is our jack-of-all-trades receptionist. She excels at multi-tasking – managing time, work, supplies and people effectively and efficiently to make sure the office is running smoothly while ensuring that our clients are taken care of by the right person. Tina is a shining example of our company culture and the expectations we have for servicing our clients.
Scott Benjamin | Employee Benefits Senior Representative
36 Years of Insurance Experience with 28 years focused on Employee benefits
Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Agriculture. He completed and passed 5 courses in the Certified Insurance Counselor program. He earned a certificate in Health Care Reform Studies from the American College in Bryn Mawr. He has taken at least 12 other insurance courses, but his favorite course was “How to save Premiums in the Design of Employee Benefit Plans”. This course was taught by an actuary and showed simplified actuarial techniques. He uses these methods every day with his clients and the information gives big dividends. The methods are practical and easy to implement.
Scott works with clients of all sizes and particularly enjoys clients in the 25 to 300 size that are looking at methods to lower costs. Scott advises his clients on methods such as HRA, HSA, and self-insurance. He makes sure that the risk is low or “next to none” and then maximizes the gains. He is very involved in service and renewal activities. And he will help his clients plan far in advance. This makes budgeting and enrollment a much easier process. Email | LinkedIn