Ken is the owner and principal agent at Pine Country Insurance. Ken founded the agency in 2003 and has been active in the insurance industry since 2000. He uses his 15+ years of personal insurance knowledge and experience to assist clients in customizing insurance coverage to fit their needs.
When it comes to selling insurance, Ken considers himself a "farmer" rather than a "hunter". In other words, rather than focusing on writing a lot of new policies as quickly as possible, he works on cultivating long term relationships based on trust with his clients.
Ken is one of a small handful of agents in the Bemidji area who hold the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, which he achieved in 2009. He earned this through successfully completing five years of annual advanced insurance coursework. In order to remain a member of the Society of CIC, he continues his education by annually completing a multi-day advanced insurance seminar.
Ken is also active in the community. He currently serves as president of the Bemidji Rotary Club, and he is board chairman and past president of the Bemidji Area Sertoma Club. Ken is a founding member and past president of Northern Exposure BNI and current committee chair and prior past president of the Bemidji Downtown Alliance. He also served as a past co-chair of the Night We Light Parade for several years and as a member of the Bemidji Day at the Capital planning committee.
Ken lives with his wife Abbi and four children on two acres just outside of Bemidji. He enjoys watching sports on television and playing them with his boys, canoeing, camping, backpacking, games with the family and occasional downhill skiing. Ken enjoys the family's golden retriever, Kitchi, often proudly reminding him that he is an "A1 dog" and the "world's greatest puppy dog".
Ken holds a resident producer's license in the state of Minnesota for the lines of Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance.
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