Agents

Licensed Agents

S. Scott Bartels

Western NE

Property and Casualty Insurance

(402) 433-2401 
salinecat@hotmail.com 

 Scott has been a licensed agent since 1989. 

Scott can help you with your farm & town insurance needs. 

Bruce Freese

Beatrice NE

Property, Casualty, and Auto Insurance

(402) 223-5971
bfreesewum@yahoo.com 

Bruce has been a licensed insurance agent since 2001. His father, Leon, was a longtime agent with Farmer Mutual of DeWitt, since the 1970’s, and they both joined Western United with the merger in 2001. When his father retired, he became the agent for his father’s policy holders.

Bruce was raised on a farm outside of Plymouth, NE. He currently resides in Beatrice with his wife Sandy. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his five grandchildren.

Contact Bruce with any of your farm, town, or auto insurance needs.

Richard Homolka

Wilber NE

Property and Casualty, and Auto Insurance

(402) 821-7162

rick@westernunited.net

Rick started with the company as a member of the board for three years before becoming a licensed insurance agent since 1995.  

In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with his three children. He has recently taken an interest in attending dog shows nationwide with his girlfriend, Peg. He has been a member of the American Legion since 1990 and is also active with his local church.

Contact Rick with any of your farm, town, or auto insurance needs.

Irvin Stouffer

Fairmont NE

Husker Enterprises Inc.

(402) 366-2122

irv@zumbro.net

Irvin has been a licensed agent since 1984. In January 1986 he began writing coverage with Farmers Mutual of Thayer County. In his spare time, Irvin enjoys restoring classic cars and pickups, with his grandson following in his footsteps.

Contact Irvin to assist you with all of your insurance needs.

Duane Wollenburg

DeWitt NE

Property and Casualty Insurance

(402) 223-8407

wollenburgs@diodecome.net

Duane has been a licensed agent since 1980 and has continued a 100+ year family legacy of working in the insurance industry. In addition to farming, Duane serves on several boards and is chairman of an ethanol company. In his spare time, he likes to hunt and fish, and enjoys riding motorcycles with his wife, Patricia, and spoiling their seven grandchildren.

Duane can help you with your farm & town insurance needs.

Kenneth Zoubek

Milligan NE
Property and Casualty Insurance

(402)363-1965
kszoubek@outlook.com 

Kenny has been a licensed agent since 1985. Kenny is retired from Kassik Milling Company and is a part-time farmer. 

Kenny can help you with your farm & town insurance needs. 

Silver Creek Insurance Agency – Mike Cave

Silver Creek, NE

Michael Cave

Silver Creek NE

Property, Casualty, Auto and Commercial Insurance

(308) 773-2254

mike@silvercreekagency.com

Mike has been in the insurance industry since the mid 90’s and in 2002 took over the management of Silver Creek Insurance Agency, which was owned by Clark Bancshares, Inc. In 2013, the holding company gave him an opportunity to purchase the agency. This new chapter began with the help of longtime employee, Mary Wyman, who has worked with the agency since 1999.

Mike has been a volunteer fireman and EMT since 1983, has served on the church council along with serving as a lector, EME, and cantor. He is also chairman of the village housing authority and township library.

Mike is an independent agent that offers all lines of insurance.

Scribner Creek Insurance Agency – Lonny Niewohner

Scribner, NE

Back Row: Schawn Petersen, Lonny Niewohner
Front Row: Brenda Hunke, Tammy Neiwohner, Janet Stockamp, Laurie Winburn

Scribner NE

Property, Casualty, Auto, and Commercial Insurance

(402) 664-3454

www.scribnerins.com

Scribner Insurance Agency’s goal is to ensure that each client – no matter the line of business – experiences friendly, knowledgeable service. Contact them for any of your insurance needs.

Lonny Niewohner

Agency Manager

Lonny’s been with Scribner Insurance since 1996. Lonny farms with his son Justin and father-in-law near Scribner. He enjoys visiting a nearby lake for some boating and relaxing in the sun with his wife Tammy, Justin, and their other son Derek, with wife Maggie. They also make time as well for their four-legged family member, Griff.

Lonny can assist you will all lines of insurance.

Janet Stockamp

Health, Personal Lines Agent

Janet has been with Scribner Insurance since 1997.  She currently holds the Life and Health license for the agency and has recently earned her personal lines license.  Janet is very active with her church, volunteering for many different functions and enjoys spending time with her husband George, and their three children and their families. You may find Janet enjoying a softball game, helping her granddaughters with 4-H projects, and going on camping adventures with friends and family.

Tammy Niewohner

Customer Service Representative

Tammy has been with Scribner Insurance since January of 2012.  When you call the office more than likely it will be Tammy’s happy voice on the other end.  Outside of work Tammy is very busy spending time with her family. She and Lonny enjoy many outdoor activities including lake retreats on the boat. She enjoys spending time with sons Derek, his wife Maggie, and Justin.  Tammy also enjoys spending time on the farm with her pal, Griff.

Schawn Petersen

Agent

Schawn has been with Scribner Insurance Agency since October of 2013.  Schawn is our crop guy and can also assist in all other lines of insurance.  When not at the office, Schawn keeps busy with a lawn service business he owns.  He enjoys spending time with wife Brenda and their three children, Mason, Reese and Jaxon.  Schawn volunteers his time helping coach youth wrestling.  When he finds a bit of spare time you might find Schawn swinging the golf club or fishing on the lake.

Laurie Winburn

Agent / Accounting

Laura has been with Scribner Insurance since 2014.  Laura can assist with any billing questions you may have and all lines of personal insurance.  In her free time Laura enjoys spending time with her husband Bill on their farm near Scribner.  She enjoys sewing and crafts.  During the summer months Laura and Bill assist in running Cowboy Shoots at various sites throughout Nebraska.  Laura is also very proud of her their son Tom and their two grandchildren.

Brenda Hunke

Agent / Office Manager / Marketing

Brenda has been with Scribner Insurance since June of 2015.  Brenda can assist in all lines of personal and commercial insurance.  Outside the office, Brenda tries to keep up with her three kids, Grace, Jake, Lindsey, the family troublemaker Beau and enjoys spending time with her husband Russ.  In her spare time, she enjoys family camping trips, kayaking, biking and running. Brenda volunteers her time coaching on the youth league teams in North Bend.

Affiliated Brokers

Kearney, NE

Kearney NE

Property, Casualty, Auto, and Commercial Insurance

(308) 234-2436

www.abi.agency

Affiliated Brokers Insurance was founded in 1984 and has been providing individuals, businesses, farmers and ranchers of Nebraska with professional service and competitively priced insurance products for over 30 years. They have insurance sales professionals on staff that specialize in Business Insurance and Personal Lines Insurance.

Doug Brummels

Owner / Insurance Producer:  Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop, Surplus Lines

Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from UNL and a Master’s in Business Administration from UNK. He has been a licensed agent since 2003.  Doug specializes in commercial and health insurance. 

He is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Kearney Class #25, is an active member and current Ambassador of the IIAN of Nebraska and is a member of NAIFA in which he was a past President in central Nebraska.  Doug is also a member of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Heather Brummels

Owner / Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop

Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from UNK. She has been a licensed agent since 2012.

Heather is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Kearney Class #21, an Envoy with the Kearney Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement Board and Chair, Kearney Public Library Advisory Board, and volunteer teaches Junior Achievement classes. She is also involved with the Meadowlark Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and is on the Superintendent’s Parents Committee.

Carol Bendfeldt

Owner / Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Life and Health

Carol graduated from UNL with a degree in Physical Education and also obtained a degree in Elementary Education from UNK.  She has been a licensed insurance agent since 1994.

Carol is a former Board Member of the Gibbon Educational Foundation and a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement.

Kim Bayley

Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Life and Health

Kim joined Affiliated Brokers Insurance in 2019 and has been a licensed insurance agent since 2001.  She is a member of the BNI (Business Networking International) group in Kearney.

Kim specializes in commercial and workers compensation insurance.

Jen Kriha

Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop

Jen started with Affiliated Brokers Insurance in 2018 and obtained her insurance license the same year.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

See Jen for your home and auto insurance needs.

Lana Oltmans

Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Crop

Lana started with Affiliated Brokers Insurance in 2019 and has been a licensed agent since 1984.

See Lana for your, crop, home and auto insurance needs.

Shannon Bruha

Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty, Health and Life

Shannon joined Affiliated Brokers Insurance in 2020 and has been a licensed insurance agent since 2000.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

See Shannon for any of your insurance needs.

Deshler, NE

Jamie Calkins

Affiliated Brokers – Deshler NE

Property and Casualty Insurance

(402) 365-4120

jamie@abi.agency

Jamie joined Affiliated Brokers Insurance in 2020 and works in the Deshler office. She has been licensed in property and casualty insurance since 2013. In her spare time, she serves as an EMT on the Volunteer Fire Department, spends time with her children and family, and enjoys playing the piano and was previously the choir director for her church.

Contact Jamie today to assist you with any or your insurance needs.

Nelson, NE

Kinsi Jacobitz

Affiliated Brokers – Nelson NE

Property and Casualty Insurance

(402) 225-4300

kinsi@abi.agency

Kinsi joined Affiliate Brokers Insurance in 2020 and recently obtained her property and casualty insurance license after a career in nursing. She spends her limited spare time with her family and enjoys the lake and outdoors. You can visit her at the Nelson office.

Home Office

Wilber, NE

Kenneth Ripa

Secretary/Treasurer
Company Manager

(402) 821-2370

kenny@westernunited.net

The Ripas have a long family tradition with Western United Mutual. Kenny’s grandfather was treasurer from 1917-1951, then his father took on the duties in 1951, Kenny is the third generation to serve, starting in 1979. In 1995 the Board of Directors combined the offices of secretary and treasurer and appointed him the position, which he continues today, in addition to the company manager in 1997. Kenny retired from farming in 2019.

Many changes have occurred while Kenny has been with the company which was once operated from his family’s home. You can read more about Western United Mutual Insurance Association’s rich history in the About Us section.

Sandy Krivohlavek

Underwriter

(402) 821-2370

sandy@westernunited.net

Sandy joined the company in 1997 when the new office building opened in Wilber. She is a graduate of SCC Beatrice with an Associates Degree in Business. She currently serves as underwriter and daily office support.

In her spare time, she is very active with 4-H, serving on the Saline County 4-H Council, Extension Board, and as Horse Superintendent. She also volunteers with her church, quilts, and stays very busy with her many grandchildren’s activities.

Vicky Ochs

Office Assistant

(402) 821-2370

vicky@westernunited.net

Vicky began working in the insurance industry in 1982, however in 1995, she took a break from insurance to be a stay-at-home mom. In March 2001, she joined the company in the main Wilber office. She now serves as the claim’s processor and daily office support. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book, bike riding, walking outdoors, and spending time with her granddaughter, Tara.

Doug Porter

Company Adjuster

(402) 225-2136

rdporter76@yahoo.com

Doug has been an independent adjuster since 2004.

He farms near Nelson, NE and raises cattle. He also sells crop insurance on the side. He has been married to his wife Connie for 40 years, and they have been blessed with three sons and a daughter. When he is not adjusting claims, he enjoys playing a round of golf and spending time with his three grandchildren.

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