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Bendetta Insurance

  • Shelly Tausch

    Office: 330-494-8400
    610 N Main St
    North Canton OH 44720
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    Shelly is our customer service representative and has been employed with the agency since 1999. Shelly’s greatest enjoyment involves the day-to-day interaction with the public and the relationships she builds with our clients. She takes great pride in being, many times, the first person one comes into contact with when reaching our agency and continuously strives to satisfy the needs of all our callers. Whether it be helping with the setting up of new accounts, assisting with claims, or helping clients with adjustments to their already existing policies, Shelly brings her personal attention and friendly smile to each and every task.

     

    On the personal side, Shelly spends much of her free time with her husband cheering on their two sons who are actively involved in sports. It appears she is always at a football, basketball, or baseball game providing unwavering support for her sons.

     

    Speaking with Shelly is easy. Simply call or e-mail Shelly with any or all of your insurance needs.

  • Charles Bendetta

    Office: 330-494-8400
    610 N Main St
    North Canton OH 44720
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    Charles has actively been serving families and businesses in the area since he founded the agency in 1974.  He brings his personal style and over 40 years of insurance experience to all areas of insurance including personal lines, commercial risks and life insurance.  Through the years he has worked energetically with the Independent Insurance Agents of Stark County and has been Vice President of their professional organization.

     

    In addition to his professional activities he has been very active in the community working with many organizations and is currently Vice President of The Twelve Incorporated which is a private social agency for fostering children and helping with adoption.  While he works hard at taking care of his clients needs and is involved in many community activities his passion is enjoying his family.

  • Pam Black

    Office: 330-494-8400
    610 N Main St
    North Canton OH 44720
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    Pam started in the insurance business and working with the agency in 1976. She is currently our Vice-President/Office Manager. With over 30 years experience she has the ability to assist clients no matter what their insurance needs may be.

     

    When she isn’t assisting our clients she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, working out, and in the summer months boating. She enjoys the challenges of the insurance business and gets great satisfaction in helping customers with their insurance needs.

     

    Feel free to call or e-mail Pam to get help with personal or commercial lines of insurance.

DiStefano Insurance

  • Trinette Cotsmire

    Employee Benefits Account Manager
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Trinette began working with health and life insurance in 1992 as a human resources and benefits specialist for companies with 300-plus employees. She transitioned to the agency side in 2012, and specializes in a wide-range of insurance coverages, including group health, dental, vision, life, and disability.

    Along with strategizing insurance projects, Trinette is passionate about pursuing home improvement projects. She is married with two children – both in college.   

  • Brenda DiStefano

    Vice President Operations
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Lou DiStefano, CPCU

    Chairman/CEO
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Distefano Insurance, Lou has been administering insurance services since 1979. Over these nearly four decades, Lou has gained extensive experience developing both personal and commercial lines coverage. This knowledge is distributed throughout the DiStefano family of agencies.

    Lou holds designation as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), which signifies a premier knowledge of risk management principles, as well as complex policy and coverage analysis ability. He also owns farm mutual director certification, and served on the Board of Directors of Pike Mutual Insurance Company for more than 10 years.

    Married to Brenda for 27 years, the pair have three children – Nicole DiStefano, Steve Hopkins, and Kim McClaskey – who are all in the insurance business. 

  • Tami Hamilton

    Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Specializing in personal risk management, Tami began working in the insurance industry more than a decade ago. She gained licensure in 2009.

    Tami is married with three daughters, one of which is a collegiate soccer player. She loves going to the beach, as well as gardening and watching her daughter’s games. 

  • Steve Hopkins, CPCU

    President
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    As President of DiStefano Insurance and United Group, Steve is responsible for many facets of management for both companies and has a passion for marketing.

    Prior to joining the insurance industry and the DiStefano team in 2002, Steve was a technology entrepreneur serving as President and Co-founder of a niche computer software company in Cleveland, which was acquired by a San Francisco based firm.

    Steve began his secondary education studying Architecture at Kent State University in 1993 and later transferred to the University of Akron’s Business School. He obtained his CPCU designation in 2007, and has served on a number of insurance company advisory councils.

    Currently residing in Canal Fulton, Ohio, Steve and his wife, Susan, enjoy traveling and spending time with their two boys, Benjamin (13) and Jack (10).

  • Carrie Horvath

    Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Carrie began working in the insurance industry in 1999, earning licensure in 2004. With a background in property and casualty insurance, both personal and commercial, Carrie has been primarily handling commercial accounts over the last several years. In terms of accreditation, she is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).

    Outside of managing business insurance portfolios, Carrie is involved with the Hall of Fame – Queen Committee, as well as local school and dance boosters. She is fond of yoga, dance, and spending time with family. Married to Chase, the pair have three kids – Blaine, Braxdon, and Bella. 

  • Karin Hranko

    Employee Benefits Manager/Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Karin serves as the Employee Benefits Manager at DiStefano Insurance. She has been involved in the insurance industry since 2005.

    Away from the office, Karin enjoys spending time with family, especially her three children. She loves reading, as well as taking on craft and sewing projects. 

  • Kim LaMar

    Communications Director
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Justin Laubach

    Commercial Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Justin partners with business owners, taking time to thoroughly identify potential risk. He has been working in the industry for nearly a decade, and owns a selection of relevant certifications:

    • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
    • CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist)
    • Series 6
    • Series 63
    • Variable, Annuities, Accident, Life, and Health
    • Property and Casualty Insurance

    Justin is involved with the AmSpirit Business Connections organization. His hobbies outside of work include traveling, hiking, sports, and family time. 

  • Michael Lemon

    Employee Benefits Sales Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Tana Louden

    Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Tana got her start in the insurance business in 2015, and is working toward accreditation as an Associate in Insurance Services (AIS).

    Outside of work, Tana enjoys spending time with her daughters – Delaney, Jillian, and Scarlett - and is always on the move keeping up with their extracurricular activities. 

  • Dave McClaskey

    Senior Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Specializing in personal lines insurance development, Dave has been involved in the insurance business since 2006.

    Besides rounding the bases of insurance protection, Dave is a coach for the Northwest Indians travel basketball team. He is married with a son, Brody. 

  • Nate Mills, LPCS

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 330-408-5663
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Robin Morgan, CIC

    Commercial & Operations Manager
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Robin owns longstanding experience in the insurance industry, with four decades of service to her credit. In her current position, Robin works closely with clients to manage their commercial insurance portfolio.

    In her spare time, Robin enjoys reading and walking. She is married with one son. 

  • Matt Obreza, CPCU

    Commercial Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Matt has been with DiStefano Insurance since 2004. Serving as commercial risk consultant, Matt is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and frequently works alongside clients representing manufacturing, construction, and social service organizations. He also administers the development of 831b, group, and single cell captives.

    Away from the office, Matt can often be found cooking or spending time outdoors. He is married to Amy, and the pair have two children – Mackenzie and Madison. 

  • Jennifer Otterman

    Sales Support Specialist
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Licensed in life and health insurance, Jennifer assists clients at DiStefano Insurance in developing comprehensive insurance portfolios.

    Jennifer is married with two daughters. 

  • Patty Reagan, AINS

    Client Relations Associate
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    For more than four decades, Patty has been closely involved in the insurance industry. She currently specializes in personal insurance protection with DiStefano Insurance, and owns certification as an Associate in General Insurance (AINS).

    Outside of her insurance career, Patty enjoys taking walks, swimming, reading, and riding motorcycles. 

  • Kevin Reugamer

    Commercial Marketing Coordinator
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Jean Schlemmer, CIC

    Commercial Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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  • Lenda Sojourner

    Individual Life & Health Insurance Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Lenda assists clients in administering health, life, and Medicare coverages. She is certified with the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace and works alongside The Professional Women’s Network.  

    A member of the Arlington Church of God, Lenda enjoys singing, reading, and mentoring. She also loves spending time with her family, as she is the proud mother of two young men. 

  • Cindy Starcher

    Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Cindy works alongside business owners to manage their commercial insurance accounts. She has continually developed experience in the insurance industry over nearly two decades of service.

    Away from the office, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family. 

  • Shannon Reed

    Employee Benefits Account Manager
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Shannon assists clients in managing their life insurance, health insurance, as well as annuities – all areas in which she is licensed. She began working in the insurance industry in 2002, and currently serves as the Employee Benefits Account Manager at DiStefano Insurance

    A proud pet parent, Shannon has two miniature pinschers and enjoys supporting the Humane Society of the United States. Aside from spending time with her pups, Shannon cooks and attends classes in her spare time. 

  • Tom Ziehler

    Senior Employee Benefits Consultant
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Tom works closely with clients to develop group health and self-insured plans. Administering insurance coverage since 1994, Tom is a President’s Club member of the Sandler Sales Institute.

    Tom is married with three children. He coaches youth football, soccer, and baseball, and enjoys spending time with family, weightlifting, and hunting in his spare time. 

Petit Insurance

  • Kim McClaskey

    Office Manager
    Office: 330-681-6031
    203 N Portage St
    Doylestown OH 44230
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    Kim has been involved with the insurance business for nearly two decades. Alongside the agents at Petit Insurance, she administers customer billing and agency accounting.

    Away from the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and son. She is also known for her baking skills. 

  • Cathy Shaw

    Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-681-6031
    203 N Portage St
    Doylestown OH 44230
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    Administering personal lines coverage at Petit Insurance, Cathy began working in the insurance industry in 1998.

    Away from the office, Cathy is involved with the Methodist Volleyball Mixed Team. She also enjoys camping and spending time with family. Married to Brett, the pair have two children and two grandchildren – Colton and Harper. 

  • Rose Watson

    Client Service Associate
    Office: 330-681-6031
    203 N Portage St
    Doylestown OH 44230
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    Rose began working in insurance in 1984. At Petit Insurance, she serves as a Client Services Associate, guiding clients on the path toward comprehensive auto, homeowners, and life insurance packages.

    A member of the ladies auxiliary of the Canal Fulton VFW, Rose enjoys gardening, swimming, and spending time with her family. Rose is married with six children and a pair of grandchildren.   

Ungashick Insurance

  • Susan Hopkins

    Accounting Administrator
    Office: 330-441-4352
    Fax: 330-492-3660
    4942 Higbee Ave. N.W.
    Canton OH 44718
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    A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Susan serves as the accounting administrator at Ungashick Insurance.

    Susan is married with two boys. Away from the office, she is a volunteer at the SS. Philip and James School, but also enjoys reading and traveling.  

  • Kim Palmerton

    Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-495-1300
    Fax: 330-492-3660
    4942 Higbee Ave. N.W.
    Canton OH 44718
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    Kimberley works alongside clients to secure their personal assets. She has been involved in the insurance industry since 1989.

    Outside of insurance, Kimberley enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She involved with Zion United Church of Christ, as well as her daughter’s school. For fun, Kimberley likes to swim and bike. 

  • Marsha Pifher

    Sr. Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-441-4352
    Fax: 330-492-3660
    4942 Higbee Ave. N.W.
    Canton OH 44718
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    Marsha owns accreditation as both an Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS). Since 1998, Marsha has been building the knowledge and experience necessary to manage the personal insurance portfolios of her clientele.

    Married with five children, all of which are girls, Marsha and her family are very involved with their church. Marsha even teaches Sunday School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and shuffling her daughters around extracurricular activities. 

  • Autumn Sell

    Personal Risk Consultant
    Office: 330-441-4352
    Fax: 330-492-3660
    4942 Higbee Ave. N.W.
    Canton OH 44718
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    Autumn started working in the insurance industry in 2015, and has since developed a specialty as a personal risk consultant. To complement her insurance protection strategy, Autumn boasts a certificate in Administrative Information Technology.

    Autumn is married with a daughter, Alyvia. Outside of her insurance career, she enjoys camping with her family and staying involved with her Bible study group. 

  • Kris Ungashick

    Client Service Associate
    Office: 330-441-4352
    Fax: 330-492-3660
    4942 Higbee Ave. N.W.
    Canton OH 44718
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United Group Alliance

  • Cindy Crew

    Accounting Administrator
    Office: 330-529-5526
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Cindy began working in the insurance field in 1992 and is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). At United Group Alliance, Cindy serves as the Accounting Administrator.

    Away from the office, Cindy enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is married with two children and two grandchildren. 

  • Nicole DiStefano

    Agency Development Coordinator
    Office: 330-529-5526
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Nicole officially started working in the insurance industry in 2012; however, with Lou DiStefano and Brenda DiStefano as parents, she has a longstanding familiarity with the business. Nicole’s background resides in solidifying personal lines coverage, but her focus now rests in managing the agency’s marketing efforts.

    Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family – many of whom work at DiStefano Insurance. She has a passion for reading, traveling, and cooking. 

  • Crystal Miller

    Compliance Administrator
    Office: 888-783-8773
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Crystal serves as the compliance administrator at United Group Alliance, working closely with commercial clientele.

    Married for 13 years, Crystal is the proud mother of Peyton and Branded. In her free time, she enjoys watching her kids play sports, including softball, baseball, and football. 

  • Gregg Rall

    Regional Vice President
    Office: 888-783-8773
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Gregg has been working alongside clients to insure their assets for nearly two decades. He specializes in administering commercial, personal, and over funded life insurance policies.

    Away from the insurance business, Gregg is very active in his community, serving on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, Restore Inner City Projects, and Christopher’s Clubhouse. Gregg is also a member of the finance committee at his local church. 

  • Vikki Schmiedel

    Agent Services
    Office: 330-680-5975
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Vikki has been involved in the insurance business since 1968, spending the first half of her career in personal lines insurance and the second in the commercial capacity. During her storied career, Vikki was designated as a CISR and CPSR, as well as obtained Westfield’s ‘Old Man on the Fence’ award.

    In raising five children, Vikki and her husband have been fixtures with local youth organizations – from Manchester Youth Baseball and Football to Manchester High School Music Boosters. The pair are members of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Green.

    In her spare time, Vikki enjoys camping and traveling with her husband in their motorhome. 

  • Jen Seifried

    Personal Lines Placement Specialist
    Office: 888-783-8773
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Jen began working with insurance in 2001. She holds accreditation as a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR), which showcases an agent’s knowledge of risks and exposures. At United Group Alliance, Jen focuses primarily on personal lines protection.

    Alongside her insurance career, Jen is part of the women’s auxiliary for the American Legion and helps coach youth softball. In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughter, Amaya, play sports. Jen is passionate about spending time with family and friends. Together, they play board games, take walks, have cookouts, and listen to line music. 

  • Erica Wuebker

    Commercial Lines Placement Specialist
    Office: 888-783-8773
    Fax: 330-854-2481
    2036 Locust St S
    Canal Fulton OH 44614
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    Erica got her start in the insurance industry in 1997, and focuses on administering both personal and commercial lines coverage. A Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR), Erica boasts a comprehensive of knowledge of risks and exposures.

    Away from the office, Erica enjoys scrapbooking and watching sports.