NORTH CENTRAL INSURANCE AGENTS
Attended Rocori High School and University of MN- Duluth. Earned my Property & Casualty license in March of 1994. Earned my Health & Life license in June of 1995. Worked for both captive and independent agents. Became an independent agent June of 1995. Earned my CISR designation in December of 2013 and my CPIA designation in April of 2017. In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, hanging out with friends and family. I have a Silver Lab named Ramsay and a tuxedo cat named Gordon who I also enjoy spending time with.
I enjoy the insurance industry and feel I offer a lot of value being a loyal and determined agent!
Ben has worked in insurance since 1992 starting with a large life insurance company which was helpful in learning the procedures and processes of insurance. After six years there, Ben came to North Central to work in customer service with the intent of finding out how to better serve his clients as an independent agent. While at North Central an opportunity for ownership presented itself in July of 2001 and Ben took the opportunity. Ben bought the agency and began making changes intended to add new companies, new lines of business and new brokers to improve the opportunity to serve North Central Insurance Agency’s clients. Through hard work and dedication of our agents Ben has fostered growth through doing the right thing and offering competitive products with appropriate coverage for the appropriate risk.
Nick is originally from Minnesota where he attended school at Big Lake and Saint Cloud State University. An insurance agent since, 2011, Nick previously worked for captive and independent agents. In the Summer of 2015, Nick decided to become a full-time agent at North Central Insurance.
Expanding on this experience and network, in the Fall of 2017, Nick opened his own office, Insurance Group of Minnesota, LLC., which is located in St. Paul, MN. He and his wife, Katie, work together at the agency where they help clients with Auto, Home, Life, and Business insurance needs. He is an accomplished agent who brings his understanding of insurance and people together with a proven track record for client satisfaction.
In his free time Nick enjoys being active, spending time with family, and attending sporting events (especially the Gophers, Wild, and Vikings).
Michael is originally from Alexandria, Minnesota and has been a licensed agent since 1977. Michael spent 12 years as a captive agent and 28 years as an Independent Agent. His specialty is dealing with high risk clients for Risk coverage, vacant homes, high end auto and motorcycle coverage. He does enjoy having ten to 12 companies to properly place his clients.
When he is away from the office, he enjoys, hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.
Graduated from Big Lake High School in 2001. Received my Property and Casualty License in 2015 and have been with North Central Insurance since then.
In my spare time, I love to spend it with my husband and children. I enjoy doing pretty much anything outdoors from mowing the lawn to floating on the lake and camping.
I strive, as an agent, to be the best educator that I can be for my clients to truly help them understand the ins and outs of what they are buying.
Paul Leaf is new to the Agency having earned his Property and Casualty License in 2018. Originally from Minnetonka, Paul attended Hopkins Lindbergh HS and the University of Minnesota. Paul has a strong financial background working for Whirlpool Financial Corporation and with nearly a dozen Fortune 100 and 500 companies. While he is new to the insurance industry, he understands and is devoted to helping people, best yet, he is surrounded by his peers/coaches and his extraordinary wife, Emily… also an Agent with North Central Insurance Agency.
Outside of the office, he enjoys home projects, fishing, friends, and traveling near and far to be with family. A devout Vikings fan, he demonstrates tolerance and patience with Emily … a Packer’s Fanatic.
Sadie has been a licensed insurance agent since 2018. Although she is new to the insurance business, Sadie has the drive and determination to be an effective problem solver regarding all of your insurance needs. Sadie was raised in and around the insurance business, as her father, Dave Stewart has been an agent with North Central Insurance for more than two decades. Sadie loves learning new things and she is prepared to spend the rest of her career learning how to best serve her clients.
Side note: Sadie loves animals, especially cats!
Luke Bauman has been an insurance agent since 1997. Luke founded Bauman Financial Group in 2011 so he could serve his clientele as an independent broker of Life and Annuity Products.
Now that Bauman Financial has partnered with North Central Insurance as an independent agent, he also has the ability to offer quality, affordable coverage for your Auto, Home, Farm, and Business. NCIA has close to 300 collective years of experience in the insurance marketplace.
Luke’s degree in business management, combined with his extensive experience in small business, agriculture, civic and church organizations, gives him the ability to truly understand your coverage needs and meet them.
“Building a relationship that will stand the test of time is my number-one goal at every meeting. I love to see that sense of relief when my clients know their needs are being met”.
Nicole has been in the insurance business for 29+ years. She enjoys working with people and helping them with their insurance needs and believes it’s very important building relationships with them.
She has a daughter and a grandson and family is very important to her.
She enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time at the cabin.
Gary Zimmerman with St. Francis Insurance Agency Inc. Gary has been in the Insurance Business since the late 1970s. Starting his own agency in his hometown in 1981. Gary graduated from St Francis High School in 1975. The 1st class to graduate from the then new high school. We are in our third location in town right across the street from the High school. We built this building in 1986. Gary joined in with North Central Insurance in 2013. In this way I can offer clients more companies & coverage choices as an Independent agent. Presenting a one stop convenient place to protect what matters most to them. when away from the office enjoys his Grand kids, Riding ATV, Trips up north snowmobiling, Hunting & fishing.
Bill has been in the insurance business since 1973. He is well versed in all lines of insurance (life, health, auto, home, umbrella, Medicare, and funeral insurance). He has specialized in pre-planning and pre-funding funerals for many years. Bill will help guide you through your personal wishes and decisions with complete respect and confidentiality.
He believes in the importance of making these decisions at a time when one has clarity of mind and emotions.
Christine is licensed in life and health insurance. She is a funeral planning specialist and specializes in pre-need insurance. Christine is also a Celebrant for funeral/memorial services.
North Central Insurance Agency, Office (612) 834-0199
Mark started as an agent in the insurance industry in 1985 and has been an independent agent since 1996 and with North Central since 2006. Mark focuses on personal lines insurance. Mark and his Wife Bobbie reside in Brooklyn Park and have a son John. Mark enjoys golf and officiates High School basketball in his spare time.
I have worked in many types of business’s which has been a great asset helping me to understand what people need for their insurance. When my family and I moved from Lancaster MN to Buffalo, MN, I needed a job. A family friend sold insurance and became my teacher and later, became my business partner.
I started selling Life and Health insurance in 1977 for Guardian Life and worked as an outside agent for different insurance agencies.
I bought Hayes Insurance in 1987 from Bill Hayes in Buffalo, MN and became the sole owner. I relocated the agency to Rockford, MN. After several years in Rockford, MN, I moved the agency to Main Street in Rogers, MN.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Bladder cancer and needed to sell the agency. Ben Bauman, the owner of North Central Insurance Agency was kind enough to purchase my agency and willing to let me continue selling insurance. Being an Agent at North Central Insurance allows me the ability to continue working with many great people that I have come to know and serve. To all these people, I thank you so much for your business and especially your kindness.
I try not only for this to be a MOTTO but a way of Life “Service to Others above Self”
Hayes Insurance / NCIA, Office (763) 428-1570, Fax (763) 428-1573