Meet Our Team
Main - Insurance Planning, Inc.
Larry began his insurance career with Insurance Planning in 1976 after graduating from Fort Hays State with a Business Finance degree. Currently he serves as President of Insurance Planning, Inc and is heavily involved in commercial insurance sales. He grew up near Smith Center, Ks and currently lives in Hays with his wife Margie. Larry obtained his CIC designation in 1979 and his AAI designation in 1989. His favorite activities include golfing, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He has served on multiple local boards and insurance company agency councils throughout his career.
Jim is a lifelong resdient of Hays, Kansas. He joined Insurance Planning in 1987 and has his Certified Insurance Counselor desingation for over 25 years. Jim and his wife Debbie, have three children, Renae, Jason and Andrea, as well as two grandkids, Macy and Miley who live in Wichita Kansas,. He and Debbie enjoy traveleing together and with family. "Each time you travel, you get a new appreciation for what you have at home". He enjoys getting to know his commercial clients and how their business' work.
Dale is a Kansas native who grew up in Rooks County and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1974. After a brief teaching career he joined Insurance Planning Inc in 1984 as a specialist in the Commercial Insurance area. He completed his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1986 and Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation in 1989. After serving several years on KAIA committees he served as the KAIA President for the 2005-2006 term. In addition to serving on many organizations as a volunteer he enjoys his family and grandkids, Harley Davidson motorcycle, golfing, hunting and an annual fishing trip with some college buddies. He also very much enjoys working with clients to build an insurance program that is adequate and cost effective.
Sr. Vice President
Stan grew up in Smith County, Kansas, and graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1974. He started his career in the insurance business immediately following graduation and started working for Insurance Planning in 1985. He received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1986 and his Accredited Advisor of Insurance in 1989. He has served on the state Board of Directors for both the Kansas Association of Independent Agents and the Professional Insurance Agents of Kansas. His expertise is in commercial insurance. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Recreational activities include hunting, golf, and visiting different places in the United States on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Andrew is a Hays Kansas native, having grown up in rural Ellis County. He attended Fort Hays State University where he earned his Accounting Degree. In 1980, after several years of Public and Private Accounting experience in Salina and western Kansas he returned to Hays when he joined Insurance Planning, Inc. He started his insurance career as IPI’s Accountant. He acquired an ownership position in 1983. Fully licensed Andrew oversees the Agencies Operations including Accounting and HR areas. An involved community member, he currently serves on the Downtown Hays Development Board, Heartland Community Foundation Board, and FHSU Foundation and also as a Chamber Ambassador. He is a Hays Kiwanis Club member and past president. He resides in Hays with his Wife, Kathy. They have two children Thomas and Elizabeth. Call Andrew at the numbers listed with any question or concern you might have.
Lori is a native of Eastern Iowa. She moved to Kansas in 1979, is married, has two children and is a proud grandma to 6 grandkids. She started her insurance career in the personal lines department in 2002. She is currently a customer service representative in commercial lines and has obtained her CISR and CIC designations. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, watching the grandkids compete in sports, raising alpacas and vacationing. Lori and her husband (J.W.) have been owner/operators of the Sno-Shack (shaved ice business) in Hays, KS for 27 years and have contracted with Fort Hays State University Athletic Dept. to see at all athletic events.
Shirley is a native of Hays KS and 1997 graduate of Fort Hays State University. She has worked in the Insurance industry since 2002 and is CISR certified. She has two children, 7 grandchildren and enjoys reading, baking, sewing, traveling and spending time with family in her spare time.
Jacque is a native of central Kansas, born and raised in Great Bend. She moved to Hays in 2007 where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She obtained her Kansas insurance license in 2015 and is currently working towards her CISR designation. Aside from work, Jacque enjoys spending time with her husband, enjoying the lake with her family, and crafting.
A. Ken Brooks
Loss Control Representative
A. Ken Brooks, Jr. moved to Hays from Oklahoma in 2007 where he had worked with ISO to help cities and counties in maintain and improve their ISO fire protection ratings. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ken has nearly twenty years of safety experience and currently holds the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designations. As our Loss Control Representative, he can assist in conducting safety meetings, performing safety inspections, and helping to establish safety programs. When Ken is not working, he is enjoying time with his three very active daughters.
Jolene Cooper is a native of Hays, KS and has been with Insurance Planning Inc since 2000 as a Commercial Lines Account Representative. She works with all types of commercial accounts and has earned the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).
Melissa is a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative, beginning her insurance career in 2013. She has earned her CISR designation and is currently working to obtain her CIC designation. She grew up in Goodland Kansas and currently lives in Hays. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to concerts and quilting.
Gin Dreiling is a Commercila Lines Customer Service Representative with over eight years of experience. She has earned her CIC and CISR designatoins and is a specialist in Oil & Gas insurance. Gin also is a graduate of Fort hays State University with a B.S. degree in Business. She enjoys taking care of your insurance needs, so call her with your questions.
Nick is a Kansas Native, with a Bachelors Degree from Fort Hays State University. Nick is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Hays Area Young Professionals. Nick has knowledge of and a working background in the Oil and Gas and Agricultural industries. Nick has earned his Certified Insurance Counsellor Designation (CIC). He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his lovely family. Call Nick for your commercial insurance needs.
Connie graduated from Fort Hays State University and began her career in the insurance industry in 1979. She currently holds the Accredited Adviser in Insurance and Certified Insurance Counselor Designations and works in the commercial lines large accounts division. She enjoys reading, yard work and family activities.
Mallory Koerner is a native of Hays, Kansas and graduated from Hays High and Fort Hays State. She has been in insurance and with Insurance Planning for over 5 years. Mallory is curently working on CIC designation and works in the commercial lines department. She is a newlywed, with no children yet but has a yellow lab, Gunner, who acts just like one. Some of her hobbies are reading and playing Women’s and Coed Softball.
Rebecca Kuhn joined Insurance Planning, Inc. in 2001 and is now part of the Commercial and Agricultural Division. In 2008 she received her Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist designation in order to better serve the specific needs of clients in Western Kansas. She is a Hays native who is active in her local parish and community and is rooted in the Great Plains.
Colleen Kuhn is a Victoria Native who has been employed with Insurance Planning since 2010. Prior to her employement with Insurance Planning she worked in the Victoria school system for almost 18 years as an administrative assistant. Colleen and her husband, Leon, live on a farm northeast of Victoria. Together they have two grown boys who are very active in the farming operation. Colleen has obtained her CISR accrediation and is currently working towards her CIC. Prior to becoming a commercial lines customer service representative she worked in the claims department. Please feel free to contact Colleen regarding your insurance needs.
Sue May, was born and raised in Ellis County. She has been a member of Insurance Planning since April of 2000. Sue is a CISR in our Personal Lines Dept. She specializes in auto, home, powersports and umbrella coverage. Sue and her husband, TR, enjoy traveling, camping and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Contact Sue today for your personal insurance needs.
Marketing / Account Representative
Rose Meyers is a Kansas native who has been in the insurance industry since 2011. She specializes in commercial insurance and obtained her CISR designation in 2013. Rose enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with her 3 children and grandson.
Taylor is a Hays Kansas native, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University in 2012. Taylor started his insurance career in 2014 and joined the Insurance Planning staff in 2015. Taylor is currently working toward his CISR designation. He enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his family and friends. Taylor has the ability to understand your business and know how to tailor a comprehensive and competitive insurance program to meet your needs. Contact Taylor for your commercial insurance needs.
Marketing / Account Representative
Doris Pilatus is a Hays, KS native, who has a wealth of experience in the industry, having been a part since 1976. She specializes in marketing of new commercial lines accounts. She has both her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and her AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance) designations. Other than that, you can catch Doris washing her Monte Carlo or attending auctions and car shows with her husband.
Justin is a Western Kansas native and a Graduate of Fort Hays State University. Justin had the opportunity to play baseball in college at Barton County, Louisiana Lafayette and Fort Hays State. Justin is a member of the Hays Area Young Professionals and has had the great opportunity to work at Insurance Planning Inc. for over 8 years. Justin specializes in Commercial Insurance (Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Construction, Bonding, Trucking, etc.) and currently holds his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation. Justin enjoys fishing, time at the lake and spending time with his wonderful family. Please do not hesitate to call or email Justin with your insurance needs.
Mary Ann Randa
Mary Ann was born and raised in Hays, KS and currently resides in Liebenthal, KS with her husband, Darold. Mary Ann began her career with Insurance Planning in 1992 and currently holds a CISR and CIC designation. She began as a Personal Lines Customer Service Representative. After 2 years she moved to a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative position serving both small and large commercial clients. She is currently a Select Marketing Representative serving the needs of small commercial account. Mary Ann has one daughter enjoys spending time with family. Call me for your small commercial quote!
John is Insurance Planning Inc.’s main contact for all matters involving the claim process. He will assist you with claim counseling, reporting a new claim, claim document processing, status inquiry, and loss run requests. John continues to advance his study in several areas of the insurance industry and has obtained designations including Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Claims (AIC), Associate in General Insurance (AINS), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR), and is pursuing the Associate in Underwriting (AU) designation. John began his insurance career in 1999 as a licensed Agent then 2003 as a Claims Representative and has served as a Board member for a variety of civic, educational, and non-profit entities. Prior to entering the insurance industry, John's experience was in the vocations of agriculture, automotive, and construction, making him extremely knowledgeable in handling claims of various types. A native of Western Kansas, John resides in Hays with his wife Shelley, son Cody, daughter Caitlyn, along with their two Yorkies, Wyatt and Sophie.
Tonya moved to Hays in 2000 from Jetmore, Kansas. She graduated from Fort Hays State University and has worked in banking, real estate, and then joined Insurance Planning in 2015. She specializes in personal lines insurance. She is married and has 3 children. When she can find free time, she enjoys traveling and watching her children’s sports activities. Contact Tonya today!
Dawn Schmidt has been employed by Insurance Planning, Inc. for over 40 years. Early on in her career, she has obtained both her Kansas Property & Casualty and Kansas Life & Health licenses. She has also earned the CIC and the AAI insurance designations. Working primarily in the Commercial Lines department, she trains new Commercial Lines CSR’s, lends support to current Commercial Lines CSR’s and conducts associated educational classes. Living on a small farm in rural Ellis County, Dawn enjoys spending family time with her husband, two children, their spouses and her 12 grandchildren.
Customer Service Assistant
Erika is a native of Hays, KS. She began her career in insurance in 2006 and obtained her CISR designation in 2013. She enjoys being outdoors, crafting and spending time with her husband and family. Contact Erika today!
Susan Unrein, accounting assistant, has worked in the accounting field for nearly 40 years with the last 13 in the insurance industry at Insurance Planning Inc. Susan is married to Neil, they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. A Colorado native, she has lived in the Hays area for 20 years.
Joleene Younger grew up near Jennings, KS and graduated in 1971. She studied at Fort Hays State for two years. She worked at St Anthony Hospital from 1976 thru 1985. She started working in accounting/reception at Insurance Planning, Inc. in February 1986. She also worked in the claims department & is now working in the personal lines department as a technical CSR holding the designation of CISR.
Joleene is married and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time outside with her three horses & dog, watching grandkids play soccer & fast pitch softball. She also enjoys college & professional football & basketball.
Joleene has been on the Wild West Festival committee for 19 years & presently serving as co-president. She also became a board member of the Emerald Foundation in 2016.
Hays - AG PRO Crop Insurance
Trisha L. Sauer
Trisha Sauer is a native of Catherine, Kansas. She earned a Bachelor's degree in business communications at Fort Hays State University. Trisha has worked with real estate in the banking field, management, and marketing in the technology field. Trisha joined Insurnance Planning in the AG PRO Crop division in March, 2017. Her time is well spent with family and friends, her two Labrador retrievers, Maxwell and Linue, and watching Royals baseball.
IPI Financial Services
Marilyn Kroeger is a native of Ellis, Kansas where she resides with her husband, Steve. She is a graduate of Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas.
Marilyn started her insurance career with Insurance Planning, Inc. in 1977, and currently is an account representative for IPI Financial Services, a division of Insurance Planning, Inc.
She was previouly involved with Northwest Kansas Association of Life Underwriters. During that time, she obtained her LUTCF designation.
Marilyn stands ready to help service the accounts in a prompt, accurate and courteous manner.
Gene specializes in health insurance which includes Medicare related coverages such as Medicare supplement and Medicare Part D. Gene has been in the industry since 1986 and has acquired his LUTCF and CBC designations. He is very active in the Hays Lions Club and Hays Community Theatre. Gene is married and father of one and grandfather of two girls. Contact Gene today.