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Press Release: Connell announces 3 New Partners to the firm

May 1st, 2019 — Connell Insurance, Inc., a nationally recognized insurance brokerage firm, today announced Casey Chastain, Jay Hickman, and Tom Jensen as new partners.

“Casey, Jay and Tom epitomize the diverse talent Connell brings to client service region wide. In addition to being tremendous advisors, all three are greatly admired for their unique achievements,” said Timothy Connell, Managing Partner of Connell Insurance, Inc. “Casey possesses outstanding insurance knowledge and extraordinary relationships with his clients. Tom utilizes his expertise in benefits and workers’ compensation to adeptly consult clients who conduct business during a turbulent health insurance climate. Jay’s leadership and strong background in business and finance will be an exceptional addition to the leadership team. All three are deeply dedicated to providing exemplary service to their clients and will aid in servicing existing clients with whom I will transition to their charge. With this transition and a renewed focus on managing and leading the organization versus producing, I welcome them to the firm’s partnership.”

Mr. Chastain, a MSU Marketing alumnus with 20 years’ experience, is a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Chastain focuses on reducing risk and capturing wasted dollars for employers through Workers Compensation, A.C.A. Compliance and Human Resources consulting. Chastain “serves those who serve others,” specializing in public entities, education, and nonprofit.

Since joining Connell in 2011, Jay has focused on multi-unit restaurant owners, as well as waste haulers, large commercial property owners and large fleet auto clients.   In 2013, he helped start the Missouri Independent Waste Haulers Association which later became the Midwest Independent Waste Haulers Association.  Jay thrives on personal relationships and helping clients uncover risks, wastes and threats that would be detrimental to them personally and in their business.

Since joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Jensen has enjoyed leading Connell’s employer benefits practice.  With over thirteen years of employee benefits and workers’ compensation experience, Tom’s areas of expertise include multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWA’s), association health plans (AHP’s), risk analysis, cost reduction strategies, self-insured plan design, contract analysis, claims and service resolution, and healthcare reform guidance and compliance.

Connell Insurance is a regional insurance brokerage firm serving the insurance and business communities in a number of practice areas. Our seasoned advisors and consultants place our clients first, think like business people, and provide our clients with viable and innovative solutions that offer them the best solution possible. Headquartered in Branson, MO, Connell serves our Midwest clientele with additional offices in Springfield and Joplin. For more information on Connell’s practice areas, consultants, and how we can assist you with your insurance matters.