Meet Our Team

Mike Tennant

Mike Tennant

PresidentMike@InsureChampaign.net

Mike has been servicing and selling the insurance needs of his clients since 1983. His areas of expertise are apartment buildings, contractors, workers compensation liquor liability, auto, and general liability. He has been and will continue to be a strong advocate representing his insured’s at the time of a claim and has received high praise for his efforts. When he is not at work, Mike enjoys cooking, fishing, and golfing. He is married to Judy and has three sons, Ryne, Graham, and Jace. Mike is also a proud grandfather to his four — soon to be five — grandchildren.

Nick Hiltbrand

Nick Hiltbrand

Vice President of IC Insurance BenefitsNick@InsureChampaign.net

Nick has been a Licensed Insurance Agent since 2013 and joined InsureChampaign in 2019 to oversee the IC Insurance Benefits Division. Nick is from the Bloomington-Normal area, where he graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Nick focuses on providing group health insurance and employee benefit solutions to clients throughout all of central Illinois. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching sports.

Rachel Smithenry

Rachel Smithenry

Personal Lines ManagerRachel@InsureChampaign.net

Rachel has been a Licensed Insurance Agent since 1999 and oversees the Personal Lines Insurance Division. By working as an independent agent, she is able to write Home and Auto Policies that usually exceed the client’s expectations. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and resides in rural Champaign County with her husband, Ken. Rachel and her husband have three children and one beautiful grandson.

Denise Breen

Denise Breen

Commercial Insurance AgentDenise@InsureChampaign.net

With over 30 years of experience, Denise brings great knowledge and Insurance Company relations to the agency. She specializes in the Restaurant Franchise Program and is very familiar with different state laws and the unique ways each state transacts business. Denise resides in Tolono with her husband and enjoys reading and participating in 5K walks in her spare time.

Graham Tennant

Graham Tennant

Commercial Insurance AgentGraham@InsureChampaign.net

Graham, originally from Champaign, graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Shortly afterwards he began working in Chicago, IL for one of the largest insurance brokers in the world, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Graham joined InsureChampaign in 2012 and focuses on the student apartment program, main street businesses, and local contractors. Graham resides in Champaign with his wife Hillary and their children.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall

Commercial Insurance AgentChris@InsureChampaign.net

Chris Hall joined InsureChampaign as a Commercial Agent in 2015. Chris started in the insurance industry in 2003 and was affiliated with an agency in the Effingham area before joining our agency. Chris has specialized in the past with clients’ insurance needs for property owners, contracting, trucking, manufacturing, and auto dealerships. Chris will continue to expand his customer base in Champaign-Urbana as well as sell Home and Auto Insurance. Chris currently resides in Mattoon and has two children, Landry and Cannin. In his spare time he enjoys being with his children, as well as fishing and golfing.

Tucker Strang

Tucker Strang

Commercial Insurance AgentTucker@InsureChampaign.net

Born and raised in Champaign, IL, Tucker attended Arkansas Tech on a baseball scholarship his first two years before transferring to the University of Illinois and completing his undergraduate degree in Economics in 2009. Tucker has been with InsureChampaign since 2010 and focuses on the Jimmy John’s Franchisee National Program as well as main street businesses. In his free time, Tucker enjoys spending time with his family, playing music with the band, and enjoying the outdoors.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

ControllerAmy@InsureChampaign.net

Amy graduated from Southern Illinois University and manages our Accounting Department while also assisting with the Fast Food Franchise audits. She manages the day-to-day operations of the agency, while working with Mike Tennant on administrative tasks.

Kimberly Walsh

Kimberly Walsh

Personal Lines CSAKim@InsureChampaign.net

Kim started with InsureChampaign in 2014. She found her niche in the Personal Lines Department and assists clients with Auto, Home, Boat, and other Recreational Vehicle Insurance. Kim resides in St Joseph with her precious dog, Sunny. She stays very active with her niece and nephew’s sports and activities.

Jeni Shreves

Jeni Shreves

Commercial Lines CSAJeni@InsureChampaign.net

Jeni is a licensed CSA with InsureChampaign. She is working closely with the agency’s Commercial Insurance Agents to learn all the aspects of the insurance industry. Jeni also contributes to the Franchise and Accounting Department. She resides in Rantoul with her husband and dogs.

Tammy Quinlan

Tammy Quinlan

Commercial Lines CSATammyi@InsureChampaign.net

Tammy is originally from Rantoul and been in the insurance industry since 2006 with Commercial Lines. She spent four years of her career in Franklin, TN, both in a small agency, overseeing the principals’ accounts, as well as working at a corporate insurance agency. Tammy recently moved back to Illinois to be with her daughter, Lauren and son-in-law Kevin. The move has made her able to spend quality time with her beautiful twin grandchildren, Kashton and Huntleigh plus her bonus grandson, Kolden. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Tammy also enjoys jogging/walking with her dog, golfing, camping/boating, the beach, and listening to live music every chance she gets.

Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Commercial Lines CSAJulie@InsureChampaign.net

Julie Parker has over 20 years of experience and works alongside Chris Hall and Graham Tennant to provide excellent customer service to their clients. Since joining InsureChampaign, Julie has been instrumental in the renewal of clients in the Commercial Lines Division. Julie resides in Rantoul and has two children, Megan and Ryan, along with daughter-in-law Paige. She is also a grandmother to her two beautiful grandsons. She likes to cheer on her nephews in basketball and baseball, participate in 5Ks, spend time with family and friends, and cheer on the RTHS Eagles Basketball.

Amy Dicks

Amy Dicks

Commercial Lines CSAAmy2@InsureChampaign.net

Amy Dicks came to InsureChampaign in 2017 and is moving into a new role as Mike Tennant’s Executive Assistant. She will be working closely with Mike to develop new business and renew current Commercial Lines Clients. Amy has over 20 years in various aspects of customer service and enjoys working in a service based industry. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Mandi Grimes

Mandi Grimes

Commercial Lines CSAMandi@InsureChampaign.net

Mandi Grimes joined InsureChampaign in 2017 as a Licensed Commercial Lines CSA. She works closely with the Commercial Lines Agents and maintains compliance for the Franchisee Program. Mandi started in the insurance industry in 2007 and has over 20 years of various customer services experience to the agency. She resides in Bismarck with her husband Adam and has three children — Shayne, Madison, and Jacob along with grandchildren Ava and Asher. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and attending concerts with friends.

Jill Pankau

Jill Pankau

Employee Benefits Client Account RepresentativeJill@InsureChampaign.net

Jill has been a Licensed Insurance Agent since 2003. Jill joined InsureChampaign in September of 2019 to work in the Employee Benefits Division. Jill has been working in employee benefits for over 17 years and had prior experience on the medical carrier side. Jill is from Champaign and lives with her husband Steve; they have three children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, gardening, trying to keep up with all the grandchildren’s sports, and traveling to the beach with her husband.

Kathy Saad

Kathy L. Saad

ReceptionistKathy@InsureChampaign.net

Kathy started with Insure Champaign January 2020 as the front desk receptionist. She has over 30 years in the insurance business in Commercial & Personal Lines. Kathy was ready for a change and a less stressful position. Her main responsibility is ordering motor vehicle reports for our franchise department. Kathy has lived in Champaign all her life. Her great niece, Marisa, lives with her, plus her two fur babies Alexandra and Honey B. She also enjoys spending time with her friends/family and gardening.