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Why Premco?

"I have been doing business with Premco for over 10 years. They have been flexible with our clients & have responded to inquires by our agency and customers in a timely & informative manner. Premco would be a great choice for any one looking for a good long term partner in the financing business."

Scott LaChance, President
Whitaker-LaChance Agcy

Addressing the needs of individual agencies and planting the seed for a company built on reslationships. Here's what some of our partners say...

Clare Rothi - Mr. Rothi is the founder and Chairman and is responsible for the supervision of all management functions designed to assure compliance with company objectives. With nearly 50 years of insurance experience, he initially acquired insurance, management and accounting experience during his 22 years of employment at the J.M. Wilson Corporation. He brings a unique background, having served in several positions including: assistant fire underwriter; data processing manager; claims manager; assistant personnel manager; controller; and treasurer. He also had the responsibility for and successfully implemented the operation of several small businesses affiliated with the Wilson Corporation, which included an insurance premium finance company. Subsequently, he acquired 5 years of experience as President / Treasurer of The Garrett Agency Inc., a large property and casualty agency in Kalamazoo. While there, he also successfully managed another premium finance company. He completed his undergraduate work in Business Administration, has received his Certification in General Insurance from IIA, numerous certifications in systems, programming and management, and completed four sections of CPCU.

Greg Griffin - Mr. Griffin is the President and handles Sales & Marketing and he joined the management team after a longstanding relationship as the commercial loan officer for PREMCO. He has extensive finance experience as Assistant Vice President Commercial Banking at Old Kent Bank in Kalamazoo, MI; First Vice President Commercial Banking at Standard Federal Bank/LaSalle Bank in Kalamazoo; Vice President Commercial Banking at Tower Bank & Trust in Fort Wayne, IN; and Senior Vice President of GE Commercial Finance in Northeast Indiana. He holds an MBA from Old Dominion University and is an officer in the Navy Reserves. His knowledge of our business, experience in banking and finance, combined with his MBA offers a unique asset to our company.

Leann Ely - Ms. Ely is the CFO managing internal operations for Premco Financial Corporation. Her 12+ years in the insurance and finance industry in addition to her 9 years in promotions and public relations provide her with the unique ability to identify with Independent Agents relative to their business and financial needs. Her experience includes: serving as the CFO / Secretary / Treasurer / VP of Operations for Premco; obtaining and practicing as a licensed insurance agent; representing the promotions division of General Motors in nation-wide sales meetings; and working as a Public Relations Assistant for Pfizer, formally known as The Upjohn Company. Through each of her ventures, Ms. Ely has gained extensive experience in a variety of software applications, enabling her to use the intuitive approach in management. She holds a business administration degree with a major in finance.

Mark Ely - Mr. Ely is Vice President of Technology and is responsible for providing technical organization and structure for Premco Financial Corporation. He has over 14 years of experience providing technical and practical solutions for Western Michigan University. In addition, Mr. Ely is the principle of TechZoo LLC, a consulting firm providing IMS planning and implementation services to local business. His experience has provided him with the ability to extract technical needs while providing and maintaining user-friendly applications. In addition to his contributions in the business arena, he has headed several research projects giving him a strong leadership background. He holds a degree and has advanced education in industrial engineering.

Nicole Caswell

Nicole Caswell - Ms. Caswell is the VP of operations for Premco Financial Corporation. Her 8+ years in the banking industry in addition to her 13 years in customer service provides her with the talent and experience to assist clients and manage accounts.  Her experience includes: 5 years as Branch Manager/Officer with Standard Federal/LaSalle Bank/Bank of America; 2 years experience as a Licensed Banker; and over 8 years as Assistant Office Manager for Northwoods Furniture.  In addition, Ms. Caswell has been a dedicated volunteer and serves as a current Board Member for the Kalamazoo Division of the March of Dimes.  She plays a large role in ensuring the success of their two largest annual fundraisers:  The March for Babies Walk and the Signature Chef's auction.

Tammy Kuiper

Tammy Kuiper - Ms. Kuiper is the Operations Specialist handling internal processing for Premco Financial Corporation. With her 22+ years in the banking industry (First Federal, Standard Federal, Lasalle Bank, and Bank of America) she has gained the knowledge and experience to deliver the excellent customer service expected by our agents and insured clients. Her experience includes: 2 years experience as a teller, over 17 years holding supervisory roles, and over 3 years as a Sales and Service Specialist. Tammy’s commitment is that every interaction will be memorable and you will feel like part of the family. She has volunteered at several organizations such as Portage AYSO (Assistant Regional Commissioner) Portage Lightning (multiple roles), and Cub Scout Pack 235 (Treasurer). In addition, she has enjoyed working with The United Way and March of Dimes, and the Poverty Reduction Initiative of Kalamazoo County.

IN Memory of Mike Otten - Mr. Otten was the former VP of Operations handling internal operations for Premco Financial Corporation.  He had over 5 years experience in the banking industry in addition to over 20 years experience with his family business where he managed customer service.  This background provided Mr. Otten with both ability and insight in client management and enabled him to effectively assist both Agents and insureds with a personal touch.  His experience included: working for First of America Bank now National City/PNC in Student Loans, Commercial Loans-Operations, and Commercial Loans-Quality Control.  In addition, Mr. Otten continued to serve as a consultant to his family business, Otten Trophies, where he helped as needed to ensure a quality experience.  Mr. Otten was an avid bowler and golfer who demonstrated his drive towards excellence with more than 13 - 300 games and 3 holes-in-one.

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