Meet our Product Experts

Our team of experienced product experts are here to assist you through the entire sales pipeline. Whether it be recommending the best products available, helping with case design and pre-underwriting preparation or dealing with carrier issues, our brokerage support team is equipped with the right knowledge, tool and resources to help you along the way. Meet our product experts and your relationship managers.

Nick Forside

Nick Forside
Nick Forside

Nick Forside

Relationship Manager, Group Health

Nick has spent the majority of his career working with insurance brokerages in Minnesota, helping to promote comprehensive benefit packages for business owners and their employees. As a Group Relationship Manager, Nick will work directly with brokers to provide quoting and illustration assistance as well as product expertise and recommendations. He is a firm believer that the benefits a company offers have a positive correlation on retention and reduced training costs over time.

Marti Schochenmaier

Marti Schochenmaier
Marti Schochenmaier

Marti Schochenmaier

Relationship Manager, Senior Sales Executive - National Accounts

With over 30 years in health and financial services, Marti Schochenmaier leads our Brokerage team in the Life Insurance space. Marti is highly consultative with a very strong client orientation and is extremely adept at helping brokers understand their client’s needs while backing that up with strong product and carrier knowledge.

Dutch Koop

Dutch Koop
Dutch Koop

Dutch Koop

Relationship Manager, LTC & DI

Dutch Koop, CLTC, is LeClair Group’s Long Term Care Practice Leader. Coming to LeClair Group with over 12 years of experience as a Long Term Care and Disability Income expert, Dutch is passionate about helping agents find solutions for their clients.

“I'm in my element when working with agents that understand the importance of LTC planning. Education is key.”

Weston Peterson

Weston Peterson
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Weston Peterson

Relationship Manager, Medicare

Welcome Weston Peterson to LeClair Group. As a Medicare Relationship Manager, Weston specializes in guiding brokers through the complexities in the Medicare space. With over 6 years under his belt in the insurance industry, Weston is prepared to take you to the next level in Senior Market Sales. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, fishing with his family and attending his children’s sporting events.

La Rae Mills

La Rae Mills
La Rae Mills

La Rae Mills

Relationship Manager, Health and Medicare

LaRae Mills is LeClair Group’s Medicare Relationship Manager. Coming to LeClair Group with over 20 years of education and mentoring experience, LaRae strives to provide top support to agents in order to help them provide the best service to their clients. LaRae is a licensed Health and Life agent and has certifications and experience with both Individual insurance and Medicare.

Agents can look to LaRae for assistance with all Medicare related questions including Medicare changes, best practices, contracting, rules and regulations.

Katie Miller

Katie Miller
Katie Miller

Katie Miller

Relationship Manager, Group Health

Katie is dedicated to assisting agents with the best service possible concerns regarding small group policies. Agents can come to Katie for assistance with adding employees to groups, quotes, discrepancies on claims, and much more Katie strongly believes that Group Health Insurance allows businesses to recruit and retain talented employees and by understanding exactly what agents are in need of, she is able to provide answers and support in a timely manner. Katie bring with her several years of sales and customer service experience, including most recently at Securian. Katie has a degree from University Wisconsin Stout.

Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time with my family and friend as well yoga, gardening and spending time outdoors.

“I bring with me several years of experience in sales, customer service and relationship building. I enjoy learning new products and processes, and believe that is important in this ever-changing industry.”

Marti Schochenmaier

Relationship Manager, Senior Sales Executive - National Accounts

With over 30 years in health and financial services, Marti Schochenmaier leads our Brokerage team in the Life Insurance space. Marti is highly consultative with a very strong client orientation and is extremely adept at helping brokers understand their client’s needs while backing that up with strong product and carrier knowledge.

Dutch Koop

Relationship Manager, LTC & DI

Dutch Koop, CLTC, is LeClair Group’s Long Term Care Practice Leader. Coming to LeClair Group with over 12 years of experience as a Long Term Care and Disability Income expert, Dutch is passionate about helping agents find solutions for their clients.

“I'm in my element when working with agents that understand the importance of LTC planning. Education is key.”

Katie Miller

Relationship Manager, Group Health

Katie is dedicated to assisting agents with the best service possible concerns regarding small group policies. Agents can come to Katie for assistance with adding employees to groups, quotes, discrepancies on claims, and much more Katie strongly believes that Group Health Insurance allows businesses to recruit and retain talented employees and by understanding exactly what agents are in need of, she is able to provide answers and support in a timely manner. Katie bring with her several years of sales and customer service experience, including most recently at Securian. Katie has a degree from University Wisconsin Stout.

Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time with my family and friend as well yoga, gardening and spending time outdoors.

“I bring with me several years of experience in sales, customer service and relationship building. I enjoy learning new products and processes, and believe that is important in this ever-changing industry.”

La Rae Mills

Relationship Manager, Health and Medicare

LaRae Mills is LeClair Group’s Medicare Relationship Manager. Coming to LeClair Group with over 20 years of education and mentoring experience, LaRae strives to provide top support to agents in order to help them provide the best service to their clients. LaRae is a licensed Health and Life agent and has certifications and experience with both Individual insurance and Medicare.

Agents can look to LaRae for assistance with all Medicare related questions including Medicare changes, best practices, contracting, rules and regulations.

Weston Peterson

Relationship Manager, Medicare

Welcome Weston Peterson to LeClair Group. As a Medicare Relationship Manager, Weston specializes in guiding brokers through the complexities in the Medicare space. With over 6 years under his belt in the insurance industry, Weston is prepared to take you to the next level in Senior Market Sales. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, fishing with his family and attending his children’s sporting events.

Nick Forside

Relationship Manager, Group Health

Nick has spent the majority of his career working with insurance brokerages in Minnesota, helping to promote comprehensive benefit packages for business owners and their employees. As a Group Relationship Manager, Nick will work directly with brokers to provide quoting and illustration assistance as well as product expertise and recommendations. He is a firm believer that the benefits a company offers have a positive correlation on retention and reduced training costs over time.