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  • Jim Hillestad

    President/Sales
    Office: 217-547-2027
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Jim Hillestad joined Nicoud in 1988 and has been a co-owner since 1996. Jim has been instrumental in building the agency to become a leader in providing unprecedented customer service and solutions to businesses and individuals throughout Central Illinois. Through his leadership and a strong staff of committed individuals, Nicoud has excelled in serving the best in class clients. Jim is a graduate from Eastern Illinois University and is a strong believer in community philanthropy. He is involved in many local not for profit organizations and serves on numerous boards.

  • Tim Nicoud, Jr.

    Co-Owner and Vice President of Sales
    Office: 217-547-2028
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Born and raised in Central Illinois, Tim joined Nicoud Insurance Services in 1997 after spending 2 years with Cincinnati Insurance Company as a commercial underwriter. Tim has an MLIS designation (management liability insurance specialist) and is responsible for managing the Nicoud sales team. He has a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College and an MBA from the University of Illinois. In addition to helping Nicoud Insurance Services grow, Tim is involved in several local organizations and enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.

  • Tim Nicoud, Sr.

    Chairman of Board/Retired
    Office: 217-817-0441
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Tim Nicoud established Nicoud Insurance in 1985 with the philosophy that insurance plans should be customized to each client’s unique needs. He utilizes over 44 years of experience in the insurance field to direct the operations of Nicoud Insurance. He is an alumni of Spring Hill College. 

  • Bob Westbrook

    Long Term Care Producer
    Office: 217-414-1998
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Bob and Nicoud Insurance teamed up in 2010. Bob Westbrook specializes in Long Term Care Insurance by assisting those who seek financial protection for the greatest expense that faces them in their remaining lives along with peace of mind knowing that they have a plan in place to lessen the emotional burden on family members. Bob resides in Springfield with his wife Karen and their two boys.

  • Kolin O'Brien

    Individual Life & Health Producer
    Office: 217-547-2046
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Kolin O’Brien joined Nicoud Insurance as an Insurance Advisor. Kolin is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor of Art degree in economics. He is a registered representative with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and specializes in individual life and health insurance, as well as financial planning with Nicoud Insurance. 

  • Mike Mahorney

    Benefits Account Executive
    Office: 217-547-2048
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    A Central Illinois native, Mike Mahorney serves as a Benefits Account Manager with Nicoud Insurance. Mike works with groups helping manage their employee benefits package. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been with Nicoud since 2001. Mike lives in Springfield with his wife and three sons.

  • Susan Cassiday

    Benefits Advisor
    Office: 217-547-2040
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Susan Cassiday has joined Nicoud Insurance as a Benefits Advisor. She brings to the Agency 25 years of experience in Health & Benefits. She is a Springfield native and has volunteered on the Springfield Chamber Annual Golf Outing for the past 5 years. Susan resides in Springfield with her husband Matt. She has 2 children and 1 grandchild. Susan enjoys golfing, cooking, crafts and spending time with friends and family.

  • Ryan Hillestad

    Insurance Advisor
    Office: 217-817-0441
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Ryan has been with Nicoud Insurance since May of 2016. Ryan graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. Ryan began his insurance career as an Underwriter with Cincinnati Insurance Companies. He then moved to Kansas City, MO where he worked with Lockton Companies within their large construction unit. Ryan is now working as an Insurance Advisor where his primary role is to assist businesses throughout the Midwest with Commercial Property and Casualty, Group Health and Life/Disability Insurance.

  • Brad Leonard

    Insurance Advisor
    Office: 217-547-2037
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Brad Leonard recently joined Nicoud Insurance as a sales executive. He comes to the agency with seven years of experience in the banking industry. Brad graduated from Illinois State University in 2005 where he earned his degree in Business Administration. Brad his wife Becky and their two children are lifelong residents of Springfield whom are both very active in the community.

  • Danny Vehovic

    Insurance Advisor
    Office: 217-547-2034
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Danny came to Nicoud with two years of past experience from Federated Insurance and was hired by Nicoud as an Insurance Advisor. Danny's primary role is to assist businesses throughout Central Illinois with Commercial Property and Casualty, Group Health and Life/Disability Insurance. He is an alumnus of Rochester High School and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December of 2010. He redshirted on the EIU football team and played five seasons.

  • Jason Bauer

    Financial Institute Specialist
    Office: 573.230.2824
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Jason Bauer works with financial clients protecting their unique insurance, bond, and professional liability exposures. He has 18 years of insurance experience; sixteen years exclusively-dedicated to financial institutions.

  • Jim Turner

    Commercial Account Executive
    Office: 217-547-2038
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Jim Turner has recently joined Nicoud Insurance as the Commercial Account Executive.  He comes to the agency with 25 plus years of Property & Casualty as well as Commercial and Personal Lines experience. Jim attended Cal State San Bernardino.  He has his Associate in Underwriting (AU) and his Associate in General Insurance (AINS).  Jim moved from Southern California in 1989 and has been a resident of Riverton for 14 years.  He and his wife Sharon have three children and four grandchildren who all reside in the Springfield area.

  • Patti Tobin

    Financial Institution Specialist
    Office: 217-414-4485
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Patti Tobin joined the Community BancInsurance Services division of Nicoud Insurance September, 2011 as an FI specialist. Patti works with financial clients protecting their unique insurance, bond, and professional liability exposures. She comes to the agency with 30 years insurance experience; 12 years exclusively-dedicated to Financial Institutions. Patti’s formal education includes Metropolitan College of St. Louis University and she holds a Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Her personal pursuits include teaching, volunteering with the homeless, and other charitable endeavors.

  • Tom Kavanagh

    Insurance Advisor
    Office: 217-547-2029
    Fax: 217-546-7034
    4481 Ash Grove, Suite B
    Springfield IL 62711
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    Tom has over 20 years of experience helping his clients reduce risk from the unexpected curve balls that life throws. He is an active member of the community with involvement in the American Lung Association and coaching youth football and baseball. In addition, he is a Certified Risk Manager. He is a graduate of Springfield College and Quincy College. Tom resides in Chatham with his wife Cindy and their three children.