Transportation Insurance - Stieg Insurance and Associates

Walter Stieg

Walt Stieg is a producer and Chairman of the Board for Stieg & Associates. He started his career in transportation insurance in January 1975. His core duties continue in the sales, service, and safety areas of transportation industry, in addition to those duties he has served on Great West Casualty's National Agents Council since its inception. He is past President of the Billings Family YMCA and still serves on the Board of Directors. Walt is also a past President of the Montana Motor Carriers Association and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors. Walt is married to Kathy and they have three sons. E-Mail Walt at

Kent Dreessen, CIC

Kent F. Dreessen....President. Kent joined the Stieg & Associates team in March 1994.  Previous to this, he was employed at Great West Casualty Company for six years as a Commercial Transportation Underwriter.  His primary roles at the agency are those of corporate manager of the offices, as well as the areas of underwriting.  Kent has been on the transportation side of insurance since May 1988.  He is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent as well as Life, Health and Disability.  Kent holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota as well as the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).  Kent is married to Stacy and has a daughter named Jordan, and a son named Justin. E-Mail Kent at

Don Ruesch

Don Ruesch...Agent. Don joined the Stieg & Associates team in October 1998. His primary roles at the agency are those of Sales, Safety and Compliance.  He is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent as well as Life, Health and Disability. Don has two children, Olivia and Jack. E-Mail Don at druesch@stieginsurance

Aaron Stieg

Aaron Stieg joined the Stieg & Associates team in August of 2003. He is currently a producer for C.O.O.L. and Stieg & Associates and works mainly in Montana,  Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho.   He holds a license in Property, Casualty, Surety, Life, Health, and Disability. E-Mail Aaron at

Jaci Ruesch, CIC, CISR

Jaci Ruesch....Customer ServiceAgent. Jaci joined Stieg & Associates Insurance, Inc. in March 1999. Sheservicesaccounts in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Idaho and isa licensed property/casualty/life/health agent.Jaci holds a BS in Business Administration/Information Systems from Montana State University-Billings. Jaci has a son, Zane. E-mail Jaci at

Ryan Stieg

Ryan Stieg...CEO. Ryan joined Stieg & Associates in July of 2009. Ryan has worked in the financial services industry since 2005. He is a licensed Property, Casualty, and Surety producer as well as Life, Health, and Disablility. Ryan holds a degree in Finance from Arizona State University. Ryan is married to Jill and they have two sons named Casen and Taven. Email Ryan at

Renee Newhall

Renee Newhall joined the Stieg & Associates team in March 2005. She is a licensed Property/Casualty Agent as well as Life/Health/Disability.  She has worked in the insurance/trucking fields throughout the years 1984-1997.  She at that time took a few years off to spend with her family.   Renee enjoys working with people and looks forward to helping you with your insurance needs.  E-Mail Renee at

Keri Lockwood - CISR

Keri Lockwood....Customer Service Agent for Continental Owner Operators Ltd. Keri joined the COOL team in December 2003. She is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent as well as Life, Health and Disability. In 2009, Keri received Great West Casualty Company STAR designation, which stands for Specialist in Transportation and Risk. She holds an Associates degree in Administrative Assistant from Montana State University, College of Technology. Keri is married and has two children. E-mail Keri at

Dawn Achten

Dawn Achten…Customer Service Agent for Continental Owner Operators Ltd.  She joined the Stieg team in January 2008. Dawn is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent. Dawn is married to Rob and has one child.  E-mail Dawn at

Chad Messerly

Chad Messerly…Producer/Missoula Office.Started his insurance career in August of 1999 as an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance and Financial Services until August of 2005 at which time he moved to an independent agency. Chad was there from August 2005 until he came on board with Stieg & Associates.  He has his Property, Casualty, Surety, Life, Health, Disability, and Securities Licenses.  He graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration/Human Resource Management.  His wife is Carla and they have two sons named Jacob and Matthew.

Nancy Ostbye, CISR

Nancy Ostbye started with the Missoula Office in July 2001 after spending time as a bookkeeper for a local shoe store.  Nancy serves our clients as the Customer Service Representative and has become licensed in the State of Montana as well as completing a Basic Insurance Training seminar.  Nancy is a Missoula native and attended the University of Montana.  She is married to Richard (a truck driver) and has three children. E-Mail Nancy at

Bonnie Garza, CIC, CRM, CPCU

Bonnie Garza… Account Manager. Bonnie joined Stieg & Associates Missoula in August 2003. She is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent with the State of MT, ID and WA with 27 years experience in the insurance industry. She has completed and earned the Certificate of General Insurance, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designations. E-Mail Bonnie at

John Watson

John Watson…Agency Manager/Education & Training/Great Falls Office.   A Great Falls resident since 1980, John’s entire business career has been insurance related.  He has specialized in insurance for the transportation industry for 20 years, with clients located throughout the Northwest region.


John owned the First American Insurance Agency until 1997 when he moved on and developed the transportation division of an agency he later took over as head of the transportation division.  John was assigned to head the Transportation unit where he was employed.  John has served on advisory councils of many transportation insurers including Wilshire Insurance Company and Redland Insurance Company.  He served as the Montana representative on the National Board of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) for nine years.  John was named the PIA Agent of the Year for Montana in 1989 and 2006.


John and his wife, Ruthie, have two grown children and have grandsons, born October 10, 2007.  They are active baseball fans, sing in the First Presbyterian Church choir and enjoy traveling.

June Goff

June Goff joined Stieg & Associates on October 4, 2007.  She is a native of Great Falls, Montana as well as a retired navy spouse.   June became licensed in property, casualty and surety in October 2004.  She has an insurance background on the company side as well as the agency side.  Along with her insurance background June has extensive retail sales, banking and customer service experience.   She is married with 2 children & 2 grandchildren and enjoys playing the piano, Sukoku puzzles and knitting.


Stephanie Barnes - CSA

Stephanie Barnes...Customer Service Agent/Great Falls Office. Stephanie joined the Stieg & Associates family in March of 2013. She is licensed in Property, Casualty and Surety. Stephanie has an extensive customer service background. She holds a Business and Technical Sales and Service degree from Montana State University – Northern. Stephanie enjoys the outdoors and plays golf and softball in the summer time and travels to pool (billiards) tourneys in the winter months. You can e-mail Stephanie at

Corrina Gilbertson - Receptionist

Corrina joined Stieg & Associates in July 2013. She is the receptionist for Stieg & Associates Insurance. Corrina came to us with 20+ years of customer service experience. She has 2 grown sons and lives in Billings, MT.

Crissy Frazier - Accounting

Crissy joined the Stieg & Associates team in December 2013. Previous to this, she was employed in public accounting. Crissy holds a BS in history and accounting from Montana State University-Billings. She is married and has four children. Email Crissy at

Dawn Normandeau - CSA

Dawn is a native Montanan, born and raised in Missoula, who loves to travel. She most recently went to Hawaii and swam with sharks! Her daughter and son in law live in Helena, so she goes to Helena as often as she can to see her grandson, Jefferson and in August, a granddaughter will join the family! Dawn has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and has always worked on the Agency side of the business with Independent Agencies in Missoula (Western States and Payne Financial – now known as Payne West). She has the insurance industry designations of CPIW, AAI, AIS, CPCU, AU. She enjoys learning and looks forward to opportunities to further her insurance knowledge. She also has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Montana.

Ed Chadwick - Producer

I moved from San Diego, CA to Yakima at the age of ten. After graduating high school I served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy. I received an honorable discharge in 1983 and from there went on to obtain my Property and Casualty License at Washington State. I spent a short time in Sacramento establishing a satellite office before returning to Yakima to assist in my family’s insurance company. I owned the family insurance company for 12 yrs before selling. After working for another insurance agency for a few years, I re-opened my own agency in Yakima. I’ve been a transportation insurance specialist for over 30 years and have been a member of the Washington Trucking Association since 1988, while serving on insurance company councils and earning industry designations. In June of 2014 I became a part of Stieg & Associates Insurance. I have been married for 30 yrs to Kirsten and have two grown children Logan and Taylor.

Jessica Castro - CSA

Jessica was born and raised in Montana. She graduated from MSU – Billings in 2009 with a degree in Art and Business Administration. She comes to us with 5 years of administrative/clerical experience. Jessica and her husband were married on the Rims (Billings) at midnight this summer. They have two dogs and enjoy spending time with their family and friends. Jessica’s artistic side enjoys dabbling in hobbies such as: oil painting, quilting, and interior design. We would like you to join us in welcoming Jessica to the Stieg & Associates family.

Jodi Harper - CSA

Jodi Harper… joined Stieg & Associates in February 2013. Licensed in Property/Casualty, Life/Health/Disability and Surety she brings over 8 years of sales and account management experience in the insurance industry specializing in business insurance, workers compensation and risks. Attended Boston University, fluent in Spanish and French, enjoys traveling, teaching, photography and college basketball… Go UCONN! Has one son, Aidan.

Karl Klewin - Producer

Washington Producer

Kayce Kumpula - COOL

Kayce Kumpula Customer Service Agent for Continental Owner Operators Ltd. Kayce joined in 2012. She is a licensed Property, Casualty and Surety agent. She previously worked at Wells Fargo and has several years experience with leadership and one on one customer service. Her family includes Scott , her daughter Kayley and her son Cain.





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