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For nearly 65 years, Pearl Insurance has existed for one reason: to deliver solutions that protect what’s truly important to our customers. The people of Pearl understand the desire to live and work with confidence, and are dedicated to helping our customers feel secure. Whether we’re providing insurance solutions to an individual, a business, or a group, we consider ourselves partners with our clients. If we don’t have the perfect solution readily available, we’ll customize a product or program to meet our clients’ specific needs.
As a leading technology consulting organization, Pearl Technology has more than 25 years experience in presenting customized information technology solutions to businesses in Central Illinois and beyond. Expertise in analysis, design, integration, and optimization has enabled us to secure strong partnerships with clients in the insurance, manufacturing, education, legal, and wholesale/distribution verticals.
Pearl Benefits has been offering a comprehensive portfolio of customized employee benefits programs to Peoria area businesses for over 20 years. With access to multiple plans, carriers, and insurance companies, we offer everything from group medical insurance to 401(k) plans. Pearl Benefits connects organizations with customized programs that align with their special culture and budget. We can meet all your employee benefit needs in just one place.
Jack has been the driving force and cornerstone of the Pearl Companies since he founded the organization in 1954. He is a graduate of Bradley University, a charter member and past president of the American Institute of Professional Association Group Insurance Administrators (AIPAGIA), a charter member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA), an active contributor and volunteer for the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Illinois, and a significant supporter of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. In addition, Jack has been recognized for his many outstanding achievements through various awards, including the prestigious Master of Mass Marketing award presented annually by the Mass Marketing Insurance Institute (MI2), the Sigma Chi Significant Sig Award, the second-ever recipient of PIMA's Legend award, and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by their Governor in 2006.
Gary joined Pearl in 1985 and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pearl Companies since 1998. Gary provides the Pearl team with a wealth of insurance knowledge and experience, which he developed during his years working in various sales, marketing, and operations divisions both at Pearl and with CIGNA Insurance Company, where he started his career. He remains deeply involved in every aspect of the business and is committed to continuing Pearl's tradition of innovation. Gary was the 2000 President of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA).
Dennis joined the Pearl Companies in 2005 and serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. With a successful background in financial, strategic planning, direct marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, as President/COO, Dennis oversees the execution of strategy and managing the operations of the Pearl Companies. Dennis also directs the financial operations of Pearl Automotive.
Gary has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, and has worked for Pearl Insurance and its predecessors for over 30 years. In his role as President, Gary oversees the sales, marketing, account relations, and operations of our union-based association clients and our Personal Insurance Division. Additionally, Gary leads sales initiatives for our Affinity Life and Health Insurance Division. Gary is a member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) and the American Institute of Professional Association Group Insurance Administrators (AIPAGIA).
Lisa Hoogerwerf is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at the Pearl Companies. She joined our team in August of 2012. In her role, Lisa provides strategic leadership and consulting support for all HR management functions for Pearl Insurance, Pearl Technology, and Pearl Automotive. These functions include, but are not limited to, compensation, recruitment and retention, employee relations, training, performance management, succession planning and talent management/development, goal setting, policy and procedure development, benefits, wellness initiatives, and legal and regulatory compliance. Along with holding a Professional Human Resource (PHR) Designation, Lisa has spent more than 20 years working in HR, with more than half of that time in a leadership position.
Jeff Palmer, Senior Vice President of Information Technology Services, manages all of Pearl Insurance's information technology operations including both Peoria and Albany locations. With a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and over 20 years of experience in information technology, Jeff manages Pearl Insurance's information systems through innovation and ingenuity. He oversees all software development and systems support, infrastructure and help desk, business intelligence, and IT project management services. He also passionately trains talented internal developers to be at the forefront of technology, ensuring Pearl's systems remain current and secure. Jeff is also a member of Pearl's Strategic Leadership Team.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in insurance sales and marketing, Shannon joined the Pearl Companies team in 2013, serving as our Executive Vice President of Marketing and Affinity Programs. In this role, Shannon manages and directs the marketing initiatives of the organization, including the Life and Health Affinity and Business Insurance Divisions. He is also responsible for Client Management, working with our team of specialized professionals to exceed the needs of all clients. Shannon's career experience includes having served as Head of Sales for AIG Benefit Solutions and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Marsh, Inc.'s Affinity Group Services. Additionally, Shannon serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA).
The people of Pearl Companies are committed to working hard, working smart, and working together. This focus has secured us a strong presence in the marketplace today, as well as for years to come. We're looking for ambitious individuals to help us continue to successfully carry this mission forward.