Bill Runge joined the agency in 1999 and is now our senior agent. Having a lot of personal experience with the farming life has helped him gain knowledge of farm and crop insurance. He also handles a significant part of our commercial insurance business--actually, a significant part of all our business!
If it has to do with managing the crop insurance, Karie Buchli handles it. It's a big (and often thankless) job that has kept her plenty busy most of the time since 2005; however, Karie handles every other aspect of the CSR gig just as ably.
Barry Schwab rang in the new year of 2010 by starting a new career with us as an agent-in-training. Now licensed in almost every line of insurance, Barry has become the go-to guy for our life and health insurance business.
A licensed agent since mid-2010, Brooke Schwab is no stranger to Starr-Buckow. Brooke represents the third generation of the Starr family, and she is making her mark by learning the business from front to back and inside out.
The newest member of our team is Chris Novotny, our primary claims administrator and first point of contact for our call-in and walk-in customers. Chris started with us in the summer of 2018, but it already seems as though she's been part of the Starr-Buckow family forever.