Jim Schmidt

Director of Business Development

Jim Schmidt is a distinguished professional with more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Most recently, Jim was the Commercial Lines manager for a large national broker where he oversaw the growth and development for the Chicago operations, setting short and long-term sales strategies, as well as providing guidance and coaching for the sales team.

Jim has held various leadership roles with local, and national brokers. Jim has experience with a diverse range of industries, including non-profit, manufacturers, contractors, real estate, healthcare and captive clients. Jim has developed a proprietary system that allows him to better analyze each of his client’s unique needs.

Jim has been an active member of several professional organizations and associations including Lions International, American Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. As a chosen speaker, he has given seminars at several conferences on topics including professional liability, business insurance, event cancellation, captive insurance companies, and contract litigation insurance.

Currently, Jim holds his resident insurance license in the state of Illinois and non-resident licenses in all other states. Jim also holds his insurance license for Life, Accident, Health and has earned his Series 6 and 63 securities licenses.


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Jim Schmidt

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