Matt Burke, CPCU
Matt is commercial underwriter at Farm Bureau Insurance. He’s been in the insurance industry since 2011. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Matt earned his CPCU designation in 2015 and holds several other designations. He lives in DeWitt with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Benson.
Mike Giancotti, CPCU
Mike is currently a Senior Internal Auditor at Auto-Owners Insurance Company. He began his career at Auto-Owners in 2001, holding various positions in the Accounting and Internal Audit departments. Mike graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Accounting. He earned his CPCU in 2007 and also holds several other designations. Mike lives in Holt with his wife Sandy and two children, Aiden and Kennady.
Tricia Thelen, CPCU
Tricia is a personal lines supervisor at Auto-Owners Insurance, where she’s been for 14 years. She graduated from Baker College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Tricia earned her CPCU designation in 2018 and holds several other designations. She lives in Westphalia with her husband, Kyle, and their two sons, Jacob and Henry.
Samantha Cheadle, CPCU
Samantha is a business analyst at Auto-Owners Insurance. She has been in the insurance industry since 2010. Samantha graduated from Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and management. Samantha earned her CPCU designation in 2015. She lives in Laingsburg with her husband, Adam, and their two sons, Henry and Harrison.
Libby Fox, CPCU
Libby is a personal lines underwriting manager for Farm Bureau Insurance, where she’s been for seven years. Libby began her career in claims with Aetna Casualty & Surety in Seattle. Her career took her from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., and finally back home to Michigan.
Libby graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She earned her CPCU in 2018 and also holds the API and AINS designations. Libby lives in Lansing with her husband, Burnie.
Nicole Scott, CPCU
Nicole is currently a Regulatory Specialist at AF Group in Lansing Michigan. She began her insurance career with AF Group in 2015 and has held several different positions throughout the company. She graduated in 2016 from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Nicole earned her CPCU designation in the spring of 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Insurance at Olivet College. Nicole currently resides in DeWitt with her Fiancé, Ransom.
Candace began her career at Auto-Owners in 2003. She has held several positions within the Underwriting Division and is currently a Coordinator in Underwriting Modernization. Candace holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree from Central Michigan University. She earned her CPCU designation in 2016 and also holds the FLMI, AAI, AIC, AIM and several other designations.
Candace currently resides in Lansing with her husband Eric, and their four children, Addie, Connor, Ellie, and Cian.
Immediate Past President & Nominating Committee
John Schmidt, CPCU
John began his career at Auto-Owners in 2002. He has held several positions within the claims division, and is currently the manager of Home Office PIP & Med Pay Claims. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in General Business Administration. John earned his CPCU designation in 2018 and also holds the AIC, AIC-M, and AINS designations. John lives in Lansing with his wife, Andrea and his son, Calvin.