Insurable Interest

Welcome to Insurable Interest, a blog that discusses the ideas and issues pertaining to the insurance industry. This blog is our way of reaching out to you, the reader, to keep you in the loop about topics not typically discussed. Our bloggers will consist of those who work for the Whitaker LaChance Agency out of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Our city, in the last few months, has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons, which may give you the wrong interpretation. Kalamazoo is actually an outgoing, growing and innovative city in the heart of Southwest Michigan. We are known for our medical innovations, college campuses, scenic bike paths and our brewing companies.  

Brief Whitaker LaChance Agency History:

Our Office:

Our office consists of eight individuals; Jerry Whitaker, Jeff Gray, Kim Mulder, Charlotte Coffman, Anne Carr, Aaron Whitaker, Stephanie Pichan and Eric Wagaman. We are an outgoing and friendly group of individuals who all put others’ needs before our own.  Even though we all have our own personalities, we are close like a family.  Our office shares one common passion, food.  Every Friday we have a team breakfast where we make breakfast from scratch or sometimes order from local small businesses.

The Goal of Insurable Interest:

The goal of this blog is for us to shed light on issues and to share our insurance advice/opinions with our readers.  Our passion at the Whitaker LaChance Agency is to protect our clients and make them more successful by managing risk and being their trusted advisor.
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About the Authors:

Jerry WhitakerJerry Whitaker joined Acrisure in July of 2010 as an investor, with over 25 years of commercial and employee benefit insurance experience, specializing in large contractors, large property management companies, surety, Captive Insurance Programs, Alternative Risk Financing and Professional Employment Organizations. Jerry brings strategic risk management that focuses on the true costs of risk, then attacks the cost drivers within the insurance program and uses risk management to mitigate risk for his clients. His expertise is on the effects of wellness on workers’ compensation, disability and employee benefits. Jerry graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984 with a BS in Business Marketing and Minor in Communication and Economics. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) in 2006, and is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Association (RIMS).

Eric WagamanEric Wagaman is the Brand Marketing and Development Intern at the Whitaker LaChance Agency in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a Senior at Western Michigan University in their Sales and Business Marketing program.  Eric is a driven individual who is passionate about meeting the needs of others by going beyond their expectations. During his free time, Eric enjoys golfing, hiking, attending sporting events and indulging in new restaurants.


Stephanie Pichan
Stephanie Pichan is the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Whitaker LaChance Agency in Portage, Michigan. She’s a graduate of the Community Health Education program at Western Michigan University where she worked on an innovative team for 10 years developing health technology behavior-change interventions. She has a specific interest in the area of holistic health and believes in the healing power of food and its role in disease prevention.  Although she strives to get at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, she believes it’s important to indulge from time to time; ice cream is usually the winner. Whether through work, volunteering, or every day connections, she’s passionate about helping others live their best life possible. Stephanie is developing the health and wellness area at Whitaker LaChance and using her creativity to contribute to the vision of the marketing team. She’s excited to be an integral part of helping the agency grow and expand. 

Aaron WhitakerAaron Whitaker joined Whitaker-LaChance in 2014 as a Personal Insurance Customer Service Representative. He brought with him extensive customer service experience from working in a retail professional camera store and computer electronic store for three years in Chicago. Aaron manages all personal insurance placement, marketing, account service and claim management. His expertise is in working with our clients to make sure their insurance program takes care of them through all the changes in life. Aaron is a graduate of Kalamazoo Home School Association and attended Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied Graphic Art Design. He is an avid photographer and enjoys fishing.



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