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About
GJ Insurance Group

Here at the GJ Insurance Group, our goal is to provide you with fair policies, reliable advice, and a sense of security that will help your family live well and thrive!

Meet the Team

Jensen K. Nowakoski

Managing Partner

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. My current role is leading the company’s overall insurance sales division, with the responsibility for overseeing insurance policies and customer retention. I am also the Managing Partner for GJIG’s sister company, GJ Financial Group.

I have been in the financial sector for 10 years, fortunate to have served as a leader in each of my positions, and have helped hundreds of other insurance agents navigate the rough waters of the financial sector. With team efforts, I have been able to accumulate awards such as Company Sales Leader, State Sales Leader, and the President’s Club – awarded to the agency with the best overall operations. While these are great professional accomplishments, I understand that none of these awards compare to the relationships we have with our clients. Protecting them and being there for them good or bad is and always will be our number one goal.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me at home working on my property, watching any sporting event, or on the golf course honing my game.

I hold a degree in business administration and economics from Saint Joseph’s College.

 

(317) 751-5003

Grant L. Jenkins

Managing Partner

I was born out on a farm in Danville, IN, but moved to Zionsville, IN early in my childhood.  I grew up raising semi-exotic animals (llamas, rheas, emus, pygmy goats, etc.) and proud of being a 10-year 4-H participant. Attended DePauw University and received my degree in economics.  I started out with a 7-year career in commercial real estate, before going to work in the financial sector with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan’s Private Bank.  After burning out of the financial sector in 2014 I went and pursued a few IoT startups for a few years before caving to the internal pull to get back in the financial sector. My role with GJIG is focused on operations and implementing technology. With 17+ years in the financial sector along and startup executive leadership, I’ve been on the side of our clients, needing business and personal insurance.  This experience gives me the commonality to our clients and understanding of the level of service, education, and protection I wanted and can now help deliver that to our clients. I love to bring on a new client (the process from prospect to client) and saving people money when I know it is significant to their lives – along with exceeding their expectations on service and our different approach in a commoditized business. Our goal starting out was to take the high level of professional services offered in the financial industry and bring it to the relatively boring and overcrowded P&C industry.

Personally, I enjoy spending free time with my 3 kids, golfing, and working to grow our companies (I’m also Managing Partner for our sister company, GJ Financial Group).   Some fun facts about me: Love cars – all types. Classics, muscle, exotics, you name it – I love them all.  A new passion I picked up during COVID lockdown was learning DJing skills and the art of mixing music.

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Brandon Cento

Director of Business Development & Sales

I was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana, and I have a degree from IU in Business and Political Science. I have been in the insurance industry for 10 years. Currently, my role is leading a team of agents focusing on sales and customer satisfaction. I am also the District Manager of Colonial Life, a Voluntary Benefits and enrollment company.

All of my accomplishments have come from being a part of a great team of people with high integrity and skill level. I know that without my team, I would not be as successful as I am today. I have received multiple awards for achieving sales goals and for team development. I am incredibly proud of receiving the People Development Award, Leadership Development, High Achieving Sales District.

More than personal accomplishments, though, seeing the satisfaction on my client’s faces when they are helped to overcome the obstacles they are facing makes it all worth it to me. I also take great pride when everyone on my team succeeds, and I love it when we can celebrate the wins together.

Outside of insurance, you can usually find me at home with the family, at the gym working out, or in the summertime, you can find me out on the lake. I am also very passionate about basketball and love coaching my daughters in all of their sports activities, including tennis and martial arts.

Kelly Owens

Client Service Representative

I grew up in Winchester, Indiana on a farm with my loving parents and 2 brothers. I attended IUPUI where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism, Conventions, & Event Management with a minor in Business. My main passion in life is providing excellent customer service! I have a background in the hospitality industry but plan to bring my excellent customer service skills to the field of insurance! What most excites me about my job is making a positive lasting impression on my clients while being a source of comfort and communication.

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my dog, family, and big group of friends. Some fun facts about me are that I love tacos and know how to sew. You can find me at the pool or hosting a get-together with friends on the weekends.

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Aaron Kroenen

Territory Manager

I grew up in Carmel, Indiana, and have a background in communications, as well as property and casualty insurance. Because of my educational background, I could wear many hats in the insurance industry, including working as a commercial underwriter, auto and property claims adjuster, and business systems analyst.

On a more personal level, I truly have an inner artist within me. (Don’t we all?) I enjoy the art of filmmaking quite a lot. I am always good for an intriguing conversation about any and all types of film genres!

I’m somewhere between a modernist and a classicist; while I love the flexibility of digital media, including music, I still have to own the physical copy of my music.

Even though I love the interactions and connections I make in the insurance industry and the peace of mind that comes from a job where I can have empathy, I love spending time with my friends and children when I am not working.

David Wood

Account Acquisitions Specialist

I grew up in the great city of Fort Wayne, IN! I have previous experience in the B2B voluntary benefits insurance sector, and I have also worked as a captive agent for one of the big national insurance companies.

Now that we got that out the way, it is time that you meet the other side of me! I am an avid golfer and enjoy everything about the sport. It has always given me a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the day-to-day challenges life can present. Golfing truly helps me to focus on myself and the part I play in all the success and obstacles I run into throughout everyday life. It’s all about attitude- it’s the one thing I can’t stop talking about (except golf). Having an upbeat attitude is priceless in the world we live in today… I really feel like I have learned more life lessons while learning the game of golf than I have golf lessons!

More interestingly, despite my appearance, I like to make music in my free time. Some of you might know me as my rather well-known underground rapper name, LoCo MAN. If you haven’t heard of me before, you sure have now! 

The most important part of my life, though, is my baby girl Zoe. She is my very special baby and is my favorite person to spend time with outside the job.

I am excited about this great opportunity I have now at GJ Insurance Group. To be able to help anyone and everyone get the best rate available for something they all already have and are already paying for currently is a truly exciting blessing.

(317) 751-5001

Marques Bennett

Insurance Broker

I was born and raised in Indianapolis/Carmel, Indiana. I have been in the insurance industry for 13 years focused on the life insurance side.  I have added property and casualty insurance to better serve my clients with efficiency. I enjoy knowing that what I do benefits other people be it saving money or giving advice.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I attended the University of Dayton on a basketball scholarship so basketball is huge in my life. I spend most of my time relaxing on the weekend, and I also attend a lot of sporting events, especially Colts games!

(317) 751-5001

Chelsey Dreibelbis

Sales Associate

Hi there! I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I graduated from IUPUI with a focus on business. Customer service and finding the right products to fit my client’s needs have been a passion of mine since I was working at Chick-fil-A.  After working there for nine years, I delved into the world of personal and commercial auto claims adjusting for over 2 years.  From there, I moved into group life and health sales.  I have loved being able to expand that knowledge and joined the team at GJ to pursue further growth in personal and commercial policies.  Having the ability to combine all different forms of insurance has enabled me to be able to provide a plethora of services to both my individual and group clientele. Whenever someone calls me a salesperson, I slightly cringe because I never want a group or individual to feel like they are being “sold.” I prefer my clients to feel well cared for and find the best solutions for their needs, whether a product, a technology need or a combination of solutions.

During my time not at work, I love spending time with my family and friends and hanging out full-time with my 2 adorable pups.   I will forever be a huge Harry Potter nerd and have a passion for reading.  Traveling and exploring new food spots (I do have a goal to travel to the vast majority of places featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) will always be a favorite activity of mine.

(317) 764-9105

Ethan Whitaker

Insurance Agent

I grew up in the small town of Morgantown, IN, and spent my early days playing sports, working on cars, and going off-roading. I then went on to graduate from the Kelley School of Business with a BA in Business and International Studies. I started working in the insurance industry straight out of college and, over the years, have gained much experience in both the world of real estate and finance.

 

What excites me the most about working in the insurance industry is being able to educate people about a world of information they may have never been exposed to, and the personal development I achieve by doing so.  In fact, my friends say that I’m always talking about and enjoying my personal growth through fitness, education, real estate, and economics!

 

When I’m not working, you can catch me looking for cool cars to rent or looking for new places to visit!

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Ford

Head of Security

As head of security for GJIG, I take my role very seriously (unless there is a game of fetch happening, then I just can’t contain myself). While at Bark Tudor, I received my degree in WABS protocol (Woof, Arf, Bark, and Sniff). I’m also in charge of ensuring all meetings stay on track. I do this by getting up from my naps and nudging my legs as a hint that the meeting has gone on long enough, and it’s time to pay attention to me. While we are in a relatively snoozing industry, I take pride in our culture being unique, fun, and energetic, just like me! While I work long hours and tirelessly for my biscuits, I’m still single and ready to mingle.