Grand General Agency

3030 Ivanrest Ave SW, Suite B
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone (800)869-2022
Fax (888)767-0826
Text Line: 616-606-FAST(3278)

gga@thehelpfulpeople.com
commercial@thehelpfulpeople.com
marketing@thehelpfulpeople.com

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Grand General Agency

3030 Ivanrest Ave, SW
Suite B
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (800)869-2022
Fax: (888)767-0826
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Personal Lines Agents

Spencer Tomlin

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Spencer-W500A native of London, England, Spencer moved to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in 1992. He has worked at Grand General since Feb, 2005 as an agent. In his spare time Spencer enjoys acting, playing REAL football and is enjoying life with his wife Kristin.

 

Andy Perry

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Andy-W500Andy joined Grand General in 2013.  A 2012 Grand Valley State University Alumni, Andy enjoys participating in recreational sports leagues, cooking, and whatever events Grand Rapids has to offer.


David Ooms

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DavidA Grand Rapids native, David joined Grand General as an agent in 2016. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and many other outdoor activities. He also volunteers at airshows around the Midwest supervising flight line safety and ground operation.

Commercial Lines Agents

Dan Carter, CLCS

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Dan-W500Originally from Florida, Dan has lived in the Grand Rapids area since 1991.

A former Military Policeman in the U.S. Army, he enjoys all things pertaining to any era of military history.

His other interests include watching films and supporting all of the Michigan professional sports teams.


Drew Viersen, CLCS

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Support

Julie Salzwedel

Julie-W500Julie and her family have enjoyed being foster puppy raisers for a wonderful charitable organization named PAWS With A Cause for the past few years.

PAWS and volunteers raise future assistance dogs which have a large job in front of them and need to be brought up in a warm, loving environment if they are to grow into the exceptional dogs they must be.  The PAWS Foster Puppy program needs the help of responsible individuals and families to raise these special animals in stimulating environments full of love, attention, exposure and socialization.


Nancy Manning

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nancymanning2In May of 2005, Nancy was the newest underwriter to join the helpful people and later became an agent. 

Nancy has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 

Nancy enjoys gardening, walking her dog, spoiling her grandchildren, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Tom Fulvi

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Tom received his B. A. Degree from Aquinas College.  He comes to the Helpful People from the retail industry and a brief stint as an Oil Regulatory Specialist in Midland, TX.  He considers himself very lucky to be married to his beautiful wife of eleven years.  Together they have two boys.  A recent quote from Detroit Lions fan, Tom states, "It has been much easier than anticipated working for an avid Green Bay Packers fan."

 

Deb Unseld

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Deb-W500Deb was born and raised in a small town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.  She attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she met and married her best friend. Deb stayed home with their two boys for sixteen years and is now back in the workforce part-time.  Her family enjoys all things music, theater, art and sports in their spare time.

Dawn Miller

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Dawn-W500Dawn started working for Grand General in the mail department in 2004.  She left for a couple of years and is now back.

She is now working in the Commercial department as support.

Dawn is married and has a son and a daughter.

Accounting

Marti Topp, Treasurer

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Marti-W500Marti graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a degree in Business Administration and later received an MBA from Western Michigan University.

She supervised the support staff at Citizens Insurance West Michigan claims branches for several years.

Marti has been the accountant for Grand General since 1998.

She handles everything from monthly statements for the agencies and companies that we work with, to payroll and company financial statements.

She enjoys reading, bike riding and kayaking.

Marketing

Chris Smith

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chrissmith2Chris was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. She has been a part of the Grand General “family” since 1999, helping out with many different aspects of the agency. Chris is part of the marketing department and keeps the website up to date. Chris has been married for 29 years to the best guy in the world and together they have a grown daughter.

In her spare time she enjoys tap dancing, knitting and spending time with family and friends.


Jeff Salzwedel

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Jeff-W500Jeff was born in Wisconsin, but has lived most of his life in Michigan.  He began his insurance career in 1989 when he started an agency in Grand Rapids.  Jeff came to work at Grand General as a field representative in 2011 after selling his agency.

Jeff is married and has two daughters.  One daughter is married and is a doctor in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.  His youngest daughter has graduated from high school and is like many other young adults working on what to do next.

In his many seconds of spare time, he and his wife raise service dogs for Paws with a Cause. If there are moments left after that, he likes to play soccer, golf, and go fishing.


Susan Salzwedel

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Susan-W500Susan first worked for GGA beginning in 1988, taking a break when their first daughter was born. She has always been a part of the Marketing Department. In her spare time she enjoys stained glass, painting and volunteering at HUGS Ranch.

 


Tonya Nanzer

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Tonya-W500Tonya is originally from St. Joseph, Michigan.  While working at JC Penney in Benton Harbor, she met her husband who was in management there.  They transferred to Grand Rapids in 1996.  After many years in retail, and a brief time in automotive customer service, Tonya is learning the insurance industry.  She enjoys helping customers and clients.  In her spare time, she is kept busy with three active children.  She has volunteered for many years with Caledonia Kids Theater and at her church.

 

Jamie Fisher

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Jamie-W500Jamie is originally from Holland, Michigan. She and her husband are raising three outstanding teenagers in Jenison, MI. Her kids keep her busy running to and from sporting events, choir and orchestra concerts and much more. She also volunteers at her church and the kids' schools. In 2007 Jamie and her family moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida where she was the Director of Youth Ministry in a local church. While they loved their time in Florida, they missed being close to family and moved back in 2012. She now has a greater appreciation for the culture of the Midwest and the beauty of living "up north." Jamie started working for Grand General in January, 2014.

Management

Dick Salzwedel, President

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Roger Roode, Chairman of the Board

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John Salzwedel, CEO

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John 2016-W500John has been at Grand General for 19 years.  He has worked in all areas at Grand General. He graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors in Business and from Aquinas College with a Masters in Management.

John spends his spare time with his family, volunteering at church or in one of his myriad hobbies.  He likes to play soccer, kayak, collect coins, play guitar and bass guitar, geocache and "make" things.  John works with wood, makes wind chimes, candles and even likes to knit.  He loves learning new things and it is evident in the number and variety of hobbies he enjoys.


Bill Korfker, Vice President

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Bill-W500Bill is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native and received his degree in business from Calvin College. He joined Grand General in January 1998 after being lured away from retail hardware management. Bill enjoys many hobbies, such as reading, fishing, golf and softball, but has little time for them as he and his wife Debi are kept plenty busy by their five children.