Our Team

Meet your local insurance experts.

Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Aspire Insurance Agency, Inc..

John Shega, Owner

John A. Shega, owner, created Aspire Insurance Agency to assist the public with their various insurance decisions. Prior to becoming an agent, John worked for over 19 years as an employee of two of the largest insurance companies in the U.S.

John specifically designed his career to obtain direct experience in claims, underwriting, actuary, loss control, and management. This unique background combined with his sincere interest in helping others is what separates John and Aspire from other agents and agencies.

John writes and speaks frequently on insurance and travels extensively to assist his clients. He has a double major from St. Cloud State University, paid his way through college as a full-time dorm director and won the coveted Presidents Award twice while employed at The St. Paul Insurance Companies.

Andrea Lamb, Commercial Insurance/Operations Director 

Andrea joined Aspire Insurance Agency in May of 2009. She has been in the insurance industry for 13 years working both in commercial and personal lines insurance. Because of her knowledge and expertise, Andrea serves as our Commercial Lines Manager. Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with her knows that she is an incredible asset to any insurance agency; we just feel lucky to have her here at Aspire.

Andrea grew up in Callaway, MN where she graduated from Waubun High School. After high school, she attended Northwest Tech of Moorhead where she received a degree as a Dental Assistant. After that time she had an interest in the insurance industry and has enjoyed it ever since.

When Andrea is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband Jim reside in Iron, MN with their dog Grizz. During the summer months, Andrea, Jim, and her in-laws travel to many states to participate in Mud Races – one of her favorite pastimes.

Annette M. Faulkner, Producer

Annette M. Faulkner joined the Aspire Insurance Agency, Inc. team as a producer on November 1, 2011. She was formerly the owner of an independent insurance agency and has worked as an agency producer in two other insurance agencies on the Iron Range. Annette has been a licensed insurance agent since February 1996.

Prior to that Annette attended Hibbing Community College where she obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Legal Secretarial field and was one of the top students in her class.

Annette is tenacious and resourceful and will work long hours to get something accomplished that will benefit her clients. She aggressively identifies opportunities and provides tactical business solutions to close the sale.

Annette stresses that the best way to stand out in any business is by doing a great job at whatever it is that you’re currently doing. Annette strives to be the most effective, most collaborative and most result-driven leader that she can be.

It is Annette’s warmth and compassion that makes her a valuable resource to the Aspire Insurance Agency and to those around her.

When Annette is not a work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Christine M. Shanahan, Life/Health/Medicare Benefits Manager

Chris joined the Aspire Insurance team in November of 2016. She is managing the life and health insurance department for the agency.   Chris is a 1972 graduate from Jefferson High School in Alexandria, MN.  After high school Chris moved to Colorado.   Just recently,  Chris  moved back to Minnesota bringing with her 20 years of experience to our team specializing in individual and employer sponsored Health, Life, Disability, Medicare, Dental, Vision, and Final Expense insurance.  Her main goal is to assist her clients to find the best insurance plans for their specific needs and to stay involved to provide exceptional customer service.

When Chris is not working, she and her husband enjoy four-wheeling, camping, fishing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kaitlyn Jensen, CSR/Marketing Manager 

Kaitlyn joined the Aspire Insurance team in April of 2017. She currently works with our Personal Lines and manages agency marketing. Kaitlyn graduated from Virginia High School in 2013. She attended Mesabi Range College and then transferred on to Bemidji State University to pursue her Marketing Communications B.S. degree.

When Kaitlyn isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, going to their cabin on Lake Vermilion, and traveling.

Bob Verchota, Human Resources Manager

Bob Verchota joined Aspire Insurance Agency in November 2017. He has been in senior human resource and management positions for many years along with teaching college level courses. He joins Aspire to assist businesses with human resource issues such as job descriptions, hiring, supervising, and/or termination that may require specialized assistance. Contact Aspire about focus area such as Workers Compensation and Employment Practices liability insurance (EPLI).

Bob has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, healthcare administration, and doctoral work in organization development. When not working he enjoys family time and outdoor activities.

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