Former farm kids – Today’s farm insurance experts

Patti Lemke’s story


Patti Lemke, Sr. Agribusiness Underwriter, spent her entire young life living and working on a farm. Her parents owned and operated a small farm in Eden, Wis. that milked 65 cows in a stanchion barn, and she worked on a large dairy farm that milked 700 head from the time she was 14 until she left for college.

Anyone who has milked in a stanchion barn knows it’s not easy on the knees. Patti always knew she wanted to pursue a career in agribusiness, but didn’t see herself running her family’s farm.

“The people in the agriculture community are some of the most passionate and hardworking people I’ve ever encountered. Being an Agribusiness Underwriter gives me the opportunity to support the community that has given so much to me,” Patti said.

She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in Agribusiness Management which led to her first job as a Specialty Lines Underwriter. Patti stayed in this position until she learned of an opening for an Agribusiness Underwriter at SECURA.

SECURA recognizes top agencies of 2017 at annual conference

SECURA Premier Agent Award Winners
From left to right: Roger Beth, Beth & Rudnicki Insurance; Mike Tiedt, Spectrum Insurance Group; Chad Beth, Beth & Rudnicki Insurance; Tim Heyroth, SECURA VP­–Sales; Gary Ascher, Coverra Insurance Services, Inc.; Dave Gross, SECURA President & CEO; Bruce Vaaler, Vaaler Insurance, Inc.; Terry Friedman, Friedman Insurance, Inc./LMC Insurance; Tom Dawson, Dawson Insurance/Marsh-McLennan Agency


Every year, we honor our top agencies for their outstanding business performance at our Premier Agent Professional Development Conference.

We place great value on the relationships we have with these agents, and honored six agencies who represent the best of the best. They were chosen based on their premium volume, profitability, growth, and loss history with us.

Insurance tips for Trade and Commercial General Contractors

Lexie Roffers provides her expertise on protecting your business


When you’re shopping for insurance for your construction contracting business, you have so many things to consider. Do I need an agent? What types of coverage do I need? What coverage do my customers expect me to have? Should I go with the lowest price or the best coverage?

Lexie Roffers, one of our Commercial Lines Underwriter experts, understands how confusing these questions can be. Her dad is an independent insurance agent, and she practically grew up in the insurance industry. Still she says that she learns new ways to help our agents and policyholders every day.

Today, she offered to share some tips on how you can find the right coverage to fit your needs.

Trade Contractors


Trade contractors can span the gamut of the construction industry. Some of the most common types of businesses that Lexie helps are Concrete, Electrical, Excavation, HVAC, Janitorial, Plumbing, and Water Well Drillers. “At SECURA, we insure a lot of Trade Contractors, and we’re very familiar with your work, your equipment, and the coverages you need to protect your businesses,” said Lexie.