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Rochelle, Illinois

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John Diedrich - Risk Management Specialist

John Diedrich has spent his entire life directly involved with production agriculture. He has owned and operated a family farming operation with his five younger brothers since graduating from the University of Illinois in 1974. John received a degree in Agricultural Communications and has put that knowledge to good use when servicing the individual needs of his Crop Insurance clients. He has been a leader in both the DeKalb County Corn Growers and the Illinois Corn Growers levels and served as President and Director of these respective organizations.

John joined Diversified Services in December of 2003. As a Farm Marketing Specialist his emphasis is on the Crop Insurance side of addressing his client's income protection needs. He is currently a representative for the Agency Division and will be involved with issues of importance in Washington DC. Please contact him with grass roots concerns and income protection questions as they apply on a political level.

The primary focus in the Rochelle office is making the link between owning income protection and taking action to sell the grain with a successful marketing plan. We emphasize throughout the growing season the importance of real time knowledge and delivering this timely knowledge through our in house grower meetings and marketing seminars. Please contact our office for a weekly market letter and schedule of client meetings.

Jim Hart - Risk Management Specialist

Jim Hart grew up on a farm south east of Rochelle, IL and farmed with his Father until his death in 2002. He became involved with crop insurance in 1984 doing crop adjusting for Crop Hail Management. When this company was sold he became an adjustor for RCIS and NCCI. In 1987 he obtained his insurance license and began writing crop insurance through Crop Hail Management. In the fall of 1987 he formed the HJ Hart Agency specifically to sell crop insurance and educate farmers about the use of the every evolving number of crop insurance products. In January of 2006 he sold the crop insurance side of the HJ Hart Agency business to Diversified Service and came to work for us. He adds that since coming on board he has been delighted to be part of the DS family.

Jodie Hart-Exantus - Risk Management Specialist

Jodie Hart spent most of her childhood on a farm southeast of Rochelle, IL and tagged along with her dad, Jim Hart. In 2001 she obtained her insurance license while working for H.J. Hart Insurance Agency in Rochelle. Jodie then received her B.A. from Northern Illinois Univeristy in Hospitality Administration in 2006. Jodie lives in Rochelle with her 7 year old son, James. She is extremely happy to be a part of the DS family and returning to her farm roots.

Amy Frank - Sales Support Specialist

Amy grew up in a farming community and has lived in Rochelle for more than 10 years, joining the DS team in September 2013. She has BA degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University. Amy is an avid runner, actively involved in community theatre, and serves on the board of Rochelle Riders, Blackhawk BMW Club, and Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue. She lives with her husband and their four Border Collies and claims Walt Disney World as her second home.

Cara Manning - Risk Management Specialist 

Agent Cara Manning views agriculture as “a beautiful way of life.” She grew up on her family farm and developed a love and passion for the people and industry. After graduating from Iowa State University with    a degree in Agricultural Business, she was blessed with the opportunity to return to her family’s operation and farm. As she still participates in the day-to-day tasks of the farm, due to the seasonality of farming,    Cara is able to prepare risk management plans for her customers using the innovative tools provided by Diversified Services. She holds a P&C license as well as her crop insurance license.

   Cara is actively involved with the county Soil & Water Conservation District and served a term on the board of directors. With her husband, Glenn and young daughter, they enjoy spending time together participating in outside activities such as running, golfing, bicycling, and skiing.

For an agent who truly understands your needs and is passionate about providing you with World Class service, give Cara a call today. She can assist you with creating a risk management plan that will help you protect your revenue and preserve your equity.

Carly Daugherty - Sales Support Specialist 

Carly is a native of Rochelle, IL. After attending Western Illinois University, she has held positions in several different venues – hospitality, medical, chiropractic assistant, and office manager. During a brief period at home with her young children, she spent some time studying natural health and wellness. Carly aims to utilize her diverse background and skills to effectively assist the sales staff and the clients of the Rochelle office. In her free time, her family is actively involved in the Rochelle United Methodist Church. They also enjoy working in their large vegetable garden every year. With her husband’s career as a foreman for the railroad, they are avid train fans.

Jim Gensler - Risk Management Specialist