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About Us2018-02-05T19:08:50+00:00

About Us

At Phillips Stafford Insurance Group we believe in building a team of ethical and knowledgeable insurance professionals to help you protect your home, vehicles, family, business, and future.  Our team members are highly trained professionals that know how to craft the best insurance solution for you and your individual or business needs.  Our team doesn’t have quotas and they aren’t compensated based on what type of insurance solutions they provide.  The only requirement is that they provide only the policies and solutions our clients need and want.

Get to know our team below.

Our Team

Greg Butt
Independent Agent
Greg is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He specializes in all lines of insurance including personal, business, and farm.

Greg was born and raised in Clarinda, IA. Prior to his start in the insurance industry, Greg worked as a salesperson at a franchised new car dealer. In 2012 he started his insurance career as an agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services. As Greg grew his insurance business at Farm Bureau he always prioritized helping his clients and made sure they were protected.

Greg was looking for more options to offer his clients and the ability to shop multiple insurance carriers on behalf of his clients. For those reasons, Greg left the captive insurance world and made the move to Phillips Stafford Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency.

When not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his children and wife, Tisha.

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Desiree Dennis
Customer Service Manager
Desiree leads the Customer Service division for Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. She provides support to our agents and clients.

Desiree was born in California while her dad was serving in the US Marine Corps. But she has lived in Iowa long enough to consider herself an Iowan.

Desiree has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years. She has worked for insurance carriers as well as captive and independent agencies. She loves being a part of an independent agency that offers clients the best fit for their needs by shopping multiple carriers. Desiree has worked in both sales and customer service roles, but has has always felt the most passionate about helping clients by giving great customer service.

When Desiree is not working, she LOVES spending time with her family and friends. Spending time outdoors and watching her FAVORITE baseball team, The Chicago Cubs!!!

Desiree Lives in Altoona, IA

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Ryan Fischer
Independent Agent
Ryan is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He specializes in working with personal, farm, and small business clients.

Ryan grew up in Des Moines, IA and attended Simpson College graduating with degrees in Mathematics and German. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 16 years. Prior to joining Phillips Stafford, Ryan was an agent with a captive insurance company for 14 years. He brings a passion for finding the right solutions for each customer and maintaining relationships with current and prospective customers.

Ryan lives in Des Moines with his wife, Laura and 3 children. In his free time, Ryan enjoys camping with his family and being involved in his kid’s activities.

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Joel Jacobsen, CPCU, CIC
Independent Agent
Joel joined Phillips Stafford Insurance Group in February of 2015. He has been in the insurance and financial services field since 1980.

Prior to joining Phillips Stafford Insurance Group Joel held numerous positions over his 20 year tenure at Farm Bureau Financial Services. These included Director of Field Training for Property & Casualty, Assistant Agency Manager, Business Quality Vice President, Underwriting Vice President, Brokerage Services Vice President and Property-Casualty Underwriting Vice President, Iowa Business Unit Vice President and lowa Regional Sales Vice President.

Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Joel had 10 years experience with American Family Insurance in various underwriting and marketing capacities, and two years experience with Hanover Insurance as a Market Development Director.

Joel was raised on a farm in Western Iowa and continues to hobby farm in his spare time. Joel received his B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He also carries the professional insurance designations of CPCU, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and CIC, Certified Insurance Counselor. Joel resides on a 30 acre farm south of Adel, Iowa with his wife Karen and 3 teenage daughters.

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Tom Johannsen, CLU, ChFC
Independent Agent
Tom Johannsen is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He specializes in working with personal and business clients.

Tom has spent over 40 years building solid relationships and providing first-class insurance solutions to his clients. He has spent that time working with individuals, business owners, and farmers with their insurance and financial needs.

A lifelong resident of Des Moines and Altoona, he started his insurance career in 1975 after obtaining his Business/Accounting degree from Iowa State University.

Tom and his wife Nancy live in Altoona and are active members of Lutheran Church of the Cross. When not following his grandchildren's numerous activities, Tom enjoys golfing with his friends and officiating volleyball for high school, college and club events around the country.

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Sima Nayeri
Independent Agent
Sima is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. She specializes in working with personal and small business clients.

Sima joined Phillips Stafford Insurance Group as an Agent in the fall of 2015. She specializes in consulting personal and business clients on their insurance programs and policies.

Sima grew up on a farm in central Iowa and went on to get her BS from Iowa State University. After graduation and international travel, she held a research internship with Croplan Genetics which led to a sales internship with Winfield Solutions. (Both Land O’Lakes companies.)

Combining what she learned from these internships, Sima realized her desire to learn and her motivation to help people with that knowledge. This led her to begin her insurance career in 2013 as a Sales Associate with Farm Bureau. Since the time she began in the insurance industry, Sima has enjoyed assisting clients with solutions for their personal and business insurance needs.

Sima lives in Johnston, IA with her husband, Jake, and their two sons, Nile and Cyrus.

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Brad Phillips
Managing Partner
Brad Phillips is a Managing Partner with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group; he has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 2009.

Prior to joining the insurance and financial services industry, Brad founded and served as President of Premis Industries; a film production company in the motocross industry. His company produced films that were distributed domestically and internationally, including supplying MTV, ESPN, Speed Network and TruTV with footage.

Brad Phillips earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Administration as well as an Entrepreneurial Certificate from the University of Iowa in 2007. He is a 2006 regional winner and top-10 finalist for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, presented by the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). In 2012, Brad was recognized as a young leader in the Des Moines metro by being named a "Forty Under 40" by the Des Moines Business Record. Brad is also a contributing author to the book Student Entrepreneurs: Graduating With a Profit, a book exploring business ethics with an emphasis on entrepreneurial activities.

Brad lives in Clive, IA with his wife, Katie.

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Josh Stafford
Managing Partner
Josh Stafford is a Managing Partner with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 2010.

Prior to joining Phillips Stafford Josh was an Agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services in Altoona, IA. During his time with Farm Bureau he grew his book of business from $0 to $1,550,000 in a little over four years. He was consistently ranked as a top 5 producer for Farm Bureau nationwide in all four years with the company.

Josh lives in Indianola, IA with his wife, Ashton and his daughters, Jacey and Shea.

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Luke Van Roekel
Independent Agent
Luke is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He specializes in working with personal and small business clients.

Luke Van Roekel joined Phillips Stafford Insurance after strengthening his insurance knowledge at State Farm.

Luke grew up on a farm in central Iowa and went on to get his BS in Agricultural Business and Economics from Iowa State University. After graduation, Luke became the genomics manager from a custom bull breeding business. He went on to work as an estimator for an asphalt company in Des Moines.

Luke realized that his true passion was to help and educate people. This lead to his beginning in the insurance industry in 2015 with State Farm. Luke enjoys helping his clients by providing his expertise to assist them with their personal and business insurance needs.

In his free time, he enjoys staying active in the outdoors with his wife. Luke lives outside Adel, Iowa with his wife.

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Tommy Wedmore, ACS, ALMI
Independent Agent
Tommy is an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group. He specializes in working with personal, farm, and small business clients.

Tommy Wedmore joined Phillips Stafford Insurance after honing his skills in the captive insurance market.

Tommy grew up in Gladbrook, IA where his parents owned the local butcher shop. He spent time working in the family business, learning the value of perseverance and hard work. After high school, Tommy went on to play offensive tackle for Ellsworth Community College. He then transferred to William Penn University where he received his BA in Business Management.

After college, Tommy moved to the Des Moines area to pursue his career in the financial services industry. After 15 years of working at places like Principal, Aviva, and the home office at Farm Bureau Financial Services Tommy decided to take a role on the other side of the fence and became a Sales Associate for Farm Bureau in Reinbeck, IA. In 2018, Tommy accepted an offer to become an Independent Agent with Phillips Stafford Insurance Group, allowing him to offer many more options to his clients that he was previously able to.

Tommy has a passion for building relationships and making sure his clients are properly protected. Tommy currently lives in Reinbeck, IA with his wife Emily and 3 kids Braxton, Aubrey, and Libby. If he is not at work or with his kids you can normally find Tommy out on the golf course.

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About Us

Phillips Stafford Insurance Group is an independent insurance agency with office locations around Iowa. We specialize in working with business owners to protect, grow, and transition their business. We are also well equipped to handle all personal insurance needs.

Contact Info

2840 104th St, Urbandale, IA 50322

Phone: (515) 978-9010

Fax: 888-670-3251

Licensed in IA, AZ, KS, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD