Dave is a 1977 graduate of Northview High School and earned a Bachelor Of Arts degree in “Risk & Insurance” from Michigan State University in 1981. Dave has over 35 years of insurance experience and holds the following professional designations:
Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
Licensed Insurance Counselor (LIC)
Brian graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School in 2005 and Michigan State University in 2009, where he earned a Bachelors and a Masters in Accounting. After graduation, Brian started his career as a CPA at BDO in Grand Rapids, MI before moving to Toronto and joining Ernst & Young as a Manager.
Brian’s passion for protecting the public and his dedication to client service brought him back to Grand Rapids and to Boer Insurance Group. Brian enjoys traveling with his family, training his dog, Jarvis, snowboarding, golf, watersports, and being outdoors. He is also an active member of a Grand Rapids chapter of Business Network International (BNI).
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Derek graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School in 2005 and Michigan State University in 2009, where he earned a Bachelors and a Masters in Accounting. Derek moved from Michigan to New York City in 2010 where he worked as a CPA at Ernst & Young and Jane Street Capital, an investment firm dedicated to active risk management.
Derek brings to Boer Insurance Group the same passion and commitment expected of him by the global companies he worked for in New York City as well as the friendly, compassionate demeanor he acquired growing up in West Michigan. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, Paige, and their dog, Kahlua (who is often found snoring on his desk), golfing, fishing, and watching Michigan State basketball and football games. Derek is also an active mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for disadvantaged youth in West Michigan.
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Jake graduated from H.H Dow High School in 2015 and Grand Valley State University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and an emphasis on Marketing. Jake strives to provide world-class client service on a daily basis. His love of the Grand Rapids area and his genuine desire to help others led him to the Boer Insurance Group team, which he joined in May of 2020.
Jake enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, being outdoors, boxing, and engaging in various fitness activities.
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Grace graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 2014 and went on to study at Michigan State University. In 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Sociology and a minor in Economics. She spent the summer of 2017 at an internship in Hawaii studying, absorbing the culture, and taking advantage of the natural beauty. She hopes to return soon. Grace joined the Boer Insurance Group team in November 2019.
Grace brings her attention to detail, client service experience, and knowledge of The Office to Boer Insurance Group. She keeps busy by reading, golfing, and walking her English Bulldog, Daisy.
Beth graduated from Howell High School in 2016 and went on to study at Central Michigan University. She graduated a semester early in December 2019 with a Bachelors in English and a minor in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts. She also holds a certificate for Technical Writing. Beth joined the Boer Insurance Group team in April 2021.
Beth enjoys spending her free time reading, writing, and doing various DIY projects to varying levels of success. Otherwise, she can be found relaxing with her cat, Avocado, and bearded dragon, Edgar.
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Kara graduated from Shelby High School and went on to study at Baker College before starting a family in 2011. She moved to the Grand Rapids area with her husband in May of 2022 to provide the best educational opportunities for her son and daughter. She joined Boer Insurance Group shortly after.
Kara brings over six years of insurance experience with her, having worked as an underwriter and account manager previously. On the weekends, you can find Kara and her husband photographing weddings (they were named 2022’s Top 10 Best Family Photographers by GR Kids), traveling, or enjoying one of Michigan’s numerous bodies of water.
Kara’s kindness, energy, and passion for client service align perfectly with the Boer Insurance Group team!
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Valina was born and raised in the South Haven area. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Grand Rapids and has called it home ever since. Valina brings to Boer Insurance Group nine years of prior insurance experience, primarily as an account manager.
Valina loves to travel, especially if it’s to a Caribbean beach. When not working or traveling, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, which she lovingly refers to as a modern-day Brady Bunch, watching NFL football (even the pre-season!), and binging Netflix documentaries.
Valina’s sincerity, authenticity, and compassion are appreciated by both her colleagues and her clients.
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Melissa is a seasoned insurance professional with a passion for travel and adventure. Born and raised in the Rockford area, she graduated from McMinnville high school in 2006 before relocating to Oregon with her family. After several years away, she returned to Rockford in 2015 and now resides there with her husband and three daughters.
With a wealth of experience in account management, Melissa has honed her skills in relationship-building, client service, and problem-solving. She is also a Kent County Notary. Her technical expertise, attention to detail, and broad insurance experience make Melissa a valuable part of our team.
Outside of work, Melissa loves to travel, spend time with her family, indulge in the latest TV series, and attend concerts.
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