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Corporate

Harley Shoemaker, CAIB – President/Owner

Harley began his insurance career in 1997 in Red Deer and was an original founder of Platinum Insurance Inc. Throughout his career he has focused on working with his commercial insurance clients to better understand and manage their insurance needs. Harley values the relationships that he has with his clients and enjoys visiting them in their workplace and assessing their insurance risks. Many can attest that it seems Harley is always available for sound advice and problem solving and appreciate that he is able to think outside of the box. Harley is also passionate about the Ronald McDonald House and serves on the Board of Directors for central and southern Alberta. He keeps busy by coaching his son’s hockey team as well as being a board member for Ponoka Minor Hockey. He is a proud father to twins and proudly watches and cheers his daughter on in dance and his son in hockey. In Harley’s leisure time he enjoys travelling, camping, boating and skiing with his family.

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Diane Shoemaker – Corporate Administrator/Owner

Diane performs all the bookkeeping duties, payroll and administration of benefits for both offices. She enjoys her relationships with her co-workers and the insurance company accounting professionals she deals with on a daily basis. When out of the office, she is a busy dance and hockey mom and loves watching her daughter and son learn and grow in their sports. In her spare time she enjoys time with family and friends, travelling, camping, boating and reading.

Janette Kaminski

Janette Kaminski, CAIB – Branch Manager

Janette’s insurance career started in Saskatchewan in 1985 as a broker assistant and motor vehicle issuer which expanded when she moved to Alberta and became a licensed insurance broker working on farm, commercial and personal lines files. Providing excellent customer service is very important to her and she truly enjoys talking to clients & providing options on their insurance requirements. For the past 10 plus years Janette’s insurance career advanced to management. Although customer service is still #1 to her, she also enjoys mentoring & providing guidance to her team of brokers. Janette is a firm believer in education and that it is an ongoing process which is one reason she likes insurance as it is always evolving and there are so many opportunities to advance your education. She has obtained her CAIB designation and is currently working on completing her CIP.

Janette enjoys reading, golfing and volunteering in the community. Her biggest priority when she is not working is her family and she loves spending time with her children and her grandchildren.

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Reception/Administration

Charmisa Bechtel

Char came to Platinum in November 2013 and works in reception. She takes care of all the ordering for the office and assists with billing and administration duties. Recently, she has taken on the task of reconciling the insurance statements along with other accounting duties. When away from the office she enjoys travelling, interior decorating and long boarding.

Jennifer McGhee

Jennifer McGhee

Jennifer joined Platinum Insurance at the Red Deer office in June 2017 and works in reception. Jennifer’s duties include answering the phone, administrative tasks, billing and reconciliation. When not at the office Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, watching movies and reading.

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Joyce Clark

Joyce is the receptionist in the Airdrie office and enjoys meeting our clients and working with our staff. She has been with Platinum since 2013. She is married with four grown boys, and five grandchildren, three of which are on the east coast. She enjoys family gatherings, taking part in her granddaughters’ activities, singing and vacations on PEI with her grandchildren from NB.

Megan Desmarais - Account Executive

Personal

Megan Desmarais – Account Executive

Megan has worked in the insurance industry since 2008 and has been with Platinum Insurance since the purchase of Airdrie Insurance Centre in January 2013. She enjoys meeting clients and building relationships with them and looks forward to growing her personal lines book of business. Megan‘s goals are to obtain her CAIB insurance designation. Her interests include camping, hiking and outings with her husband and 2 children.

Debbie Hatt

Debbie Hatt, CCIB, FCIP – Account Executive

Debbie has been in the insurance industry since she was 17 years old, first in Edmonton and now for the last many years in Red Deer. She grew up in the Lacombe area and now lives in Delburne. She joined the Platinum team in May 2014 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and has worked hard to provide better forms and practices within the insurance program our office utilizes. Debbie is married with three grown children and has many hobbies that keep her busy including gardening (proud winner of the 2014 Small Acreage Beautification Award), camping, quilting and church activities.

Cheryl Montgomery

Cheryl Montgomery – Account Executive

Cheryl has been employed with Platinum Insurance Inc. since August 2006. She was hired as the receptionist and worked hard to become a knowledgeable insurance broker growing her own sizeable personal book of business. Cheryl’s goals are to continue growing her personal lines book and to fully complete her CIP and CAIB insurance designations over the next few years. Her interests are playing softball, gathering with family and friends and spending time with her husband and 4 children.

Megan Refvik – Account Executive

Megan Refvik – Account Executive

Megan joined the Airdrie team in Octocber 2010 as part of the administration department. After completing her Level 1 in February of 2011, she moved to Personal Lines. She enjoys dealing with the public and building relationships with her clients. Megan’s insurance goals for 2016 are to start her CAIB designation and also complete her Level 2. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and dog. Megan’s interests include reading, cooking, nature walks and home décor.

Kelly Kent-Amyotte

Kelly Kent-Amyotte – Account Manager

Account Executive Kelly began her insurance career within the Airdrie office in July of 2011 in the commercial lines department. In 2016, she moved over to our personal lines team and has enjoyed developing relationships with her clientele and takes pride in her customer service. Kelly has begun working towards her CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker) designation to expand her knowledge of the insurance industry. When away from the office her time is spent with family, friends and her dogs. Kelly’s interests include hiking, snowshoeing, cooking/baking and camping.

Renata Nichols

Renata Nichols – Customer Service Representative

Renata started her insurance career as a receptionist and then obtained her level 1insurance license. Renata is new to Platinum Insurance and is assisting in commercial lines. Her goals are to obtain her level 2 license within the year. Her interests are cooking, gardening, decorating and spending time with her family.

Megan Hursh

Commercial

Megan Hursh – Account Manager

Megan started in the industry in 2009 and worked personal lines for the first 3 years and then switched to commercial insurance. She has been with Platinum since April 2013 and is currently working on small to medium commercial accounts. Megan would like to build her own commercial book of business and is off to a good start. When she is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.

Melanie Yates

Melanie Yates – Customer Service Representative

Melanie began her insurance career in 2003 as a personal lines direct writer and moved into a broker role in 2012. Deciding to expand and continually grow in her career, she joined Platinum in January as a commercial account manager.Melanie offers friendly, quality service and maintains a good relationship with customers. She is enrolled with U of C to take courses with AIC and IBAA to keep up to date on the ever changing insurance industry. In Melanie’s spare time she enjoys good humor, spending time with family, friends and horses, yoga, swimming, camping and riding motorcycles to name just a few.

Shani Wilhelm

Shani Wilhelm, CAIB, CIP – Account Executive

Shani has been a part of Platinum Insurance since inception in May 2005. She started her insurance career in April 1997 and received her CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Brokers) designation in May 1999 and her CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation in October 2004. Shani manages her own commercial book of business dealing with small to medium accounts and takes pride in the service she provides her clients. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and reading.

Clarissa Tran

Clarissa Tran – Account Executive

Account Executive Clarissa started her insurance career in 1997 while living in Vancouver, BC. She obtained her CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker) designation in 2001 and is currently work on getting her CIP (Certified Insurance Professional). Clarissa is currently in commercial lines and enjoys working with both the clients and the insurance market place to provide customers with the best coverage and cost effective premiums. Clarissa moved to Airdrie in April of 2015 and has two daughters, a grandson and her puppy, Pete. In her free time she enjoys readying, golfing, rodeos and cooking.

Photos Courtesy of Melody Campbell

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