Executive Vice President of Sales
Meet Brandon Knedler
Brandon Knedler is the Executive Vice President of Sales and joined our team in 2021 with one goal in mind- to support our already stellar team of Producers while building a world class sales team by adding new talent in order to grow into new and existing markets. If you aren’t growing, you’re dying and diversifying our portfolio, while maintaining the high standards set by the agency over the years, is the key to reaching the next level for our clients, carriers, and employees. We are excited to take advantage of the latest technology to increase our efficiency as well as creating new dynamic workflows to increase our capabilities, which improves the customer experience.
Brandon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Management- Administration. Brandon began his career in the insurance industry in 1994 with John Deere Insurance of New York, followed by Universal Underwriters (Zurich) where he met Dan Headlee. Brandon transferred to southern Wisconsin and over the next 12 years and created a territory from the ground up. Upon leaving Zurich, he moved into the independent agency world and began his career at Midwest Insurance Group. Starting from a blank slate, he was able to utilize his skills to build a multi-million dollar book of business. As a result of his impressive growth and success, he was asked to lead new agents striving to grow their own books of business. Brandon and his team built a new set of systems to take advantage of their strengths and in a short period of time accelerated growth to 25% per year over year.
Brandon and Dan have remained personal and professional friends throughout the years and when an opportunity came up to work side by side again, both agreed that their knowledge, skills, and values meshed in a way that will take Universal Group to the next level by creating a working environment every agent wants to be a part of and customer experiences that pamper our clients in a way that they never want to leave. Brandon is committed to upholding Universal Groups core values and highlights staying positive as a concept he is a firm believer in.
“There is always something good that comes out of every situation, even if it’s just learning not to do something again. I feel that by focusing on the good in people and situations, there is almost always a solution to every problem that might arise. A saying that I like to remember…’focus on the solution, not the problem’ ”.
Brandon has an array of interests including spending time outdoors, going to concerts and traveling. He loves spending time with his two sons ages 19, 22, his daughter, 30 and granddaughter, 7. He also has two dogs, Marty and Caddy. Something not everyone knows about Brandon is he does beekeeping and makes his own beer!
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