Dawn Bijou-Janes Bartley, CRM, CIC, President-Insurance Guru

Dawn Bijou-Janes Bartley, CRM, CIC

President- Insurance Guru

Dawn@MnAgent.com

I love insurance. I can't really explain it. I am deeply passionate about working with our clients to help them protect what they find valuable or important.

Buying insurance involves entering into a legal contract with an insurance company. When you pay your premiums, you expect certain claims to be covered. Insurance policies are complex and I enjoy working through policy language to help each client better understand their coverage. It is important to me that I understand what you want your insurance policy to do, not just what I think it should do.

I have earned my Certified Risk Management (CRM) designation and am currently working to complete my Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. I also hold a Surplus Lines License.

I was born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota, attended school in Wayzata and college at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, with a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Sign Language. My husband Chad and I live in Minnetrista, and enjoy seeing horses on our block and cows across the street.

We have four kids ages 3-13 that keep us young; Alex, Kyle, Anna and Kali. We are active in their activities; soccer, basketball, dance, gymnastics, scouting and church. I am a co-den leader with our Cub Scout Pack 297 and often volunteer for kids school functions, church events and Girl Scout activities. I also provide guardian and conservatorship care for my mother who is in a memory care facility. This experience has made me a strong advocate of Long Term Care Insurance solutions. 


Peg Albrecht, Senior Personal Lines Account Manager

Peg Albrecht

Senior Personal Lines Account Manager

Peg@MnAgent.com

I have been in the insurance industry since 2006. My career brought me to Minnesota Insurance Group in January of 2016. I am passionate about working on the independent side of the insurance industry. I feel I can truly help people by finding the exact insurance to meet their needs, and the education they need to understand their insurance. My favorite part of my job is helping people! 

I am constantly challenged and strive to bring the most current and relevant insurance knowledge to each client. I am just beginning to earn my Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation, which further helps me be a better advisor, resource and advocate to our clients.

In my spare time, I love to read and spend time outdoors, however, my main focus outside of work is my family and friends. I live in Belle Plaine, MN with my husband Dylan, our son James, and our rescue dog Mick, a Lab and Springer mix.


Mike Hesse, Commercial Insurance Advisor

Mike Hesse

Commercial Insurance Advisor

Mike@MnAgent.com

I started my career at Minnesota Insurance Group in April of 2018. However, I have been in the insurance industry since 2011. Previously, I was at a nationwide insurance brokerage for a large bank.

I enjoy the insurance industry because it gives me the opportunity to solve intriguing and interesting situations to help our clients get on with their business and be assured that their insurance needs are taken care of. I believe that research and analysis are key factors in achieving this. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, bike riding, playing the drums, acting, and singing in a choir. I live in Minnetonka with my 7 year old daughter. 


Pat Freiheit, Agent

Pat Freiheit

Born and raised in the Minneapolis Metro area, I have been in the industry for over forty years. I started my career as a Customer Service Rep and grew to love helping my clients. Eventually, I attained my license in order to best help my clients make the important decisions when purchasing insurance. I have been with Minnesota Insurance Group since 2002. 

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, golfing and traveling with my husband Dennis. My two grown sons and grandson also live locally.  I give back to the community through my church by volunteering and teaching Sunday school. My family has been active in the lives of another family from Nairobi, Kenya since 2003.


Michael Carlton, Agent

Michael Carlton

I joined the Minnesota Insurance Group team in January 2017 after first getting my feet wet in the insurance industry at a captive agency. Previously, I was in the Auto Collision and Repair Industry. My career began 22 years ago doing everything from driving tow-truck to managing an Auto Repair shop. 

I enjoy the insurance industry because I love helping people, being readily available to answer questions promptly, and having the ability to work with customers as their needs change. I enjoy the complexity of insurance policy contracts and being able to translate it to a language that people without an insurance background can better understand. 

In my spare time, I enjoy classic cars, motorcycling and being out on the water. I live in Plymouth with my two sons - Bradley (age 23) and Aaron (age 15) and our Guinea Pig Baxter (age 2).


Ashley Haus, Marketing and Communications

Ashley Haus

Marketing and Communications

Ashley@MnAgent.com

I joined Minnesota Insurance Group in September of 2017 after completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business along with a Professional Selling Specialization at Saint Cloud State University. 

What I love about my position is having the ability to constantly learn about current and upcoming trends in the marketing industry. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time on the lake with my family and friends, watching the Minnesota Wild, volunteering at Gilda's Clubhouse, and traveling to new countries.