Meet Our Team

 

Jon W. Sostad
Agency Manager

I grew up in Holdrege, NE and attended Hastings College as well as the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where I studied Marketing and Commercial Art. In addition, I also attended Drake University to develop my expertise in insurance. I began my career in the industry in 1987, primarily focusing on personal lines and have since broadened to more commercial accounts. My favorite accounts to work with are contractors and dealerships—I love them!

The most rewarding part of my job is building relationships with my clients—making a lasting impression on them and the community I love. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction than knowing I am helping people protect the things they love most in life. The only thing better has been seeing my children become honest, hardworking, young adults.

When I’m not in the office working with clients, I like to take short trips out of town to spend time with friends and family. Another pleasure of mine is cooking. I like to make delicious food for my friends and family to enjoy—as long as I’m not the one cleaning up! Family has always been something that is very important to me. That’s why I strive to make our clients feel like they are a part of the Insurance Connection family!


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Geylin Mendez-Prado
CSR / Agent

I grew up in nearby Lexington, Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. When it comes to insurance, I have been licensed in property and casualty insurance since June 2015. My specialty is commercial insurance!

Since I’m a people person, the best part about working in the industry is getting to know each of our clients on a personal level. I enjoy working with people in person the most—I work with urgency and great detail to provide the best service possible! Besides being an insurance agent, my other full-time job is being a mother and wife for my beautiful family. When I’m not in the office, you can find me cooking a meal in my kitchen, dancing, or both! I also like to ride motorcycles and go camping with my family. I spend my free time volunteering for the Make-A-Wish foundation—I’ve even been a Wish Grantor for the past two years!


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Rey Rodriguez
Agent

I have lived in Kearney, Nebraska all my life. I grew up and went to school here so the people of this community feel like family to me. That’s why I always make sure to get to know each one of our clients personally. I started working in the industry in 2016 and have since gained valuable experience and knowledge about insurance. I learn something new every day!

My favorite part about my job is talking to people and listening to their stories. Trust is something that’s invaluable in the industry, so I make sure each and every client knows that they can put their trust in us. When I’m not helping to protect our customer’s prized possessions, you can find me on the golf course! Besides helping people and making a difference, golf is something I’m very passionate about. I spend my free time coaching my son’s Little League Baseball team.

Denise Catlin
Agent

I grew up in Pleasanton on a farm.  When I was 14 my family moved to Gibbon and I have lived in the Gibbon area ever since.  I began working at Insurance Connection in 2018 with no prior insurance experience.  I earned my insurance license in Property and Casualty in 2020.  I enjoy working with our customers, getting to know each one of them, and making sure they are taken care of.  I love spending time with my husband, children, and grandchildren.  Together we enjoy spending time on the lake, golf course, or on our patio in front of the fire relaxing.  In the fall I enjoy hunting with my husband and daughter.  When the weather is nice you can find me working in my garden or at the local golf course.  I also volunteer at the Gibbon Food Pantry by supplying produce from my garden and supporting any other needs they may have.

Seth Svoboda

I grew up in Kearney, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Business Management. After graduating I spent a year working in consumer lending before transitioning to insurance. I have worked in the insurance industry for the last 12 years and was a Manager in Claims Operations for the last 6 years before joining Insurance Connection. During my time in operations, I obtained several designations including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriting (CPCU), an Associates in Personal Insurance (API), and an Associates in Claims (AIC).

My time in claims was very rewarding to be able to help people in their time of need and stress. I gained first-hand experience with the value of having proper coverage when a loss happens and unfortunately, I also saw what can happen if someone does not carry the coverages they need to protect themselves. Helping people during the tough times is what inspired me to move out of operations and into agency so I can help prevent a tough situation before it happens. I love working with clients to get the right coverage to protect themselves and their families when an unexpected loss happens.

My family and I recently relocated back to Nebraska from Phoenix, AZ. My wife and I are both from Kearney and we wanted our three boys to grow up living the midwest lifestyle that we both enjoyed. We love Nebraska and flew our Nebraska flag on game days. When not at work we enjoy spending our time outside riding bikes, playing golf, and supporting the local sports teams.