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!

Jamie Yendra
Agent

I have been a licensed agent since 2014. My favorite parts of my job are talking to clients and helping people! As a lifetime Gibbon resident, I know the community well and have always strived to make a positive impact. In fact, I am actively involved in the leadership team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. I’ve studied at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where I received my degree.

I enjoy working in the insurance industry because I get to assist our clients to protect their most valuable belongings. I’m definitely a people person and certainly welcome calls and visits from our clients. When I’m out of the office, I like to spend time in nature. Hunting, fishing, you name it! The only thing that makes the great outdoors even better is when my family can enjoy it with me. On the weekends, you will certainly be able to find at my family lake, at a concert with friends, or at my church here in Gibbon.

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!

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.

Sassha Eden
Agent

I have had a long and successful career in the insurance industry. I began in 2002 and have been licensed since 2013.The best part about my job has been being in a position to help people in my community to protect the things they love most in life. I grew up in Minden, NE but I currently live in Holdrege, NE. Family values have always been something that is very important to me. That’s why I love building relationships with families and making sure they have the right coverage to protect their futures.

Something our customers may not know about me is that in the past year, I’ve worked for a radio station writing and voicing commercials! Besides that, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading all sorts of books, watching movies, singing karaoke, and most importantly, I am a Husker Football fanatic! When I’m not working, I like to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. Volleyball is my favorite sport to play and I love traveling to Colorado to hike. I am also very passionate about social activism. In particular, I am a frequent advocate for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and I support organizations that research for a cure to MPS-Hurlers Syndrome. That’s why I feel so at home at Insurance Connection, Inc– we make giving back part of our daily lives!