Jerod Blakestad CIC

President, Blakestad office

Jerod is responsible for delivering comprehensive risk management solutions and advice to businesses in a wide range of industries.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Jerod also holds his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and is pursuing his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Jerod’s diverse 12-year professional history includes serving in multiple management capacities for both a national insurance company and a large international broker. Specializing in cost benchmarking and reduction strategies, tough-to-place risks and large and unique exposures, Jerod loves challenges and takes pride in his ability to solve problems. Jerod’s focus remains on driving results for the firm’s clients and building a strong positive culture for his team.

Anxious to get back to their Midwestern roots, Jerod jumped at the chance to own his own firm and purchased Denny Phenow’s agency on January 1, 2013. The experience and knowledge Jerod has gained through six states and seven relocations were made possible by two great employers, Allied Insurance and Arthur J. Gallagher.

When not focused on improving his company, Jerod serves on the Lymphoma Research Foundation committee.