The professionals at the Insurance Center of Buffalo are experienced, highly qualified, and ready to help you find the best coverage at the best price on any insurance product you need for home, life, property, or business. We are committed to excellence and are passionate about what we do!
MEET OUR TEAM
Gary has been in the insurance industry since 1979. He joined the Insurance Center of Buffalo in 2001 and purchased the agency from Ken Ogden in 2011.
Gary specializes in Commercial/Business insurance for property, liability, auto and workers compensation. He works closely with each client to tailor insurance coverage to meet each client’s particular needs, maximizing their coverage, and providing quality products at a competitive price. Service after the sale is crucial to provide our customers with “Peace of Mind”.
Gary and his wife, Lori, have lived in Buffalo since 1990. He is committed to supporting the area with his participation in the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and many other community activities. He enjoys motorcycling and watching sports.
Kelly Bruggeman is the Insurance Center’s Executive Vice President and Personal Lines Agent and department Manager. With over 36 years in the insurance industry; Kelly can help with your personal insurance needs, such as home, automobile, motorcycle, boats, ATV’s and travel trailers.
Kelly is proud of the Insurance Center’s strong philosophy of quality customer service, attention to detail and accurately understanding client’s needs. A focus on details and getting the right information is the key to building successful relationships with clients and finding the right insurance protection for their individual lifestyles.
“I am now helping the 2nd generation of some of my long-time clients, which is very gratifying” shares Kelly. She has often said; “I have been in the insurance field for over 36 years; either I like what I do, or I am in a rut…both are incorrect – I LOVE what I do, and I LOVE working with people.”
Kelly grew up in the Maple Lake area and has lived in Annandale with her husband, Steve Bruggeman, for over 35 years. She is a motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. Kelly’s greatest accomplishment is her two sons; who are now grown. Kelly’s greatest joy is spending time and traveling with her growing family.
Kailee Mastel is a Buffalo Senior High School graduate and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business from McNally Smith College of Music. Kailee started working with the Insurance Center of Buffalo in 2012 and is the Chief Operations Officer, Human Resources and Finance/IT Director, and is the Benefits Agent and department Manager. She specializes in Medicare, Life Insurance, Disability Income, and Health insurance for individuals and families; she also works with business owners to provide benefit packages to their employees.
Kailee enjoys building long-lasting relationships with clients and educating individuals on the ever-changing ‘world’ of health insurance. She is proud to assist people in selecting the personalized medical and life insurance coverage they need, in order to confidently and comfortably continue living their passions and dreams.
Kailee enjoys participating in community events, living on the lake, party planning, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two sons.
Jade joined the team in 2020 as our Personal Lines Customer Service Representative. She is looking forward to growing relationships with each of our clients, and is here to help you manage the risks that arise in everyday life. Whether it is for your home, automobile, motorcycle, boat, recreational vehicle or travel trailer – Jade is here to make sure your insurance policies match your current insurance needs.
Jade is excited to represent Insurance Center of Buffalo, and to start her career in the insurance industry. She begins every day with three things in mind: providing exceptional service for each individual client, creating relationships, and having fun along the way.
Jade grew up in Grand Marais Minnesota, but just recently bought a house in Buffalo with her boyfriend, where they live with their two dogs.
When out of the office, Jade enjoys spending time with her dogs and horse, snowmobiling, boating, and hunting with her grandpa.
Alex joined the Insurance Center of Buffalo in 2020 and leads the team’s business development efforts. Born and raised in Buffalo, he has a passion for ensuring the surrounding community is covered in their most difficult times.
Alex and his wife, Devane, live in Buffalo along with their 2 boys. Outside of the office, you will find him working on their hobby farm, at the gym, or on the water.
Lauren joined our team in August of 2021, and is our Benefits Account Manager. She is excited to be working in the insurance industry and make her mark in the Buffalo community. New to Buffalo, Lauren comes from Central MN area. She attended college at St. Cloud State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Geography.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with family, friends, and her two German Shepherds, Halo and Koala.
Chelsey Erickson joined our team as the Director of Marketing in 2019. She has a passion for marketing and the impact it makes on people.
Chelsey works remotely from southwestern Colorado, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. When she isn’t working or homeschooling, Chelsey loves to spend time up in the mountains or out by the river with her family.