Mike started with Consolidated Insurance in 1974 by working with his father who founded the agency. In 1978 he became President and 11 years later became the sole stockholder. Mike received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1981. He completed courses in the American College CLU and CHFC studies and numerous other professional developmental courses. He received his Series 6 and 63 Securities license in 1995. In addition to being in the insurance industry for decades Mike has also been in governmental relations and a State Legislator. He served as an Indiana State Representative from 1993 to 2002, including a position as floor leader. From 2002 to 2015 he was the President and CEO of the Casino Association of Indiana. During his professional career he has also been a licensed Real Estate Broker, Farm Manager and horse breeder and trainer.
Mike has won several prestigious awards including the Government Leader of the Year in 1995 from the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce. He was also the Indiana Small Business Council Legislator of the Year. He received recognition from the National Rifle Association in 1996 as a Defender or Freedom and Governor O’Bannon in 2002 awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash. The Indiana Judges Association honored him with the Outstanding Support of the Judiciary award. Mike is a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Prairie Lodge 125, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, United States Trotting Association, Columbia Club, and the American Legion Post 29. Mike is an avid pilot and has been flying for many years. He enjoys his free time flying as well as Martial Arts. He also loves spending time with his family and three grandchildren.
Mandy loves being a mom, wife and an Insurance Agent!
Mandy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2001. After college she worked as a claims adjuster for Progressive Insurance in Indianapolis. In 2002 Mandy moved back home to Rensselaer with her husband Stace to start a family and work in the family business. Mandy specializes in personal lines insurance and handles claims for our agency. Mandy is licensed in both property & casualty insurance and life & health insurance. She is a people person and loves the interaction with our customers. Mandy’s greatest joy is her three beautiful children. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves her role as “soccer, baseball, basketball, and football mom”. Mandy is a member of Tri Kappa sorority, Saint Augustine PFA and is an active volunteer for our community.
Grandma, Golfer and Insurance Agent!
Gretchen has been with the family business since 1979 and is a licensed Property and Casualty Agent. She has been married to Michael Smith since 1974 and is the proud mother of two. Her daughter, Mandy, and her husband Stace also work for Ci Insurance and blessed her with three lovely grandchildren. (Pictures available upon request!!). Her son, Josh, is a System Analyst in Shelbyville, Indiana and he keeps Ci Insurance on the leading edge of technology. Gretchen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and playing golf.
Staceon Pickering, CIC
Stace Pickering graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree. After college he worked in downtown Indianapolis as a investment advisor for a national investment firm. Stace moved to Rensselaer in 2002 with his wife Mandy Pickering whose parents, Mike and Gretchen Smith are lifetime residents and owners of Ci Insurance. Stace specializes in commercial insurance for businesses and public entities. He also does personal insurance such as home, auto, life and health insurance. He earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) professional designation in 2012.
Stace is currently involved in many local community groups. He serves on the Board for the Jasper Foundation. He is the Treasurer for Main Street Rensselaer whose purpose is to enhance Rensselaer. Stace is also a Board Member and the Parade Chairman for the Little Cousin Jasper Festival. Lastly Stace is currently a Board Member for the Rensselaer Park Corporation and RBI Baseball. Stace is a member of the Saint Augustine Church and is an elected official with the Milroy Township of Jasper County . He enjoys his free time with his wife and 3 young children , volunteering as a youth sports coach, gardening, fishing, golf and family vacations.
Grandma, Mom and Insurance Agent!
Kathy’s favorite title is “Emily’s & Landon’s Grandma” but she has also been married to her wonderful husband since 1976 and mom of three – two are married and one attends Purdue Veterinary College (go Boilers). Kathy has been a licensed property and casualty insurance agent since 1976 and has been with Consolidated for over 2 decades with most of them at our DeMotte location. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. Kathy’s favorite part of her job is satisfied customers.
Loves anything to do with water and being an Insurance Agent!
Lisa started her insurance career in 1997 and came to Consolidated Insurance happily in March of 2014. She is a licensed Property & Casualty Agent that specializes in personal lines such as home and auto insurance. Lisa is a certified life guard and CPR instructor and loves spending time swimming and teaching little kids to swim. She also teaches a water aerobics class. She enjoys her free time being on the beach and being with family.
Sharon started in the insurance industry in 1982 working part time and that quickly turned into full time. She is licensed in Property & Casualty. She is married to her wonderful husband, one awesome daughter, and a super grandson. Sharon loves camping with her family in the summer. She also enjoys gardening, traveling, and anything that includes game playing with her grandson!
Pam is originally from Springville, N.Y.. She studied Art Education at Indiana State University where she met her husband of 51 years. She is the proud mother of 2 terrific children and a grandmother of 6 grandchildren. She has been licensed in Property & Casualty since 1994. She loves to garden and spend time with her family in her free time.
Patti just returned to Lowell Indiana, her home town, after spending the last 14 years in Florida working for State Farm. She has been in the insurance industry since 1985. She is the proud mother to 5 amazing children who have blessed her with 3 grandchildren with a 4th on the way. In her spare time she loves to watch her great nephews play sports, see her granddaughters recitals, shop for antiques and repurpose furniture.
John is the long time owner of Century Insurance and is a volunteer with many local community groups such as DeMotte Rotary and American Legion #440. Century Insurance merged with Consolidated Insurance in 2019 to form Ci Insurance. John has a wealth of knowledge and decades of insurance background in all lines of business.