Meet Our Team


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Steven R. Anderson email StevePresident

A graduate of Carthage College, Steve was a high school choral director and worked in the banking industry before beginning his insurance career in 1980. He writes all lines of insurance and specializes in home, auto, and life insurance. He has earned membership since 1987 into the elite Inner Circle Club of Pekin Life Insurance awarded to those individuals with outstanding sales and service of life and health insurance. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Pekin Insurance Group in 1996 and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Board since 2010. Steve is married and has two grown sons who also work in the agency. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys chasing classic cars, singing, and playing lousy golf.


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Mark R. Taylor email MarkVice President/Secretary

Mark has 25 years experience in concentrating on commercial risk management. His industry accreditations include Life Underwriting Training Counsel Fellow (LUTCF) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. Mark is committed to professionalism through continuing education and remaining active in industry associations. Customer service is the cornerstone of the agency and the “golden rule” philosophy is the premise Mark adheres to and he endeavors to provide his clients pertinent information they can draw on to assist them in their insurance decisions. Mark is a married father of five and has six grandchildren. His major interests outside of spending time with family are fishing and golf. Little known facts about Mark: He played guitar in several bands, coached basketball and officiated high school, college and semi-pro football.


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Christopher L. Anderson email ChrisVice President/Treasurer

Chris began working at the A W Anderson Agency in June of 2005 and specializes in home, auto and life insurance. He graduated from Harlem High School in 2001 and from Carthage College in 2005 where he double majored in Business and Marketing. Over the years he has earned several awards from Pekin Life Insurance Company for his sales and service. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and two children. His hobbies include fishing and golfing whenever he gets a chance. He is a diehard Chicago fan who loves cheering on the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks.


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Kyle T. Anderson email KyleVice President

Kyle began working at the A W Anderson Agency in July of 2008 after graduating from Carthage College where he double majored in Business Administration and Marketing. He has obtained all of his insurance licensing, but primarily focuses on property and casualty products. Kyle attained his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) professional designation in 2013 after passing all 5 of the institutes within the CIC program. CIC is considered one of the most highly acclaimed professional education designation programs in the insurance industry. Hobbies include: Spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, sports, automobiles, the outdoors.


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Brian C. Lee email BrianProducer

Brian began working with A.W. Anderson Agency, Inc. in October of 2021 with a focus on commercial lines insurance. Brian joins us with nearly 25 years of local retail management and 3 years of real estate experience. He values integrity and honesty in his daily life. He also believes customer service is of the utmost importance and makes sure it is a win-win experience. Brian graduated from Harlem High School in 1996, Rock Valley in 1998, and Northern Illinois University in 2000 with a degree in Business Management. Brian is married to his wife and together they have 4 children. His hobbies include: playing golf, cheering on his favorite collegiate and professional sports teams, traveling with his family, and helping his wife with their real estate team.


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Casey L. Lee email CaseyCustomer Service Representative/Bookkeeper

Casey has been with A W Anderson Agency since 2012 with prior banking experience for twelve years. She graduated from Illinois State University in December of 1999 with a bachelor’s degree. Casey is licensed in Property and Casualty, Accident/Health, and Life. Customer service is a top priority when it comes to her clients. Casey enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, raising beef cattle for show, and being outdoors on the farm.


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Laura K. Brauer email LauraCustomer Service Representative

Laura studied business at Rock Valley College. She has over 15 years of banking experience prior to getting her insurance license. Laura is licensed in Property and Casualty in both Illinois and Wisconsin. She is married with 3 children and 1 grandchild. Her favorite part of this industry is the customer service aspect. After being a customer of the agency for 35 years, she is thrilled to be a part of the A W Anderson team.


Tara K. Adams
Tara K. Adams email TaraCustomer Service Representative

Tara began working at the A.W. Anderson Agency in April 2020 with prior banking experience for 20 years. Tara is licensed in both Property and Casualty in Illinois. When it comes to customer service, Tara strives to do her best to make the customer happy. Tara enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, festivals, bowling, and football. Go Pack Go!


Jill M. Hardy
Jill M. Hardy email JillCustomer Service Representative

Jill has spent most of her 28 year insurance career in Employee Benefits, being a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and Houston Health Underwriters. She has held the designations of Small Group Specialist; Certified Self-Funding Specialist. Jill joined A.W. Anderson Agency, Inc. in July of 2021 as a Customer Service Representative and now is expanding her career to include the Personal lines and Commercial business.


Rachel K. Melito
Rachel K. Melito email RachelCustomer Service Representative

Rachel began working at the A.W. Anderson Agency, Inc. in October 2021 with over 25 years of experience in customer service and 5 years of customer service management. She is licensed in property and casualty for the state of Illinois. Rachel is from Wisconsin and is a true hometown girl rooting for the Bucks, Brewers and Packers! She is married with 3 children and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, shopping, and traveling.