About Us

FOR 35 YEARS

CVIA has been committed to delivering effective & affordable insurance solutions

We’re proud to serve folks throughout greater Nebraska as well as Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, and Arizona.

Centrally located in Cedar Rapids, with satellite offices in Petersburg, Clarkson, and Utica, we’re perfectly positioned to serve you no matter your location. And we’ve attracted businesses far beyond our immediate area because of our reputation for reliability, affordability, and unmatched service.

Brian Yosten

President of CVIA

Brian began with CVIA in 1985 and has led the growth of a small-town rural Insurance Agency into an Area Leader of Insurance Services spread throughout Greater Nebraska. Brian is well versed in many facets of the Insurance Industry but specializes in Personal Lines Coverage, Small Commercial Coverage, as well as Federal Crop Coverage.

Brian lives in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, with his wife Tracy, where they have raised 3 grown children. In his free time, you may find him slicing bacon at the Cedar Rapids Locker (Brian is also the Owner of that Business), spending time with his family and a good chance he will be working on perfecting his BBQ skills. Brian has a strong belief in giving back to community through generosity and community involvement.  Brian is a retired Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, Former Village Board Chairperson, and currently the Chairman of the Boone County Economic Development Agency.

Brady Yosten

Sales Manager of CVIA

Brady joined CVIA in 2006 as a Personal & Commercial lines Agent.  Since that time, he has evolved into the Sales Manager of the Agency.  Brady holds a (CPSR) Certified Professional Service Representative designation, which has furthered his expertise of Property & Casualty Risks. Brady’s primary duties involve Larger Commercial and Complex Risks ranging from Public Entities, Fire Departments, Transportation, Auto Dealers, and Agribusiness.

Brady resides in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, with his fiancé Christy and their children. Brady has a strong belief in community involvement and is active on the Cedar Rapids Fire Department and an EMT on the Cedar Rapids Rescue Squad as well as serving on the City Council and as a member of the Cedar Valley Community Foundation. In his free time, Brady enjoys competition BBQ as well as grilling up a feast for family & friends. Brady also prides himself on having one of the largest vineyards in Boone County right in his backyard where he harvests grapes for homemade wine!

Jenica Dietrich

Clarkson Branch Manager

Jenica “Jen” Dietrich has been an integral part in CVIA’s growth in northeast Nebraska. Jen transferred from our Home Office in Cedar Rapids to Manage our newly established Clarkson Branch office in 2016.  Jen specializes in Personal Insurance Risks as well as having a detailed knowledge of Workers Compensation Coverage for businesses of all size. Jen is also licensed to write Federal Crop Insurance as well as working with Numerous Small Businesses on their Insurance Programs.

Jen & her husband John have 2 children and reside in Leigh, Nebraska, where they run a family farming operation. Jen stays busy not only with her children’s activities but also community involvement on the Leigh and Clarkson Community Clubs as well as coaching high school softball after playing 14 years of playing competitive softball herself!

Christina Wemhoff

Life/Health Department Manager & Personal Lines CSR

Christy joined the CVIA team after working as a Direct Writer for a Health Insurance Company. She has a vast knowledge of Group and Individual Life/Health Products available for our clients and utilizes a detailed approach to find Comprehensive Coverage for them. Christy is well versed in Personal Lines Products assisting clients with their Home and Auto Insurance needs as well as working with Small Businesses on their Risk Management Protection as well.

Christy resides in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, with her fiancé Brady, where they have 5 children ranging from a newborn to college, so free time is definitely a rare commodity in the household. In Christy’s free time, she enjoys surrounding herself with friends and family showing off her cooking skills and looks forward to the laughter and enjoyment of those around her.

Ann Glaser

Claims Coordinator & Personal Lines CSR

Ann Glaser is our front-line Customer Service Rep in the Cedar Rapids office providing Customer Service for Claims and Personal Lines Policy Assistance to our clients. Ann aids our clients with Individual Dental and Med Supp plans as well as their Home and Auto Insurance needs.

Ann is a resident of Spalding, Nebraska, where she has raised 5 grown daughters. An interesting and proud fact is that all 5 of her daughters graduated Valedictorians from High School! Ann stays busy with her family activities, including grandchildren’s busy schedules as well as helping some local elderly shut ins with their basic needs.

Denise Tonniges

First Insurance Agency of Utica Branch Manager

Denise Tonniges became part of the CVIA team in January of 2018, when CVIA purchased First Insurance Agency located in Utica, Nebraska. Denise was promoted to the role of Branch Manager of that location and is responsible for the Client Relations at that location as well as specializing in Personal Insurance Programs for her clients. Denise is also licensed to write Federal Crop Insurance as well as working with Numerous Small Businesses on their Insurance Programs.

Denise calls Gresham, Nebraska, home where she lives with her husband Doug on the Family Farm. Denise has 3 grown children and enjoys riding horses in her free time.

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