The Team


Our team of Marine Underwriters has over 120 years combined experience and is dedicated exclusively to marketing and underwriting Marine Insurance. Our years of experience enable us to know the markets and more quickly respond to your needs. We care about helping you find the broadest coverage at the most competitive price. Equally important is the service you receive after the sale. Charter Lakes' customer service representatives have the experience and knowledge to assure you will receive fast, professional and courteous attention. We have dedicated marine claims specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you through the claims process should you have an unfortunate incident.

Let us show you why Charter Lakes is the best solution for all your Marine Insurance needs.

Mark Van Epps,
Area Executive Vice President


mark_vanepps@ajg.com

Tel 616-975-3518
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Mark grew up and currently resides in the boating community of West Michigan. He spent many summers working at local marinas and mating for the family’s charter fishing business on Lake Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand Valley State University and is married with two daughters. His interests include fishing, boating, home brewing, camping and spending time with family and friends. Mark has worked for Charter Lakes Marine Insurance more than 15 years.

Nicole Wieck,
Account Executive


nicole.wieck@ajg.com

Tel 616-975-3504
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Born and raised in Western Michigan, Nicole loves the outdoors, softball, tennis, camping, running, bike riding, rollerblading and spending time with her family and friends as a few of her favorite things. She began her insurance career with Charter Lakes in 1998, bringing her vast experience in Customer Relations and Account Management to the team. Nicole loves “challenging” risks and enjoys finding placement for every application that comes across her desk.

Rob Willis,
Account Executive


rob_willis@ajg.com

Tel 616-975-3500
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Married with two children and raised in Western Michigan, Rob and his family are avid weekend boaters. Remote control airplanes, camping and hunting are just a few of his other special interests. Originally trained in the culinary arts and employed as an Executive Chef at a private club for 10 years, he enjoys and understands the importance of personalized customer service. Rob joined Charter Lakes in 2005 and quickly settled in as a producer, bringing his vast customer service experience to the team.

April Cook-Balech,
Account Executive


april_balech@ajg.com

Tel 410-827-7750
Fax 410-827-7055

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
110 Channel Marker Way, Suite 102
Grasonville, MD 21638

April grew up in the Annapolis-Kent Island area. She acquired much of her marine knowledge and love for boating at the US Naval Academy, where she performed as the lead female vocalist for their Midshipmens Band. She is married with 3 children and enjoys boating, training parrots, traveling and spending time with her family. Utilizing her extensive marine insurance background, April opened the first satellite office for Charter Lakes in Chester Maryland in 1997.

Chad Branch,
Account Executive


chad_branch@ajg.com

Tel 888-418-8301
Fax 888-418-8302

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
12443 San Jose Blvd, Suite A404
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Chad is a Florida native growing up fishing the banks of the St Johns River as well as the nearshore and offshore waters of NE Florida. He has also spent thousands of hours fishing all over the SE United States while fishing tournaments on the Southern Kingfish Association Pro Tour, many Blue Marlin Tournaments in the Bahamas and Bass Tournaments with his Father. He is married with one daughter who are also both avid fisherwomen and outdoors persons. They are all avid hunters, fisherman and divers who enjoy traveling the world on their next adventure. Chad started his carrier with Charter Lakes in 2003 out of the Jacksonville, FL office.

Judi Budke,
Account Executive


judi_budke@ajg.com

Tel 800-456-8936
Fax 888-418-8302

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
12443 San Jose Blvd, Suite A404
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Originally from Ely, Minnesota, Judi moved to Orange Park, Florida in 1986 to enjoy the warm weather. She graduated with an Associates Degree from Vermilion Community College in Ely, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Judi began her insurance career with Admiralty Insurance Inc in 1990 as the receptionist/bookkeeper and eventually obtained her agents license. Judi stayed on as a producer when Charles Lakes Marine Insurance purchased Admiralty in 2002. Judi has 3 children and 2 grandchildren and enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

Brice Fuselier,
Account Executive


brice_fuselier@ajg.com

Tel 281-452-7800
Fax 281-452-7803

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
16113 East Freeway
Channelview, TX 77530

Brice was born on the Texas Gulf Coast. He has grown up fishing the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding waters. He has had a great passion for boating since buying his first boat at age 12. Today, Brice enjoys taking his wife and kids offshore fishing and scuba diving on their 38 Fountain center console. Brice has been in the insurance business for 20 years and became part of the Charter Lakes “family” in 2009. He is an avid participant in many of the fishing and boating events on the Gulf Coast. He is also a proud sponsor of many of the coastal tournaments in Texas.

Kyle Dietrich,
Account Executive


kyle_dietrich@ajg.com

Tel 800-879-2248
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Kyle was born and raised in West Michigan and is married to his wife Cecilia. Growing up in a small rural community he quickly fell in love with the outdoors and he especially enjoys hunting waterfowl, whitetail, and bass fishing. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Hope College where he also played wide receiver on the football team. He started his insurance career at Arthur J. Gallagher before coming to Charter Lakes.

Ryan Johnson,
Account Executive


ryan_johnson@ajg.com

Tel 910-256-4148
Fax 910-256-6844

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
6336 Oleander Dr. Ste 3
Wilmington, NC 28403
 

Ryan grew up in Ocean City, NJ where he was introduced to boating on a 21’ Chris Craft, owned by his Godparents. Ryan worked as a mate and then a captain on large corporately owned sport fishing vessels, and had the privilege of navigating these multi-million dollar vessels up and down the Atlantic Coast, as well as into the Bahamas, chasing the white and blue marlin bite. Ryan started in the marine insurance business in 2000, and has a vast knowledge of product coverages and vessel manufactures. Ryan and his family moved to Wilmington, NC in 2005, and Ryan joined Charter Lakes as the Branch Manager and Account Executive in the Wilmington, NC office of Gallagher Charter Lakes in 2012. He, and his account manager, Rochelle, continue to focus on providing the boating community with the best insurance solutions in the market place. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys the beach and fishing with his wife and two children.

Aris Devecht,
Account Executive


aris_devecht@ajg.com

Tel 616-975-0663
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Aris grew up in Coast Guard City USA (Grand Haven, MI) and has spent many summers boating and salmon fishing out on Lake Michigan. He enjoys camping, mountain biking, skiing, golfing, and traveling the World. Aris gained his knowledge of the marine industry by working at a marina in West Michigan for nearly a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and has extensive experience negotiating with insurance markets.

David Graham,
Director of Marketing and Sales


david_graham@ajg.com

Tel 616-974-0657
Fax 616-975-0670

Charter Lakes Marine Insurance
3940 Peninsular Dr SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

David joined Charter Lakes in 2018. Prior to joining Charter Lakes, Dave worked on the carrier side and brings more than 25 years of Sales, Sales Training and Sales Leadership. He is married to his lovely wife Melody and has two boys. Long time boat lover, growing up he spent many summers fishing and waterskiing. When not working Dave enjoys spending time with family, hanging out on his boat in the Summer and bowhunting Whitetails in the Fall.