Our Management Team
When you work with The ASU Group, you get a management team with longevity in the company and more than 200 years combined industry experience.
Brad Rutgers, MBA, SCLA
Chief Executive Officer
Brad has worked in the insurance and self-insured arena for over 20 years. He has an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a long list of industry certifications. “The insurance and risk management industry is very knowledge and relationship driven. The employee-owners at ASU understand that and work tirelessly to service our carrier partners, clients and their employees.”
Chad Johnson, ARM
Chief Operating Officer
Chad is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer who has spent over 20 years working with public & private sector Self-insured entities across multiple lines of coverage. Working with small local municipalities, as well as large National accounts operating in jurisdictions from coast to coast, has provided Chad with a vast amount of experience implementing risk management solutions at just about every size and scale.
Director of Business Development
David has an extensive background in the Insurance and self- insurance with over 25 years of experience. He has held senior level positions with CMI, Citizens and Michigan Insurance Company. David is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Director of Catastrophe Services / Senior Applications Engineer
Mike has been in the insurance industry for 30 years working in information technology and has been with ASU for 27 years. His primary focus is on application design and development. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University.
Director of Medical Review Services
Kristine has been with ASU for over five years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan University. She also has a Producers License in the Property/Casualty line of authority. In addition to her responsibilities for Medical Review Services, she also has the role of Strategic Planning Analyst for our TPA clients and serves on our ESOP Fiduciary Committee. She is always striving to meet the needs of our clients by looking for ways to improve our processes for value-added services.
Director of Adjusting Services
Nick started his professional career working for his father’s construction company 25 years ago. Taking business values collected over the years along with building science and practices learned from Delta College, he started his own construction company in 2004. In an effort to expand services offered by his company Nick purchased a franchise from Rainbow International Restoration and Cleaning in 2007. In 2018 Nick discontinued the franchise contract, and sold the business assets to make more time for his family. Nick joined the ASU team in 2019 and continues to use his experience as a business owner, manager, and marketer to service clients and employees of Adjusting Services.
Director of Loss Control Services
Adam started his career as a safety, health and environmental professional in 1995. Over his career, he has directed and managed safety, health and environmental programs and processes. He has served at Director levels with direct responsibility for risk management programs and continues that for The ASU Group of companies. He enjoys consulting with clients in a wide range of industries to support their risk management efforts. He has a BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry from Lake Superior State University.
Director of Human Resources
Audrey started working for The ASU Group in 1988 while attending Michigan State University. She graduated with a B.A. in Social Science from MSU in 1990, with a concentration in Employment Relations and Economics. She earned an additional major in Psychology. She has served in a number of different positions over the years in Human Resources and is currently the Director, handling all aspects of HR for the Company. Audrey also serves on our ESOP Fiduciary Committee.
Network Engineer/Systems Administrator
Michael Brown has been working in the computer industry since 1977, primarily in the IT service and management arena. He has been with ASU since 2005 managing the VM environment with multiple servers, networking infrastructure , and desktop support and security. He also has the role of team leader managing the day to day operations of the IT department. In addition, Michael serves as one of our ESOP Trustees.
Senior Account Executive
Pat joined ASU Group in 2020 with over 30 years in the insurance industry including managing a self-insured, self-administered workers’ compensation program, account management for third-party administrators and specialized assistance to self-insured accounts. Pat’s primary focus is on building and maintaining a partnership with our clients in the overall management of their workers’ compensation program. Pat is a graduate of Walsh College.
Workers Compensation Manager
Wendy has been with ASU for over 17 years as a licensed adjuster. She has over 28 years experience in Workers’ Compensation and is well versed in WC state laws and statutes. She oversees the quality and timely investigation of all Workers’ Compensation claims.
Glen has been with ASU for over 25 years and has over 30 years of insurance experience. He is a licensed multi-line adjuster experienced in all types of general liability and specializes in litigation management. He has a BS in Business Administration/Finance from Central Michigan University.