Our Team - About Schol & Associates, Inc.

Meet our staff members:

Tim Schol

Tim started the beginning of his insurance career with Schol & Associates in 2003. He works with all types of insurance and looks forward to daily customer interactions. In his spare time, Tim enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting; most of all, he enjoys the time he spends with his young family.

Marc Schol

Marc started in the insurance industry in 1977 and worked as a property and casualty claims adjuster for two years. He spent three years as a WC claims adjuster before moving on to be a Commercial Lines Underwriter. Marc spent four years as an underwriter before moving into sales for a captive insurance company; he sold all lines of coverage for the next seven years. In 1993 Marc started Schol & Associates Insurance Agency and has been the President since its inception. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.



Deanna Preis
Customer Service Representative

Deanna's insurance career began in 1985 at State Farm Insurance where she handled claims. She later worked for Wells Fargo Insurance Services for several years before joining Schol & Associates in 2012, as the Customer Service Representative for the agency.


Rena Schol
Office Manager





Jill Wright

Jill started her insurance career in customer service with Morse Agency in 1987. She then worked for Sentry Insurance in ‘commercial-lines sales’ for several years before joining Schol & Associates in the Fall of 1996. She sells all types of insurance across Northern Illinois. Jill has lived in Elgin all of her life; when she’s not working, you can find her with her family. She enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, watching her son’s football games, and riding with her husband on their motorcycle.


Brian Hayes
Vice President, Agent

Brian’s insurance career began in 2004 as an agent for a national insurance company. He joined the dedicated team at Schol & Associates in 2006. His focus is on commercial, personal, and life insurance products. His free time is spent with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters, Kinsey and Mia.


Ken Bruhn
LUTCF, Agent

Ken has served the insurance industry for over 26 years. He is a lifelong resident of the Fox Valley, along with his wife, Pam and their two daughters. He has served on the Board of the Life Underwriters Association, and has been active with the South Elgin Food Pantry for many years. He specializes in Retirement Planning, 401k’s, and Defined Benefit Plans, as well as Commercial Insurance.

Mike Vallone

Mike has sold and serviced commercial businesses and their owners for over 23 years. He brings his experience and personal service to Schol & Associates, joining the agency in 2009 after a long career with a direct-writer insurance company. He resided in Elgin for a number of years with his wife, Yvonne, before moving to Sycamore. His spare time is spent enjoying his family, including new grandchildren, restoring antique furniture, and being involved with antique and muscle cars.


Pat Brainer
Personal Lines Agent

Pat started her Insurance Career in 1990 working for an Independent Agency. Her focus has been on Personal Lines providing quality service to clients with their ever changing needs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.