Thirty years ago when I lost my factory job, the health insurance industry was one of the few options available for employment. In those beginning days as an agent, I had much more time than money. My office was a desk set up in my living room and the dash of my two-door Pontiac Grand Am. Having grown up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota, not working hard just wasn’t an option for me – so rain, shine, or snow I drove across the state of Minnesota to meet at the kitchen table of anyone willing to listen to what I had to offer.
To fill my time around appointments, which were few and far between back then, I would seek solutions for those in all circumstances – veterans, diabetics, retirees, those working beyond age 65, low-income earners, high-income earners, and everything in-between. I found a deep sense of fulfillment helping folks, no matter their situation, understand and receive the benefits that were available to them and I never charged a fee for doing so.
Within a few challenging, but rewarding years, I had managed to sit down at hundreds of kitchen tables, drank a thousand cups of coffee, and gained an understanding of what folks wanted in health coverage and from an agent. It became clear early on the two things of greatest concern everyone had was calling an insurance company or wondering if and when they needed to make coverage changes. Because of this, I kept two promises to all my clients that remain true to this day:
1)If it’s ever necessary to call an insurance company, we make the call for you or with you.
2)Your coverage will be reviewed every fall during open enrollment.
Eventually, the hard work and dedication to my clients started to bring my checkbook balance out of the red and I was able to hire my first employee. Today, we now have over 50 full time employees able to serve all residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as a few other surrounding and “snowbird” states. That office in my living room has now grown to seven office locations across the states of MN and WI.
Although we no longer meet at kitchen tables, the technology and resources now available to us make the experience of finding health coverage even better than in the past. The foundation of our success continues to be upheld by our commitment to customer service and the annual review of coverage for all our members. I am proud to say that the work ethic, kindness, and collaboration that built this agency is still at the core of our culture and how we operate today.
In 1996 Dennis got his start in the health insurance industry and set up his first office in his living room.
On his way to meet with a potential client, Dennis stopped to snap a picture while driving through western Minnesota in 1997. Freshly plowed roads left the snow banks higher than his trusty Grand Am.
In 2005 Dennis was able to hire his first employee and rent two rooms from a thrift store called “Grandpa’s Garage” in Long Prairie, MN.
From 2005-2006 Breitenfeldt Group started expanding its staff and renting out more rooms until 2007 when Dennis was able to purchase the whole building.
In 2009 Breitenfeldt Group added its second office location in the Riverwood Mall in Waite Park, MN.
In order to better accommodate those looking for health coverage solutions in the metro area of Minnesota, we added our Maple Grove office in 2014. Our Edina and Woodbury offices opened in 2015 and in 2016 our Roseville office opened its doors.
Even though Breitenfeldt Group’s physical presence has remained in Minnesota up until this point, we have been remotely assisting Wisconsin residents with finding health coverage for over a decade. In 2019 we were happy to finally make a physical presence in Wisconsin by opening an office in the Evergreen Office Park in Appleton, WI.
In January 2021 we opened our Alexandria, MN office. We value continuing to serve our members in that region and also those new to our group with another hometown office as part of our team.
Today we now have over 50 full time employees in 8 office locations. We are able to serve all residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin looking for Medicare and Individual/Family plans, as well as residents in ND, SD, IA, IL, AZ, TX, and FL looking for Medicare coverage. All advisors and staff in all our locations work together as a team to find solutions for your health insurance needs.