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Troy Thompson — Coach, Scout, Annual Review Master, Dish Washer

Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Fridley, MN

Year signed with Pinnacle: 2010

Scouting Report: I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1999, selling books door to door for The Southwestern Company while in college and a few years after. It was the best training/experience of my life and much more important than my degree. Sold door to door for years after that with Comcast and Qwest. I consider myself super lucky to have been able to learn and sell insurance with my dad Mike Thompson for many years until he retired. I still go door to door selling insurance to this day, many times with my kids!

Favorite Movie: Top Gun

Favorite Band/Singer: Blink 182

Favorite MN. Restaurant: Chipolte

Favorite MN. Sports Team: Vikings

Off-season Hobbies: Coaching kid’s sports teams, Long-Boarding, Cooking (Blue Apron has been a game-changer)


Sarah Thompson, Chief of Operations

Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Forest Lake, MN.

Year signed with Pinnacle: 2015

Scouting Report: After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Human Resources; I partnered with several companies advising and resolving a variety of HR topics for about 10 years. When I signed onto Pinnacle, I obtained my P&C license, but mostly handle HR, finances, and operations. I am lucky to have a great balance of work and family, which we strive for all our employees to have here at Pinnacle.

Favorite movie: Christmas Vacation

Favorite band/singer: Pit Bull & 80's

Favorite MN restaurant: Stanley’s & 1029

Favorite MN sports team: Any team other than the Vikings (just to spite my husband)

Off-season hobbies: Cooking, weight-training, (who am I kidding…I have a 5 and 6-year-old, who has time for hobbies?!)


Al Ancheta, Sales


Phone: 763-767-2323

Birthplace: Paranaque, Manila, Phillippines

Year signed with Pinnacle: 2013

Scouting Report: I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and became and insurance agent in 1986.  In my vast experience in the business, I’ve seen a lot of interesting and sometimes, weird situations that I use to help clients with their insurance needs.  My focus is on commercial insurance and I truly enjoy helping people get the best coverage for the best value.  I love my family and golf and try to carve out as much time as I can for both.

Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski

Favorite band/singer: Johnny Cash

Favorite MN restaurant: Any Chinese buffet

Favorite MN sports team: Vikings & The Wild are a close 2nd.

Off-season hobbies: What off season?


Dan Batcha, Sales

Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN.

Year Signed with Pinnacle: 2018

Scouting Report: After attending Moorhead State University in Minnesota I held a few sales positions before diving head-first into the insurance world. I have been blessed to be exposed to several high-level sales training courses, insurance agent training programs and exposed to successful work environments throughout my career. As an agent I love helping clients truly get what they need and protect their ultimate life goals. As a sales manager I train and prepare our sales staff to be successful in this business themselves. Teaching and training is something I enjoy and to incorporate my sales background with the opportunity to help other people in this industry has been a great fit with Pinnacle. Our culture here is second to none and a major part of what makes us so special.

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite band/singer: Anything 80’s, 90’s rap or country

Favorite MN restaurant: Osaka

Favorite MN sports team: Vikings

Off-season hobbies: Staying active and being outdoors, rollerblading, playing hockey, tennis and staying on the move with my black lab Millie.


Chris Kohler, Agency Manager


Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Fridley, MN.

Year Signed with Pinnacle: 2016

Scouting Report: Graduated from Kennedy High School, went to Normandale Community College and various other classes. I worked for Pier One which gave me hands on experience with working with customers on a personal level. It really taught me to work with clients and finding out what they really are looking for and that has always stayed with me. I started working for an independent agency back in 1999 and I’ve worked in the insurance business ever since and have really enjoyed it. Giving customers options and providing them with exceptional service.

Favorite Movie: Hunt For The Red October

Favorite band/singer: The Eagles

Favorite MN restaurant: Red Lobster

Favorite MN sports team: Vikings

Off-season hobbies: Gardening, decorating, car shows


Bree Dagel, Sales


Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Born and raised here in good ole Minnesota!

Year Signed with Pinnacle: 2015

Scouting Report: I began my new career with Pinnacle in 2015 and was licensed by 2017. Working here has been the best decision for myself and my family. I now have more time with my family on nights and weekends. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite past times. My husband and I are constantly busy with our kids sporting events and other family get togethers. It’s been a great few years here and I look forward to many more!

Favorite Movie:Action and Comedy

Favorite band/singer: Classic Rock

Favorite MN restaurant: Willy McCoy's

Favorite MN sports team: Go Vikings!

Off-season hobbies: Spending time with family/friends, beach bumming, crafting and working out at the gym.


Lea Lindhe, Service


Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Coon Rapids MN

Year Signed with Pinnacle: 2017

Scouting Report:I came to Pinnacle Insurance November 2017. Prior to Pinnacle Insurance, I worked retail at Menard’s as a manager. I live in Otsego with my husband, Tom and our son, Hunter. Hunter keeps us busy with Baseball, Basketball and the Rogers Royals fishing team.

Favorite Movie:Hallmark Christmas movies

Favorite band/singer: Country

Favorite MN restaurant: Chipolte

Favorite MN sports team: Vikings

Off-season hobbies: Hanging with family and friends


Jack Hunninghake, Sales


Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Eden Prairie, MN.

Year Signed with Pinnacle: 2019

Scouting Report: I currently attend University of Iowa where I’m double majoring in Human Physiology and Business Management. I jumped at the opportunity to work at Pinnacle Insurance and instantly knew the culture here was special. Being surrounded by such friendly, knowledgeable professionals has taught me so much my first year in the insurance industry. Now being licensed, I am eager to help as many people as I can by giving the best service possible and of course, saving them money. I am excited to continually grow with Pinnacle and add to the amazing culture you won’t find anywhere else.

Favorite Movie: Miracle

Favorite band/singer: Alan Jackson

Favorite MN restaurant: Baker's Ribs

Favorite MN sports team: Vikings & Wild

Off-season hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Pumping Iron


Millie, Office Mascot

Birthplace: Little Falls, MN.

Year signed with Pinnacle: 2018

Scouting Report: Millie is not your average insurance dog, having to wear many hats and having many duties.  Millie helps to greet many of our clients with a wagging tail and smile. She also prides herself in her taste testing abilities and is eager to help our staff finish off any meals or snacks they may be having. She also keeps us on our toes during the day with regular opportunities to throw her ball, go for walks or give her lots of love. Lucky for us Millie loves coming to work every day and keeps the morale on high!

Favorite Movie: Air Bud

Favorite Band/Singer: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite MN. Restaurant: Starbucks Pup-cups

Favorite MN. Sports Team: MN Wild

Off-season Hobbies: Swimming, chasing the frisbee, rollerblading, playing hockey in the winter, naps in the sun, playing with the neighborhood kids and dogs.


Ryan Hansen


Phone: (763) 767-2323

Birthplace: Bismark, ND

Year signed with Pinnacle: 2019

Scouting Report: I am a licensed agent with over 13 years of insurance experience helping customers find solutions to a constantly evolving insurance market. I have a strong passion for helping others fully understand the insurance world and providing transparency in the otherwise murky waters of insurance. Got questions? Give me a call, I likely will have an answer or will work hard to find it! As a lifetime Minnesotan, I LOVE the outdoors! When I’m not in the office, I can be found enjoying one of the 10,000 lakes Minnesota has to offer with my 2 boys, Logan and James and my lovely wife Kelly.

Favorite Movie: The Sandlot (You're Killing Me Smalls!)

Favorite Band/Singer: Zach Brown Band

Favorite MN. Restaurant: Cleveland Wok (St Paul)

Favorite MN. Sports Team: Minnesota Wild

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