Joel Karsten
Executive Vice President - Secretary

Joel Karsten started his professional insurance career with a national direct writer insurance company, immediately after graduating from college.  During his first year, he spent five days a week learning insurance products and coverage and developing his small business knowledge, before ever soliciting his first client.  In 2003, Joel joined the Crane Agency after identifying it as the best agency to meet the needs of his clients and provide them with the most risk management services for their businesses. In 2011, Joel was voted a shareholder by the owners of the privately-held Crane Agency.  He has served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and currently holds the position of Secretary on the Executive Board.  As such, he is responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with our insurance carrier partners.  Joel is actively involved in the day-to-day operations and planning for the next 130 years of success at the Crane Agency, which currently employs 250+ employees. 

As an insurance broker and small business owner himself, one of Joel’s greatest passions is getting to see firsthand how his clients earn $1 in their respected businesses. He understands that it is our job to develop risk management programs to protect our clients’ hard-earned dollars. Joel enjoys working side-by-side with some of the brightest small business owners this great country has to offer. He is proud of the fact that his clients are not only valued business partners, but many are trusted lifelong friends.

Joel’s personal interests include spending time with family, fitness, basketball, golf and anything outdoors.  Joel played college basketball for the University of Central Missouri and was the President of the Missouri Athletic Club in 2013. 

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