Leadership

Dana Sommers

Dana Sommers

Chairman of the Board

Dana Sommers

Chairman of the Board

Dana’s focus in life is his family, which is evident from his career span at TGG Solutions. He joined Grotenhuis in 1979, and he is the son-in-law of its founder, Frank Grotenhuis. In his 37 years with the company, Dana has played several roles—from an actual producing agent of the original firm, to serving as CEO between 1983 and 2007, on to his current position as Chairman. Dana was integral in supporting Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan (BCBSM) in 1983—when competitors began to lobby against the carrier for its decision to open its product to the independent agent network. Since then, Dana’s active and purposeful involvement in many local and statewide businesses and political organizations, as well as his reputation as a community leader, has benefitted BCBSM and its representation in the market. What most excites Dana about TGG Solutions is the associates' willingness to adapt core competencies to expand market opportunities—he believes it’s in our company’s DNA—a service business is only as good as the people who have chosen to serve in that organization, and we have assembled a great team!

Dean Ferris

Dean Ferris

Chief Executive Officer

Dean Ferris

Chief Executive Officer

Dean feels most relaxed when he’s out hunting or spending time with his family at their Northern Michigan cottage. He enjoys giving back to the community, and he is on the board of several non-profit organizations. Dean joined the company in 2005 as the Chief Marketing Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He is responsible for the company’s over-all organizational performance. Prior to joining TGG Solutions, Dean had extensive corporate and small business work experience in the office furniture industry, which included the role of General Manager. What excites Dean most about TGG Solutions is that the company has always been focused on providing exceptional business solutions, and now it is a part of our name!

Brian Peneycad

Brian Peneycad

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Peneycad

Chief Financial Officer

With Canadian roots, it’s no surprise that Brian is a fan of all sports—especially hockey. If he’s not at work, he is likely to be found at a sporting event or watching a game on TV. Brian has a financial background in management and nonprofit organizations. He is a licensed CPA with over 30 years of accounting experience. Brian believes in a committed staff working together to achieve organizational goals, and he is most excited about transferring the legacy of Grotenhuis to the new TGG Solutions brand.

Keith Huckaby

Keith Huckaby

Chief Strategy Officer

Keith Huckaby

Chief Strategy Officer

Keith likes to keep himself busy by going on family adventures with his two young daughters, Evelyn and Margot. Keith started out his career in the hospitality industry where he has experience in every aspect from park operations and employee retention at Disney to owning franchised restaurants. Keith is excited  for the future of TGG Solutions because the brand represents the people. TGG Solutions has worked hard to put together teams to execute its vision and mission; it’s exciting when people develop to reach new heights to best serve our customers.

Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson

Executive Vice President of IT and Security

Mark Davidson

Executive Vice President of IT and Security

Mark enjoys being outdoors and is not put-off by a little bit of snow. During summer, he and his family enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing and spending time at Lake Michigan. When the snow starts to fall, you can find him out on the snowmobile trails. Mark has always focused on the software and development part of IT, but his variety of work experience and ability to dig in and find a solution, makes him a great fit at TGG Solutions. Mark started as the Systems Application Administrator in 2005 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of IT & Security in 2017. Mark is most excited about what TGG Solutions can bring to our associates and our clients by providing people the opportunity to grow and invest resources in the company’s future.

Michelle Beebe

Michelle Beebe

Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service

Michelle Beebe

Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service

For the last 12 years, Michelle has been active in serving her community as a 4-H leader. An avid reader, Michelle loves all books. Her favorite genres of books include sci-fi, romance and mystery. Michelle has had many years of experience within the insurance industry. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations & Customer Service here at TGG Solutions. Michelle is excited to leverage our current talent and expertise to contribute to the growth and diversification of TGG Solutions to provide better service to our existing clients and to reach new clients.

Valerie Cramer

Valerie Cramer

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Valerie Cramer

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Valerie doesn’t really understand the term “slow down.” Whether it’s camping, spending time with her grandbabies, or singing in the church choir, she likes to keep herself busy. The same goes for her career at TGG Solutions. Valerie joined us in May 2012. As Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, she is responsible for building and maintaining key client relationships with agents, associations and carrier partners, as well as developing new product and service opportunities. Valerie began her career in the health insurance industry nearly 20 years ago. Valerie’s years of experience has helped her to understand and serve the needs of all stakeholders. Valerie received the Golden Eagle Award from the National Association of Health Underwriters, which is the highest recognition given to an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in the sale of health and disability income insurance. Valerie is excited about TGG Solutions because it is an opportunity to better communicate the services we’ve always provided, and the new solutions that have been developed.