Van Grinsven’s Thrivent office growing
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Barb Van Grinsven (front, left) is joined in her Thrivent Financial office in Chilton by insurance associate Kate Suttner (front, right); and office professionals (back, from left) Ashley Lisch and Wendy Sell.

With the success of Barb Van Grinsven’s financial advising and the sound performance of Thrivent Financial, she has expanded her business to accommodate her client’s needs.

Van Grinsven, a Chilton-based financial associate, was recently honored by Thrivent Financial for her commitment in 2012 to helping current and new members be wise with money and prepare for their financial future.

Van Grinsven led Thrivent Financial’s Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Regional Financial Office (RFO) in the number of new members. This is the third year in a row of leading the region in attracting new members.

Van Grinsven’s success also was reflected in her 2012 sales. She was the top female financial representative in the nation for life, health and annuity sales. Additionally, she was second in the region for overall sales and was 29th overall out of 2,390 representatives (male and female) in the nation.

“I love my career,” she said. “I’m honored to help people learn how to be wise with their money, and as I continue to assist them with their financial decisions, they introduce me to their friends and family, which allows me to help more people have the financial future they envision.

“It’s a relationship business,” Van Grinsven added. “I don’t sell products, I build relationships through trust, financial advising and planning. Financial planning encompasses people of all ages; the earlier I can offer financial advice, the better. Many clients come in to talk about college planning and ensuring their savings and assets are working with them and not against them.”

To continue to offer a high level of service to Thrivent Financial members, Van Grinsven has made some changes to her office staff. Kate Suttner, a licensed insurance associate, joined Van Grinsven’s team in April 2012. Suttner focuses on personal and group health insurance, Medicare supplement, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance, and disability income insurance. “Kate’s 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry provides the expertise that our clients need,” Van Grisnven said.

Healthcare changes ahead

Suttner said, “Healthcare reform has been evolving and our biggest changes are to come in January 2014 with the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. We all will be affected with upcoming private and government run exchanges.” Kate pointed out an estimated 30 million additional people will be signing up for health insurance. Stay tuned for health reform seminars in late summer for anyone interested in understanding enrollment and how the new healthcare reform will affect them.

In addition, Ashley Lisch, office professional, has taken on additional responsibilities within the team, and Wendy Sell has joined the team as an office professional.

Van Grinsven said, “Spending quality time with individuals and families to prepare a solid strategy to help meet their

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