Meet your Empire Team - Dedicated to always work hard for you!
Joe Scaramell - Senior Client Director; Advisor
Joe Scaramell is a Senior Client Director who has been licensed since 1989 in Property/Casualty/Life & Health. His vast knowledge in the industry brings a great value to Empire as he protects families and businesses alike. He has been providing his clients with sound advice for their homes, vehicles, farms and businesses in order to maximize protection for their estates. He works hard in any claims situation to ensure his client's are being taken care to obtain the resolution that they deserve. He is a member of the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce & Minnesota Independent Agents and Brokers (MIIAB.)
Joe grew up in Long Island, New York and owned and operated his insurance business in the “Hamptons” protecting high net worth clients and estates, before moving and continuing his business in Minnesota. He brings strong family values and a history of success and tenacity he learned from wrestling on national/international levels.
Joe is also an accomplished professional archer interacting with many farm/ranch owners and outdoors men & women across the country. Helping insureds to discover gaps in their planning and/or providing greater protection for their estates.
Nicole Vodicka - Personal Client Director; Advisor
Nicole is a licensed agent in Minnesota who has an extensive background in customer service since 2013. Nicole grew up among a family insurance business & has been accomplished in prior corporate ventures in customer service. She realized her passion for insurance in protecting many families by having a more direct relationship with her clients and knowing their coverage needs. With her extensive customer service background, she is able to seamlessly handle any question you may have on a new or current policy with Empire to make sure your coverage is dependable!
Nicole is a member of the North Branch Beautification Association, a nonprofit of the local community. She is also a member of the North Branch Chamber of Commerce.
Her hobbies include spending time with her family & friends, softball, fishing, jet skiing and traveling when she can.
Laura Scaramell - Life & Annuities Client Advisor
Laura has over twenty years of experience in the insurance industry and works with Empire through her business "Empire Financial Solutions" to ensure adequate coverage in the following areas. She specializes in Life Insurance, Annuities & Long-Term Care policies for individuals & businesses alike. She is also licensed to assist with Health Insurance, Accident or Disability policies. Currently, she is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors & the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. Laura is also proud to serve as Vice President & Founder of the North Branch Beautification Association, a non-profit organization. Laura is a member of the North Branch Chapter of BNI (Business Networking International) as well.
Laura and her husband Joe are residents of North Branch and are involved in many community events. When she is not helping her clients, she is gardening, reading, hiking, canoeing and spending time with her family and two labs Ruby and Riley.
Angela Knutson - Commercial Client Director
Angela is a licensed agent in Minnesota who has an extensive background in Commercial Lines insurance products. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to Florida and started her career there in 1999. Now again a Minnesota resident, she assists Empire's commercial clientele to find a competitive, coverage rich policy to fit their needs. Angie can help with policy changes, new or renewal policy questions and certificates of insurance.
Christine Larson - CEO-President
Christine is a licensed insurance agent in Minnesota since 2005 and is also licensed to sell insurance in Wisconsin & North Dakota. She focuses on Commercial Insurance services along with Personal Lines. Christine has been awarded by the Minnesota Independent Insurance & Brokers Association (MIIAB) as the 2014 Young Agent of the Year. She also has earned Agency of the Year, Partner Agent of the Year & Agent of the Year within the Atlas Insurance Brokers Group.
"When I meet with my clients, I perform an entire insurance review. I want my clients to feel confident when leaving my agency that they are not only satisfied with the service & pricing that they received, but that their coverage is superior."
Christine also serves as President of the North Branch Chapter of BNI (Business Networking International) and has served as the Past President of the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. She also proudly serves as President & Co-Founder of her Non-Profit North Branch Beautification Association where they work to enhance and improve the community of North Branch.
Christine and her family have been residents in the Chisago County area for over fifteen years & are involved in many community events. She enjoys spending time with family, archery, hunting, fishing, travel, volunteering & softball.
Amanda Thompson - Client Account Executive
Amanda is a licensed Account Executive that specializes in billing & client care. She has earned her Minnesota Property and Casualty license in 2015 and prides herself on prompt service with any policy change or question you may have. With over fifteen years of customer service experience, Amanda is happy to help ensure your experience with Empire is seamless & efficient.
Amanda and her family are long-time residents of the Chisago County area.
She enjoys disc golfing, fishing and appreciating Mother Nature.