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Mike embodies the title “serial entrepreneur”, always looking for an opportunity to take an idea from thought to action to a viable business model. While not every one of his entrepreneurial endeavors has been successful, each of them has taught him a valuable lesson that he continues to apply to current and future business ventures.
Going from being a consumer of technology to a developer of emerging technology trends, Mike has learned a lot about what works for his business and what doesn’t. In his own unique way, Mike developed a Salesforce platform that proved success and allowed his 40+ year old agency to run in the most modern way possible. Crushing goals left and right, Mike was able to grow his business from local to regional, and now on a national basis. Pushing the limits of his abilities and becoming a Full Stack Web developer, Mike thrives on finding new technologies that small businesses can leverage to not only grow, but vastly improve their quality of work/life balance.
As an endurance sports junkie, Mike learned that anything is possible. He went from a “there is no way I can do that” type of guy, to finishing his 14th Ironman triathlon on Ali’i drive at the Ironman World Championships. He has learned a great deal about self doubt, perseverance, and above all: believing in himself. These lessons attained during his ongoing endurance sports career have shaped him into the wonderful business owner, husband, and father he is today.
Being a co-owner of the company, Di loves the flexibility and challenges that come along with owning a small business. Carrying on the McMeel Insurance Agency values of service and client friendships is something Di holds near and dear to her heart.
When Di isn't busy slaying the insurance game, you can find her reading a good book, cheering her children on at their sports competitions, or traveling anywhere she can go with her family.
A random fact about Di: her mom was a huge Princess Diana fan...hence the name!
With a degree in accounting, Sharon has been in the insurance industry for a whoppin’ 24 years! As a fully licensed agent, she helps our agency in both producer and customer service roles in addition to being the agency flood insurance guru. Sharon joined the McMeel team in September of 2019 and has been crushing her insurance goals alongside Mike and Di ever since!
During her down time, you can find Sharon working hard to solve a cryptogram, escape room, or any other type of puzzle you throw her way. She also cherishes her family time a lot, spending most of her time off with her children and grandson.
In Business Since
Generations In Business
What once began as a career in insurance for a large central Montana insurance agency has become an entrepreneurial endeavor that has spanned four generations.
Leo McMeel Sr. started an insurance brokerage in the 1930’s called The Rocky Mountain Fire Insurance Company which serviced Montana farmers and ranchers. His son Leo Jr. joined him in the late 1940’s until his father’s passing in the early 1950’s. Leo Jr. then joined up with a large agency to continue his dad’s legacy of servicing Montana’s agriculture community. In 1979 Leo dedicated to part ways with the large agency and start a new independent insurance agency with his son-in-law Reed Rydell.
Reed worked in the agency for over 30 years until his son, Mike Rydell, and daughter-in-law, Di Rydell, purchased the agency in 2009. Mike & Di continue to run the agency and expand their reach. From very humble beginnings they continue on the family’s legacy of providing customers with exceptional service.
What they've said about us
Don't just take our word for it. Our customers are our greatest advocates.
“I do want to express my thanks to your team for being very helpful and accommodating as I got my proverbial ducks in a row for the new policy. Di was great to work with. I very much appreciate the customer service provided by a smaller company compared to feeling like just one of many numbers in the queue when sometimes working through a larger company. Thank you for all that you and your team do to provide just that!”CarlyWashington
“I appreciate the professional service we have received since we have been doing business with you.”BillMontana
“The “Thanks” goes to you and your firm for taking the time and effort to make sure that all of the t’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted. Again, thank you very much for all of your help.”ErnestineKansas
“Thanks so much for your excellent service!”LarryArizona