Probably The Greatest Insurance Agency Ever!

What makes us “Probably the Greatest Insurance Agency Ever?”  We have something no other agency has…our people and our clients.

We specialize in one thing…
Delivering a world class customer experience!

Mike RydellCo-Owner

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Mike Rydell

Co-Owner

A few words to describe the man behind the name: small business owner, serial entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, endurance sports junkie. Mike lives and breathes his businesses every minute of every day. Prioritizing the short term and long term goals of his businesses is in the forefront of his mind at all times.

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.

Di Rydell

Co-Owners

Di took a leap of faith and joined the McMeel family agency to work alongside her husband and father-in-law in January of 2009. Shortly after joining the team, Di received her Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation. From then on, she’s been our designated insurance guru!

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!

Frankie Palmisano

Marketing Specialist

Frankie graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in digital marketing analytics in December of 2020, and joined the McMeel Insurance team this past May. Frankie works closely with our technology guru Mike to deliver regularly scheduled content for you to enjoy every single week. ⁣⁣
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Originally an east coast native, Frankie spent her upbringing in Hoboken, New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Born into a family of small business owners, Frankie knew when she started applying for jobs after college that she wanted to work for a company that gave her the same “hometown hospitality” feel that she grew up surrounded by. Shortly after her job search began, she found McMeel Insurance. The rest is history!⁣⁣
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Frankie takes the saying “you can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take Jersey out of the girl” to the next level in her newly adapted west coast lifestyle. Moving far away from home has its challenges, but it’s nothing a family recipe can’t fix. Recreating these traditional Italian memories in the kitchen has become one of her favorite pastimes, even if they might not taste as good as when her Dad makes them.
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On the weekends you can find her dancing with her girlfriend and friends at different music venues around Phoenix, as well as discovering new music to jam out to when she works. She also has three crazy fur babies to keep her on her toes! At just 23 years old, Frankie has traveled all over South America and Europe, and hopes to explore even further out into the world soon. ⁣

Sharon Savage

Licensed Agent

Sharon is from the Mainline in Pennsylvania, and is currently living it up in the beautiful state of California! Sharon has two children, one in medical school and the other retired military. She also has a grandson to keep her on her toes, she calls him her little butterfly.

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
79
Generations In Business
4

Our Story

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. 

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