Celebrating 30 Years


In 1987 Mark Schadow took a leap of faith and began Ameristar. With a wife and two young children at home, Mark decided to take his 16 years of Insurance experience and go out on his own. He had previously worked at Schadow Agency. In Ameristar’s first year, they were located in Minnetonka, had two employees, wrote with 8 insurance companies and had 50 customers. Fast forward to today, Ameristar is located in Wayzata, has 11 employees, writes with 30 companies and has 1,500 customers. In 2016, Mark’s two not-so-young children, Matt & Michele, took over ownership of Ameristar. Although there have been changes with locations, technology, insurance companies and even ownership, Ameristar still has two employees that have been with us for all 30 years, Mark and Jen. They are not our only dedicated tenure employees, though. Tom has been an Agent with Ameristar for 27 of the last 30 years. And Cookie, Mark’s wife, recently retired from Ameristar in 2016. She had taken care of the accounting for a majority of our 30 years. Ameristar was founded on the belief that the most important part of our business was our customer. Today, 30 years later, that is still our core value.