Our Team

Our team is a group of very capable, motivated people…

Kim Bennett, Receptionist

I am a native Frankfortian who came back to Frankfort in 1991 and married my high school sweetheart, John. I have 25 years of experience in finance as a small business lender. I am winding down my career serving as the “greeter” and face as you walk into the office, ha!

I’m blessed with a precious grandson, Bennett. I love spending time with my family and am an active member of Buck Run Baptist Church. I love to hike and my husband likes to take me wading Elkhorn Creek because he needs a good luck charm!

Jana Sturm, Receptionist

I’m originally from LaRue County, Kentucky, growing up in the ultra-small town of Buffalo—population 250! Abraham Lincoln was born 5 miles from my house! I graduated from the University of Kentucky.  I met my husband, David while I was traveling on a Caribbean cruise with my Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters!  How crazy is that?! We have been married for over 35 years and have two married children, Amy and Ryan.  We also have some adorable grandchildren! I am very active in my church, where I teach Sunday School and serve on the finance and worship committees. We love to travel but my favorite place to be in home with my family!  We’re big UK fans, but since my nephew is the women’s basketball coach at New Mexico, you’ll hear me yelling ‘Go Lobos’ too!

Amy Bardroff, Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative

In March of 2018 I had the pleasure of joining Sturm Insurance as a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative.  I bring with me 13 years of experience in the insurance industry. I strive to make my customers insurance experience as easy as possible by building a relationship with them, and being able to provide the best coverage and answers for their questions.  I moved to Frankfort in 2011 after I met my husband Jeff and have enjoyed getting to know this wonderful community.  I am a mom to a wonderful step-daughter Whitley and a rambunctious son Connor. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, hiking and of course building forts!

Sherri Smith, Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

I am a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Education. Before coming to Sturm Insurance, I spent many years serving as an English teacher at Franklin County High School before retiring in spring of 2019. While at FCHS, I had many roles, but one of my favorites was coaching the Academic Team! I love trivia and Jeopardy!

I have two lovely daughters, Malory and Peyton, whom I adore, and two spoiled poodles to keep me busy. In my spare time, I also enjoy reading, watching movies and my favorite shows, boating, traveling, and hanging out with my family.

Matt Stiles, Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

I am a 2006 Graduate of Franklin County High School, where I was a four-year member of the football team. I received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in sport management and minoring in business administration. I also received a master’s degree in sport management from Western Kentucky University in 2013. Somewhere along the line, my path diverted from sports and led me to the Kentucky Department of Revenue and eventually to Sturm Insurance Agency. I typically spend my free time watching football, basketball and soccer, hanging out with my three brothers, grilling, and working out/doing Crossfit.

Chris Arnold, Agent

I am a true Frankfortonian, my family has lived and farmed in this county for over 100 years, I am a graduate of Franklin County High School and attended Western Kentucky University and Kentucky State University, with a concentration of studies in Business Management and Economics. I began my insurance career in 1988 in the Kentucky Farm Bureau training program. I enjoy cruising the Kentucky River with my wife, Candi, in our pontoon boat, following University of Kentucky sports and spending time with family and friends, and spoiling our grandchildren as often as possible!

Amy Sturm Chambers, Agent

I was born and raised in Frankfort. I graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a degree in Marketing. Eventually, I moved back to Kentucky and started my career at Sturm Insurance. My husband, Paul, and I have two sassy and spunky daughters, Hailey and Reese. Frankfort has blessed my family with so much; a career, a home, a family, and friendships. You can catch me reading a new thriller book, whiffing a ball or two on the golf course, playing fetch with our dogs, Miller and Ash, and of course, cheering on my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide Football team! I am a licensed Realtor with Keys to Kentucky Realty and also serve on the Friends of Paul Sawyier Library Board, am a C.O.C.O sponsor, and am the PTA Secretary at Hearn Elementary.

Andy Dages, Agent

I’m born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from Bishop David HS (now Holy Cross), and attended both Murray State and the University of Louisville. My bride of nearly 40 years graduated from UK, as did our two children. We’re proud of our kids and their spouses. AND – we became grandparents (I’m “Pops”) in 2019! I began my insurance career in 1980, and have enjoyed helping others with their insurance questions and needs. I have several industry designations and continue my education every year. I met David Sturm as we were the first agents in Aetna’s program way back in 1984. I enjoy volunteering – have done so for Special Olympics, St. Vincent DePaul, church programs, and Norton’s Bike to Beat Cancer – Pit Stop 3 captain 10 years and rolling! I love family time – hiking, walking, lasso’ing trees, yard work and gardening. The grandparent thing is exciting! I still believe my ‘dad’ jokes are funny.

Julie Peterson, Agent

I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2003 with a degree in Agricultural Communications. I received my insurance license and worked as a customer service representative at a large insurance agency in Lexington while attending UK. After graduation, I joined Sturm Insurance, working in personal and commercial lines customer service for five years. In 2008, I moved back to my hometown of Somerset in Pulaski County, Kentucky and began selling and servicing for Sturm in that area.

In 2002, I married Michael. We have three children: Madeline (11), Claire Beth (9) and Brooks (1). When I am not working, all of my time is spent with my family, running my daughters to their various activities and traveling as much as time will allow. My family is also deeply invested in a local backpack ministry, Project 58:10, which feeds approximately 800 kids weekly. We are part of one of five local churches that pick up groceries and pack bags of food every week for delivery to every public school in our county, to ensure that insecure children have food over the weekend.

You can contact me at (606)425-2699 or jpeterson.sturm01@insuremail.net.

Rick Preston, Agent

I was born and raised in Monticello, Kentucky and graduated from Monticello High School. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs. I’ve had the privilege of serving as an officer and member of boards such as YUMC, Red Cross and the Frankfort Area Children’s Council. My hobbies include racquetball, golf and about anything else my body will allow. My passion is training service and shelter dogs. I’m hoping my next endeavor will be working in collaboration with the prison system assisting inmates with training service and/or shelter dogs.

Ryan Sturm, Agent/Chief Financial Officer

Born and raised in Frankfort, where I am a proud Hearn Elementary alumni, Elkhorn Middle School alumni, and Franklin County High School alumni. I ventured out of Frankfort for four years to nearby Transylvania University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in May of 2016. My insurance career began a short five days later and I firmly feel that this is where the Lord has called me. It’s a joy to serve my clients and I’m looking forward to many more years of service!

More personally, my wife, Ramsy, and I got married in 2016 and we now have two boys and one girl (on the way!) with a very large Sheepadoodle, who keeps everyone in line. I’m an active member at Buck Run Baptist Church where I serve as a deacon, community group host and facilitator, finance team member, and high school boys discipleship group leader. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and kids, working out in my garage (notoriously known as #TheBeefCave), a hot cup of coffee in the morning on my front porch, a well-manicured lawn, a cold craft soda, and a good rotisserie chicken.

David Sturm, Agent/President

I have lived in Frankfort since I was about 5 years old. I am a graduate of Franklin County High School, and hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, specifically in Jazz Performance. Right after college, I traveled a short time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, then played trumpet in orchestras with several cruise lines in Hawaii and the Caribbean. On my last ship, the Carnival Mardis Gras, I met Jana, who has been my wife for nearly 30 years. She made me get a real job, so that is why I am here!

My father, Jim Sturm, was a district manager for Metropolitan Life in Nashville, New York, Memphis and New Orleans before being assigned to Frankfort. In the early 70s, dad left MetLife to start an independent life insurance agency. He had just ventured into property & casualty insurance when I was in need of a new career. I gladly accepted the task and went through a two year training program with Aetna. Thirty-two short years later I am still here!

Over the years I have been on boards of a number of non-profits, and have held similar positions at our church. I am an avid racquetball player and golfer. I’m better at racquetball than golf, though. Jana & I love to travel, which usually is to a place with an ocean nearby so that I can scuba dive and/or snorkel. If I could do anything other than what I am doing now, it would involve diving or oceanography. To me, there’s nothing more majestic than a beautiful coral reef teeming with turtles, rays, fish and beautifully colored corals. I’m a fan of Indiana AND Kentucky basketball and football, and thanks to my daughter Amy have become a big Crimson Tide fan as well.