service with a smile

Meet the team

NIS has a professional staff which continues to grow in lock step with it’s premium sales. In addition to the Agency Director, NIS has six producers, two account managers and two customer service representatives.

NIS shares a full-time marketing team with CNS and has benefited from strong targeted lead sourcing and branding. Our team is focused on providing customer service that is one step ahead of our competitors.

It takes a team

Management Team

John irwin

Founder and CEO

Professional Overview

As the Founder and CEO of Northern Insurance Specialists, John is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of NIS and all associated companies, including Compliance Navigation Specialists (CNS), CNS Driver Training Center and CNS Occupational Health.

Ron Haws

Agency Director

Professional Overview

As the Agency Director, Ron is dedicated to risk mitigation and the safety education of truckers across the country. Ron is a life-long learner and loves the insurance industry and its associated complexities. His passion is to help truckers save money and protect themselves financially, while providing top notch customer service.

Melissa Irwin

Chief Administrative Officer

Professional Overview

As Chief Administrative Officer for CNS Companies, Melissa serves as leader in human resources with a focus on attracting the best candidates to all of our teams. She seeks to build a team within a positive corporate culture while helping employees from all departments reach their full professional and personal potential.

Jared Kline

Client Services Executive

Professional Overview

Jared wears many hats between CNS and NIS. He is an expert in FMCSA regulations and safety and compliance issues within the transportation industry but is also a licensed insurance producer who can help companies make the right moves for their business.

Chris Kiehl

Vice President of Business Development

Professional Overview

Chris leads the Sales and Marketing teams and has been a key driver in the direction and success of CNS, NIS and all other associated companies. He is the chief problem solver and excels at galvanizing the teams with a pragmatic approach. Chris is always on hand to assist other NIS members.

The Team

Kiel Kilby

Account Executive

Professional Overview

Kiel is our senior producer at NIS. Kiel has been with NIS since the beginning and has an expertise across a broad range of risk classes. Kiel is friendly and easy going and has a unique ability to quickly gain the confidence of prospective clients.

Holly Turner

Account Executive

Professional Overview

Holly is committed to providing the best service to each and every client, no matter how large or small of a trucking company you are. She is fully equipped to answer any and all questions you throw her way.

Zachary Wagner

Account Executive

Professional Overview

Zach is dedicated to serving all of his clients to the best of his ability. He will always shop his clients to maintain the lowest possible premiums with the best coverage.

Logan Hickey

Account Manager

Professional Overview

Logan is our Account Manager so there is a good chance that you will be speaking with him to discuss any policy changes or issues. He is professional, knowledgeable and fully capable of answering any questions you have.

Michelle Abrew

Customer Service Representative

Professional Overview

Michelle is our Customer Service Representative, so you may be speaking with her when our Account Managers are unavailable. She is very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have reagrding your policy.

Customer Service

We pride ourselves on being rated #1 for customer service.


We value positive, lasting relationships with our team and our clients.

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Communications is key and our agents are always just a phone call away.


As a client focused agency, we are available, proactive, urgent and accurate.

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Commercial Trucking Insurance

Northern Insurance Specialists is solely focused on commercial trucking insurance and the growth and development of trucking companies, just like yours.

Insurance Coverages

It is important to keep in mind your legal requirements. Commercial trucking insurance is mandatory in all 50 states, and not having proper trucking insurance could result in very expensive fines or even worse, your license.

Let us make sure that you have enough liability coverage for your vehicle.