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About The Hawk - Located in Peoria IL

The Hawk: Industry Innovation and Service that Soars.

The Hawk’s team of problem-solving insurance industry experts has the knowledge to proactively quantify and manage risk. Because risk management is a journey, we keep a sharp eye on emerging trends and how they impact needs to deliver the best in added value to our clients. An innovative comprehensive quality management system and national training designations support our industry capabilities, and constant improvement of our Total Quality Organization allows us to continually mitigate risk from discovery to implementation.


Our complete transparency of costs also makes The Hawk a next-level organization within the insurance industry. We pride ourselves on enhancing value for our clients, including custom on-site training in our state-of-the-art conference center. Our nontraditional, high-value approach includes outthinking and outworking our competitors and avoiding industry shortcuts. The Hawk will consistently soar above and beyond our competition and our clients’ expectations.



Tom Fliege

Tom FliegeA 1977 graduate of Valparaiso University, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a specialization in marketing. Becoming a fully licensed insurance professional in 1980, Tom has also earned professional insurance designations as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor (CWCA).


Tom began his insurance career as a personal lines agent for one of the largest insurance carriers in the United States. Within 3 years he was promoted to District Manager and spent the next 7 years in that capacity. Joining Hawk Agency in 1990, Tom became President and COO in 2001, and purchased Hawk Agency in 2003, where he continues as CEO today.


Tom serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Quest Charter School in Peoria. He is a Past Chairman of and serves on the Board of Directors of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also active as a member of the CEO Council which is part of the Greater Peoria Business Alliance.


Tom is a private pilot, with instrument and multi-engine ratings, and also enjoys fishing, woodworking, and trap shooting. Tom and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Fliege, make their home in Peoria, IL, and have 2 adult children, Abigail and Andrew.



Lori Jones

Lori Jones

Lori Jones began her career at Hawk Agency, Inc. in 1985 as a Commercial Customer Service Representative. Since then, Lori has served as Manager of Commercial Customer Service, Marketing Manager, Commercial Producer and Valued Added Service Coordinator. Effective March 1, 2009, Lori was named Vice President of Operations for Hawk Agency, Inc.


Lori has had her Property and Casualty Insurance licenses since 1987, later receiving her Life and Health Insurance licenses in 1993. She was awarded the Certified Professional Service Representative designation in 1990 from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. In 2003 Lori was designated a Certified Worker’s Compensation Advisor from the Institute of Worker’s Compensation Professionals.


Lori attended Illinois Central College, majoring in computer programming and accounting. Lori graduated with her General Applied Science Associates Degree in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and participates in Tae Kwon Do.




Judy Pickens

Judy PickensJudy has been in the insurance business since 1980. She specializes in Group Medical, Dental, Long Term Disability, Individual Health and Long Term Care coverages. Prior to joining the Hawk Team in 1990, Judy did underwriting and consulting work for both a national insurance company and Third Party Administrator.


In addition to her experience in Managed Care, Provider Negotiations and Self Administered Arrangements, Judy has developed group insurance products for the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce members and other Associations.


Judy attended Illinois State University with a major in speech communications. She has served as a member of the Peoria Association of Insurance Women, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Association of Independent Insurance Agents, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Professionals and National Association of Health Underwriters.


She is a graduate and member of the Sitkins 100™, an organization consisting of 100 top-level agencies in the United States focused on sharing their skills and knowledge of insurance and risk management in order to bring the most current and cost effective products and services to their clients.   In 2004, her Sitkin’s partners voted her the recipient of the Dan Lowell Memorial Award for understanding and embracing the unique sales process of delivering quality service beyond the product and price expectations of her clients.



Tim Kirkham

Tim KirkhamTim joined the Hawk Agency, Inc. in July 2003. He has been in the insurance business for over 9 years, most recently as the Regional Vice President of Sales for Cannon Cochran Management Services in Danville, IL. Tim has worked in the traditional insurance market and has experience in a wide range of alternative forms of risk retention insurance products.


Tim has served on the board of the Self-Insurance of Illinois Association. (SIIA)   He served as a member of the Champaign County Board in Illinois. Tim is currently a substitute of the radio show “On the Money”. This is a talk radio show in which callers seek advice on various financial and insurance topics.


Tim is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Tim has received additional leadership training as an Officer Candidate in the United States Marine Corps. Tim lives with his wife, Cherie and their five children, Timmy, Johnny, Kellie, Caroline, and Christy in Champaign Illinois.




Tammy Thomas

Tammy ThomasTammy joined Hawk Agency in 2004 in the personal lines department. Her upbeat personality and people skills, combined with excellence in the area of detailed follow through, served her clients well.


Tammy moved into the position of Commercial Lines Risk Manager in 2008 where continues to provide her commercial clients with outstanding service and risk management.









Alan Gordon

Alan GordonAlan began his Financial Services career in 1991, after relocating to Peoria from Texas, where he was the owner/manager of his own retail business. In Peoria, he joined a nationally known financial services company and was recognized with a number of local and national awards, including the National Quality Award, Fast Start Award, Master Agent Growth Award, and two Challenger of the Year (Outstanding Young Agent) Awards.


In 1998, Alan was asked to join the Hawk Agency to provide expertise in estate strategies; business succession and continuation; retirement plan consultations for businesses and individuals; life insurance needs analyses; and investment sales. Alan helps clients with customized financial solutions based on their unique goals.


Alan’s practice is governed by the Code of Ethics of the NAIFA, which in part states, “I believe it to be my responsibility to fulfill the needs of my clients to the best of my ability.”


As a member of the Siktins 100™, our focus is providing companies with a strategy that meets corporate goals, results in employee satisfaction, and aids retention and recruitment, as well as structuring benefits programs to operate more efficiently and ease administrative burdens.


Alan lives in Peoria with his spouse, Beth Weinberg-Gordon and their daughter, Shayna Weinberg-Gordon is an attorney in New York City.


Securities are offered through Midwestern Securities Trading Company, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC.


Hawk Agency, Inc. and Midwestern Securities Trading Company, LLC are not affiliated.



Pam Casper

Pam Casper

Pam joined the Hawk Agency in November of 2002. Pam has remained a constant in the commercial lines. Pam became Senior Account Manager in 2010 with a lot of hard work and dedication. Pam’s mentality is client-focused. She always puts the client first. Pam is especially detail oriented and organized. Pam is licensed in all four lines of insurance: Property & Casualty and Life & Health. Her designations include CISR and CWCS. Pam truly believes that, “Nobody watches out for you like THE HAWK!”


Pam graduated from Bradley University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree where she played softball.








Aimee Arnold

Aimee Arnold

Aimee has been in the insurance industry since 2003. Aimee joined the Hawk Agency in August 2006 as a personal lines account manager. In April of 2014, Aimee was named the Department Manager of the Personal Lines and Select Commercial Departments.


She has her Life, Health, Property & Casualty licenses. Aimee has earned a professional designation as a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).


Aimee and her husband Michael reside in Bartonville and have 5 children at home. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and riding with her husband on the motorcycle.






Cathy Bayless

Cathy BaylessWith almost twenty years experience in the physician office and medical provider industry, Cathy brings expertise in claim handling, billing, medical coding and knowledge of benefit plans.


Her professional demeanor and positive attitude bring to the organization the quality customer service and support that our clients have continually experienced while being partners with the Hawk Agency.









Sandy French

Sandy FrenchSandy has not yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. For now, she is content as the first voice you hear at The Hawk Agency. Sandy has her B.S. in Education from Illinois State University. Her goal in life is to try to make things easier for all of those she meets. We always have a great day at Hawk and she thanks you for calling and keeping her gainfully employed.











Kari Gardner

Kari Gardner

Kari joined the Hawk Agency in May 2011. Kari started out in personal lines before transferring to commercial lines. Kari's upbeat personality and people skills combined with the desire to exceed, serves our clients well. Her patience and ability to teach others makes her an exceptional asset to the agency. Kari is licensed in all four lines of insurance.











Abbey Fliege

Abbey Fliege

Abbey graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2006. She went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve in 2008. She worked in the field of child and adolescent mental health before joining the Hawk family in October of 2011. Abbey is licensed in Property & Casualty. She is currently the Assistant Account Manager for the commercial lines.










Justine Donald

Justine DonaldJustine joined the Hawk Agency, Inc. in March of 2014. She is currently an Account Manager for the Personal Lines and Select Commercial Department.

She brings twenty one years of insurance experience. Utilizing her extensive experience and knowledge of the insurance industry, she is better equipped to service all your insurance needs. She has her Property and Casualty License. Justine has also obtained her Customer Insurance Service Representative Designation (CISR). Justine brings her positive and willing to assist customers and focus on their needs. Her goal for the agency is to build long lasting relationships with the customers.


Justine grew up in Washington Illinois and is married and lives in East Peoria with her two children and her four dogs.






Sarah Bigger

Sarah BiggerSarah joined the Hawk Agency in March 2014. She began her career in Human Resources and Benefits in 2003. She added to her Benefits expertise while working for a local Third Party Administrator and Insurance Carrier as a Client Consultant. Sarah gained expertise in Fully Insured, Self Funded, MEWA and Taft Harltley Health plans. She also gained training in writing health plan documents, claims payment procedures, billing and medical coding.


Sarah has a strong client and customer service focus. She is licensed in Life and Health. In addition, Sarah has received education and training in Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Sarah graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys knitting, singing, playing piano and flute. She has been a member of the Morton Civic Chorus for many years and is an active member of Woodland Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Marquette Heights, where her husband is Pastor.


Sarah lives in Peoria with her husband, Christopher; her son, Duncan and her daughter, Olivia.


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