Meet Our Team

Shaun Irwin

Shaun Irwin

President

Shaun is the President and Founder of Minnesota Comp Advisor. A nationally recognized author, speaker, consultant, and advocate, Shaun actively participates in and supports a variety of community and civic organizations. A 3-time National Marketer of the Year, Shaun continues to actively seek to grow the organization on his guiding principle of saving lives. Shaun lives near Minneapolis with his wife, Cindy and two children, Patrick and Colleen.

Mark Kraemer CIC, CWCA, CSRM

Mark Kraemer CIC, CWCA, CSRM

Certified Work Comp Advisor

Mark is one of Minnesota’s first Certified Work Comp Advisors and is a member of the first agency advisor council for one of the largest self-insured funds in the state. A long-time speaker and educator on workers compensation, Mark works diligently with the Minnesota Comp Advisor team to control and minimize the impact of claims, drive down experience mods, and save money on premiums. A Falcon Heights native, Mark lives in the northeast suburbs of St. Paul with his wife and two boys.

Mary Wells

Mary Wells

Director of Risk Management

Mary has over 25 years of risk management leadership and experience from the perspective of the insurance company, employer, and agency sides. A well-known expert in risk management and workers compensation, Mary works with employers in their efforts to control the cost of risk by identifying, preventing, and mitigating risk and developing effective claim management and cost containment programs. Mary lives near Minneapolis with her rescue dog, Beau (pictured).

Shelly Linsday, SPHR

Shelly Linsday, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Shelly has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, with expertise in safety and work comp, employment law, creating “employer of choice” environments, employee relations, and much more. Shelly knows that workers compensation and human resources go hand in hand and can provide expert resources to manage both. She assists clients with developing/updating handbooks and policies, provides HR training to supervisors and other employees, provides tenured advice on managing employee issues, and assists with workers compensation questions. A Michigan State graduate and avid Spartan football fan, Shelly lives in the western suburbs with her husband.

Brian Plautz, ARM,AIC,SCLA

Brian Plautz, ARM,AIC,SCLA

Loss Control and Fraud Prevention Director

With 20+ years’ experience in claims investigation and loss mitigation, Brian has spent most of his career in the commercial insurance industry, rooting out workers compensation fraud, and working with clients to develop loss control and prevention solutions. Brian lives in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Gary Gnirk

Gary Gnirk

Sales Associate

Gary Gnirk is focused on saving lives through clearing away the misconceptions about what can and can’t be done. Gary works to connect the Minnesota Comp Advisor team with employers who need help with their employee injury management and truly desire better outcomes for their injured employees and their organizations. Gary’s long career as a Pastor counseling people gives him perspectives on the difficulty of change, even if it’s positive. Gary lives in St. Cloud with his wife and three children.

Trevor Charboneau

Trevor Charboneau

Sales Associate

Trevor works to educate employers on the work comp processes that, if left unmanaged, drive up the experience mod and the cost of work comp insurance. He currently resides in the northeast suburbs of St. Paul.

Joni Friedt

Joni Friedt

Workers Compensation and HR Specialist

Joni has spent much of her career on the employer side, managing human resource operations and workers compensation programs. With experience in claims management and employee health and safety, Joni works with employers to get injured employees back to good health and productivity, control the cost of work comp by managing claims from reporting through close, and working to close lingering claims and minimize open reserves. Joni lives in Greater Minnesota with her husband and daughter.

Christine Borowick

Christine Borowick

Customer Service Representative

Christine is your go-to for all things claims management. With over a decade of experience navigating the ins and outs of claims management, Christine works with the employer, adjuster, insurance carrier, doctors and the employee to get injured employees back to good health and productivity. Christine lives just over the border in Wisconsin with her twin daughters.