Who We Are


Jodi Chesmore

Jodi’s personal and professional roots in the Rockford region stem back decades. She is a proud alumnus of Boylan Central Catholic High School. (Go Titans!) Her professional background boasts over twenty-five years of industry experience. She holds her Life and Health licenses in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

Beginning in a customer service role in 1995 at Pioneer Life Insurance, her professional career remained in the insurance industry as she transitioned through various company acquisitions. A pivotal role in her career was as District Sales Manager position with American Medical Security where she honed her skills as a business and insurance professional in the Rockford region.

In 2005, Jodi accepted a Business Manager position with MFG, LLC. In this role, she was able to do what she does best–focus on client experience. With a solid foundation in the insurance world, navigating medical claims, resolving carrier service issues, and annual renewal strategies were and continue to be her forte.

JODI STATES“I’m grateful for the relationships I have made along the way; they’re priceless.”

when asked about her time in the insurance industry and her career path choice

Her determination, hard work, and perseverance did not go unrecognized by the partners of MFG, LLC. In 2018, she became a partner, herself. Today, Jodi continues to work in the best interest of her clients. She uses her extensive experience to assist business owners and HR teams to customize benefits packages that fit their companies’ needs and budgets.

On a personal level, Jodi worked “behind the scenes” and earned her degree in Business Administration while raising her son. A milestone event happened in 2013 when she met her husband, Brad. In 2015, their families converged, and they are now a family of four boys and two beautiful grandchildren. They are an extremely active couple and consider themselves avid bad golfers, but they enjoy the time it gives them together.

Mary McMannis

Currently, Mary serves in the role of Jodi’s caddie. Yes, caddie. It is a fun way of describing that she assists Jodi in various business roles, as needed. She fulfills daily administrative functions, provides client support, claims assistance, client renewal preparation, and provides advice and moral support. She is dedicated to serving the needs of clients, focusing on building and maintaining strong relationships with those clients as well as insurance carrier partners. Mary “carries the bags and clubs”, per se. (Jodi is an avid golfer, so the title is most befitting.)

Mary is a graduate of Boylan Central Catholic High School. Her bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing, along with decades of business experience, HR, and management roles, positions her perfectly for this demanding position.

On a personal level, Mary enjoys pushing her limits while pursuing her bicycling passion with her husband, Andy. Together they travel and cycle as much as possible and aren’t afraid to be adventurous in their pursuit of the next great ride.


Don Conness

Don is a Rockford Native and has been in the Rockford Region insurance industry for over 30 years. When Don began his insurance career in 1991, he partnered with MFG and has been continuing to grow those client relationships throughout the years in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

With decades of experience to offer, Don’s primary focus is his commitment to his clients and curated benefit packages to meet their business and personal needs. Don specializes in group health and ancillary products, individual life, individual health, as well as Medicare Supplement plans. In addition to his insurance industry accolades, he also serves on the Board for the Rockford Bell Credit Union.

When Don is not devoting his time to his clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys golf and traveling to Florida.

Candee Buhlmann

Candee has lived in the Rockford area for 30 years and began her career in the insurance industry 25 years ago. Candee has worked in different sectors of the insurance industry bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the clients she supports. Candee’s career path led her to MFG, LLC over 10 years ago. Her primary role in the agency is as the dedicated Account Manager for Broker Donald Conness. Candee assists clients with all service needs from claims and billing resolution, enrollments, quoting, renewal preparations, and market comparisons. In addition, Candee is also the Office Manager for MFG, LLC and is responsible for the Agency’s accounts payable, licensing and agency contracting. Candee has been an asset to MFG, LLC and its partners.