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Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and California

Making complex group products understandable becomes the asset our clients value when making insurance decisions

Walstra and Associates provides expertise in group products such as:

We also provided health, dental, and life insurance for individuals and families.

Walstra and Associates started over 40 years ago by Cal Walstra is now owned by John Cross. Walstra and Associates helps small businesses and focuses on building relationships where our expertise becomes a useful resource as small businesses grow and needs change. Our strong commitment to provide outstanding and personal customer service is the groundwork to building lifelong relationships.

John H. Cross, CEBS biography

John H. Cross was appointed President at Walstra & Associates in 2012.  John brings over 28 years of domestic and international employee benefit and insurance expertise to the firm.  He has held a variety of senior level positions over his career with the Principal Financial Group in the US and Spain. He also served as Vice President of the Employee Benefits division at DeWitt Stern in Chicago from 2007-2011.

John earned his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation in 2001 and is an active member of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist - ISCEBS.  He also has GBA (Group Benefits Associate) and RPA (Retirement Plan Associate) designations.

John serves on the National Advisory Council of his alma mater, Central College in Pella, IA where he graduated with degrees in Accounting and Communications.   He also volunteers in his community supporting a variety of non-for-profit groups, provides financial and insurance education and is active in coaching sports teams for his children. 

“In today’s economic climate, there’s a strong need for small to mid-sized companies and individuals to be prepared for life challenges, we are here to assist in making sure you not only have the right programs and services in place, but that you have a detailed understanding of your benefits”. 

Tom Stridde Biography - retired

Tom is valued for his ability to review plans, absorb details, and visualize the big-picture impact an insurance decision can have on a business and its employees. Before joining the financial services industry in 1980, Tom was the Director of Instrumental Music for the public school system in Brillion, Wisconsin. The techniques Tom used to help make music understandable also help him explain the complexity of insurance, and Tom’s teaching experience are an asset to the business owners he advises.

Tom carries on the tradition started by his friend and mentor Cal Walstra more than 40 years ago. Tom met Cal over two decades ago. Under Cal’s guidance Tom succeeded him in 2000 in the business, with Cal remaining as a consultant. “Cal taught me that by sharing my knowledge I could make a real difference in people’s lives.”