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Insurance Lending Expertise

With our insurance expertise and relationships, we have a true understanding of the business and capital needs unique to the insurance industry. You won’t waste valuable time as we have the experience, processes and teams in place to work right away on structuring custom financing up to $20,000,000.

  • Acquisition loans
  • Succession and recapitalization loans
  • Lines of credit and working capital
  • Interest only options
  • Realistic debt structures
  • Loan terms up to 12 years

Capital for Insurance Businesses

Oak Street Funding specializes in providing the capital needed to expand insurance businesses, including acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. A capital management strategy involving responsible debt balanced with responsible liquidity is critical to success. Borrowing capital can help you create or maintain a ‘dry powder’ status for emerging opportunities without draining liquidity. Oak Street lends to all types of insurance business across a diverse range of product lines.

We provide capital for:

  • Wholesalers
  • Agents
  • MGAs
  • Program Administrators

Signature $1MM+ Deals

Oak Street Funding specializes in providing capital needed for acquisitions, buyouts, growth and more. Our larger loan limits and flexible, customized options help businesses meet strategic goals. See insurance industry loans over $1 million and how we’ve helped thousands of agencies, MGAs, brokers and program administrators.

Business Line Leadership

Oak Street Funding is a lender that understands the unique needs and market conditions of retail agencies, MGAs and wholesalers, and program administrators. Our clients find that doing business with us makes sense and works for them. Not only do we have a staff of professionals with rich insurance industry experience, we also have proprietary software that allows us to underwrite loans using your commission stream as collateral. Insurance professionals appreciate our knowledge of their business, the market and acquisitions.

Our Strategic Markets Team

Meet our team of experts. Collectively, they have closed hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance industry loans. Contact them today to get insight on potential transactions.

Kirsten Petras

Kirsten Petras, Director – Strategic Markets, has a strong understanding of commercial financing for insurance professionals, helping to ensure the funding of many complex, larger loans. Kirsten has over 13 years’ experience in the financial services and mortgage industries. Her diverse background with roles in sales management, loan advising and compliance have provided her with great insight into sales, underwriting and account servicing for larger loans. Kirsten, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Marian University, has received several sales leadership awards throughout her career.

E-mail: kirsten.petras@oakstreetfunding.com

Telephone: (317) 428-5156

Fax: (317) 805-2551

Brian Henson


As the Director for Strategic Markets Underwriting, Brian Henson specializes in underwriting, arranging, and structuring large loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He has 12 years of commercial lending experience, primarily with Midwestern banks. Brian started his career underwriting a loan portfolio of middle-market and large corporate commercial borrowers. Prior to joining Oak Street, he managed a $200 Million national real estate loan portfolio. Brian graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in management and a minor in finance.

E-mail: brian.henson@oakstreetfunding.com

Telephone: (317) 428-3843

Fax: (317) 428-5183

Kim Grathwohl

Kim joined Oak Street as Vice President Strategic Markets. Kim is a 20-year sales, sales management and lending veteran. Prior to joining Oak Street, Kim held sales management and leadership roles with Bank of America and Oak Street Mortgage along with Account Executive role at Broadridge Financial Solutions. Kim is active in non-profit Arts organizations and has served as a Board Member, Board President and Treasurer.

E-mail: kim.grathwohl@oakstreetfunding.com

Telephone: (317) 428-5173

Fax: (317) 805-3998

Brad Kronland

Brad Kronland, Vice President – Strategic Markets, has worked in commercial lending for over 17 years managing key relationships and portfolios. He has helped structure larger commercial loans for companies in several industries and specialized in servicing publicly traded companies in the insurance industry. Brad has won awards for his strong ability to identify and develop capital opportunities with new and existing clients. He holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Butler University.

E-mail: brad.kronland@oakstreetfunding.com

Telephone: (317) 428-3827

Fax: (317) 428-5193

Succession Leadership Roadmap

He’s a great employee with a good head for business. You’ve hired well over the years, but he really stands out. As you watch him deal with your clients and analyze his numbers, you’re confident that, when the time is right, he’ll be ready to take your business’s...

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WIN Magazine – CTA2 – Fall SM Acquisition White Paper

Due diligence is a critical component of insurance business acquisitions. Check out Oak Street Funding's latest complimentary white paper - Buyer Beware and Be Prepared - by completing the form below. Have questions? Talk with our experts for more information. SITE...

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MGA/Broker Events

  • NAPSLO
    September 9-13 San Diego, CA
  • Target Markets (Fall)
    October 16-18 Scottsdale, AZ
  • The Council Leadership Forum
    October 2017
  • SNL Brokerage Summit
    November 2017
  • Renaissance Alliance
    November 17-18 Newport, RI

Learn More

To learn more about financing options for your business, please contact one of our knowledgable experts. We can answer any questions you may have, and suggest the best route for moving forward.

Email us below to begin the conversation.

Rick Maldonado

"Industry knowledge was definitely an advantage to working with Oak Street. I'm more of a global conceptual person and I felt that start to finish it was well done. The niche you serve shows there's a lot of gray area but you explained things well."

Christian J. Henrich, Esq.

"What impresses me most about Oak Street is their fairness and willingness to creatively go the extra mile to ensure deals close. For example, all deal professionals have had to contend with the recalcitrant junior creditor that threatens to break a deal. Oak Street will listen, engage, and work harder than any senior lender in my experience to ensure that junior creditor does not hold the deal hostage. They are truly the borrower's partner."

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John Ridgway

"Extremely professional and courteous staff. From our first discussion through settlement, the responsiveness and thoroughness was fantastic. Your staff made this a great experience. Plan on recommending your firm to agents looking for funding because of my positive experience."

Have questions? Talk with our experts for more information.