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Chris VanTol


Chris VanTol founded the VanTol & Vitelli Insurance Group in 2012. Chris is a lifelong sailor and boater who grew up racing sailboats on the waters of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. Over the years Chris has accumulated a resume of racing nationally, on the Florida, East and West coasts, Europe, Bermuda and The Virgin Islands. From 2007 to 2009, Chris was the helmsman for the No. 1-ranked match racing team in the United States. Chris and his team at VanTol Group together have 50+ years of property casualty experience in yacht, marine, high-end home and auto and commercial insurance. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit and is a member of the Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit Yacht Club and the Detroit Athletic Club.

Sarah Vitelli

Vice President

Raised in Shelby Township, Sarah brings more than 10 years of insurance expertise to VanTol & Vitelli Insurance Group. Previously working for two of the largest Michigan insurance agencies, she specializes in sales and service of personal insurance. When she’s not in the office, Sarah loves to travel with her husband, Mark, spend time with her niece and nephew, and practice yoga. She also enjoys catching a Tigers game at Comerica Park.

Mark Vitelli

Vice President

Mark grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and is a graduate of Lakeview High School. He has an Associate’s Degree from Macomb Community College and a BS in Business Administration from Wayne State. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry, specializing in personal insurance. A sports fanatic, Mark’s favorite local teams are the Tigers and the Lions. Outside the office, Mark loves to travel with his wife, Sarah, spend time with his niece and nephew, exercise, and play golf with his dad and brother.

Ian Hollerbach


Raised in an entrepreneurial family in the Detroit area, Ian is very much at home in the competitive insurance market where client service is a foundational skill. Ian began competitive sailing at the age of seven, competing at venues around the world. He spends his free time as a certified US Sailing coach and volunteer for several inner-city Detroit school organizations. As a member of Bayview Yacht Club and Detroit Yacht Club, Ian is a presence in the local boating community and a Chairman on the Detroit Regional Yachting Association Executive Committee.

Vickie Schmidt

Account Manager

Vickie has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry. The early part of her insurance career was spent on the company side in underwriting and auditing marine risks. Vickie’s more recent work on the agency side focuses her expertise in the audit and renewal process of marine insurance.

Mary August

Account Manager

Mary grew up in Richmond, MI and graduated from Richmond High School. She has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry. Mary previously worked at one of the largest insurance agencies in Michigan and one of the leading insurance companies in the country. When she is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her family, following her favorite Detroit sports teams, and going out on her boat.

Kathie Gilbert

Customer Service

Raised in Shelby Twp, Kathie is a recent graduate of Oakland University. She is new to the insurance industry but is a very a quick learn thus far. Kathie enjoys staying active during her free time by spending time with her family and her dog. During the summer she takes as many small trips as she can, as well as catching many Tigers games.