Our Staff

Michael E. Kinder
michael@kinderco-inc.com

Michael left the family business in 1998 to start KinderCo, Inc. to service only the insurance, transportation and heavy equipment industries. At KinderCo, Michael and his staff offer complete adjusting and appraisal services, as well as surveys of cargo losses. Over the years KinderCo has developed an very good list of cargo salvage buyers in order to get the best return on these claims.

Michael is a member of the National Truck and Heavy Equipment Claims Council since 1983. He has served as the Secretary of the NTHECC on two occasions, and is currently Secretary of the Towing Committee of the National Truck and Heavy Equipment Claims Council. Michael also has served and currently serves on several committees in order to better the organization. He is also a member of the American Association of Managing General Agents, AAMGA.

Michael and Joanie are the proud parents of their son, James an Eagle Boy Scout. Michael is an Assistant Boy Scout Leader for the local Boy Scout troop, and enjoys Skeet / Trap / Sporting Clay shooting, bird hunting and fishing. Michael is a proud member of Millersville Lodge # 126 of the Free and Accepted Masons, and was Worshipful Master of the Millersville Lodge for 2002. Currently he serves as a Trustee of the Millersville Lodge Temple.



Joanie Kinder
joanie@kinderco-inc.com

Joan graduated from University of Evansville with Bachelor's Degrees in Marketing and Finance, and is Chief Financial Officer for KinderCo. She worked in Retail Merchandising as a Buyer for William H. Blocks an Indianapolis department store chain for 9 years prior to their purchase by Federated Dry Goods (Lazarus Department Stores), and then managed and bought for a smaller specialty store in Zionsville, Indiana until she purchased the 32-employee company in 1988.

After marrying Michael in 1990, the decision to raise a family became the new priority having their son, James, in 1991. In 1995, she accepted a position with a health insurance TPA as the Executive Coordinator to the President and CEO tracking production, profits and projecting claims from the Team Vice Presidents and coordinating information for monthly monitoring.

She and Michael started KinderCo, Inc. in 1998. She was Den Mother for their sons Cub Scout den from Tiger through Webelo II, and shuttled him from Troop meetings and outings through his Tenderfoot to his level of Life Scout and helped as he reached his goal of Eagle in 2008. She became an avid ice Hockey fan driving James, a member of the Carmel High School Icehounds, to practices and games and kept warm cheering him on! When James and Michael shoot skeet and trap, she has become their trapper (puller). She stops at the actual hunting as the rule "you kill it, you clean it, you eat it" was her idea. She does enjoy eating the duck, pheasant, quail and goose they bring home and Michael so superbly cooks. Just keeping up with James and Michael' calendar's is an organizational challenge.

Joan is an Advanced Certified Master Gardener and enjoys spending time working with several volunteer groups in Indianapolis and Carmel. She and their son, James, were also Karate students. Joanie earned her Sho Don Ho rank along with James. She is recently an NRA member and is enjoying learning the sport of shooting.



Dale Shoemaker
dale@kinderco-inc.com

Dale joined KinderCo in 2001 as an appraiser and apprentice adjuster. After graduating from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, Dale went to work for LTV Aerospace and Defense building military and government vehicles. He was part of the start-up crew for the Hummer.

After 13 years with LTV, Dale went to work for Equipment Services Division, City of South Bend as a machinist/fabricator and paint technician, maintaining the police and fire vehicles.

Later, Dale worked for a Kenworth dealership as a Heavy Wreck Re-builder. He was promoted to Body Shop Manager and was the Eastern Regional Representative for Kenworth Truck Company on the Body Shop Council.

Dale holds the following certifications: ASE Master Technician, ASE Master Body and Paint Technician, and DuPonts Commercial Refinishing Certification. Dale is also certified from Mitchell International.

Dale enjoys Nascar races in his spare time, and is the father of three children. With Dales body shop experience, he is a valuable asset to KinderCo.



James Kinder
james@kinderco-inc.com

James Kinder graduated from Carmel High School in 2011.

After finishing high school James attended Ivy Tech Community College taking several business classes while working part time at several restaurants and auto tech companies. James decided to officially work part time for KinderCo under the direct supervision of Michael in the summer of 2013 following insurance company procedures, learning to work with towing companies and body shops, and learning to interpret insurance policies all supervised by Michael. James is currently a full time employee of KinderCo still under the direct supervision of Michael Kinder.

James joined the family business as a helper with office work in middle school doing odd jobs and filing and has come to find a sincere interest after the winter of 2013.

James became an Eagle Scout in 2008, studied Karate reaching the rank of Sho Don Ho, swam for his local summer swim team for 6 years, and played for the Carmel High School IceHounds hockey team for 3 years. He currently enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking, camping, and training for Triathlon's and Half Marathons.

Over the summer of 2014 went to body shops to see how trucks are repaired, going to trailer shops to see how they are repaired, and spent time that summer at Great West Casualty to see how their claim office works, and International Risk Placement to learn London procedures. He also traveled to salvage yards to see their operations.

James currently has been accepted to the National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council Apprentice Program and has attended several of their Continuing Education Classes.



Ande Possman
ande@kinderco-inc.com

Ande graduated from Indiana Academy High School in 1989. Before joining KinderCo in 1999, Ande worked for a local Ford dealership in the service department as a service writer for two years. For the next six years, Ande worked for a local adjusting firm, gaining invaluable experience handling liability, bodily injury, cargo loss, and property damage claims, as well as auto appraisals.

Ande joined KinderCo in 1999 and is an apprentice heavy-equipment claims adjuster and appraiser. With his experience, Ande is a valuable asset to our company. In his free time, Ande enjoys sprint car racing, golfing, and riding his Harley-Davidson. Ande can often be seen on weekends at local sprint car tracks, or on the golf course.