Workers’ Compensation Professionals



 Jim Keal

Vice President-Argent
(262) 309-6641

Jim oversees Argent’s financial operations and its integration into the three operating areas of Underwriting, Claims, and Loss Control as Argent continues to leverage opportunities with West Bend’s other underwriting divisions. He also represents Argent in IT-related matters.

A graduate of UW-Madison with an MBA in Accounting, Jim is a Certified Public Accountant and has served in various officer capacities for Accident Fund Group, United Heartland, Houston Casualty Company, and Acuity.


Dave Nettum

Assistant Vice President-Claims
(262) 309-6650

Dave leads Argent’s Claims Division. With a very strong background in claims management, he has valuable experience with the states in which Argent operates. Dave has 20-plus years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry and is a U.S. Marine. He joined West Bend as assistant vice president – Argent Claims in October 2013.



Jason Schaufenbuel

Assistant Vice President-Loss Control
(262) 278-4714

Jason is a Certified Safety Professional and completed his PhD at Iowa State University, researching commercial lines insurance claims in the nursing home industry. In addition to his educational accomplishments, he has more than 20 years of experience in industrial safety and health management, as well as loss control consulting in the insurance industry. Jason has been responsible for the management of successful safety and health programs in the manufacturing industry. He’s also provided and directed others in the delivery of world-class loss control service, resulting in the reduction of injuries, losses, experience modification, and, ultimately, workers’ compensation premium costs for insureds. Jason’s focus is on ensuring that Argent’s loss control services bring tangible value to insureds.