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About Us

Our association with Northwestern Mutual dates back to 1960. Since that time Northwestern Mutual has provided our family with the financial security to pursue our dreams.

Strategic Employee Benefit Services, through a network of Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisors, has been providing quality of life solutions for business and individuals since 1984.

The Strategic Group, Inc. continues as a leader in providing and servicing innovative employee benefit solutions for businesses large and small, while servicing the needs of individual and family insured’s in a rapidly changing marketplace.

For us, business is personal. Locally owned and operated, it is our privilege over the past many years to assist countless businesses and individuals in achieving and protecting their financial security.


Our Mission

It is our mission to help each business owner, and each insured, achieve peace of mind and maximize their quality of life. We do this through adequate planning and with economically affordable insurance.

Get to know us and let us get to know you. Contact us today for a free in depth analysis and review of your benefits needs.

Our Team


Tyler Wrage

Benefits Consultant
(813) 333-1932


Jared Wrage

Benefits Consultant


Dan Shutt

Benefits Consultant
(813) 580-5397


Peggy Pascua

Benefits Consultant


Pamela Schindler

Account Manager
(813) 333-0657


Tabitha Wells

Customer Service
(813) 333-1875


Shelley Schumer

Benefits Consultant
(813) 333-1053


Monica Brewer

Benefits Consultant
(813) 333-5755


Kathy Wrage

President, CEO
(813) 333-1884

Mike W copy

Mike Wrage

Founder, in Memoriam

What We Do


• Listen and learn about your business to understand your objectives

• Review your current employee benefit plans

• Offer solutions in plan designs and funding alternatives

• Educate and advocate for your employees

• Keep you informed and compliant with changing regulations

• Advise you in Human Resources, COBRA, HIPAA

• Exceed your expectations in customer service


The Strategic Group works for you as a business wheel between you and the insurance carrier. Just as the hands of a timepiece turn, we oversee and manage each step of the process, providing the right benefit solutions and following up with quality service ensuring protection for the employer, the employee, the individual and the family.

It is our business to know your business. Through our initial meetings, we will gain an understanding of who you are, what you do and what you want to do better.

We’ll discuss where your company is in the business life cycle, whether or not you anticipate growth or challenges ahead.

We’ll examine your industry and show you comparable benefit offerings within your industry. We want to know who your employees are and what you need to do to recruit and retain them.

With a customized approach, our analysis of your plan will show you how to maximize the effectiveness of plan design, costs, claims, utilization, network choices and funding. As we consult with you, we tailor your employee benefit plan and will examine the hundreds of product offerings of the major providers, narrow the focus and guide you in selecting a customized employee benefits package that meets the unique needs of your business, your employees and your bottom line.

As many benefit plans evolve over time, we will help you understand these changes and how those changes affect your current needs. It is within our mission to help align the benefit offerings available with your goals today, while planning for the future.