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Merchants Names 2018 Shining Star

December 31, 2018

Merchants Bonding Company™ recognizes Senior Contract Underwriter Jesse Veenstra as the 2018 Shining Star. The Shining Star Award is given to an associate who has displayed outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the local community. 


Jesse Veenstra and his wife Angela followed their calling to become foster parents in central Iowa. In early January, they completed their mandatory training and welcomed a pair of sisters under three years old into their home. With two children of their own already, Jesse and Angela opened their hears to the two girls, treating and providing for them as their own. 


Merchants also recognized a runner-up, Compliance Specialist Kayla Schmidt Osborn. Kayla was nominated for her countless volunteer hours dedicated to the American Model United Nations. She serves as both a leader and trainer for the organization, contributing to the professional success of our community. 


Congratulations to Jesse and Kayla! We are grateful for their hard work to support their local Iowa community.