Meet the staff of the Gardner-Whitworth Insurance Group:

Doug Whitworth

Douglas N. "Doug" Whitworth, President of the Gardner-Whitworth Insurance Group, is the third generation to own the local independent agency following his grandparents, Kenneth and Ruth Gardner, who founded it in 1946, and his father, William O. "Bill" Whitworth, owner from 1982 to 2005.

Doug is a lifelong resident of Mattoon and a graduate of Lake Land College. He obtained his producer's license for all lines of insurance while a sophomore in college and began his full-time career with the agency upon graduation in 1985.

Doug has been a long-standing member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (IIA of Illinois), where he has served on the board of directors and chaired the Illinois Young Agents Committee, which won the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) National Young Agents Committee of the Year award for three consecutive years.

In addition, Doug received the prestigious Young Agent of the Year award from PIIAI in 2004. He served as the downstate Illinois representative to the Grange Insurance Companies Agents Advisory Board and is working toward attaining his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

He serves as a board member of the Mattoon Youth Basketball League and the Mattoon Babe Ruth Baseball Association; local chairman of the Trusted Choice Big "I" Junior Golf Classic Qualifier; and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and First United Methodist Church. He has coached and supported various youth sports programs in Mattoon for many years. He has two children, Tyler and Colin.

Mike Bonic

Mike Bonic is the newest addition to the sales staff at Gardner-Whitworth Insurance Group. A graduate of Mattoon High School, Mike attended Millikin University and worked at Mars Petcare for 29 years before retiring.

He has been involved in numerous youth sports in the community, including baseball, softball, and was the head coach and director of the Mattoon Youth Wrestling Club for 23 years.

Mike is a licensed producer focusing on all lines of insurance including home, auto, business, farm, life and health insurance.