Who We Are

Advance Planning Services® was formed by Ed Patschke in February 2004 as a result of an expanding Preneed program.

Advance Planning Services® became one of the first marketing partners of the NGL Insurance Group (National Guardian Life of Madison, Wisconsin*).

*National Guardian Life Insurance Company entered the Preneed Insurance business in 1997 under the leadership of Ed Patschke who had previously managed life insurance operations for the SECURA Insurance Companies of Appleton, Wisconsin. NGL's entry into Preneed Insurance quickly proved successful.

This early success led the company to make a greater commitment to expand its Preneed Insurance program and to become recognized as a premier supplier of Insurance Pre-funding Services for the funeral industry. As NGL's Preneed program expanded and gained momentum, the company began to review the method it employed to deliver its programs to funeral professionals. This resulted in NGL deciding to change its product delivery system to one that utilized specialized distribution partners. Ed, along with interested NGL Preneed Sales Managers, began managing distribution of the new NGL Preneed program in certain Upper Midwestern states working initially with funeral home professionals who had a prior business relationship with them and NGL. Since 2004, the number of Preneed relationships with funeral professionals has increased significantly. APS now works with funeral homes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, Mississippi and North Dakota.

Our Leadership

Ed Patschke, CLU, FLMI
Doug Hanrahan
Andrew Weninger
    Regional Manager
About Ed Patschke

Ed founded Advance Planning Services, LLP, in 2004. Prior to organizing Advance Planning Services, Ed served for over thirty years in various senior management positions with the SECURA Companies (SECURA Life & SECURA Investments) and later with NGL where he led several product initiatives, including the design and introduction of the NGL Preneed Program in 1997 as well as the NGL Funeral Expense Trust Program in 2002.

About Doug Hanrahan

Doug Hanrahan brings more than 14 years of experience in the life insurance industry, including over 10 years working directly with the funeral home industry and preneed insurance. Doug and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Green Bay, Wisconsin and enjoy traveling to warmer parts of the country as often as possible. Doug is a private pilot and an aviation enthusiast.

About Andrew Weninger

Andy is a registered funeral agent specializing is preplanned funeral arrangements and Family Follow Up care programs. Working with a Funeral Home in Central Wisconsin, he daily uses the products that he recommends and is able to answer any questions that arise in using these products. Andy has spent 13 years helping families with preplanning funeral arrangements. He has been ranked among the top producers in the preneed market in the United States. He also has spent time in the insurance industry specializing in the Senior Care market.

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