Who We Are

Clairmont Financial Group, LLC is a full service employee benefits brokerage firm that offers a comprehensive suite of industry leading resources and services. We work with mid-sized and large employer groups to design, implement, and manage employee benefits programs. Our goal is to help you create and sustain a cost-effective benefits program that will help your organization attract and retain high quality employees. We are the "trusted advisor" for our clients.

Meet Our Experts

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James Clairmont
President
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What magazines do you read, if any?
Forbes, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated.

Name at least one book you loved as a child.
Huckleberry Finn.

Is there anything hanging on the walls of the room you are currently in?
A clock, a cross, and a bronze relief of Leonardo Da Vinci.

If you could study anything, what would it be?
Psychology.

What do you carry your money in?
Sterling clip monogrammed from Tiffany’s…40th birthday gift from Mom.

How many devices do you own which can access the internet?
7.

What do you associate the color blue with? 
Miles Davis…kind of ;)

Stephanie Clairmont
Stephanie Clairmont
Treasurer
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If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?
Italy…wine, pasta, tiramisu…need I say more?

Favorite month and why?
September, kids go back to school and I can breathe again!

Name at least one book you loved as a child.
Little House on the Prairie, I wanted to be a pioneer girl!

What’s your favorite number, and why?
7…God rested on the 7th day and I was born on the 7th.

What’s your favorite candy/chocolate?
That is easy, ALL Chocolate!

Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. Chapstick, gloss, balm, lipstick)
I am not dressed without my lipstick.

What pets do you have? What are their names?
My fifth child is an amazing, adorable, lovable mutt named Luna…also responds to “dog” and “dum-dum”.   

 

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Steve Strege
Executive Vice President
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I am an only child, a bit of a momma's boy.

I have a YMCA fitness fanatic for a wife who is also a nurse, and 3 high energy kids.

We have an Irish Doodle, Kiefer, that reminds me of Scooby Doo (my favorite childhood cartoon).  The kids enjoy the dog and our saltwater fish, Nemo and Dory of course.

I have lived in Spain and my least favorite food while there was Tuna pizza.

Favorite vacation destination is Isla Mujeres, close to Cancn.

Favorite comedy is Tommy Boy "did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child?"

I've been to Oktoberfest in Germany

It may surprise people that I am an avid gardener

Gina Shrif
Account Service Manager
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What’s your favorite color?
Pink, I’m a pretty girly girl at heart.

Where’s the Coolest place you’ve ever been on vacation?
The Pyramids in Egypt.

Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Target, I feel like I’m there every day, it’s actually kind of sick!

Best social networking site?
Pinterest, I definitely need to exercise time management when I'm on there!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
My family plays a pretty intense Dice Game gift exchange every year on Christmas Eve. 

Is there a song which can bring you to tears instantly?
Yes, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.

Have you ever won a spelling bee?
No, I’m a terrible speller!  I’m very thankful for spell check!  Side note...I also have no sense of direction!

 

 

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Adrienne Clairmont
Marketing Director
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Three words to describe you?

Logophile, Francophile, Oenophile.... (don't ever challenge me to Scrabble)

What "Lesson From Mom" do you still live by today?

The importance of kindness and compassion - you catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. Oh, and how to drink vodka like a proper Ukrainian. 

What do you do in your free time? 

Cook with my amazing husband! We're total foodies and love trying new recipes. 

What's one thing you want to accomplish before you die?

Land a novel on the New York Times' Bestseller List. 

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The South of France

What's the most unusual thing in your desk drawer?

Probably some expensive lipstick or individual Republic of Tea packets. My office supplies are pretty standard. 

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

There are two bars in Cabo San Lucas that I have a life ban from and that is all I will say on the topic. 

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Josh Pratt
Employee Benefit Consultant
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What pets do you have? What are their names?

My girlfriend, Casey, and I have a dog. His name is Ace and he is a Miniature Pinscher.

Do you have connections to any celebrities?

For you basketball junkies, I am (distantly) related to Lute Olson, the former head coach at the University of Arizona. He is my grandma’s cousin, making him my 3rdcousin.

Name your favorite workout?

An intense lift followed by a game of 5 on 5 basketball.

What’s the best job you’ve ever had?

This one! And my current 2nd job, as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Hamline University.

What fandoms would you consider yourself a part of?

I’m an avid listener of KFAN. Us listeners are considered Minnesota sports “rubes.”

Travel anywhere, where would it be?

Norway and Ukraine, both for family reasons.

Is there is anything that is guaranteed to always make you happy?

Coming home to my girlfriend, Casey, and our dog, Ace.

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Payge Lehmann
Account Executive
612.518.0217
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Is there anything hanging on the walls of the room you are currently in?
Pictures with friends and family, Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night” Painting

Favorite month and why?
July is my favorite month because of the warm weather, I get to be outdoors, golf, and spend more time with friends and family.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Barcelona, Spain because I love the culture or anywhere in France because I studied French for 7 years and I would love to visit/test out my French skills.

What’s your favorite candy/chocolate?
Pink Starburst or Peanut Butter M&Ms

What’s your favorite color?
Pink or Royal Blue

What do dou usually eat for breakfast?
Yogurt or a smoothie

What is your favorite quote?
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”

What's one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
Before I die I’d like to travel around the world.

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Annyetta Lyttle
Enrollment Specialist
612.558.5601
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Favorite month and why?
March - because it is the best month ever! Oh, and it might also be my birthday month.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Maui - it's warm, sunny, there are beaches and an ocean, and we can visit with my dad.

What's your favorite color?
Purple!

What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Oreos

What is your favorite quote?
"Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things"

What "Lesson From Mom" do you still live by today?
Do the best you can do every single day.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Ride a donkey down a very steep and narrow trail on the edge of an island in Greece. That's enough excitement for a lifetime.

What pets do you have? What are their names?
Two dogs - Remington & Talley. Too many chickens - can’t name them all

What is your dream job?
Being a mommy!

 

We would love to be a part of your future success.

In a recent episode of one of my favorite television programs, the Creative Director for an Advertising Agency takes out a full page ad in the New York Times, listing all of his major competitors.

The gist of the text was: “herein, you will find an expansive list of agencies that more or less look alike, sound alike, act alike, and think alike. If you are happy with “the way we have always done things”… then any of these agencies is probably a good fit for you, and you should give one of them a call. But if you believe that your business is unique. If you believe that your business is different. If you believe that your business is special and unlike any other business. If you believe that your business deserves something better than business as usual, then we would love to be a part of your future success.”

Imagine that.