Mario grew up a city boy with country roots. Spending Summer and Christmas holidays working on the family hog farm in Landmark, MB. After receiving his College Degree from Briercrest College in Saskatchewan in 1997 he joined the family insurance brokerage Lakeview Insurance. He has been there ever since working in every department and presently leading the Commercial department and Managing the office in Winnipeg. He received his CAIB designation in 2009.
Presently Lakeview Insurance has 7 other locations throughout Manitoba and Western Canada which keeps Mario and his business partners busy. Mario and older brother Anthony have become shareholders in the business and together with Dad Sid, and Tim Friesen and Kris Plett they are enjoying life in the insurance industry.
Mario joined the IBAM Board in April of 2012 and had previously served for 12 years on the Young Broker Committee including Committee Chair as well as Chair of the National Young Broker Committee. Mario also sits on various golf tournament committee's and is heavily involved in the Southdale Community Club.
Mario has 3 boys, Jackson 10, Kieran 9, Mikiyas 7 and has been coaching their hockey teams which has become his new passion. In his spare time, Mario enjoys golf, water skiing, and keeping his yard in shape.