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Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Lucio (Lu) DiPaolo

Lucio (Lu) DiPaolo

Insurance Professional - Property & Casualty, Personal & Commercial, Professional Liability, Life & Health

Lucio is currently the Agency Principle at AArdvark Insurance Agency. He started the agency in 2009 that is now a fixture in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. He is active in the neighborhood and surrounding community by volunteering his time as President of the Uptown Business Chamber of Commerce and is also an active participant of the LGBT Chamber of Illinois. His professional background in banking, Financing, Real Estate and experience as a business owner give him the knowledge to mentor young professionals as they launch their careers in business. Lucio’s family background is rooted in his Italian immigrant cultural upbringing. He frequents his family’s Italian hometown on a regular basis to continually nurture and enrich his love for the Italian language and culture. Many of the Italian traditions overflow into his favorite hobbies and pastimes like Wine-Making, Bicycling and Cooking. His mix of American and Italian culture have made him a dynamic and eclectic individual on both a personal and professional level.

David Monaco

Service & Development Specialist

David was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Communications in 2013. He enjoys sports, astronomy, and learning history. David works the marketing aspect of AArdvark and is responsible for the task of connecting the agency with it’s audience.

Adam Knoernschild

Insurance Advisor & Licensed Agent

Patrick McCarthy

Service & Development Specialist

Patrick joined AArdvark in May of 2018. He is the newest member of the Service and Development team. Originally raised in Dublin, Ireland and Madison, Wisconsin, Patrick graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English literature and linguistics. Outside of the office, he enjoys reading, theater, and running the 606 trail.

Stephanie Gaidas

Service and Development Intern

Stephanie is a student at Lake Forest College majoring in Communications and Legal Studies. She enjoys playing guitar, walking her two dogs, and watching crime and mystery documentaries. As an intern, her duties include client support and development services, developing networking skills and participating in development and promotion of marketing campaigns.