Gannon University Announces New Business Ambassadors

Business Ambassadors 2013Posted: April 24, 2013

Gannon University has announced the naming of John Bloomstine, CPCU, ARM and Jennifer (Hull) Schade as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, of Gannon’s Business Ambassadors.

A former president of Gannon’s Student Government Association, Bloomstine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration-economics in 1982.

Schade earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance magna cum laude in 1998, and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2002, both from Gannon University, where she was named an All-American Scholar Athlete.

Bloomstine, is president of Insurance Management Company of Erie, which concentrates in property, liability, workers compensation and other specialty insurance products to a wide variety of commercial, industrial and institutional clients.  That firm has earned numerous quality recognitions, including the Erie Quality Award and Pennsylvania's Keystone Quality Award, and is the sole insurance brokerage in the United States to have earned the Risk and Insurance Management Society's National Quality Award. 

In service to his community, Bloomstine has served on various insurance industry advisory boards and on the boards of a variety of non-profit organizations in Erie. He is currently a trustee of The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and The Regional Cancer Center.

Schade, who becomes the first person to be named vice chairman of the Ambassadors, is first vice president and area manager for First Niagara Bank.  In this capacity she manages 11 branches in Jamestown, NY and in Erie, Warren and Crawford Counties in Pennsylvania, representing more than $400 million in deposits and a staff of more than 80.

A lifelong Erie resident, Schade is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Erie County, an active member of St. George Catholic Church and an active supporter of the New Blossom’s New Life Foundation, the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Crime Victim Center of Erie County and various other non-profit organizations.  She also spends time throughout the summer coaching a Millcreek Youth Athletic Association softball team.

The Gannon Business Ambassadors promote an ongoing relationship between the business community and Gannon University in which members receive hands-on learning experience through Gannon’s academic programming and activities. The partnership includes business and community leaders who share their knowledge with Gannon students and faculty to enhance the educational, economic, cultural, and
social resources of the greater Erie community.

Companies and organizations may join the Business Ambassadors through a yearly tax-deductible contribution to the University. Membership contributions and additional gifts help fund student scholarships, educational equipment and materials, and student-related program development. To learn more, visit