Our Team

Watertown Branch
Jim Knudson
Jim Knudson

Jim Knudson was born and raised and currently resides on a farm north of Florence in Day County, with his wife of over 20 years, Cheryl and daughter, Taylor and son Will. Jim graduated from Florence High School and Lake Area Vo-Tech. After a few years in the grain elevator industry he started in the insurance business in 1992. Jim has experience in all areas of property and casualty insurance, especially commercial agriculture, farms and contractors. He believes insurance education is very important, as he attends continuing education seminars each year to maintain Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.


In Jim’s free time he spends it hunting, camping, family vacations and working on the farm. He is a life-long member of the New Helgen Lutheran Church serving on numerous boards, and a board member of the Helgen Cemetery.

Amy Block
Amy Block

Amy is married to Chad and they have two sons, Cody and Hudson. Amy moved to Watertown in 1996 and worked for a locally owned manufacturing plant as a Sales Coordinator and in 2005 began her career with Puthoff Insurance. Amy obtained her CISR designation in 2010 and in 2018 earned the CISR Elite designation.


Amy bowled for several years and served as the Women’s Bowling Association President for 6 years. She was actively involved with the Watertown Youth Soccer Association and helped raise money for local non-profit groups / organizations through the Change for a Charity events. 


In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Dawson Tschakert
Dawson Tschakert

Dawson was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota. He continues to reside in Watertown with his high school sweetheart and now wife, Grace. In 2018, he graduated from Watertown High School and committed to play soccer at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. While at Dakota Wesleyan he pursued a business finance degree.  In 2021, Dawson earned his Bachelor degree in Finance, got married and began his career with Puthoff Insurance Agency.


In his free time, he enjoys hunting, football, basketball, traveling and spending time with family.  Dawson is a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.

Hartford Branch
Dave Puthoff
Dave Puthoff

Dave was born in Humboldt, SD and graduated from West Central High School in 1980. He has lived in Hartford since 1984 with his wife, Kim, where they raised two daughters, Amy and Sara, and live with their dog, Skye. Dave has five grandchildren, Callen, Myka, Elliot, Boden and Everett.


Dave has been selling insurance in the Hartford area since 2000 and prior to that worked for 20 years at the John Deere Dealership in Humboldt, SD in the parts department and sales.


He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is on St George Parish Cemetery committee and served 4 years on the Hartford Town Board and officiated High school basketball for 25 years.


Dave enjoys being with family as well as hunting and fishing.

Kimberly Wolles
Kimberly Wolles

Kim grew up near Colton, and currently lives in Hartford, SD. She is a Chester Area School and South Dakota State University graduate. She joined the team at Puthoff Insurance in 2020 and enjoys helping customers and serving her community.


Travel and crafting are some of Kim’s interests and she’s also an aspiring quilter.  

Howard Branch
Mary Henkel
Mary Henkel

Mary is married to Robert, a self employed farmer. They have four married daughters, Brenda and Tad Enck, Bonnie and Henry Wipf, Jennifer and Chip Carda, and Becky and Denver Albrecht. 12 Grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Mary is  member of St Agatha Catholic Church.  


Her hobbies include sewing, yard work and spending time with her grandchildren. Keeps her busy going to all there sports events!