Originally from Seoul, Korea, Young immigrated to the United States when he was a child. He has called Denver, Colorado home since 1977. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in psychology. He belongs to the Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. He was the man of the year for several insurance companies and he has sat on numerous insurance advisory boards. He is a dedicated family man consisting of his wife, Esme, and his son, Max, who has become the joy of their lives. He started his insurance career in 1993 with an emphasis on life insurance for the first 5 years and eventually developed Premier Group Insurance, Inc. in April of 1999. His vision for PGI was to marry quality insurance carriers with experienced insurance agents while providing ongoing training, support and guidance.
Today, the vision is being realized with hundreds of productive and profitable agents across the country balanced with superior internal support from the experienced PGI team. PGI’s success is directly connected to one statement: “We do what we say”.
Rex Hickling lives and breathes insurance. For over 25 years he worked for two fortune 100 Companies within the Insurance Industry. (Safeco and Travelers) Within those companies, he worked in every capacity you can imagine. He started as an Underwriter with Safeco in Southern California after graduating from Colorado University in Boulder. While working at Safeco and climbing the Leadership ladder, Rex attained his CPCU designation. Rex has worked with 1000’s of Captive and Independent agencies across America in Senior Leadership roles.
Today as President of Premier Group Insurance, he details the path to success for 100’s of prosperous agencies, the culmination of which is celebrated by carriers throughout the industry every year!
David is our National Director of Business Development and joined Premier in December 2013. Prior to joining Premier; David has enjoyed a prosperous 25 years in the insurance industry, primarily as a Local, Regional and National Marketing Manager for Guaranty National, Safeco, Progressive, Travelers and The General; he’s held his P|C License since 2000. David left the Independent Agency Channel in the early 2000’s to become a captive agent with Allstate for 4 years; his vast experience & knowledge working in both the Independent and Captive Agent Channels will greatly enhance your customer experience with David. In 2014, David relocated to Phoenix, AZ and accepted the role as National Business Development Manager at Premier. Since April 2014, David has successfully on-boarded 110 Premier Agency Partners. In March 2019, David and his team at Americas Best Insurance Companies LLC. partnered with Premier Group Insurance and will develop into our Premier SW Regional office in 2019 in Tempe, AZ.
My name is Eric Fierro and I am a business development manager at PGI coming with over 15 years of management, recruiting, and sales experience in the insurance industry with companies like NY life, Farmers, Allstate, and Colorado Insurance. I am also experienced in mortgages, notaries, and selling real estate. I am a well-rounded business professional who has worn many hats and can easily connect to different professionals in the industry. I have accomplished elite goals such as President’s Council. I take pride in establishing long-lasting relationships with my agency partners. I am excited to be part of Premier with everything that this company stands for and believes in.
Jordan Abeyta specializes in accounts receivables, payables, and agency bill policies. At PGI she assists agents with financing, completing payments, and answers questions regarding agency bill commission. Jordan is a Colorado native, which she graduated from CU Denver with her B.B.A in Accounting. If Jordan isn’t at work, she is either traveling to a new city or hanging out with her niece and nephews. Jordan believes in living her best life so she works hard and her very best every day.
Josephine emigrated from South Korea at age 11 and settled in Colorado. She attended University of Colorado in Boulder, studied abroad in Germany and then moved to Los Angeles. She met her husband in 2002 and moved to San Diego and started a family. Josephine’s previous employment includes Hyundai, PepsiCo, Commercial Real Estate Appraising and Property Management. She enjoys cooking, gardening and going to the gym.
Bertha has been living in Colorado since 2001. She loves to hike, watch movies and spend time with her family and friends.
She has been working at PGI since 2013 and in the licensing department since 2016.
Emily Maxwell is originally from Chicago, IL. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of moving to Colorado in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. Emily spends her time outside of the office making art, snowboarding, hiking, camping, attending live music events and playing with her many cats.
Chris is a born and raised Florida native.. Being in the industry for 19 years, he has worked in claims, underwriting, and most recently a captive Allstate agent. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and fan of the Florida Gators. He enjoys traveling, and sunny days on the beach and being on the boat in the Florida Keys. He has lived in Atlanta, Nashville, and Denver, and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale with his Partner and two dogs, Cooper, and Barbie
Brianda has been working at PGI for over 5 years. She started off in the accounting/ commissions department. After that she moved onto other roles as a lead in Licensing, training and now agency development. She is excited to work with you and help your agency grow! In her free time, she likes to go to the gym and spend time with family and friends. She loves to travel and is inspired by the beauties of this world, sometimes we even joke wondering where she is off to now.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Trenny Dillon is a major component in the PGI operation. Her great caring and cheerful attitude, her sense of humor brighten everyone’s workday. Her vast knowledge and experience within the insurance industry make her a very special asset to PGI. Her desire to help others succeed is evident in the manner in which she interacts with new agents during training sessions and when they call with questions. She puts forth an immense amount of time and effort to ensure that each and every new agent has the best opportunity to be successful in their endeavors as PGI agents.
Trenny’s favorite activities are to take her dogs and go on a hike with friends on warm, sunny days. Spending time with her family is also most important to Trenny. Her lifetime dream is to one day be able to work with animals and children in need.
Cassandra Hayne is originally from Southern California and moved to Pensacola Florida when she was twelve. She then moved to Gainesville Florida to go to college.
She likes dogs and traveling as well as anthropology and baking. If she were not working in insurance her dream would be to be doing ethnographies about the U.S. educational system. She values being a well rounded person.
The craziest thing she has ever done is travel around the country with her brother for three months. She got to go to a lot National Monuments and a lot of places she had not seen before.
Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry with 17 of those years as an agency owner himself. As a captive agency owner Jeff built a multi-million agency that qualified for numerous awards including Championship which recognizes the top 10% of agencies in the company. After selling that agency Jeff moved on to be a sales director with one of the largest independent agencies here in CO. With that role he recruited, trained and mentored agents that were making the transition to opening their own Independent Agencies. In 2019 Jeff joined the PGI team as a business development manager to help with the recruiting and transitions for agents entering the independent world.
Tala Mohamed an Information technology specialist. was born and raised in Sudan. Relocated to Denver 2016 with passion of being a successful tech. She is a graduate from MSU Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information System. Outside of the work environment, she likes to write short stories and read fiction.
Born and raised locally in beautiful Littleton Colorado. Enjoys working on and repairing laptops and desktops. Loves going on walks with his dog Heidi and spending quality time with his family.
Personal Lines Training Specialist/Agent. Born and raised right here in Denver, CO. Lover of all things that are Colorado (GO BRONCOS!). 16 years of insurance industry experience. Former captive and independent agency owner. Current husband and father to three angels.
Areli Enriquez started with Premier Group Insurance since 2008 and is the first ten year employee at PGI. Started as a receptionist at Premier and is now the Director of Commissions & Accounting. Born in Zacatecas Mexico she came to the United States when she was 3 years old. Working her way to the manager position Areli believes, if you work hard enough there is nothing you cant do. She loves to travel and spend time with her son and family.
Patricia Tong was born in San Jose, California and raised in Houston, Texas. She went to the University of Houston, where she graduated with a B.B.A in Finance and Marketing. After graduating college, she travelled the world working on a cruise ship in Hawaii, and then eventually working as a flight attendant for 5 years. Flight attending eventually brought her to Denver in 2013, where she fell in love with the mountains and sunshine. After deciding to settle down and retire her wings, she pursued teaching math at Denver Public Schools. After realizing teaching wasn’t for her, she went on to work at Premier Group Insurance, where she has been on the commissions and accounting team since the Summer of 2017.
Jeff Boivin has been with Premier Group Insurance since January 2017. Jeff enjoys working with technology to improve PGI, helping agents with their commissions, & working with a great team. Jeff’s career has also included work in mental health & special education. Jeff grew up in Illinois & went to the University of Arizona in Tucson before moving to Denver in 2012.
Olivia Parker is a Marketing Specialist at PGI and she assists with agents’ marketing needs. Her goal is to help our agents stand out and establish their brand. She was born and raised right here in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University. In her free time, Olivia enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with friends & family.
Jacob Sommers was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Texas State University, his love for snowboarding and being lost in the mountains brought him to Denver, Colorado, where he searches for Colorado’s best Mexican food. He is a marketing coordinator who specializes in digital marketing, copywriting, and video/audio production.
Gardner is originally from Vermont, and has lived and worked in Boston and San Francisco. He enjoys traveling, and has been to every continent except for Antarctica. He enjoys long-distance backpacking, and has completed several long distance trails including the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail, and Vermont’s aptly named Long Trail.
Now living a more settled life in Denver, Gardner and his wife have 2 young children, a back yard and an dog. They enjoy weekend backpacking trips in the mountains, mountain biking, fly fishing, and winter sports.
He joined the PGI Training team after having worked in the captive sales world, and is passionate about helping agents achieve their goals. He enjoys learning from agents, from carriers, and from the amazing staff at PGI.
Alejandra was born in Chihuahua Mexico, but has lived in Colorado since age 4. She graduated from Metro State University with a degree in Finance. At PGI she enjoys working with numbers and assisting her agents with their commission questions. Although PGI is her first work experience in Insurance, she is excited to continue to learn and grow as a part of the Commissions and Accounting team. When not working at PGI she loves watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and going to concerts and Colorado sporting events.