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Young Yun

CEO & Founder
Rex Hickling

Direct 720.457.0206
Shawn Michael Walker

Vice President
Direct 720.457.0203

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!

Shawn Michael Walker has over 16 years managing company resources on both the AGENCY and CARRIER side of the Independent Agency equation. While attending the U of U, he managed one of the largest independent agencies in Salt Lake City. Upon graduating he took a job in Sales Management. He was promoted to a Leadership role where he managed Personal and Commercial products and six Territory Sales Managers in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (126,000,000 in WP). He returned to CO to team up with Premier Group Insurance. Today, As Vice President of Distribution, He works with our only client: our Agents, and our only stakeholder: our Carriers, to maximize growth and earnings.
David Colvin

Business Development Director
Direct 720.550.1031
John Keenan

Business Development Manager
Direct 281.580.3522
Eric Fierro

Business Development Manager
Direct 281.580.3522

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.

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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.

Steve Compton

Business Development Director
Direct 770.912.7413
Jordan Abeyta

Agency Bill Accounting & Finance Agreement Specialist

720.457.1101 x 107
Direct 720.457.0204
Jasmine Martinez

Commissions & Accounting
720.457.1101 x 133
Direct 720-902-5141

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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.

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Bertha Campos

Licensing Team Lead
720.457.1101 x 118
Direct 303.459.2883
Emily Maxwell

Licensing Specialist & Agency Development Analyst
720.457.1101 x 108
Direct 720.457.0210
Misti Hipps

Licensing Specialist
720.457.1101 x 103
Direct: 720-684-5604

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.

Misti Hipps is originally from Arkansas.  In her spare time she likes to run, swim, ski, ride horses and spend time with her two kids.  She is new to insurance but is loving working at PGI!

Cindy Valdez

Licensing Specialist
720.457.1101 x 118
Direct 720.736.7667
Brianda Johnson

Agency Development
720.457.1101 x 110
Direct: 720.458.8189
Chris Bixler

Manager of Technology
720.457.1101 x 109
Direct: 720.457.0184

Cindy is new and excited to be in the insurance industry here at PGI. She currently is a Licensing Specialist and is here to help all agents with any carrier access needs and be a contribution to meeting their business goals! In her spare time, Cindy is out exploring the world with her husband and fur babies.

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

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Trenny Dillon

Personal Lines Trainer

720.457.1101 x 113
Direct 720.457.3497
Joshua Kruse

Licensing Specialist & Personal Lines Trainer
720.457.1101 x 123
Direct 303-317-4206
Cassandra Hayne

Training Team Lead

720.457.1101 x 111
Direct 303.242.8125

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.

Joshua Kruse is from South Florida and has been in Colorado almost 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoys the beauty of Colorado, and enjoys hiking, biking, golf, tennis, the gym, live music, and spending time with his friend and family.

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.

Matt Genova

Director of Commercial Lines

720.457.1101 x 102
Direct 720.457.0938
Jason Fleer

Commercial Business Development
720.457.1101 x 124
Direct 303-317-2283
Samantha Elmore

Commercial Business Consultant

720.457.1101 x 136
Direct 720.902.4818

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Colorado Native, born in Steamboat Springs, and raised in Morrison Colorado. I currently reside in Centennial with my family and dog Roscoe. Licensed in Colorado for Property Casualty, Life & Health Insurance since 2000, I have experienced many different markets both in individual and commercial insurance. Specializing in Commercial Insurance has become a passion and focus for me over the last 8-10 years. Now as Regional Commercial Lines Business Development with Premier Group Insurance my experience also includes time with Country Financial, Jewell Insurance and Farmers where I owned and operated my own agency, as well as Wave Financial Partners, NetQuote, and Dagley Insurance and Financial Services. I am Licensed in Colorado with Non-Resident licenses in Texas, Washington, Iowa, California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania , Louisiana , Nebraska, Utah and Arizona and more.. I hold education to be the key to developing and keeping long client relationships. I strive to educate clients on everything they need to know about their insurance portfolio so they can make intelligent decisions based on current market conditions. I dedicate as much time as possible to community organizations such as Project C.U.R.E, Firefly Autism House and The American Subcontractors Association of Colorado where he is a former Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Member Experience Committee.

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Jeff Klimczak

Commercial Trainer

Direct 303.768.0780
Rich Hurley

Commercial Business Consultant
Direct 720-769-7783
Paul Ayala

Personal Lines Trainer

720.457.1101 x 128
Direct 303.459.4355

Jeff is a native Chicagoan, husband of 36 years and father of 3 young men, he and his family relocated to Denver in 1998. He’s been a Prudential agent, stay at home dad, sales rep for the plastics industry, and has nearly 20 years of insurance training experience with The Hartford and Liberty Mutual. Jeff joined PGI in 2018 as Commercial Lines Trainer. With  experience in Instructional Design and extensive presentation experience, Jeff hopes to bring clarity and success to our agents in Commercial Lines! No matter your experience level, there will be training to help you understand coverage, service, and sales components of your journey in CL Insurance.

Richard “Rich” Hurley joined Premier Group in June of 2021. He has spent the last seven years in the commercial insurance industry after graduating from The University of Alabama. During his Property & Casualty career, he has worked for two of the largest national agencies in the United States focusing on account placement and business development. Rich’s experience ranges across various industries such as: hospitality, human services, education, construction, contractors, non-profit, livery, food manufacturing, food distribution and long-haul trucking. When not managing risk, Rich spends his free time outside skiing, golfing, hiking and camping with his Chocolate Labrador, Mia. Rich is an avid sports fan and follows his New York Jets & Alabama Crimson Tide football teams religiously.

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 Perez

Senior Commissions & Accounting Manger

720.457.1101 x 101
Direct 720.457.1103
Patricia Tong

Commissions & Accounting
720.457.1101 x 122
Direct 303-697-4192
Jeff Boivin

Commmissions & Accounting

720.457.1101 x 121
Direct 720.457.0153

Areli Perez 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 Commissions and Accounting manager. Born in Zacatecas Mexico she came to the United States when she was 5 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

Marketing Specialist

720.457.1101 x 143
Direct 720.736.7668
Jacob Sommers

Marketing Specialist
720.457.1101 x 120
Direct 720-325-5870
Hannah Johnson

EZLynx Specialist

720.457.1101 x 125
Direct 720.845.5056

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.

Hannah joined PGI in July 2019 and has been working with EZLynx ever since. Her work includes troubleshooting, handling policy downloads from carriers, and constantly learning new things about our management system. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, taking naps with her cat, and reading.

Brett Gambill

Customer Service Specialist

720.457.1101 x 132
Direct 720.902.5155
Gardner Foss

Personal Lines Training Specialist
720.457.1101 x 129
Direct 303-459-4266
Eric Blakeman

Director of Operations

720.457.1101 x 127
Direct 720.689.1055

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Rich Hurley

Commercial Business Consultant
Direct 720-769-7783
Natina Callum

Commercial Business Consultant
720.457.1101 X 116
Direct 720-207-5110
Chase McCool

Vice President - General Counsel & Secretary
720.457.1101 X 139
Direct 720-736-7709

Richard “Rich” Hurley joined Premier Group in June of 2021. He has spent the last seven years in the commercial insurance industry after graduating from The University of Alabama. During his Property & Casualty career, he has worked for two of the largest national agencies in the United States focusing on account placement and business development. Rich’s experience ranges across various industries such as: hospitality, human services, education, construction, contractors, non-profit, livery, food manufacturing, food distribution and long-haul trucking. When not managing risk, Rich spends his free time outside skiing, golfing, hiking and camping with his Chocolate Labrador, Mia. Rich is an avid sports fan and follows his New York Jets & Alabama Crimson Tide football teams religiously.

Good day – My Name is Natina Callum and here is a brief “Get to know me”:

I have been with Premier group Insurance now going on 5 years, I started in May 2016 as a CSR during the time I have grown into the role of an Account executive /Renewal Specialist. I have been insurance since 2012. And Prior to that 25 years of Financial experience. I am here to service you what I mean by service is “It takes months to find a customer… seconds to lose one”. I’m here to guide you to the next level of service. I look forward to working with each one of you.

Always smile

Natina Callum

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Vince Alex

Commercial Business Consultant

720.457.1101 X 140
Direct 720.736.7710
Jon Yetkin

Commercial Trainer

Direct 720.772.6237
Jeff Holtman

Business Development Director
Direct 720.330.4740

Vincent Alex has spent the last 8 years of his career working in the insurance industry. During his time, he has held various roles such as Commercial Underwriter, Producing Account Manager and Commercial Lines Training Consultant on both the National Carrier and Agency side of the business. His experience has provided him with a wide range of knowledge in the industry that has allowed him to be a true advocate for his clients. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA however he has lived in Colorado since 2016. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, fishing and camping with his wife and two dogs.

Jon Yetkin is a Petroleum Engineer and Data Scientist with 20 years of experience in the energy sector. He has worked for multiple major energy companies. He also has computer programming, hardware and software skills. He has Masters degree in petroleum engineering and management. Jon specializes in IT and Data Analysis and is responsible for managing IT and data intensive processes.

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.