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.
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.
Johanna has lived in Colorado for 18 years, she has two children. Johanna is an avid reader and tries to stay on top of the ever-changing market place.
Johanna started her career in insurance with PGI in 2010. She had an interest in Commercial lines and never looked back.
Johanna’s main goal is to set up every PGI agent for success in commercial lines. in addition to helping agents identify their niche markets and provide you with tools and training opportunities to make you and your agency successful in commercial lines!
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.
Adessa is a native to Colorado and mom of two fur babies, who enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling. Adessa began her career in insurance in 2014, focusing on commercial insurance in 2015 as an account manager, and later moved into an account executive assisting producers in writing business. Adessa joined PGI in 2018 as Commercial Lines Account Executive with experience in writing and managing accounts for contractors, habitational, restaurants, and outfitter & guides. Adessa hopes to aid our agents in the base understanding of commercial lines, obtaining all lines of business for an insured, retention and success in Commercial Lines!
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