Leadership Team


Rene Swan joined United Valley Insurance Services, Inc. in 2011 and has over 25 years experience in the insurance and financial services industry and was named President in August 2016. Prior to joining United Valley, she spent time on both the retail agency side-for both small and large brokerage firms and on the carrier side, for both Safeco Insurance Company and MetLife Auto & Home.

Rene is married with two adult sons, one is serving in the U.S. Navy and one is a junior in college at Fresno State University. Rene has served on the Fresno-Clovis Walk to End Alzheimer's Planning Committee since 2013; on the Central Valley Steering Committee for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation since 2014 and serves as co-chair of their Central Valley Grants Committee since 2012.



John began his insurance career in 1994 as a Claims Adjuster for Farmers Insurance Group.  In 2007 John took the position of Senior Agency Portfolio Manager for Foremost Insurance, personal and commercial lines for the Central Valley and Central Coast of California. John graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organization Communication and a Minor in Political Science. 

John is married with two sons, one attending Arizona State University and the other is in high school.



Mark Smith began his insurance career in 1979 as a Field Assistant for Travelers Insurance Company. In 1990, he took the position as Marketing Director for AON and later became the Vice President Account Executive and Large Account Manager. He moved to the brokerage side of insurance in 2001 as an Area Vice President and Account Executive and joined United Valley in 2011. Mark provides members with consultation and advice on larger or complex commercial lines accounts and assists with loss sensitive program development, where appropriate.

Mark was born and raised in Fresno, CA and is active with the North Fresno Rotary.



Mike D’Alessio joined the United Valley Marketing Team in 2013 and is currently the Marketing Team Manager. Mike has almost 18 years of experience in the insurance industry.  In that time, he has worked in a variety of capacities including sales, general manager and agency owner.  In addition to his insurance knowledge, Mike has a background in construction and real estate sales.

Mike is married and has two daughters. 



Michael O'Dell has worked for United Valley for over 14 years. He provides support as our project leader for the development & deployment of new systems and tools, maintaining and updating existing tools, and heads up our programming and data management systems.

Michael lives with his wife in Fresno. 




Elizabeth began her insurance career in 1997 as an Agency Services Coordinator at OneBeacon Insurance. She soon became an Underwriting Technician and not long after that an Underwriting Specialist. Elizabeth joined United Valley Insurance Services in 2002.

Elizabeth is an active member of her church and lives in Madera with her husband and their children.




Tiffany joined United Valley in 2010 as an intern working with our retail agency at the time, in a traditional marketing & sales support role. After graduating from Fresno State, she assumed the role of Marketing Coordinator for the agency. Later, her duties expanded to include supporting both the retail agency and United Valley Insurance Services. Tiffany’s role is now exclusive to United Valley, where she focuses on managing our events & communications and she provides support to our members.

Tiffany lives in Kingsburg with her fiancé and their dog and cat.



Mike McCreary was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Valley Insurance Services, Inc. since its founding in 1983 and has been active in the insurance industry since 1973. He retired December 31, 2016 and continues to be active as a Consultant as well as a member of United Valley's Board of Directors. Prior to leading United Valley, Mike held various underwriting and management positions with The Hartford, Aetna Life & Casualty and Commercial Union Insurance Company.

He is married with two adult children, and is on the Board of Directors of Hope Now for Youth, a local ministry that recruits young people out of the gang life and into jobs, helping them become productive, positive members of the community.



Neal Stanley was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of United Valley, providing guidance and leadership since 2002. He retired December 31, 2016 and continues to be active as a Consultant to United Valley's Leadership Team. He also serves on United Valley's Board of Directors. Neal spent more than 30 years providing management and direction to various insurance companies and agencies prior to joining United Valley.

Neal has served on the Board of Directors of various industry organizations and is an active member of the State Bar of California.

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