Our Team

Executive Team

RENE SWAN, PRESIDENT

Rene Swan joined United Valley in 2011, was appointed as Vice President in 2013 and assumed the role of President in 2016. She has enjoyed over 30 years in insurance and financial services, for both retail agencies and property & casualty insurance carriers. She is active on several insurance carrier councils and is on the advisory committee for Insurance Networks Alliance, a national membership group serving insurance agency networks. She earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2011 and is a graduate and graduate assistant of Dale Carnegie Institute.

Rene’s community involvement includes serving on the Fresno-Clovis Walk to End Alzheimer's Planning Committee and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Central Valley Associate Board, since 2012.

Rene and her husband, Mark have been married for 31 years and have two adult sons. In her spare time, Rene enjoys sailing, gardening, being outdoors and photo journaling ‘life’s little things.'

 

JOHN PERKINS, VICE PRESIDENT

John joined United Valley in 2015 and became Vice President in 2018. He has over 26 years of property and casualty insurance experience. Prior to United Valley, John worked in claims and field marketing.

John is a graduate of California State University, Chico and has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

John and his wife, Jennifer have two sons. One is a graduate from Arizona State, who is entering the workforce utilizing his Data Analytics Business degree and one attends Hood College, where he plays baseball, while studying for a Business Administration degree. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being active outside and watching movies.

 

MICHAEL O'DELL, AVP - BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Michael joined United Valley in 2000. Prior to United Valley, he was a systems analyst and consultant to very large organizations.

Michael is responsible for managing internal systems and compiling and analyzing member and carrier production data for profit sharing and other purposes.

 

Management Team

MONIKA AGUIRRE, MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR

Monika joined United Valley in 2018. She has over 30 years of relationship management experience with insurance carriers and Third Party Administrators. Monika manages our Member Services team and serves as a relationship manager for members, carriers and Preferred Vendors.

Monika is a graduate of Charter Oak State College and holds certifications in Leadership Management and Group Insurance. She is married and has two daughters. She recently welcomed her second grandchild to the family. Monika is an active volunteer in the community, donating her time to causes that support children and families dealing with grief and loss.

 

ELIZABETH NEWLAND, SERVICE TEAM MANAGER

Elizabeth joined United Valley in 2002. She has over 20 years of property and casualty insurance experience. During her tenure at United Valley, she has worked in a variety of departments, including being an underwriter for a proprietary program.

Elizabeth is responsible for the Surplus Lines Courtesy Filing desk for United Valley members.

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

 

MICHAEL HILL, RISK CONSULTANT

Mike joined United Valley in 2018. He has over 19 years of property and casualty experience as an account executive, business developer, territory manager and sales executive. Mike assists members with account reviews, marketing support for large or complex risks, coverage analysis and other projects.

Mike has two children and lives in the Sacramento area. He enjoys many hobbies including, hiking, cycling and running. Mike currently completes over 400 miles a month in these fitness categories and has a goal to hit 500 this summer.

 

BRIAN J. ROGERS, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Brian joined United Valley in 2019. He has over 40 of experience in property and casualty insurance. Brian has held positions in claims, underwriting and marketing before moving to the retail agency business, where he held positions in sales production, management and ownership of several agencies in Southern California.

Brian is a graduate of San Diego State University and has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Brian is responsible for the recruitment of quality independent agencies to the United Valley network.

 

HEATHER BEAMER, COMMUNICATIONS & BRAND MANAGER

Heather joined United Valley in 2018. She has over 12 years of experience as a marketing professional and graphic designer. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Heather is responsible for protecting the United Valley brand, development and execution of marketing strategies, including all communications, social media, events, public relations and advertising.


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