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December 2020

Meet Elaine Young, Access Branch Leader,

Vice President AmWINS Access Insurance Services, LLC

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AmWINS Group Inc.

Elaine Young is celebrating  44 years in the insurance industry this year.

AmWINS Group is a $20 Billion+ in premium partner to the insurance industry. This organization was built organically and through 49 acquisitions since 2002 and has  5400 employees, 118 locations in 31 states and 12 countries. As of January 1, 2021, Networked Insurance Agents is under AmWINS Access and will be rebranded to AmWINS Access Admitted Placement Services.

AmWINS Group is a Global Specialty Insurance Distributor with expertise in Property, Casualty, Professional Lines and Specialty Group Benefit Products. Divisions include -Brokerage, Access (Small Business/Personal Lines) and Underwriting (Specialty Programs).

Elaine comes from a military background with her father and siblings serving in various branches -Air Force, Navy and Coast guard. The military is near and dear to her heart! Which makes sense of her love for The Veterans Guest House where she is  involved with sponsoring and volunteering at fundraising events. Elaine was ready to join the Navy out of high school when she met her husband and as they say the rest is history. When Elaine is not at work, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and motorcycle riding. She also enjoys spending time with her husband,  Toby.; son, Justin and two granddaughters Aerianna 16 and Keira  11.

She has enjoyed her partnership with the Nevada Independent Insurance Agents  because of the networking and educational opportunities. Her favorite NIIA event is the Annual Tradeshow.

Her career in the insurance industry began when she started as a receptionist with State Farm Insurance. She also worked on the company side at Travelers Insurance, and the retail sector before working in Wholesale.

To reach out to Elaine directly, email her at


Todd has several roles at Cragin & Pike including maintaining and growing book of business. He also oversees various departments within the agency.

Cragin & Pike focuses on medium to large commercial accounts for commercial insurance and benefits and high net worth personal lines.  Todd's focus is on  all of these.  The agency is one of the oldest  in our state being established in 1909. Currently, they have 55 employees.

Todd has been in the industry for 20 years. He has been a NIIA Director 3 years and has been active with the Education, Membership and Events Committees. He is looking forward to working on the 2021 Convention and Tradeshow to bring valuable networking and professional opportunities to both our members and partners.

Todd's interests are playing golf, hiking, and playing electronic battleship. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons (14 and 10) and two dogs (4 and 2). He hopes to someday open a Basque bar and restaurant in Southern Nevada.

 Todd suggests other  agency owners and producers should get involved with our state association. Nevada, despite our growth is still a small state.  We can work together to help our industry and clients with everything from regulation to legislation.  His favorite NIIA or Big I event was the  Trade Show in Reno last year. It was a hit, and he had the most fun with fellow board members assisting with setup the night before.

Reach out to Todd  and learn about how you can get involved with upcoming events. 

Congratulations to Len Rickards on his retirement.

len 2.PNGWith a sense of humor, Len comments on the attached "some photos to show what wear and tear the insurance industry can have on a person so maybe I waited too long." Well he still has his sense of humor as he retires from Mercury Insurance. Len started his  career in  P&C Insurance in the mid-1980s when he started as a manager at AAA in Colorado. He landed in Nevada with MetLife in 2003. He then joined Mercury in 2004 where he enjoyed 16 years. He has fond memories of helping many start-up independent insurance agencies and developing many friendships. His last day of employment was November 30, 2020. For the full story, click here.

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