Ambassadors

NextGen Ambassadors

NextGen Ambassadors are the eyes and ears on the street helping young agents connect with Big I Michigan and its resources. An Ambassador is a Big I Michigan Partner who is out in the offices of our member agents and regularly attends Big I Michigan events. 

If you are interested in becoming a NextGen Ambassador and are a Big I Michigan Partner, contact Aleisha Wenzlick ...

Email Aleisha Wenzlick

Brian Drake, 2024 NextGen Ambassador

2024 NextGen Ambassador of the Year: 
Brian Drake, JM Wilson (right) with Daniel Kunkel

Ambassador of the Year Award

Since 1998, the Big I Michigan NextGen Leaders Committee has annually recognized a special company or vendor representative for their outstanding efforts, support, promotion and commitment to NextGen Leaders. The NextGen Ambassador Award is presented at their annual conference.

Award Criteria:

  • Supporter of NextGen Leaders Committee
  • Member of Big I Michigan
  • Recruits NextGen agents to participate in events
  • Goes above and beyond to help the committee and NextGen agents

Young Agent Ambassador of the Year

  • 2024 - Brian Drake, JM Wilson
  • 2023 - Sally Gordon, Arlington/Roe
  • 2022 - Brian Dimmick, Grange Insurance
  • 2021 – Brian Barton, Pioneer State Mutual
  • 2019 – Mike Maurer, Accident Fund
  • 2018 – Tom Humphreys - Olivet College 
  • 2017 – Mark Maurer, Keystone Insurers Group


YAC Master Award Winners

  • 2016 – Rich Lehman, Olivet College
  • 2015 – Taras Shalay, Burns & Wilcox
  • 2014 – Jerry Fetty, SMART I.T. Services
  • 2013 – Terri Bettinger, Paul Davis Restoration
  • 2012 – no award given
  • 2011 – Wendy Loveless, Arlington/Roe
  • 2010 – Jason Rhines, Expert Services
  • 2009 – Paul Davis Restoration
  • 2008 – Lisa Hartt, Titan Insurance Company
  • 2007 – Denny Bauer, County Insurance & Financial Services
  • 2006 – Jerry Fetty, SMART I.T. Services
  • 2005 – Rich Fasi, Harleysville Lake States
  • 2004 – Patt Avila, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • 2003 – Melissa Bushor, Henderson Glass
  • 2002 – Teresa Breed & Stephanie Holstad, Titan Insurance
  • 2001 – Ron Devers, Auto Glass Specialists
  • 2000 – Rob Mani, Fremont
  • 1999 – Lynn Uroda, Accident Fund
  • 1998 – Dan Wortman, Frankenmuth

2023-24 Ambassadors

By Partner Tier

Super Platinum Partners
Mark Ely, Premco

Platinum Partners
Brian Dimmick, EMC
Andy Fischer, Arlington/Roe
Sally Gordon, Arlington/Roe
Rachel Vasiloff Citizens/Hanover
Aaron Vorce, EMC

Diamond Partners
Matt Compau, Frankenmuth
Justin Reinert, Frankenmuth

Gold Partners
Tom Anderson, Michigan Insurance Company
Brian Barton Pioneer
Joe Crosby, CRC Group
Trina Moulder, Burns & Wilcox
Kendra Prenzler, Secura

Silver Partners
Joshua De Lara, JenCap
Brian Drake, JM Wilson
Mike Fox, Michigan Millers Mutual
Beth Goodman, Accident Fund

Bronze Partners
Craig Cole, ICW Group
Juan Ramirez-Ortega, CAMComp Workers Compensation