Alexa Olenick, Project Manager
Alexa joined Distinctive in March of 2013 and has enjoyed it ever since. Her position as Project Manager has been among her favorite positions within this company. She enjoys being able to come up with solutions to help better assist Distinctive employees and improve the productivity of servicing our clients. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Alexa spends most of her time enjoying activities and the outdoors with family and friends.
Allison Ivie, Account Manager
Allison strives to learn her customers’ individual needs and build positive relationships with them. She works hard to find solutions to all of her client’s questions. She feels good not only making, but keeping her clients happy. Her personal goal is to provide her clients with exceptional customer service, and meet their needs quickly and efficiently.Allison strives to learn her customers’ individual needs and build positive relationships with them. She works hard to find solutions to all of her client’s questions. She feels good not only making, but keeping her clients happy. Her personal goal is to provide her clients with exceptional customer service, and meet their needs quickly and efficiently. Allison loves all animals, especially a little shitzu named Bart. She is married and loves anything to do with the outdoors.
Allyson Carter, Account Manager
Ally Carter loves her position as a benefits account manager and is always happy to assist her clients in any way she can. Insurance can be quite perplexing in this ever changing health insurance industry, but she loves a good puzzle. Finding solutions for her clients and surpassing expectations is the name of the game, and she has been with Distinctive for 5 years doing just that. Allyson was born and raised in Las Vegas, enjoys traveling, served a mission for the LDS church in Texas, is married to her high school sweetheart, and is a mom to a rambunctious two-year old. She has a joy for life that is represented in her friendly customer service. She appreciates how her position constantly challenges her.
Beth Roberts, Account Manager
Beth Roberts joined Distinctive in 2012 and is ecstatic to be here! She has been in the health insurance field since October 2010. She is a native to Las Vegas and has seen the changes and fluctuations in the burgeoning market. With training and experience in Health, Life, Disability and other fields, she brings great capability to our team.
Carissa Drury, Receptionist
Carissa was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and joined Distinctive in July 2015 and has enjoyed working at Distinctive. She answers the phones, and will greet you with a smile as soon as you walk in. She enjoys being with her 2 kids, family, hiking, kayaking and anything outdoors. She’s taking life day by day.
Connar Vela, Account Manager
Connar joined Distinctive in January of 2017 as an Account Manager, managing Group Benefits. Connar is a UNLV Alumni, graduating in 2016, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Business Management. While not at work, Connar enjoys going to the movies, playing laser tag and trips to the park with her two fur babies. Providing quality Customer Service to her clients is her main goal here at Distinctive. She lives by the quote “Customers may forget what you said but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”
Daniel LeaMon, Property and Casualty Agent
Danny Ross, Accounting
Danny is our self-taught programmer, who is a Microsoft office specialist expert for Excel. He has automated many of the time consuming process. He helps with the day to day accounting, and operations of the office. He is planning on returning to college for a programing degree. Danny was born and raised here in Las Vegas, he is married and has a dog named Gumball and two pygmy goats named Velvet and Little Bit.
Edilu Duarte, Account Manager
Edilu was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She enjoys her position as an account manager. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors and loves hanging out with friends and family. She enjoys watching Baseball and softball games. She also loves having my nose in a book.
(YOU SAY SUSHI, I’M THERE !)
Favorite quote: “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” – Babe Ruth
Emalee Gagliardo, Personal Lines Customer Service Representative
Emalee works hard at servicing the needs of every client. She feels good knowing that she has made her clients happy and has helped them with their insurance needs. Emalee is married and is the proud owner of a Golden Retriever named Cooper, who has his own Instagram page. When not working you can find her spending time with family and doing crafts.
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss
Gabriela Felix, Account Manager
Gabriela has been in the insurance field since 2014, she begin working with the Nevada Health Exchange and shortly joined Distinctive Insurance. Gabriela was born in California, raised in Las Vegas. She LOVES working at Distinctive Insurance as an Account Manager. Gabriela is a mother of two kids and enjoys spending time with her family.
Gerlie Ryan, Account Manager
Gerlie was born and raised in Arcadia California, and graduated with an Associates in Arts degree in Fine Arts in 1992. Fresh out of college, She started an insurance career as a Personal Lines Assistant Account Manager for a small Agency in California in 1992. In 1993 she decided to make the move into Commercial Lines as an Account Manager. She obtained a CISR designation in 2000 and also a CIC designation in 2016. Industries that she specialize in include large commercial contractors, hotels/motels/casinos, schools, churches, timeshare properties, the new and ever growing medical marijuana industry, and many more.
Gerlie moved to Las Vegas NV with her family in the fall of 2006, and joined the Distinctive team in late 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and son Jacob, not to mention her many 4-legged animal children, and volunteers at her Church. Gerlies’s favorite hobbies include cooking, arts & crafts, jigsaw puzzles, watching hockey and football, and listening to good music.
Itilya Lang, Account Manager
Itilya joined Distinctive in November 2016 and is still excited as she was on day one to be a member of such an awesome group of people. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and relocated to Las Vegas in 2015 to escape the dreadful winters. Itilya loves to travel, read, watch movies and spend time with family and friends.
Johnny Olenick, Administrative Assistant
Johnny Olenick joined Distinctive Insurance in September of 2013 as an intern, but enjoyed working at Distinctive so much that he decided to move to a full-time position for the benefits department. He was also excited to have the opportunity to work alongside his brother-in-law, Leonard Marler. Johnny is a graduate from Baylor University with degrees in Marketing and Film. He spends most of his free time watching films and television, going on adventures and vacations, and learning about anything he can. Johnny is also committed to excellence while working with the accounts he is assigned to and with Employee Navigator, the Benefits Administration System he specializes in. heir health.
Jonathan Johnson, Principal
Jonathan brings 15 years of experience to Distinctive Insurance, a full service agency, and is responsible for strategic direction and continued agency growth. He consults with businesses locally with respect to employee benefits and other insurance needs. Jonathan is a 2005 graduate from UNLV, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Jonathan sits on the board of the Clark County Association of Health Underwriters, a nonprofit association that supports the insurance industry. Jonathan is a native Las Vegas resident, married with five children. He enjoys attending sporting events and boating on Lake Mead in the summer months. He currently volunteers with Boy Scouts.
Jolene Whitehead, Account Specialist
Jolene Whitehead loves working on Employee Benefits and helping customers. She previously worked as an Account Executive with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon until moving to Nevada. Jolene is a graduate of California State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She spends her free time playing Pickleball and walking with her husband.
Keri Frei, Account Manager
Keri has been with Distinctive Insurance since 2007, and brought with her a previous background in medical billing. She is passionate about learning, and finds great satisfaction in solving problems and meeting the needs of her clients. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in 2001. Outside of the office, she keeps busy spending time with her husband and two young children, who are her greatest joy.
Leonard Marler, Property and Casualty Agent
Leonard Marler was born and raised in Las Vegas. After High school Leonard attended the University of Chaminade in Hawaii, and enlisted in the Navy. While serving active duty in the Navy, Leonard was deployed for Enduring and Iraqi freedom. Married now with twins, Leonard takes it one day at a time. Since joining the Distinctive Insurance team, Leonard handles all personal lines insurance and is one of the only agents in Nevada that specializes in Agribusiness. Dedicated to building relationships with his clients Leonard finds satisfaction in knowing that he has done the best that he can in helping his clients effectively protect their assets and business.
Lydia Boske, Employee Benefits Agent
Lydia began her benefits career in 1981, with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District as the Payroll Benefits Coordinator. In 1988 she transitioned to a Regional Insurance Company, Health Plan of Nevada in the Marketing/Sales Department. Working 9 years with Health Plan of Nevada she worked many different Sales roles including, Service Representative, Jr. Account Executive, Team Lead on Retention, Group Sales Rep.
In 1997 she started with a National Carrier, Aetna and helped open the market for them as a Broker Sales Representative. Then in 2001 she was offered and accepted a position as VP of Sales with a Northern Nevada Brokerage, and built a Southern Nevada agency for ten years. In 2010, she obtained her Property and Casualty license, and worked at both Health and Life and Property and Casualty markets.
Lydia happily joined Distinctive Insurance in 2014, and has been working primarily on Health and Life markets. She also has held many positions on the Board of her Professional Association, NAHU, including State of Nevada President. Lydia brings a complete understanding of the Employer/Carrier/Broker roles within the Insurance Industry.
Malisa Crisman, Account Manager
Malisa joined Distinctive in January of 2015 as a Receptionist and was recently promoted to Account Manager. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 1995.
She is happily married an has three children and is a grandmother. She spends most of her free time enjoying outdoor activities and other various sports with family and friends.
Her main goal is to provide excellent customer service to her client’s and she enjoys working here.
Marc Fish, Principal
“Respect and goodwill are earned by many fine performances and lost by one bad act” -Author Unknown
Marc is an Employee Benefits Consultant who prides himself in earning peoples trust and enjoys disrupting the status quo. He is also responsible with the strategic direction and operations of the Employee Benefits Division. Having a long term approach to the business helps Marc build his business with integrity. Marc has been in the insurance business since 2003 and spent all his time with Distinctive Insurance.
Marc is a native Las Vegas resident; He enjoys being with his family, playing sports, and supporting local sporting events.
Mark Hutchings, Property and Casualty Agent
Commercial Insurance Expert – ex-Drummer
Specializing in commercial insurance and risk management, Mark is passionate about being an asset to his clients. He uses his continual training and expertise to help companies make informed decisions when it comes to protecting their business. Mark strives to provide value to his clients through integrity, expertise, and innovation.
Industry Focuses Include:
· Food Industry
· Product Manufacturing
Coverage Expertise includes:
· General Liability
· Workers Compensation
· Professional Liability
· Property Coverage
· Commercial Auto Liability
Mark heads up our Reno office. As a member of the community, he is involved in several charitable organizations. He also enjoys the outdoors and hiking. If you are lucky, you may even come across Mark on iTunes. As a drummer, he recorded an album in high school with a local band. Thankfully for us, album sales are…sluggish. We expect Mark won’t be leaving us to go on tour anytime soon.
Michael Stewart, Property and Casualty Agent
Born and raised in Vegas with a background in construction and real estate development, and a dual degree from UNLV in Management and Marketing. Mike specializes in Commercial Insurance. He is happily married with four beautiful children, and enjoys participating in motocross, dancing, and many other outdoor activities. Although he does not practice Karate, he is a huge fan. Mike’s ambitions in life is to one day enter into the acting world.
Michelle Claxton, Account Manager
Michelle is from a small town 30 miles south of Chicago. She moved to the West in 2006 and never looked back. (Chicago is a nice place to be from). She loves Reno, NV. There is always fun to be found!
Michelle has 2 grown daughters and an awesome grand-daughter. She has worked in the insurance industry for 20+ years. She enjoys helping people with their insurance needs, provide them the best customer service and make it as simple as possible.
When Michelle is not working she enjoys Sunday dinners with her family. She is on a pool league and recently started taking piano lessons again. She hasn’t played in 15 years and is really enjoying it.
Peggy Ross, Office Manager
Peggy has been with Distinctive since 2000. She originally handling only the bookkeeping and accounting aspect for the business, then in 2008 became the office manager. Her enjoyment comes from keeping the office running smoothly on a day to day basis. She makes it possible for other people to function efficiently. Peggy works closely with the company partners to meet Distinctive’s staffing, equipment and organizational needs. When not at work you will find her in her sewing room making quilts or playing with her grandson.
Rachel Turner, Accounting
Rachel works in the Accounting department. She joined Distinctive full time in 2015, but had worked part-time for us before that. She was born and raised here in Southern Nevada. She is married and has a son. She enjoys, camping, shooting, cooking and woodworking.
Sam Earl, Vice President, Property and Casualty
Born in Hermiston Oregon and raised in Henderson Nevada, Sam joined the Distinctive team in December of 2006. With a bachelor’s degree from UNLV in Business Management, he specializes in both personal and commercial lines of Insurance. He is the Vice President of property and Causality and is happily married with 4 kids, and a dog named Dragon. Sam Enjoys the mountains, fishing, playing basketball, and watching his kids play soccer. He is a huge UNLV basketball fan, and in retirement, he would like to pursue his dreams as a professional lounge singer.
Sandra Camp, Account Manager
Sandra has been in the insurance field since 2001. She enjoys working with and building relationships with her clients. Her personal goal is to meet and exceed her clients expectations and keeping them happy by being helpful in any way she can. She is a native of Las Vegas. She enjoys being a mother and spending time with her family. She enjoys music, movies, riding motorcycles and quads and relaxing by the beach any chance she gets.
Stephanie Borges, Account Manager
Stephanie was born in Bronx, New York and relocated to Las Vegas in 2009. She joined the Distinctive Benefits Team in April of 2016. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family while participating in her children’s outdoor activities and various sports. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently majoring in Communications. Her main goal is to provide excellent customer service to her clients.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”
Tammy Gregory, Account Manager
Tammy is an outgoing insurance specialist that has been with Distinctive Insurance since 2008. Her main goals are to provide great customer service and education to clients. She takes pride in the Distinctive name and the integrity, commitment, and service we give to others. Tammy has been married since 2007 and has a daughter and son that bring her family great joy. She loves dancing and fitness classes outside of the work environment.
Tanner Huntington, Account Manager
Tanner is a newcomer to both the world of insurance and Las Vegas, both of which she has come to enjoy immensely. Born and raised in Bentonville, Arkansas, she married a Las Vegas native while attending Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2016. Tanner joined the Distinctive team fresh out of college and loves her position as an Account Specialist. She enjoys cross-stitching, playing piano, and quoting 30 Rock. When she is not at work, her natural habitat is in her home with her husband and dog.
Vance Jolley, Principal
Vance Jolley began his insurance career as an Account Executive in 2003. After starting and successfully growing his own agency, Vance merged his operations with Distinctive Insurance in 2015. It was the recognition of many shared values, including a customer-focused philosophy and an employee-centered culture, which led to this partnership.
During his years of experience in the industry, Vance has specialized in providing many lines of insurance to organizations as well as individuals. He has particular expertise in providing insurance solutions to those in the construction, hospitality and educational/religious industries.
As a Las Vegas native, Vance stays active in the insurance industry as well as the local community. He has particular interest in making a difference in the lives of youth. He finds great joy in being a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and in coaching youth basketball. Vance is a corporate member of the Charter School Association of Nevada (CSAN) and is also serving as a Director for the Nevada Independent Insurance Agents Association (NIIA).
He is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business with an emphasis in Finance. He is also fluent in Spanish. Vance enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa and their four children, Maxwell, Kate, Ezra & Quinn. He finds enjoyment in almost any sporting activity such as basketball, golf and wakeboarding.
Southern Nevada Office
8375 West Flamingo Rd, Ste. 102
Las Vegas, NV 89147
P: (702) 396-4844
F: (702) 396-4832
Northern Nevada Office
401 Ryland St. #112
Reno, NV 89052
P: (775) 309-4021
F: (702) 396-4832
Our Office Hours
Mon. – Fri. : 8:30 AM -5:00 PM