who we are
As a Colorado-based business, Rifkin Insurance serves Colorado companies and individuals, but we also serve clients in other states. We are, of course, properly licensed and insured to conduct business in all the states in which we have clients.
Rifkin Insurance Associates, Inc. has been awarded the Best Practices Award every year since 2006. We are proud of our top notch associates, and the fact that the shortest tenured associate at Rifkin Insurance has been with the agency since 1996.
Thanks for visiting Rifkin Insurance Associates and we welcome the opportunity to earn your business.
Mike Rifkin, Agency Principal
Michael began his insurance career as a catastrophe adjuster for Safeco Insurance Company in 1978 handling claims in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Washington state in the aftermath of the Mount St. Helen's eruption. He continued his career with Safeco after graduating Colorado College in 1980. At that time Michael entered an intensive 2-year program focusing on personal and commercial lines underwriting as well as surety and risk management. Upon completion of this program Michael joined the family agency in 1982. In 1994, Michael became the Principal owner of Rifkin Insurance Associates, Inc. and enjoys working with his father to this day.
In addition to his agency responsibilities Michael served on the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Agents of Colorado beginning in 1983 and was selected as Young Agent of the Year in 1986. Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents of Denver and was elected to its presidency in 1990. In 2004 Michael was elected to the Board of Directors of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC) and in 2007 served as the State Board President. Michael remains a Director on the Board of Directors for the PIIAC and is currently Colorado's National Director to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
Outside of insurance Michael enjoys cooking, is an avid skier and recreational golfer!
Brett Siegrist, Employee Benefits Manager
Beginning his career in employee benefits in 1987, Brett Siegrist joined Rifkin Insurance Associates in 1996. Brett's entire benefits career has been spent in the Denver, Colorado market, affording him extensive knowledge of this marketplace. Prior to joining Rifkin Insurance Brett worked on the carrier side of the industry, his immediately preceding position being in sales with industry and market leader United Healthcare.
Brett's position as Employee Benefits Manager charges him with managing and growing the agency's benefits business. His background of carrier and agency employment uniquely qualifies him to negotiate and recommend the best possible programs for the agency's valued clients. This of course is not limited to just health insurance, but also includes ancillary health coverages such as dental, vision and long term care, as well as non-medical coverages such as life/AD&D, disability and pension.
Brett was awarded his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation in 1994. He currently is an active member of Metro Denver Area Health Underwriters (MDAHU).
Yvonne Rahming, Personal Lines Manager
With over 25 years of experience in the personal lines marketplace, there isn't much Yvonne hasn't seen or experienced. Yvonne became an integral part of the Rifkin Insurance team in 1994. Having also worked in Houston, TX, she has knowledge of both the Colorado and Texas marketplaces.
Yvonne is qualified to counsel and write insurance coverage for homeowners, automobile, rental property, personal umbrella, flood, motorcycle, boat, mobile homes, recreational vehicle and collector automobiles. She strives to exceed her client's expectations, and prides herself on giving personalized, professional customer service. In addition to managing the Personal Lines Department, she assists Michael Rifkin with the Commercial Lines clients.
Like all of us here, Yvonne works hard at keeping informed about the ever-changing marketplace, and keeps current with all continuing education requirements here in Colorado.