WinStar Insurance Group LLC dba VFIS of Texas purchased the assets of Regnier & Associates, Inc. on October 1, 2016. The owners of WinStar Insurance Group are Barbara Marzean, Stephanie Dew and Glenn Hastings.
Regnier & Associates, Inc. was founded in May of 1982 by Cynthia Regnier and has been the Texas Regional Director for VFIS since 1985. In 1992, with the continued success and growth of the VFIS program, the agency chose to devote their time and resources exclusively to the VFIS program. With a 98% client retention rate, VFIS of Texas has developed a lasting relationship with the Emergency Service community.
WinStar Insurance Group LLC also dedicates our time insuring wineries, breweries, distilleries, water districts, private ambulances, & more and is dedicated to continuing the vision and commitment that Regnier & Associates, Inc. has provided for the past 34 years. We promise to continue to provide the high level of service that our clients have come to know and expect.
Barbara Marzean is the President of WinStar Insurance Group LLC. She began her insurance career in 1974 and joined Regnier & Associates, Inc. in 1985 as an account manager. She acquired a 20% interest in Regnier & Associates, Inc. and became the President in 2005. In October 2016, she along with Stephanie Dew and Glenn Hastings purchased the assets of Regnier & Associates, Inc. and formed WinStar Insurance Group LLC. Barbara holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and successfully completed the IIAT Leadership Academy program. She is on the Board of the Texas Line of Duty Task Force and was honored with the Gary Tilton “Heroes, Legends & Leaders” Award in August 2014. Barbara and her husband Mike, live in Georgetown and have two children and three wonderful grandchildren. Click here to e-mail Barbara
Glenn Hastings, LUTCF Vice President
Glenn Hastings is the Vice-President for WinStar Insurance Group and has been involved in the VFIS program in the Houston area since 2001. Glenn has 24 years of insurance experience and over 31 years experience with emergency services. He was a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Houston Fire Department and is a life member of the Spring Volunteer Fire Association in Harris County, having also served as their Fire Chief. Click here to e-mail Glenn
Stephanie Dew, CIC, CPCU Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Stephanie Dew is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for WinStar Insurance Group. She graduated from Brigham Young University and in 1997, began her insurance career within the public entity sector. Stephanie held various underwriting positions while obtaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. In 2004, she transitioned into a sales and marketing capacity and found her niche. Stephanie enjoys developing new programs, meeting new people and continuously learning. She has 4 children and loves being involved in their many activities. Click here to e-mail Stephanie
Sales / Marketing Team
Danny Kerecman Sales Manager
Danny Kerecman manages the Sales team for WinStar Insurance Group. He graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and worked for American Hardware Insurance Agency. He relocated to Texas and joined the agency in 1994. Danny has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and has worked with the VFIS program for more than 16 years. Click here to e-mail Danny
Tom Van Wyngarden Assistant Sales Manager
Tom Van Wyngarden joined the agency in 1999 after a successful career in sales. He graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Business Administration in Waverly, Iowa. Tom has more than 23 years of experience working with public entities and emergency services. In 2006, Tom was recognized and honored for achieving over $1,000,000 in VFIS sales. Tom enjoys playing golf when not working. Click here to e-mail Tom
Gerrie Smith Sales Executive
Gerrie Smith is our Sales Executive for the territory encompassing Central Texas. She joined our team in 2006 and has over 40 years of insurance experience, including sales, service, and claim handling for both property & casualty and life & health coverage. She also has over 10 years experience with non-profit organizations and emergency services. Gerrie earned her EMT-B in 2009 and worked for a short time for Scott & White EMS. In her spare time, Gerrie enjoys competing in dog sports such as scent work and agility with her two Corgis. Click here to e-mail Gerrie
Marvin Vinson Sales Executive
Marvin Vinson joined the agency in 2004 to handle the East Texas area. Marvin is a Firefighter/ECA and has more than 30 years experience with emergency services. He is currently serving as President of the Rusk County Firefighters Association and also sells fire apparatus for Westex Custom Fire Apparatus. Marvin holds the following SFFMA Certifications: Firefighter 2 tested, Instructor 1, Driver Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Wildlife Certification, and Vehicle Extrication 2. He’s currently working on his SFFMA Masters Certification. Click here to e-mail Marvin
David Hubbard Sales Executive
David Hubbard is our Sales Executive for the North Texas region. David has been active in the volunteer fire service in Texas since 1990. He is the Chief of Santo Fire and EMS in Palo Pinto County and most recently sold fire equipment for NAFECO. Click here to e-mail David
Kash Sarkaria Digital Marketing Coordinator / Sales Executive
Kash is our social media & marketing specialist, handling everything related to digital marketing for the firm. Responsibilities also include designing and maintaining the website, creating newsletters, booking conferences & training, and other administrative functions. He is also a sales representative for our Brewery Insurance program. Kash received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and recently completed his MBA in Marketing at St. Edward's University. He is also a talented musician whose band plays regularly around Texas. Click here to e-mail Kash
Training & Education
Roy Mercer Director of Training, Education, & Safety
Roy has worked with VFIS of Texas as a Trainer and Training Coordinator for over 16 years. He holds an A.A.S., Fire Technology and B.B.M. from LeTourneau University and has tenure of 36 years in the fire service with numerous certifications. Roy served as a Safety/Training Officer for City of Rosenberg Fire Department, Safety Director for Richmond State School, Business Manager for Fulshear Volunteer Fire Department and most recently a Battalion Chief/Professional Development (retired) for City of Sugar Land Fire Department. He is also an adjunct instructor for Texas Engineering Extension Service. Click here to e-mail Roy
Service / Administrative Team
Nancy Spear, CIC Service Manager
Nancy Spear manages the Service team for WinStar Insurance Group. She has been with the agency since 1989. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and has over 40 years of insurance experience. Her broad knowledge and experience bring the highest level of service to our clients.Click here to e-mail Nancy
Susan Heil Account Manager
Susan Heil is an account manager for WinStar Insurance Group. She joined our agency in 2008 after moving from California to Austin. Susan has more than 30 years of insurance experience, has completed her Chartered Property and Casuality Underwriter certification, and is working toward her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification as well.Click here to e-mail Susan
Deborah Bush, ACSR, CISR Account Manager
Deborah Bush is an account manager for WinStar Insurance Group. She has almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including 18 years in commercial insurance. Deborah is a native of Louisiana and attended Loyola University. She is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and is currently working on her Certified Account Manager (CAM) designation.Click here to e-mail Deborah
Cherry Guidry Account Manager / Claims Manager
Cherry Guidry has a dual role as claims specialist and account manager for WinStar Insurance Group. Cherry has 20 years of Insurance experience, which includes four years in the Underwriting department at Texas Mutual and sixteen years at other agencies assisting with claims and preparing policies. Cherry has both her an agent and adjuster’s license as well as an Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) designation in both commercial lines and personal lines. Click here to e-mail Cherry
Bianca Nelson Account Manager
Bianca Nelson is our newest Account Manager and is a Texas native who recently moved back from Hawaii to settle in after life as a Military family. Her experience within the insurance industry includes over 3 years as an Account Manager for Commercial & Personal Lines at her previous agency in Hawaii. Bianca currently holds a Property & Casualty License and will begin working on her CIC designation in the near future. When not working, Bianca enjoys random road trips, listening to music, watching sports, hiking and entertaining. Click here to e-mail Bianca.
Clare Ryan Account Manager / Sales Executive
Clare Ryan is the Account Manager for all Winery and Brewery clients for WinStar Insurance Group as well as Sales Executive for the Winery Program. She graduated from Lehigh University in 2011 with a BA in Global Studies, English, and Russian. Clare is originally from San Francisco, CA but moved to Texas in 2013. She enjoys hiking and biking around the beautiful Texas Hill Country and rooting for her Bay Area sports teams. Click here to e-mail Clare
Karri Criminger Accountant / HR
. Karri Criminger manages the Finance, Accounting and Human Resource Operations of WinStar Insurance Group. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Prior to Regnier and Associates, Karri was the Financial Administrator for a West Texas Oil Surveying Company. She enjoys tennis, traveling and spending time with her daughters. Click here to e-mail Karri.
Sarah Key Administrative Specialist
Sarah Key is the Administrative Specialist at WinStar Insurance Group, starting in late 2015. Sarah handles any and all required administrative duties that the office demands. Sarah has lived in Texas her whole life & moved to Austin 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, which she claims is the best decision of her life. She loves watching and attending baseball games, specially the Texas Rangers, & on her spare time enjoys renovating her house, going on walks with her dogs, and exploring new sushi restaurants with her husband. Click here to e-mail Sarah.
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