Terry H. Buckner is the President and CEO of Buckner —a third generation, Utah family-owned business. Terry studied as a Finance undergraduate student at Brigham Young University and earned his MBA from Utah State University in 1979. He completed his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1983. After assuming full command of Buckner in 1992, Terry made several critical strategic moves that allowed the company to experience explosive growth, expanding to more than 20 times the size than when he took the reins. Terry has served as the Chairman of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and served on various advisory boards for BYU, Utah State University, and Weber State University.
Terry and his wife, Lynne, are parents to seven children and 13 grandchildren. He enjoys mountain biking, golf, and skiing, as well as experiencing new foods, activities, and cultures as he travels with his family.
Blaine has more than 30 years of insurance experience, having received his start in the industry in 1985. He joined Buckner in 2006 and specializes in the employee benefits sector.
His greatest accomplishment is his fantastic family—he is proud of each child, grandchild, and spouse. His favorite movie is A Man From Snowy River and Alaska is his top choice for a getaway location. Blaine enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and most outdoor sports. His favorite restaurant in Utah is Maddox.
Camren joined Buckner in 2015 as an Employee benefits broker and is licensed in Health, Life and Disability insurance. In his role, he helps employers develop strategic approaches with their employee benefits, as well as educating them how to become better health care consumers to offset rising costs. Camren has clients in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Professional Sales from Weber State University. If it were possible to earn a Master’s degree in “Being a Utah Jazz fan”, he would probably have two. Camren enjoys cycling, mountain biking, watching local sports teams and free samples from Costco.
Jerry is a seasoned property and liability insurance agent with over four decades of experience. He has been with Buckner since 2000. His areas of expertise are contracting and contract bonding, large property, retail and wholesale—with special emphasis on lumber and building materials, manufacturing—with emphasis on sheet metal and steel, construction equipment dealers, and fuel dealers. He holds a B.A. and Ph. D from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree from the University of California-Davis.
Jerry was an accomplished junior ski racer, and skiing, along with golf and mountaineering, has been a lifelong passion. As a member of the Alpenbock Club, he climbed technical routes in the Wasatch, Uintahs, and Tetons, having summited many notable peaks. As a child, Jerry performed as a soprano soloist and he continues to showcase his voice, though now as a baritone. He is married to the former Cathy Pearce, and together they have 7 children and 35 grandchildren.
Agnesa joined The Buckner Company in 2017 bringing with her over 20 years of insurance experience. Prior to joining Buckner, Agnesa owned her own agency for 10 years. Although experienced with most industries, she specializes in the hospitality and construction sector. Agnesa has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Westminster.
Agnesa loves to travel and has been to Hawaii, Europe and the Caribbean, but her favorite vacation spot is Mexico. Something unique and interesting about her is that she was born in Armenia. Agnesa is a member of numerous organizations including UWNG, YWCA and Women in Business. Agnesa has been exceptionally successful, but her greatest success has been attributed to her becoming a mother.
Fabio joined Buckner in 2013. He was previously involved in the banking and insurance industry since 2009. Fabio has a degree in Finance with an emphasis in International Business from Utah Valley University. Fabio specializes in the trucking industry and has received the Specialist in Transportation and Risk (STAR) designation from Great West Casualty, as well as the Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation.
Originally from Brazil, Fabio speaks four languages fluently and enjoys working with customers from different backgrounds and ethnicities. Fabio enjoys working out and is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and competitor. During his time off, you will find him spending time with his wife and two kids or grappling with someone on the mats.
Scott started in the insurance industry in 2008. He joined Buckner in 2009 with specialties of trucking and transportation. A graduate from the University of Utah, Scott received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Mass Communication.
Scott has been lucky enough to hit 3 holes-in-one in his lifetime and is an avid sports fan. He Loves eating at Tsunami and vacationing in Kauai, Hawaii. Among his greatest accomplishments is being a husband to his wife and a father to his 4 amazing children.
Karson began his career in insurance when he joined The Buckner Company in 2017 focusing in Employee Benefits. Born and raised in Utah, Karson is a true Utes football fan. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Organizational Communications.
Ever since his childhood, Karson has been passionate about the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are some of his favorite past times, and he even participates as a professional guide part time. In 2015, Karson married his sweetheart and they are expecting their first child.
Chris joined Buckner in July 2010 and specializes in providing consultative analysis to larger employers. His goal is to assist clients with his broad understanding of the employee benefits space, with the ultimate objective of introducing solutions that align with the clients’ needs, culture, and business purposes. Chris received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Utah. He is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Buckner, Chris spent many years in sales and underwriting for various insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and pharmacy benefit managers. He has more than 23 years of insurance experience. Those who have worked with Chris describe him as, “intelligent, dedicated, resourceful, driven, ethical, and a strong leader.”
He and his wife, Suzanne, are parents to three children. In his spare time, Chris is an avid pilot with more than 2,800 hours of flight time. He also is a Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument and Multi-Engine privileges. Chris enjoys mountain biking and fly fishing.
Carol has more than 30 years of experience, having begun her insurance career in 1987. When she joined Buckner in 2011, she brought her employee benefits knowledge and expertise with her, specializing in group and Medicare.
Carol’s favorite vacation spot is South Africa—while there, she saw seven lions eating a warthog. Her favorite Utah restaurant is the New Yorker, and she loves the movie Gone With the Wind. She considers raising her two beautiful daughters her greatest accomplishment.
Christian has been working in the insurance industry since 2001. He specializes in helping clients in the retail, manufacturing, technology, and professional services industries.
He is a walking quadriplegic due to a mountain biking injury and enjoys flying and fly fishing.
Chad joined Buckner in 2014, having started in the insurance industry in 2009. His industry specialties include trucking and transportation.
Chad has completed 3 marathons, 2 half-marathons, and one triathlon—running the Boston Marathon is his greatest life achievement. He enjoys eating at Ruth’s Chris, his favorite movie is the Shawshank Redemption, and Hawaii is his top getaway location.
James has over 10 years of experience in the industry, getting his start with insurance in 2004. He joined Buckner in 2015, with specialties in construction, real estate, and manufacturing. James received a Bachelor’s degree, procured his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, as well as a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.
In his spare time, James enjoys snowboarding, golfing, playing hockey, and loves to travel—that is when he is not chasing his two active children in their extracurricular activities of dance, tumbling, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and baseball. He aspires to take his family to every continent one day. His favorite movie is Miracle (the USA hockey team in 1980) and his favorite Utah restaurant is the American-bistro, Tiburon.
Tanner graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. In 2015, he joined Buckner and currently specializes in the construction sector.
Tanner enjoys his time out on the golf course and his favorite vacation spot is Desert Mountain. Ruth’s Chris is among his favorite dining options here in the Salt Lake valley and Moneyball is his top movie pick. Anyone that knows Tanner would agree that he is a Utah Jazz fanatic and will chat with anyone about the latest trades, scores, and game highlights.
Randy has spent more than 25 years in the insurance industry, with specialization in construction, surety, and surplus lines. He received his Bachelor’s of Finance from the University of Utah and is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He carries both a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associated Risk Manager (ARM) designations.
Randy has spent time as chairman of various councils, including Workforce Services, Workers Compensation Fund and was the President of the Board of Trustees for Judge Memorial High School. He was a Utah Supreme Court appointed member of the Utah State Bar Ethics & Discipline Committee and is a Senior Member of the National Ski Patrol.
Mike currently serves as Senior Vice President of The Buckner Company. Mike has over 30 years of insurance experience specializing in the construction industry. Mike obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and has been a member of the National Association of Certified Insurance Counselors for over 25 years. In 2017, Mike was recognized as one of the Top 100 Insurance Agents in the country by Insurance Business Magazine.
A graduate of Weber State University, Mike continues his involvement as a track and field official for track meets. He has served as the President of the Weber State Wildcat Club and also as a board member of WSU Richards Institute for Ethics Advisory Board. Mike has served as convention chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Utah, chairman of Downtown Ogden, Inc. and board member of the, the Ogden Junction Association. Mike is also a member of the Utah Surety Association, the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Utah Chapter.
Mike and his wife Jeri and are the parents of 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Dennis has been in the insurance industry since 2005, starting with Buckner the same year. His industry specialty is focused on construction. Dennis graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, and later graduated with his MBA.
Dennis’s biggest accomplishment is rearing and raising two daughters. He enjoys skiing, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico and the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. He lived in Germany for more than 4 years while serving in the United States Military.
Craig has been in the insurance industry since 1989 and has been with Buckner since 2003. He has industry specialties of construction, financial institutions, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing and professional services.
Craig’s favorite place to be, outside of work, is on the river fly fishing and his favorite vacation spot is Lake Powell. His favorite movie is The Hobbit and he loves eating at Sushi House. As a child, Craig enjoyed baseball, football, basketball and making huts. He considers winning over his wife his greatest feat.
Chris joined The Buckner Company in 2017 while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Weber State University. Chris is a true people person and enjoys getting to know people on a personal level. As a youth, Chris earned his Eagle Scout award and spent most of his free time playing baseball, basketball and football.
Throughout the years, Chris has developed a love for learning new things, intellectually, or with hands on activities. He finds a lot of satisfaction in work and in completing projects. He is a die heart Utah Jazz fan and loves attending their games. Utah has a special place in his heart because of the mountains, the people, and the thriving economy. Ultimately, Chris considers his family the most important part of his life.
Béat Koszinowski is an insurance professional at Buckner with a specialty focus on commercial and residential construction insurance, bonds, and real–estate insurance such as homeowners associations, commercial property, and apartments. His clients include builders, developers, contractors, property owners and property managers.
Béat is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) & Community Insurance & Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS). He is an active board member of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association and a committee member of the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He has served as a coverage expert and expert witness in his specialty fields and was also named one of the top 100 insurance producers in the nation in 2017.
Inez graciously joined the Buckner Company in 2018. Prior to joining our team, Inez ran a HVAC company for multiple years. Inez received her bachelors’ degree in marketing and a minor in business management. Over the years, Inez has gained a passion for helping women become a stronger segment of the sales force.
While raising her 3 girls, Inez has enjoyed volunteering at their school’s PTA, taking her girls camping and rock climbing during the summer and skiing in the winter. In her free time, Inez is often found long distance running with her 120 pound Italian mastiff running buddy.
Larry has been in the industry for over 40 years, having gotten his start in insurance in 1977. He joined Buckner in 2010, specializing in the employee benefits sector. He has a Bachelor’s Degree, as well as his Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI) designation.
Larry served two tours of military service in Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation. His favorite movie is O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and he enjoys both Rodizio Grill and Olive Garden when it comes to favorite dining spots. He is grandfather to 18 of the cutest and smartest grandchildren.
Vivian joined Buckner in 2007 and established the Private Client Group services. Her focus is working closely with our clients in providing innovative property and liability insurance for individuals and their families. Prior to joining Buckner, Vivian worked for Allstate in their personal insurance claims division for 9 years, as well as for Wells Fargo Insurance as a Senior Account Executive for 17 years.
Vivian and her husband, John, have two children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at their cabin in the Uintah Mountains, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and fishing. Vivian and John recently joined the local Harley Davidson riding group and are excited to spend some time on the open road.
Jon has had his hand in the insurance industry since 2004, later joining Buckner in 2015. He specializes in the employee benefits sector, focusing on mid to large businesses (with 50+ employees). He holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree.
He enjoys the movie Fletch and his favorite restaurant in Utah is Mandarin. He loves both water and snow skiing, as well as traveling to Maui as a getaway location. He once played a pickup hockey game with Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton and had an interesting conversation with actor Sean Astin regarding his annual salary. He cherishes his marriage as his greatest accomplishment.
Blake started in the insurance industry in 2008, joining Buckner the same year. His industry specialties include manufacturing, construction, and wholesale/distribution. Blake graduated from Weber State University in 2009 with his B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in Business Administration. He has procured his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Blake enjoys visiting new places and cultures. He has lived in El Salvador and Puerto Rico and among his favorite places to visit have been Peru, Dubai, and India where he had the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama. Among his other interests are sports, CrossFit, reading, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Holly have 3 children.
Brett began his career in the insurance industry in 1979, joining Buckner in 2006. Brett’s specialties include manufacturing, construction, habitational, rail transportation and international business. He has received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Finance and has also received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Throughout his notable career, Brett has been named Utah Young Agent of the Year in 1986, Utah Agent of the Year in 1996, as well as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Utah in 1993-1994. Brett has been the chairman of the Board for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America and on the Board for the World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries. In 2017, Brett was listed in Insurance Business Americas Top 100 agents in the country. Today, Brett and his wife are proud parents of four children and fourteen grandchildren.
Mike began his career in the insurance industry in 1988, joining Buckner in 2000 with an emphasis in the manufacturing and construction industries. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Utah State University.
Mike loved Little League Baseball as a youth and played on Utah State University’s Club Volleyball team while earning his degree. Mike also won the Scholar’s Day Competition at Utah State for his work in Short Fiction. Today Mike enjoys skiing and playing his guitars in his spare time. He once closed an account while dressed as Charlie Brown and he considers his greatest accomplishment in life to be raising his two sons and daughter
Merrilee has over 25 years of insurance industry experience that she brought with her when she joined Buckner in 2013. Her specialty is trucking/transportation and she has obtained her Transportation Risk Specialist (TRS) designation. She serves as a member of Sentry Agent’s Advisory Council.
In her spare time, Merrilee loves to travel, frequent outdoor concerts in the summer and enjoys reading historical fiction. Her grandmother taught her to crochet as a child—a pastime she still loves as an adult. Her ideal vacationing spots include houseboating on Lake Powell, Disneyland with her grandkids or frequenting any beach.
Brandon is passionate about helping businesses take care of people, their employees, patients, residents and clients. He has over 15 years of experience in business operations across the healthcare landscape. Brandon is an experienced operator and executive who understands what it is like to own and operate a business. He has experienced many of the difficulties businesses face in managing risk and insurance. He uses his knowledge to help others know they have a partner in their risk management and safety programs. His goal is to work with you to be safe, reduce risk, increase compliance and save money by managing risk to avoid incurring claim worthy events.
Brandon graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Finance and received his MBA from Westminster College. He joined The Buckner Company in 2016. Brandon enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Justin Robinson epitomizes passion, hard work, grit, and perseverance. Justin grew up in American Fork, Utah. It was there he developed his love for business and helping others with their needs. Justin funded his two-year service mission to Brazil by selling sodas out of a coke machine in his front yard. Justin left Utah to get his B.S. Degree in Finance at Arizona State University.
Since graduating, Justin returned to Utah where he began his career at Buckner and has been managing & developing property and casualty insurance programs since 2006. Justin has his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation and was named Young Agent of the Year by Independent Insurance Agents of Utah in 2013.
When not at work Justin can be found fly fishing, coaching baseball & basketball, attending a dance recital, or serving in his local community. You might, on occasion, find him watching a hair growing infomercial. Justin is a family man with a devotion to God, his beautiful wife, and five children.
Noah entered the insurance industry with his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry from the University of Utah. Although Noah has interest in many industries, he specializes in the life sciences industry. His knowledge of science helps him relate to leaders in the more technical industries and to rectify their insurance issues. Noah also has unique insurance expertise in the trucking industry.
Noah has lived all over the world including Japan, Italy, Germany, and several states in the U.S. While in Japan, he was a professional actor and model – performing in movies, television shows, and commercials. He enjoys cartography, sailing, and camping. His greatest accomplishment is climbing Mount Fuji at night.
Spencer joined the Buckner Company in 2018 focusing in Pest Control, Home Security, Solar, and Entertainment. Prior to that, he led a successful sales team for the last four years. Spencer has received his Associates of Business degree and is currently attending a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Brigham Young University.
Spencer, being the son of Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys, has developed a passion for music throughout his life. Spencer is a recording musician and has a song called Bittersweet which has received over 2 million views on YouTube.
Ryan joined The Buckner Company in 2018 bringing with him over 10 years of insurance experience. Previous to joining Buckner, Ryan owned a successful insurance and financial services agency. Ryan services all industries but specializes in workers comp, risk management, contractors, real estate and bonds. Earlier in his career Ryan and his business partners opened four restaurants in Utah, Colorado and California.
As a youth Ryan, spent most of his time participating in activities such as basketball, football, horseback riding, and swimming. Although Ryan has multiple achievements, such as learning Spanish as a second language and winning an MMA cage fight, he ultimately considers being a dad to three amazing kids as his greatest accomplishment.
Ryan graduated from the University of Utah in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and received his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2008. He joined Buckner and the insurance world in 2003. Ryan provides Risk Management consulting services along with providing his clients with all lines of property & casualty insurance, workers compensation, and surety bonding. His industry focuses in the commercial sectors include construction, real estate, professional services and healthcare related accounts.
He received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation early in his career in 2005 and continues to maintain this designation. In 2008 he received the prestigious Young Agent of the Year Award from the UAIIA. He has also spent time serving on various Agent Councils in the insurance industry including being a past President of the SLAIIA and currently serving as a Co-Chair on the Agent Council for WCF Insurance.
Ryan has been a sports fan his entire life, and in his free time he loves to spend time with his family, golf and vacation. His wife Hanna and 3 kids are his greatest accomplishment in life. They reside in Draper, Utah.
Emily studied Broadcasting and Communications at Utah State University. She now specializes in the worksite health and wellness industry. She is the driving force behind Buckner’s health and wellness initiatives. Emily is passionate about teaching people the power of food on the mind and body. She also loves public speaking to inspire hope and encourage humor in the face of difficulty and uncertainty.
Emily grew up enjoying outdoor sports especially water skiing and playing golf. Today she enjoys yoga and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. When she’s not busy teaching about wellness, you can find her hiking or working out, out lake surfing, or in the yoga studio. Though she is an accomplished athlete, Emily says her greatest accomplishment is teaching her three children to use their sense of humor as their greatest tool to get through difficult circumstances in their lives.
Josh brought 20 years of experience in restaurant management and business consulting to The Buckner Company. His service as Vice President of Operations, and as a Business Consulting Partner for ten different corporations, makes Josh an expert in the restaurant, retail, e-commerce and construction industries.
Josh was born and raised in Utah. He moved to the Pacific Northwest for a few years, and eventually returned back to Utah. He loves the outdoors and sports. Josh is especially fond of baseball, and has a goal to see a game played in every ball park. Josh also loves skateboarding and snowboarding; he has the broken bones to show it! Josh has been married to the love of his life for over 14 years. Together, he and his wife have three fun, adventurous kids who are proving to be just like their dad.
Nate joined Buckner in 2017. He graduated with honors from Utah State University with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration.
Nate loves to be with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing and watching sports. He appreciates traveling to any tropical location. He served an LDS mission in Ecuador- an experience he considers to be his greatest accomplishment- and speaks Spanish fluently.