Michael F. Dillon, Jr., CEBS, REBC, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Employee Benefits Advisor
Mike Dillon serves as the Healthcare Reform Expert and Thought Leader of the Employee Benefits Broker Team for Dillon Health. Mike specializes in developing employee benefits programs for Associations & Coalitions across the country, providing guidance to employers on the complexities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and finding solutions to the demanding challenges of the industry. In addition, Dillon has created innovative programs and strategies to guarantee all of our clients, from small groups to large Self-Funded employers, receive the best possible rates and plans for their employees and their families. He is one of the few known to have received the highest accreditation in the industry as a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and Registered Employee Benefits Specialist (REBC).
Mike started his career with the world’s biggest employee benefits brokerage, Marsh & McLennan, and was their top producer of new business in the State of Nevada. Dillon grew a 450+ Group Employer Association Health Insurance Program to over 20,000 lives. That experience has allowed Dillon Health to be the “Endorsed Agency” for employee benefits plans for seven large trade associations in Nevada, California, and the Western United States. He uses the strength of these associations, representing over 2600 companies, to negotiate the strongest coverages at the lowest cost for Dillon Health clients.
Dillon has provided testimony on the impact of the ACA to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Small Business. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the effects of “community adjusted rating” on Small Group Employer Plans and is the ACA Expert for the CBS affiliate, KTVN News, for the “Money Watch” segment.
Dillon is a national and state Legislative Expert on Employee Benefits. He is one of 10 members in the country who make policy for the industry as a member of the NABIP, formerly NAHU (National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals) Legislative Council chairing the working group on Quality and Price. He serves on the State Public Option and Employer working groups for NABIP. Locally,
Dillon served as the President of the Northern Nevada Chapter of NABIP (formerly NAHU) and was appointed by Governor Sisolak to Nevada Insurance Commissioners Agent Advisory Committee making meaningful policy changes to protect Nevada Businesses and consumers.
Mike is the current President of the Mount Rose Elementary School PTA and served as President of the Prospectors Club, the University of Nevada Alumni Association.
He is an Officer of the First Tee and the International Society of Employee Benefit Specialists. Mike, a graduate of the University of Nevada, enjoys following the Wolf Pack, being active with his family, playing chess and golf, and attending Las Vegas Raiders and Golden Knights games.
President and Client Relationship Manager
Julie Christiansen-Comeaux oversees company operations utilizing her vast experience in employee benefits, human resources, all phases of business management, and employee relations. She has 13 years of experience as the benefits broker/manager for Christiansen Insurance Network, Inc., and has worked with Mike Dillon since 2005. Julie’s mother, Maggie Christiansen, is an Insurance Legacy in Northern Nevada, and she is proud to continue serving Nevada health and life insurance needs since 1989.
Julie specializes in Employee Benefits and leads Dillon Health with the premier Life and Individual Disability Insurance product in the country, “Protecting Income,” for Physicians, Attorneys, C-Suite Executives, and Business Owners. Her approach to clients and her understanding of the challenges benefit administrators face make her a critical advisor to all employers. She developed the Dillon Health proprietary “Employer Health & Welfare DOL – ACA Compliance Manual.” Plan Administrators are guaranteed to be compliant and prepared for a DOL Audit with Dillon Health by their side every step of the way.
Julie is a native of New Orleans, where she attended Delgado College. After Katrina, she moved her family to be near her mother and siblings in Northern Nevada. Julie and her family never tire of the region. Being lifelong residents of New Orleans, they bring the fabulous food and flavor NOLA offers to their Northern Nevada home. With three graduates from UNR and five beautiful “Reno-born” granddaughters, she and her husband Rick enjoy entertaining, biking, hiking, and embracing everything Northern Nevada offers.
Director of Sales & Employee Benefits Advisor
Peter has worked as an employee benefits consultant since 1994, starting with Acordia, a national agency. In 1996 he transitioned to A and H Insurance becoming independent in 2000. His focus has been developing relationships with local small businesses in Northern Nevada. He has guided business leaders through the many challenges facing our community due to legislative and economic upheavals affecting their benefits package. In addition, he is licensed with property & casualty risks and can understand the wide range of complex coverage issues that businesses face. He brings this firsthand knowledge and experience to the Dillon team.
He’s lived in Reno, minus a brief stint in the U.S. Virgin Islands doing SCUBA tours. He is married to his wife Angela and has two children, Raquel and Calvin. The family regularly enjoys the beautiful outdoors our area has to provide all season long. It is not unusual to find Peter sitting by the Truckee or on a Tahoe beach, enjoying a novel or playing Frisbee with the family.
Director of Client Services & Compliance
Lucia Garcia leads the Dillon Health operations by proactively planning and tackling problems head-on. Her customer-centric focus and professionalism with providers lead to excellent outcomes for our clients. Lucia, who is bilingual, brings her 15 years of premier management and client relationship building to her role and is a Nevada-licensed Property and Casualty Producer. Lucia has developed the Dillon Health “Client Services Playbook” so that all Agency systems and processes are stable, reliable, and uniform. Dillon Health provides certainty for employers in DOL, IRS, and ACA compliance with our audit guarantee.
Lucia, born in Mexico, is a U.S. Citizen and was raised in Sparks, Nevada. She has six brothers and sisters who live in Oregon and Nevada. Her four children, Evelyn, Ailton, Diego, and Gisele, enjoy all of the beautiful outdoor activities that Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe offer. The family competes year-round as members of indoor and outdoor soccer teams. Lucia, an avid martial artist, is well known for her lethal jujutsu arm bar. Lucia leads the Dillon Health Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Team.
Director of Client Services and Company Integrator
Originally from New York, Stephanie Rahman is a resident of Las Vegas, NV. Stephanie has over eight years of experience in Health & Life Insurance from both the carrier and broker sides. She possesses the licensing and expertise needed to offer the best possible service to her customers and is bilingual in Spanish. She focuses on her client’s needs by choosing the best insurance plans tailored to each client’s specific personal, business, or life insurance needs. Stephanie believes it is her responsibility as a Director of Client Services to be responsive to her clients by gaining clarity on their goals.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Gabriela Felix was born in California. Both of her parents were originally from Mexico, making her a first-generation Nevadan. She was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she began her insurance career in 2014 as an Enrollment Exchange Facilitator for the Nevada Health Exchange. Gabriela quickly adapted to the industry and got her Health and Life license. Gabriela has a genuine desire to help others, is innovative, trustworthy, and possesses the determination necessary to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.
Director of Client Services
Blanca Garcia is a bilingual licensed Health and Life Insurance Agent dedicated to her work and family. She graduated from TMCC in 2016 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.
She has a passion for lifelong learning and loves her hobbies, including being a car enthusiast. Blanca is a positive, self-motivated leader and trainer with strong communication skills, known for her professionalism. She is reliable, trustworthy, and friendly. Blanca is continually learning her craft. She leads the Dillon Health client service team, solving clients’ challenges by being proactive, planning, and tackling problems head-on.
Luis Miguel Garcia
Director of Personal Lines
Luis Garcia is a Nevada Licensed Property and Casualty Producer leading our Client Services, providing concierge service to our premier individual clients. Luis delivers custom solutions for all lines of personal coverage, including auto, homeowners, life, disability, umbrella, and specialized lines.
Luis was born and raised in Reno, NV. He enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family. He has one sister and three brothers. Luis is the father of three: Kaylee, Davian, and Ezra. Luis is big on family and loves to spend time with his kids and spouse, taking them out to do fun activities and creating everlasting memories. Luis started a career in the welding industry and worked his way up to become a supervisor, leading his team with excellent leadership skills and providing quality and professionalism. Luis is still passionate about welding as a hobby.
Director of Medicare Advantage & Medicare Supplements Sales
Sylvia is a licensed health & life insurance agent with 15 years of experience as an independent agent/broker in Northern Nevada. She began her career as part of Christiansen Insurance Network and was mentored and trained by Maggie Christiansen. It was there that Sylvia developed the skills, ethics, and knowledge of the industry.
She specializes in the Senior Health, Individual & Family, and Small Group health insurance market.
Sylvia is a native of Oklahoma and grew up in southeastern Oregon. She moved to Northern Nevada to marry her true love and soul-mate, Bob who is a fifth generation Nevadan. The three children are in Oregon, Washington and New Mexico, so when not at their desk you will see Bob and Sylvia fly off in their Cessna-172 to visit and play with family and explore.