Derek Wirz, Owner & Agent
Derek Wirz is a Commercial Insurance Producer. Derek is passionate about educating his policyholders how to manage risk in the most cost effective way and keeping workers safe. Through his 30+ years in the business, he has created a system of managing Workers Compensation exposures for his clients which led him to author a textbook on the subject.
While completing the book, the Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam commissioned a report by Work Comp Strategies that simply stated, along with many other topics, that Workers Compensation cannot be improved until all stakeholders become educated. The report inspired him to design the book on how to properly administer the Workers Compensation policy and obligation for the Tennessee employer.
He believes that billions of dollars are spent each year across the country in unnecessary premiums, claims and expenses because time was not spent to educate each stakeholder, especially the employer on a State-Specific Basis.
Derek graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Business, has served as the President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Tennessee headquartered in Brentwood, TN and has served as a Trustee of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents headquartered in Alexandria, VA. He has received five professional designations, including the Certified Insurance Counselor and the Certified Workers Compensation Professional. He has served on various producer councils for Workers Compensation carriers and owns a software company that serves the Workers Compensation insurance industry. He holds a patent in a specific electronic process that serves both policyholders and insurance carriers as well. He and his wife, Tracey, live in Ooltewah, TN and have two children, Jacob and Madie. Jacob is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master's degree from the University of Oxford; he serves as a surface warfare officer in the Navy. Madie is a graduate of Auburn University; she is pursuing a career in the insurance industry.