CLI Founder, Dawnyel Smink, launched AZ Insurance Agents in 2003. Her drive and love of the industry propelled her to acquire CLI in 2008 and grow it to 40 franchise locations strong in 11 years. From her original career path of elementary school teacher, Dawnyel soon chose to help even more people by becoming licensed in property, casualty, life and health. Her passion for education has continued as she now helps clients understand the impact the right insurance choices can make in life. A Mom to three, Dawnyel enjoys traveling, playing golf with her husband, Jason, and giving back. As part of Make-A-Wish Arizona’s Charitable Planned Giving Council, she helps others to know the sheer joy of helping brighten others’ lives when a crisis such as a deadly disease rocks a family. When CLI welcomes a new client, a donation is made to Make-A-Wish Arizona in their honor.
Since 2003 Dustin Lester has been in the insurance and investment business. He is married with two kids. He also is a third generation ASU graduate in Finance. Dustin also is a Partner at Progressive Financial Concepts in Scottsdale, AZ
David joined Canyon Lands in April 2018 and has a total of 25 years of experience in the industry. He brings a unique perspective since he has served as a carrier and program underwriter for over 15 years and has now been on the agency side for the past 10 years. He handles the Commercial Placement for CLI as well as all referring/referral agents in the CLI Family. When he is not working, he is an avid softball player along with enjoying life with friends and family.
J-M recently celebrated her 32nd year in the insurance industry. Throughout her career, J-M has helped clients of all types and sizes protect what matters most – from mom & pop businesses to corporations with multiple locations worldwide. A frequent volunteer and avid animal lover, J-M finds working with nonprofits and animal-related businesses especially rewarding. She has been a licensed P&C agent for the past 16 years and sees her clients as more than a transaction. Her specialty is applying her passion of helping clients understand and meet their insurance needs, while also building a relationship with them.
Originally from Connecticut, she likes to return to the East coast each year to enjoy time with her nieces and nephews.