Renaissance Insurance Group

Renaissance Insurance


enaissance Insurance Group was founded in 2001 to meet your insurance needs. Most of our Risk Advisors have lived and worked in Northern Colorado their entire lives. We know farming, we know ranching. We literally live in the community where we work and understand the business more completely than a large national firm. We have national insurance capabilities and a local service model — the best of both worlds.

RIG has earned the Premier Farm Certification designation from Nationwide Insurance for its work in the agribusiness sector and is an endorsed insurance broker by the Colorado Livestock Association and the National Bison Association.

Whether you raise crops, livestock, or both, we know farming isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. And we know how to protect it. From your machinery to your structures, your crops to your livestock, we know what it takes to safeguard your operation. Our collaborative business relationships with clients lead to a better understanding of exposures, coverages, and strategies to address loss frequency and severity. Basically, we offer peace of mind!


Ryan Hicks

Ryan graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort School of Business. Prior to attending UNC, Ryan was raised in Sidney, Nebraska and grew up in his father’s independent agency, working for that firm for a few years after college graduation.

In 2001, Ryan returned to Northern Colorado, was co-founder of RIG with Jay Helzer, and has been part of the management team since. Ryan focuses on Agribusiness, especially dairies and has established insurance relationships with some of the leading business owners in Northern Colorado.

Jay Helzer

Jay is a proud Colorado native with roots in the northern part of our state where he grew up. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations and Communications. He is a founding partner of RIG and has made significant contributions to the firm’s success.

Throughout his leadership Jay has served on numerous boards within the region. Most notably, he served on the Board of Directors for the Greeley Independence Stampede. As RIG has become established in local communities, Jay continues to help guide the agency toward successful perpetuation and independence. Jay has a history of strong relationships within the insurance industry and the Northern Colorado business community.

Erich Ehrlich

Erich is a graduate of Windsor High school and a fourth-generation member of the Windsor, Colorado community. He graduated from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska where he was a member of the football team. Erich has cultivated much of his business by serving on local, regional, and national boards through his entire tenure as an insurance professional.

The team members that work with Erich take pride in creating coverage solutions for industry niches to provide clients with peace of mind in an ever-evolving risk environment. Change is the only constant and Erich thrives in providing innovative risk management and insurance strategies, underwritten by trusted carrier partnerships he has developed.

Russell Adels

Russell grew up in Northeast Wyoming and graduated from Campbell County High School in Gillette. He attended junior college in Cheyenne and finished at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Russell has now resided in Northeast Colorado for over twenty years and the Adels family are proud residents of a great part of our state.

Agriculture, Construction, Oil, Gas and Manufacturing are industries that Russell has a wealth of experience representing. When working with clients, Russell remains focused on the relationship while educating on coverage options, helping to manage cost of risk, and providing an overview of changes in the insurance marketplace.

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Renaissance Insurance

Renaissance Insurance

1349 Water Valley Parkway
Windsor, CO 80550

Ryan Hicks – 970.235.2238

Jay Helzer – 970.315.0134

Erich Ehrlich – 970.300.1053

Russell Adels – 970.460.1475

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