Derek Nelson

Derek Nelson

Owner/Agent

Derek entered the insurance and financial services industry in 1997 after attending college and spending 5 years in the US Army.  He went on to acquire the Jordan location of Insurance Brokers of MN, Inc. with his wife Beth in 2017. During his career, Derek earned numerous industry and corporate accolades such as MDRT, National Quality Award and Manager of the Year. In addition to being committed to his clients, Derek has served in several leadership roles throughout his career encompassing recruiting, training, sales, and development.

In his free time, you will find Derek enjoying time in the outdoors, attending football games, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Derek is a member of the Jordan Commercial Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Born and raised on a farm in rural Glenville, MN, Beth went on to attend Bemidji State and attained a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State. After spending 11 years as a school counselor, a new opportunity to work in the insurance industry alongside her husband came up and decided the time was right for an exciting new challenge. Beth will continue to use her background and passion for counseling by helping clients with their insurance needs. Beth enjoys fishing, traveling, and going to Minnesota sporting events. You will also find her spending time with family and friends and doing fitness activities. Beth is a member of the Jordan Commercial Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Beth Hajek Nelson

Beth Hajek Nelson

Owner/Agent

Alissa Breeggemann

Alissa Breeggemann

Account Manager

After graduating from Le Sueur High School, Alissa attended Mankato State University and Rasmussen Business College where she received her Accounting degree. Alissa stayed home with her three children; Alex, Aidan, and Sophie for 10 years before joining the workforce again. Her insurance career began in December 2010 and joined Insurance Brokers of Minnesota in April 2015. She is licensed in Property, Casualty, Life, and Health and specializes in Personal Lines, Customer Service, and Quoting.

Alissa enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and being with family.  She also keeps very busy on the sidelines of her stepsons’ football, wrestling, and baseball games.

After 15 years in Retail Management, Todd began his insurance career in 2004. In 2018, he joined Insurance Brokers of MN. Originally from Charles City, Iowa, Todd now lives in Shakopee with his wife and 2 daughters. Todd enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and golfing when he is not at a softball field with his daughters coaching or just cheering them on. Todd is a commercial and health specialist with Insurance Brokers of MN. He also has extensive experience servicing his client’s personal insurance needs. Todd is dedicated to providing his clients with exceptional customer service.

Todd Kirkland

Todd Kirkland

Account Manager

Nikki Vacek

Nikki Vacek

Sales and Service Agent

Nikki started her insurance career in September of 2002 with Northern Capital Insurance as a Customer Service Representative for small commercial accounts. After 10 years she started a new career with Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (previously known as Ahmann and Martin). She worked on a large commercial contractor book of business both in insurance and also surety. She was with Associated for 7 years before deciding she wanted to go back to the small agency feel and be closer to home with Insurance Brokers of MN. She currently holds her CISR designation and also has attended the William Angle Surety School in Dallas Texas. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, daughter and two sons. She loves watching their volleyball and hockey games. Nikki attended high school in Jordan and she is looking forward to being back in the community and helping current and new customers with all their insurance needs.

Denise started her insurance experience in 1987 where she sold auto, home, life & health insurance for 9 years. Later in life, Denise attended Minnesota School of Business where she earned an Associates Degree in Management Accounting. Before coming to Insurance Brokers of MN, Inc, Denise worked 22 years as an Administrative Assistant with the Prior Lake school district. For fun, Denise enjoys playing in a golf league, a bowling league, her monthly card club, getting together with her quilting group, traveling, and meeting up with friends for a bite to eat and to reminisce. She also has 2 children and 8 grandchildren, where she tries her best to attend all of their sporting activities and life events. Denise is excited to be a part of the Insurance Brokers team and looks forward to meeting you.

Denise Schmidt

Denise Schmidt

Administrative Assistant