Employee Benefits Broker
Derek Parsons joined InterWest Insurance Services in 2008 as an Employee Benefits Broker. Prior to InterWest, he served as business manager for a large national construction company based in California.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, Derek worked closely with Employee Benefits Attorneys in Washington DC to become knowledgeable. This prepared him to make presentations to regional employer-focused associations, including the Society of Human Resource Managers, League of Women Voters, North Valley Employer Advisory Council, Tehema Employer Advisory Council, and several Rotary chapters.
Employee communication is core to understanding and valuing the benefits provided to employees by their employer. Post Affordable Care Act, employees are faced with an overwhelming number of decisions. Employers with an effective communication program that educates their staff on how to select and utilize their benefits, drives value and increases loyalty. Why we communicate is just as important and what we communicate.
Derek graduated from California State University, Chico, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. He also earned the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation, focusing on Group Benefits Plans, Self-Funding, Benefits Compliance and Health Maintenance Organizations.
Derek enjoys serving his community on the Shasta Community Foundation Grant Panel, Committee Member for the California Deer Association since 2009, Treasury Officer for the Redding Chapter of Toastmasters International, Investor meetings for Shasta Economic Development Corporation, graduate of Leadership Redding (class of 2010) and a member of The Leadership Redding Steering Committee.
Derek grew up in Northern California and is very active in outdoor activities. His wife is his motivation in participating in the North State CrossFit family. He is a certified PADI Open Water Diver, certified Range Officer for United States Practical Shooting Association and a Certified HAM Technician. Mostly, however, he values being a husband and father of two young children.