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Derek Hayden

In September of 2021, Derek Hayden exploded onto the insurance influencer scene when he was announced as the winner of The Protégé, an insurance sales-based reality show. An insurance sales producer from small town America, Derek made waves by utilizing the tools and strategies he learned on the reality show to lead the competition in sales and ultimately take home the title of The Protégé.


As an insurance and risk management professional with over a decade of sales experience, Derek understands that insurance professionals often struggle to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. By expanding on the concepts he learned throughout The Protégé, Derek aims to solve this problem by giving agencies and producers a proven roadmap to a lucrative insurance sales career in 2024 and beyond. His focus on modern sales techniques will give new and seasoned agents a refreshing view on how to build their books of business and gain the success they desire.


Derek has been a property & casualty and life & health producer at Dansig Inc. for over a decade. He works out of their Shelbyville Insurance office in Shelbyville, IL. Derek’s professional focus is middle market commercial and employee benefits production. He earned his CIC designation in 2020. He is an active committee member of the Illinois Young Agents and has been named to the Illinois Big I 40 under 40 insurance professionals to watch.

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