Dana has been a licensed insurance broker for more than 35 years and is the CEO of United Western Insurance Brokers, Inc.
In 1975 Dana worked for The Aetna Property & Casualty Insurance Company where he was trained as a Commercial Lines Underwriter and a Fire Protection Engineer. With that foundation in place, Dana transitioned into the brokerage and in 1990 teamed with several longtime friends to create one of California's premier agency clusters. In 2012 Dana & Gina parlayed what they had learned and established an affiliation with another west coast based cluster, United Agencies.
As the US financial services sector began adopting new and Advanced Technology, including sophisticated AI tools, UWIB saw the writing on the wall. Never fearful of strategically stepping into the future, UWIB rallied with other progressive agents to form a new cluster. In August of 2018, Dana & Gina combined their energy with six partner organizations to form ALKEME INSURANCE.
The UWIB division of ALKEME works with businesses across the Nation, many of which conduct operations around the globe. Most of the company's business clients have special insurance and risk management needs. The owners and C level teams also typically require cutting edge technology and seasoned consultation to help manage employee benefit plans and other complex risk-related infrastructure. UWIB provides some of the most user-friendly and technologically advanced digital tools available.
The company maintains physical offices in Seattle, Southern California, New York, and Florida. The company serves Importers, Exporters, Manufacturers, the Entertainment industry, the Coffee industry, the Commercial Marine industry, and Professionals in Technology, Software, Hardware, Medicine, and Law.
In their spare time, Dana and Gina Coates enjoy their animals, travel, physical fitness and the great outdoors. Dana previously raced Porsche & Ferrari automobiles and although he no longer races competitively, he is definately "a car guy." Gina is Dana's rock and his greatest cheerleader.
In addition to supporting Gina to co-manage the business, Dana has served on several non-profit boards including that of Boy Scouts of America, The University Club of Pasadena, The Rotary Club of Seattle, and he currently sits on the Board of Directors of a Southern California based Financial Institution. Dana has volunteered at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and recently retired from The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association after volunteering for more than thirty years.
Dana & Gina split their time between Los Angeles and Seattle, they have two married children and three Grand Puppies.