As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business. Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.
After starting my career as a Life insurance agent in 2000, I founded Barrett Bartels Agency in 2004 as a full-service insurance agency in my hometown of Arvada. As one of the founding agents in the Affordable American Insurance family of Agencies, I am proud of our growth and stature as one of the most well respected and highly awarded agencies in the Mountain Region. I am blessed to have such an amazing team who passionately cares not only about each other, but about our clients. In addition to work, I enjoy spending time camping, boating, playing sports, and traveling with my family. Along with my wife and three children, we remain residents of Arvada and are excited to continue to serve our local community for years to come.
For the first time, I am extremely happy in my career. Constant growth and increasing knowledge keep me challenged in my position! I have a loving husband and stepdaughter that contribute to my happiness and success. I have one big dog that keeps me busy and active. He is like my child! Every chance I get, I love to go to local concerts, mostly heavy metal music. It’s a great way to let off steam and relieve stress, while spending time with my girlfriends. During the summer, we have BBQ’s with our friends and family as often as possible. I would love to be able to travel more and see as many beaches and coasts as possible. I love the summertime in Colorado; however, I am not a fan of the cold or snow.
I grew up in Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Colorado. I have been in the insurance business for many years and specialize in Personal Lines including Auto, Home and Life Insurance. I like to spend my time away from the office, being a dad to my young daughter and son. My hobbies include music and outdoor sports.
I have been in the insurance and financial industry over 20 years and love the impact I’ve been able to make in people’s lives. I’m originally from outside of Philadelphia and moved to Colorado in 2001. I’m a proud father of 2 great boys and in my free time I like to fly fish, ski and go to concerts.
With an entrepreneurial spirit and a degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa, I have been
fascinated by the business owners’ “why” and “how”. That led me to starting a staffing/recruiting firm 20
years ago where I consulted on hiring and maintaining businesses most valuable assets, employees. In
2005, I had the opportunity to expand my interests and invested in an insurance agency as a silent
partner. It did not take long to realize I could fulfill my drive to add value to business owners through this
new venture. With 20 years of business experience and mentorship, I have honed a consultive approach
to risk management that allows the business owners to focus on their operations as our team of specialists
develop and monitor their customized risk programs. When not working, I manage a three ring circus…a
controlled chaos scenario consisting of three kids aged 14, 12, and 10. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing
deep powder, playing golf, mountain biking, traveling and spending time under the circus tent.
I was born and raised in Ohio and attended Ohio University on a football scholarship. After college, I moved to Houston, TX where I began my teaching career as a special education teacher. In 1997, I relocated to Colorado to continue teaching, coaching, and work as a middle school administrator. After 26 years in education, I moved over to commercial insurance. As an insurance advisor, I use my teaching background to explain policies to my clients to make sure they know what they have, why they have it, and to identify any gaps in their coverages. With my fiance, her daughter and our two dogs, we now call Lochbuie home. We enjoy travelling, camping, listening to all types of music, sports, and just being outdoors. I also like to mountain bike, hunt, and fish.
L Wade Whiteley
My life in the insurance industry took the long path. I began my career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen and Co with stops as a Controller for a Global Real Estate Developer/Owner, a Real Estate consultant and eventually owning my own Mortgage Company. As strange as it may sound, all these career intervals have uniquely enabled me to understand all business and its individual risks. I am grateful for the opportunity to help my clients but when I am not working with them, I enjoy Football, coaching (especially each year in Israel) and spending time with my family, including my five grandkids.
I was raised in a family of hard-working individuals. I am a Colorado native and so is my family, which is rare to find these days. I have four grown children who are finding their way in this world. I have been in the insurance business for over 20 years, and I thoroughly enjoy explaining coverage and educating my clients with all the tools they need to make an informed decision for their own personal insurance needs. When I am not pounding away on my keyboard or meeting clients, I enjoy time with my family and wonderful circle of friends. Summer is my favorite season, so you will find my husband Mark and I enjoy spending time in our back yard hanging out in the pool, camping, fishing, and traveling abroad.
This is my first venture in the Insurance industry and I’m excited to begin this journey with Risk Management Partners. I have much experience in the Customer Service industry and I am happy to use my experience to help our current and future clients. I was born and raised in Arvada Colorado, and I have two siblings. During my free time I like to get lost on the world of comic books and go hike our beautiful trails and hills here in Colorado. I’m thrilled to be able to help.
I am approaching 10 years in the insurance industry with all of my insurance background being focused on Commercial Lines Insurance. I always knew that I would be in insurance, it is my destiny. I am only joking but I am thankful that this industry fell in my lap 10 years ago. I am grateful for this chosen career path because it provides me with challenges and opportunities for growth on a regular basis. I enjoy finding solutions and the opportunity to provide people and businesses with premier customer service and valuable knowledge.
I am from Colorado and although I love summer, I stray away from most things cold; except for ice cream, my only true vice.
I have a young daughter who keeps me young but somehow ages me at the same time. She is the best thing that has ever happened for me; aside from finding myself in the insurance industry of course.
I am a sports fan both watching and participating when I can. I play recreational, co-ed softball and volleyball.
I love dancing and karaoke. My go to karaoke song is Cher-Believe. I tend to think I have a pretty good Cher impression but I will let you be the judge of that.
I first moved to Colorado in April 2015. Shortly thereafter I fell into the insurance industry—which is incredibly on brand for this accident prone professional! I came from retail management and got my first taste of commercial insurance with my first job in the industry. Fast forward eight years and I’ve finally found a home with Risk Management Partners, specializing in commercial insurance. Insurance is never an industry I saw myself in or sought out but now that I’m here, I couldn’t be happier! I love feeling like I’m part of helping my community flourish by protecting the businesses that serve us. I love to stay active and spend my free time hiking, going to all the festivals, participating in community events, and exploring all corners of Colorado. I have two senior dogs that are my absolute pride and joy. I am a lifelong learner and I like to collect hobbies as my hobby!