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Erik Hinz

Senior Vice President

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Erik Hinz serves as the Senior Vice President for Horton’s Employee Benefit Solutions and heads the Minneapolis Benefits Division. In this capacity, Erik offers his extensive expertise in industry benefits, providing consultative guidance to assist clients in navigating the dynamic benefits landscape. He collaborates with a dedicated team of specialists focused on delivering innovative healthcare solutions to employers.

Bringing 24 years of experience in the insurance sector, Erik contributes a wealth of knowledge to Horton’s Minnesota Benefits Division. Prior to joining Horton, he excelled as a Senior Benefits Consultant at Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting, establishing a robust portfolio of business and fostering strong client relationships.

In 2019, Erik spearheaded the opening of Horton’s Minneapolis office, marking the company’s inaugural presence in the area. The evolving brokerage market in Minneapolis presents significant opportunities for Horton, particularly with the scarcity of independent brokers, making employers receptive to partnering with a broker aligned with their needs rather than a publicly held entity.

Additionally, in 2021, Erik became a shareholder/owner at Horton, further solidifying his commitment to the company’s mission and success.

Recognizing the paramount importance of cultivating strong client rapport, Erik emphasizes the value of likability, respect, humor, and enjoyment in client interactions. He prioritizes prompt responsiveness to client inquiries, even in situations where a definitive answer may not be readily available.

Erik underscores the significance of accountability and proactive resolution in customer service, advocating for transparency and swift rectification of mistakes. He believes that the ability to thrive in challenging situations is a testament to one’s proficiency and dedication.

Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Computer Science from Bemidji State University. Raised on a farm in Foley, Minnesota, he currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Nicole, celebrating 28 years of marriage. They are proud parents of two children and share their home with numerous dogs and cats.

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Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Minor in Computer Science, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Professional Designations & Licensing
  • Life & Health Producer
  • Property & Casualty Producer
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
Professional Background
  • Horton Group
    • Senior Vice President, May 2022 to Present
    • Sales Executive, July 2019 to May 2022