We formed UPG because we think the traditional GA model is broken.
We believe that all broker partners are not created equal, so our level of services and tools are tiered based upon a broker's level of production and involvement with UPG.
Our mission is to revolutionize what brokers expect from a General Agency.
We provide our broker partners with more than just quotes and claims support. We're delivering concierge level support, along with the technology needed to keep up in a fast paced world.
Innovating the General Agency model can't be done without a great team.
We pride ourselves most on our people. Our staff has over 50 years combined experience in Group and Individual Benefits. We believe in providing specialized, personalized service and the best technical minds in the industry.
Jason started in the insurance business with a life insurance agency in Charlotte two weeks after graduating from Appalachian State with a degree in Finance. He excelled at employee benefits and quickly grew a block of business the old fashioned way – knocking on doors and dialing for dollars. After three and a half years, he took a job with a national general agency and moved to Charleston, SC to run its office there. Seventeen years later, he left the agency to form United Producers Group.
Jason is married to his wonderful (and very understanding) wife Kristen, and they have two children, Byers and Georgia Grace. In his spare time, Jason enjoys being on the water, coaching his kids’ sports teams, spending time at his family’s farm in NC, and serving on several insurance company advisory councils.
Vice President of Sales
Lee began his insurance career in 1999 at a large national general agency. With over sixteen years of experience helping his clients, he left the agency in 2015 to become a founding member of United Producers Group.
Lee attended Georgia Southern University and now lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife Katie and their sons, Trey and Graham. He helps coach his sons’ sports teams and hikes, golfs, and plays volleyball whenever he’s not in the office. Lee also participates in professional associations, serving as President of the Lowcountry Association of Health Underwriters and winning their Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He would later serve as the Treasurer for the South Carolina Association of Health Underwriters from 2014-2016.
Vice President of Sales
Stephen is a proud graduate of College of Charleston. Days after commencement, a family friend introduced him to Jason and shortly after, Stephen began his career in the benefits industry. After a decade gaining experience at a national general agency, Stephen joined Jason and Lee to form United Producers Group.
Stephen is married to his wonderful wife Grace and the couple live in Mt. Pleasant with their golden retriever, Hadley. Stephen enjoys playing golf and watching most sporting events whenever he gets a chance.
Vice President of Sales
McClain graduated Wofford College in 2004 and spent four years with Aetna Voluntary learning the voluntary business before meeting Jason. He spent the next three years with Jason, Stephen, and Lee before getting the opportunity to develop the Charlotte market for Allstate Benefits. McClain joined United Producers Group in April of 2017 and now enriches the team by sharing his decade of industry experience in account management, product development, and sales in the Limited Medical, Major Medical and Worksite worlds.
McClain resides in Charlotte, NC with his understanding wife, Talah, two beautiful and crazy girls, Addison and Charlotte, and his loyal springer spaniel, Bogey.
Director of Implementation/Sales
Sarah, a North Carolina native, moved to the Lowcountry to attend College of Charleston. After graduation in 2014, she began her career in the insurance industry at a large national general agency before joining United Producers Group. Outside of the office, you’ll find Sarah exploring Charleston and enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.
Director of Account Management
Kristina was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, SC and loves all things Lowcountry—including fishing. Before joining United Producers Group, Kristina gained valuable experience as a worker’s compensation disability claims analyst for a firm located in Tampa, FL. In an effort to further her education and growth in our industry, Kristina has earned her life and health insurance license. Her diligence and customer service skills make her an important advocate for clients navigating an increasingly complex administrative environment.
Becca graduated in 2005 from College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. While attending College of Charleston and the MHA program at MUSC, she worked with Ameriprise Financial as an executive assistant. Upon receiving her MHA from MUSC, she began her career in 2007 at Benefitfocus Inc. working in the implementation department. During the winter of 2016, she joined United Producers Group. She is currently employed as the Controller and enjoys the detail-oriented work that the role requires. Outside of the office, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful girls.
Regan moved back home to Mt. Pleasant in 2016 after earning her degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She joined the UPG team as an on-boarding specialist and has grown to become an account executive, sharing her skills and knowledge of the ever-evolving insurance industry with clients and teammates. Now a resident of Charlotte SC, you can always find Regan enjoying all of the culture and entertainment the city has to offer.
Business Development Specialist
Melissa graduated from College of Charleston in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. She met Jason in 2010 and she has since worked in the benefits industry; first for a large, national general agency and then for United Producers Group when it was formed in 2015.
Originally from Greenville, Melissa and her husband, Billy, now live in Simpsonville, SC with their two children, John and Evelyn. Melissa is a member of the Junior League of Greenville, is President-Elect of the upstate chapter of the College of Charleston Alumni Association, and volunteers for the Liturgical Arts Committee at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Devin graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in Political Science in 2017. Fresh out of school, Devin joined United Producers Group and is quickly learning the insurance world from the ground up. Originally from Mount Pleasant, Devin lives in downtown Charleston now and occasionally finds time to be an artist, preferring to paint “anything but people” using oils.
HR Technology Specialist
Matt studied at Clemson and College of Charleston, graduating with a Finance degree in 2016. After a short stint building his customer service skills as a courier and a professional chauffeur, Matt moved from the Myrtle Beach area to Mount Pleasant in December 2017 to join United Producers Group. When he is not updated clients’ information and improving their online experience, Matt enjoys running, watching sports, and visiting local breweries.
HR Technology Specialist
Scott graduated from Marist College in 2001 and spent years as a newspaper reporter, a promotion copywriter, and a book editor. His five years of experience at a Fortune 100 financial software company is helping the team to develop innovative technical solutions to improve each client’s experience. Originally from Connecticut, Scott and his wife, Caitlin, now live in Mount Pleasant with their son Grayson (and dog Fennec) and love to hit the beach and explore the Lowcountry.