About Rene Johnson

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Rene’ Johnson entered the insurance industry in 1984 after graduation from Butler University on an athletic scholarship. Rene’ holds a Degree in Business from Butler and is in the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame.  Rene’ started her career with a fellow Butler University alumnus who owned a small insurance brokerage firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rene’ was quickly promoted from administrative duties to the sales department where she recruited agents and assisted in selling employer group insurance products. This position allowed ample opportunities to learn the many facets of selling and servicing clientele. In 1986 Rene’ married and moved back to the Lafayette, Indiana, area where she grew up and pursued her insurance career.

In 1990 Rene’ started Advanced Benefit Design, LTD, her company that specializes in designing and servicing employee benefit packages. In 1993 her business expanded and she joined New York Life Insurance Company as a career agent. With this additional position, Rene’ received the training and products to branch out into financial planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, estate planning, budgeting and worksite marketing.  Rene’ is now in her 25th year of her New York Life career and 28th year as a business owner. She has been with the insurance industry for 34 years. Her growth and enjoyment comes from building client relationships and strengthening current clientele relations.

Rene’ has a strong commitment to the women’s market and the veterinarians in the state of Indiana. She has been the AVMA/GHLIT Representative for the state of Indiana for 16 years.

Customer service is a high priority and work ethic is a “hands on” approach by helping clients with any situation that arises.  She strives to build strong relationships with her clients by taking the time to listen to their needs and create effective plans to meet their personal and professional goals.

Rene’ currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with her husband Jack of 32 years. They have one daughter, Kelsey, who is a Purdue University graduate living in Denver, CO.


Qualified for New York Life Council 23 out of 25 years 1994-2017

Honored reaching highest level Chairman’s Council 2000

Elite Annuity Agent 2015,2016,2017

Leader Council Life Paid Cases 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 201, 2017

Indiana General Office Agent of the Year 1999,2000,2017

New Organization Agent 1995

New York Life V. President Award 1995-1996

Small Business of the Year 2005

NAIFA Service Award 1990-2008

Past President of local NAIFA Chapter 1995, 1996

Community and School Volunteer 1999-2012

Senior NYLIC of Indiana General Office 2013

Qualifying Million Dollar Round Table* 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2011,2014,2015,2017

CA Insurance License 0H71011

*MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.