Who We Are
Wine Country Insurance was founded by Daniel Nikles in 2011. He was the principal of the firm until a transfer of ownership occured on June 30 2017.
Daniel has 35 years insurance experience in Europe, the US and Australia in all facets of the insurance industry - in particular in business- corporate and commercial insurance.
His background with executive roles in the international insurance industry combined with his ownership of a tourism business give Daniel a solid understanding of the insurance needs of an enterprise.
Elissa O'Connor has joined WCI in March 2016 as Account Executive. Elissa has a background in insurance and has worked with IAA in the past. Elissa holds ANZIF insurance qualifications Tier 1 General insurance, Tier 2 in broking.
Jeremy Thornton and his team took ownership of WCI in June 2017. Our company is the current Insurance Advisernet Agency of the year and has existing offices in Taree and Dungog. Jeremy has a team of qualified staff with skills covering all aspects of Insurance from Underwriting and Claims Management to broking and risk assesment.