Dena thrives and shines when tackling challenges, helping her clients with innovative solutions, and finding ways to say YES.
Dena joined PayneWest in 2020 as a commercial lines sales executive and business strategist. Although new to the insurance industry, her diverse background in business consulting and economic development serve her clients well. Johnson works with clients to identify, prioritize, mitigate, manage, and transfer risk. Johnson works alongside risk managers and owners to RISCOVER exactly how best PayneWest can serve their needs in a way that traditional brokers might not.
Dena has an undergraduate degree from Rocky Mountain College and a Master's in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and has an extensive business background. She served for seven years as the Regional Director for Entrepreneurial Development for Big Sky Economic Development. In that role, Dena consulted with new and growing companies in finance, marketing, sales, customer behavior, and strategic and long-term planning. She is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional
Dena is also heavily involved in the Billings community, where she serves as a Trustee on the Rocky Mountain College Board, including the Chairwoman for their Strategic Planning Committee. Dena is a member of 100 Strong Billings with the mission to unite women of diverse backgrounds to fund capital projects that will enhance families' lives in Billings. Dena is a volunteer mentor and teacher for entrepreneurial development programs across the state, including Early Stage Montana, Rock31, Small Business Development Centers of Montana, and Veteran's Business Outreach Centers. She has helped several local non-profits over the years in various ways and believes that we are all responsible for building and supporting the community we all thrive from.
She enjoys living all the joys of life with her husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Brynley, getting to ski, camp, hike, and fly fish, are a handful of the ways she takes full advantage of all Montana has to offer!