Jason McKinley, a licensed insurance and risk management professional, is the founder and driving force behind Smart Risk Insurance LLC. He prides himself on being a trusted business partner, specializing in complicated coverage solutions for vertically integrated Cannabis clients.
Jason’s involvement with the Cannabis Industry in Illinois dates back to the passage of HB-1 in 2013. His wife of many years, a medical professional, had struggled with opioid addiction that began after a back injury. Recognizing the need for alternatives to highly addictive opioids they became early advocates for legalized cannabis.
Prior to founding Smart Risk Insurance LLC, Jason successfully held various leadership positions, including 8 years as President of a heavy-industrial construction, not-for-profit organization with over 400 employees and annual revenues over 10 Million.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Labor Management, and the Great Lakes Area I.B.B. Apprenticeship.
In the insurance industry he recently received the 2018 Topper Club award, recognizing top performing agents based on client satisfaction and sales metrics. He has earned the Transportation Risk and Insurance Professional designation and is currently continuing his education by pursuing additional designations.
In his personal life, Jason is a St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and the proud father and single parent of two children, one who is currently deployed and serving his country in the United States Army and the youngest in her first year at Strathclyde University in Glasgow Scotland studying international relations. Jason is passionate about many social causes and enjoys raising awareness and contributions for several organizations whom support those causes.
Smart Risk Insurance LLC is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and listed in the Marijuana Business Daily Industry Directory.