Derek Laczniak CIC, CRM

Derek Laczniak
Director of Manufacturing & Distribution Practice

Get to Know Derek

Favorite Smell
Fresh popcorn poppin’
Book I Recommend
Lord of the Flies
My Inner Beast
Never Have I Ever
Ran or walked in a 5K
I’d Eat That
Indian food
Favorite Game
Bring Back
JNCO jeans
It Takes Me Back

Derek Laczniak is a partner and director of manufacturing & distribution practice at M3 Insurance. As a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader for this area, he is responsible for sharing information on trends and issues that specifically impact this industry.

Specializing in property and casualty insurance with a focus on the manufacturing and distribution industry, he assists clients in the design and implementation of their risk management programs, advising them throughout their policy period to ensure that their coverage continues to meet their needs.

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in risk management and economics from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Insurance business “lifer”, first working for his parents’ agency and then for Bottcher and Associates in La Crosse
  • Joined M3 in April 2010
    • First served as a support specialist
    • Promoted to client manager, 2012
    • Advanced to client executive, 2014
    • Expanded into director of cyber liability role, 2015
    • Named partner, 2019
    • Moved into director of manufacturing and distribution practice role, 2021


  • Wisconsin-licensed property & casualty agent
  • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
  • Certified Risk Manager (CRM)


  • Wisconsin Innovation Awards, steering committee
  • Travelers Insurance Technology practice, national panel member

Featured Author in Pulse: 2024 Property & Casualty Report

Welcome to Pulse, M3’s property & casualty report. Through the lens of rate and risk, we examine how the property & casualty market is affecting our clients across lines of coverage and industry sectors, and what risks we are predicting will be a focus throughout 2024.


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