Members (Partners of Tolman & Wiker)

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Tolman & Wiker is a privately held LLC that is owned and led by 21 Members.  Our structure provides our talented, successful risk advisors and benefits consultants with the unique opportunity to achieve the financial rewards and strategic control of their future that comes with ownership. Our goal is to continue to perpetuate the firm from within and remain independent for another 90 years and beyond.


OUR MEMBERS

Greg Anderson
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6151
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Greg Anderson specializes in larger all lines commercial, manufacturing and technology accounts. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and has pursued doctoral-level studies in Human Organizational Development. Greg is the past president of the American Heart Association Oxnard Chapter and is a board member of ACT Today! His prior associations include: Principal of Nesen, Anderson and Company Insurance Services; Los Angeles Sales Manager and Regional Training Coordinator for Employers Insurance of Wausau; Casualty Underwriter and Senior Claims Representative for Aetna Life & Casualty, Buffalo, New York; and Senior Claims Representative for Continental Insurance Company, Buffalo, New York. Greg joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1992.

 

Shawn Carson
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6131
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Shawn Carson specializes in workers’ compensation, multimedia liability, international exposures, errors and omissions, medical & biotechnology, information technology, electronics manufacturers and industrial machinery. He holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Chico. Shawn’s prior associations include St Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Technology Group; recognitions include being nominated twice for the St. Paul’s Chairman’s Award. Shawn distinguished himself even further as an industry leader in 2010 by winning the prestigious “Top 40 Executives Under 40 Award,” presented by Pacific Coast Business Times. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2000.

Steven Carter
Chairman, Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6116
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Steve Carter is Chairman of the Board and Member of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC. He specializes in large commercial including agriculture, construction, casualty & workers’ compensation. Steve holds a degree in Finance from the University of Southern California. He is Vice President of the Foundation for Retarded Citizens of Ventura County. Steve’s prior associations include: Vice President at Frank B. Hall & Co. of Oxnard (Previously Balden, Carter & Viles) and Underwriter at Aetna/Cravens Insurance Co. Overall Steven has over 25 years of experience, allowing him to effectively help his clients identify solutions for both Traditional and Emerging Risks in today’s fast paced world. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1988.

Ray Clem, CIC
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6722
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Ray Clem specializes in property & casualty. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University. His prior associations include extensive sales and management experience in medical, golf, and import/ export businesses. Ray joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2004.

Dennis Corte
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6130
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Dennis Corte specializes in public and private schools, self-funded insurance programs, large risks, and firms with professional exposures. He holds a BS in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI and a Masters of Science in Administration from Northern Illinois University. Dennis’ designations include: Chief School Business Official, State of Illinois and Michigan; and Associate Member of the California Association of Joint Powers Agreements (CAJPA). His prior associations include: Executive Director, Ventura County Schools Self Funding Authority; Director of Business Affairs, Northwest Educational Cooperative; and Business Manager, West Branch-Rose City Schools in Michigan. Dennis joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance in 1986.

Ronald Cossa, CIC, AIC
Member, Santa Maria
Phone: (805) 361-7443
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Ron Cossa specializes in the construction industry and workers’ compensation. He holds a BS in Commerce & Marketing from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Ron’s designations include Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associate in Claims (AIC). He is a Board Member of the Santa Maria Valley Contractors Association, the First Tee Central Coast, and the Marian Medical Foundation, as well as the associates committee of the Association of General Contractors. His prior associations include Senior Property Claims Adjuster with Allied Insurance. Ron joined InWest Insurance Services in 1998, which later merged with Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services.

Jeff Dann, CIC
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6159
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Jeff Dann specializes in commercial property & casualty and workers’ compensation. He holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Jeff received a degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico. He joined Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services in 1990.

Jeff Dodds
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6150
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Jeff Dodds specializes in medium to large commercial accounts. His associations include past president and board member of Ventura County Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, and Board Member for Work Training Programs, Inc. Jeff attended Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, Business School. His prior associations include Personal Lines Manager, Commercial Account Production at Frank B. Hall & Co. Jeff joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1991.

John Feliciano
Member, Santa Maria
Phone: (805) 361-7404
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John Feliciano serves on the Board of Managers and Field Sales Management in Tolman & Wiker’s Santa Maria office. He specializes in agriculture, construction, workers’ compensation, property and casualty. John holds a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. He is a member of AgSafe and the Building Corporation Board of Directors of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District. John’s prior associations include Vice President of Security Pacific National Bank. He joined InWest Insurance Services in 1981, which later merged with Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services.

Kip Keller
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6108
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Kip Keller specializes in construction and manufacturing. He is a Board member of the Tri-Counties Associated General Contractors of California and the Construction Financial Management Association. His prior associations include Underwriter, Branch Manager, Marketing Director, and Claims Manager at Lou Jones & Associates. To further demonstrate Kip’s knowledge of insurance he has developed his own proprietary Certificate & Risk Management Training programs, and regularly conducts training courses for clients and their employees. Kip attended the University of Iowa. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2002.

Shaun Kelly
Member, Bakersfield
Phone: (661) 616-4712
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Shaun Kelly specializes in all lines of property and casualty insurance for industries including contract security firms, agriculture, construction, oil & gas. He holds a BS in Business Administration – Finance from California State University, Fresno. Shaun’s associations include (CALSAGA), the Kern County Builders Exchange, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Kern County. Shaun joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2005, and has been a Property and casualty agent since 1993.

Joan Kirchhof, AFIS
Member, Santa Maria
Phone: (805) 361-7431
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Joan Kirchhof specializes in agriculture, workers’ compensation and property & casualty. She holds the designation of Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS). Joan is a Member of One Beacon Insurance’s Advisory Council; Member of Wausau Insurance Advisor Council; Served on the IBA West Young Agents Insurance Council; and is Past President of the California Women for Agriculture Central Coast Chapter. In addition, Joan is a licensed Property & Casualty and Life and Health Agent. Her prior associations include Personal Lines Service Representative, Commercial Insurance Service Representative, and Commercial Lines Sales Producer for Pollard & Cossa and InWest Insurance Services since 1980, which later merged with Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services.

Dave Rucker
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6728
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Dave Rucker specializes in workers’ compensation, OSHA/safety compliance, and all lines within the agricultural industry. He holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University Northridge. Dave is Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Ventura County. His prior associations include Principal of Rucker Insurance Services in Oxnard, an agency specializing in agribusiness coverage. Dave began his insurance career as a Personal Lines Underwriter with Chubb & Son. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2006.

David Shore, CIC
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6121
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David Shore specializes in commercial and residential property portfolios including workers’ compensation. He holds a BA in Business Communications from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. David holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). His associations include: Board Member of the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA); Member of the Valencia Industrial Association (VIA); and Housing Advisory Committee Member for Many Mansions, a low income housing nonprofit organization. David’s prior associations include Smith, Falck, Caesar & Seider Insurance and Employers of Wausau Insurance. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1997. Since joining Tolman & Wiker, David has been on the Board of Directors in addition to the Perpetuation Advisory Panel, while acting as a mentor to newly licensed insurance agents.

Denise Sutton, AAI, AIS
Member and Risk Advisor, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6138
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Denise Sutton specializes in commercial accounts and brings her clients 20 years of experience. She holds the designation of Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and a Certificate in General Insurance. Denise joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1991.

Rick Toohey, CISC, CRIS
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6105
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Rick Toohey specializes in construction-related risks with emphasis on Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs and Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (WRAPS) for both residential and commercial construction. He attended Western Michigan University Business School & Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Rick’s prior associations include Past Vice President of Diversified Insurance Services, East Lansing, MI; and the Automobile Club of Michigan. He joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1987.

Greg Van Ness
CEO & Member, and Ventura Branch Manager
Phone: (805) 585-6723
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Greg Van Ness became CEO of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC in August, 2012. Greg’s experience spans a 25 year insurance brokerage career that includes property & casualty insurance sales and risk consulting at private and publicly traded insurance brokerages. Formerly, Greg served as Regional Managing Director for Wells Fargo Insurance Services from 1999-2012 and led a 7 office territory in Northern & Central California and Northern Nevada that generated over $60 million in annual revenue. Greg also served as Manager of Executive Development for The Interpublic Group in New York City, one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing companies. He is a graduate of UCSB and has completed executive degree programs at New York University and The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara Ward, REBC, RHU
Member, Ventura
Phone: (805) 585-6194
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Barbara Ward specializes in employee benefits. She holds the designations of Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). Barbara joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits.

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