Executive Leadership Team

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Greg Van Ness
Phone: (805) 585-6723
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Greg Van Ness is President of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, a large regional insurance brokerage operation that is now the Southern California agency platform for AssuredPartners, one of the largest U.S. insurance brokers.  With over 30 years of insurance brokerage experience in property & casualty insurance sales, risk consulting, and regional leadership with public and privately-held insurance brokerages, Van Ness became Tolman & Wiker’s first CEO in August, 2012.

Vance Taylor, CPA
Phone: (805) 585-6128

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Vance Taylor specializes in finance, and is the manager of the accounting department and CFO for Tolman & Wiker.  He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the finance department including financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and administering the company’s pension and 401k plans.  Previous roles include CFO for Near North Insurance Brokerage’s California operations; Controller for Cal-Surance; Accounting Manager for Fremont Compensation; Supervisor/Auditor for KPMG; and CFO for Alfred Publishing Company in addition to holding executive financial positions with other distribution and manufacturing companies.  Vance attended the University of Utah, where he received a B.S. in Accounting.  Vance holds the designation of C.P.A. and is also a licensed insurance agent.  In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Vance joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance in 2008.


Ronald Cossa, CIC, AIC
Branch Manager, 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.

Shaun Kelly
Branch Manager, 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.

Denise Sutton, AAI, AIS
Director of Operations, 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.

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