Greg Van Ness – CEO

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Greg Van Ness

Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC
196 South Fir Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Direct: (805) 585-6723
Office: (805) 585-6100
Fax: (805) 585-6200
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Greg Van Ness is CEO and a Member (partner) of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC. 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. Tolman & Wiker is a U.S. Top 100 privately-held, independent insurance brokerage, risk management and benefits consulting firm, and is one of the largest in California.


Van Ness has deep roots in the Central Coast region. He grew up in Goleta and attended Dos Pueblos High School, where he was named Channel League football co-MVP and All-CIF in 1972, when he led the Chargers to a league championship as quarterback. In addition, Van Ness is a graduate of UCSB. Following graduation, he worked as Chief of Press Operations for the Olympic Village at UCSB during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.


Van Ness began his business career by working for three years as Manager of Executive Development for The Interpublic Group in New York City, one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing companies. He then returned to California and began his insurance brokerage career in 1987.


From 1999-2012, Van Ness served as Regional Managing Director for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, where he led and built a seven-office territory, including the largest employee benefits operation in Wells Fargo, in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada that generated over $60 million in annual revenue, generated through organic growth and by executing a number of agency acquisitions during that time.


Van Ness has completed executive degree programs at New York University and The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and the Regional Advisory Council for the California Lutheran University School of Management, and is a Board member of both Cal Lutheran’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting and the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County. Van Ness was awarded the Pathfinder Award by VC Innovates in May of 2016 for his contribution to Education-to-Career pathway development programs in Ventura County. He resides in Ventura County with his wife and two children, and he enjoys travel, fitness, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation.

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