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The ALMEA Team

A Team You Can Trust

Our team of Portland/Vancouver professionals in insurance and financial services are not only highly trained and experienced, but are actively involved in improving life in their local communities. Resulting from the recent merger between A.L. Insurance in Vancouver, WA. and Majestic Eagle Agency in Clackamas, OR., ALMEA employees are involved in areas such as Christmas for Kids to Habitat for Humanity; supportive of local non-profit activities in ways well beyond just the donation of money.

This action commitment lends itself to how we work for you as well. We don’t sell to price, we don’t sell due to a specific commission…we advise, recommend and encourage our clients to purchase what they need. Nothing more, nothing less.

Call a team member and ask for the information you need. We think…you’ll be very impressed!

ALMEA LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ken Schmidt, President

Img0111 Schmidt Ken Head ShoulderKen has almost 30 years of knowledge gained from various underwriting, product and sales roles during his career. Ken joined the agency in 2006 as our General Manager. In 2007 he became a partner with a focus on HR and Sales Management related issues. Ken’s production specialty is Business Insurance with his goal being to save you time, money and efficiency beyond just your insurance premium. Check out the BizAssure tab under Services to learn more about how we can help your business save up to $800, per employee, per year! Ken earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2011, which builds upon his MBA degree earned in 2003. He is married with four children and lives in Camas, WA.

Bill Wilson, CLU, LUTCF, Chief Operations Officer/Vice President

Bill is a native Oregonian who grew up on a farm in the Molalla area, and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He began his career in financial services and insurance in 1986, and completed the Charter Life Underwriter designation in 2000. In 1992, Bill worked for Key Bank of Oregon Insurance Services, and when Key Bank sold the Insurance Services Division to ALMEA Insurance, Inc. in 1994, Bill became a partner. He now owns the agency.

One of Bill’s passions is helping the Christmas for Kids Foundation (CFK), where he serves as president. CFK provides needed items such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, and toys to the children and their families who otherwise could not provide for themselves. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, barbequing, camping with his wife of 27 years, and spending time with friends.

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Rebecca Wooden

Rebecca_WoodenRebecca manages our health and benefits department and she has been in the insurance industry since 2007. Her primary focus has been to act as a liaison for people of all ages to insure they understand the insurance products they need…then to be the best representative for them from the point of purchase on. Rebecca is very passionate about your lives and takes her responsibilities seriously. She has made it her responsibility to focus on seniors and Medicare but is very knowledgeable about Group and Individual Health, Life and Annuity business. Rebecca knows how to play hard and will work just as hard for you. Give her a call about your life, health and annuity needs.

ALMEA BUSINESS TEAM

Sam Boatright

SamBoatright_smallSam is relatively new to the agency but has come in and made a great contribution. Functioning primarily as a Customer Account Manager in our Business Insurance division, Sam brings an energetic, hard-working and “can-do” attitude to the agency everyday. He is married, has two daughters and enjoys all types of outdoor activities. He has previous experience in running his own company so give Sam a call today to see how he can help your business too!

Aaron Geisler, MBA

Arron-HeadshotAaron is a native Oregonian who grew up in the small community of Damascus Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from Chadron State College with a Master of Business Administration.

Aaron’s objective is to help businesses and their employees prepare for known and unknown risks. Aaron does this by leveraging his MBA and taking a personal step-by-step holistic approach to risk management and business planning that addresses his client’s unique goals and objectives. Aaron enjoys meeting new people and learning about the worlds changing technological landscape. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family doing activities such as skiing, camping, woodworking, and target shooting.

Kris Thomas

Kris has decades of insurance experience, having focused on helping businesses and businessowners better understand all their risk management challenges. Kris also has specific knowledge in the business life insurance area. His base approach is one of honesty and integrity. Kris will help you properly navigate the often murky waters, ins and outs as well as opportunities of your business insurance needs. He is an active outdoorsman often found in of our local rivers searching for the next big catch. Give Kris a call and see if he can help you find your next big opportunity as well.

Linda Tomor, CIC

linda-bio-headshotLinda started working in the insurance industry over 25 years ago. She has worked for several different companies as a Commercial Underwriter, but in 2010 she had the opportunity to work for a regional carrier in that role. Linda has also worked in the wholesale brokerage side of the insurance industry.

In 2004, she joined ALMEA Insurance, Inc. (ALMEA) as a Commercial Lines Account Manager after leaving ALMEA for a few years to pursue other opportunities, Linda came back to work for ALMEA in 2013 in the role of Commercial Lines Account. ALMEA is fortunate to have Linda as an employee since she truly enjoys using all of her combined knowledge to assist her customers in obtaining the right insurance coverage for all of their commercial insurance needs. Linda enjoys cooking with her husband, snow skiing, and doing art and craft projects.

Jenna Orefice

Jenna has been in the industry for over 15 years and gained a wealth of knowledge from working in agency distribution as well as a marketing consultant on the carrier side of the insurance industry. Jenna joined ALMEA in December 2016 as an agent for personal and commercial insurance. Jenna strives to educate her clients on their coverages and risk management in a supportive and educational manner. She is married with a step-daughter and has three ‘furry’ kids as well.

Caitlin Wells

Caitlin joined ALMEA in the fall of 2016, starting out as an agent within our Auto/Property team.  Late in the year, she was re-assigned to the Business Insurance division. Cate comes to us with a degree from Central Washington and experience at two of our competitors within the commercial insurance arena. She is single, loves her Bassett Hound and enjoys running and playing golf.  Give her a call… she is quick, accurate and very knowledgeable.

ALMEA ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Maureen Williams

Maureen-WilliamsMaureen is our Business Operations Manager after having served in many administrative positions for the past few years. She is an incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and enjoyable individual. She works hard to make sure what you need done, is done when it needs to be! She is married, involved in various community issues and runs her own business in her spare time. She joined our agency in March, 2013 and has been a great addition to our team.

ALMEA LIFE AND HEALTH TEAM

Kimberley Gwinn

Kimberley-Gwinn-1Kimberley joined our agency during the summer of 2014 and has come on to make a great contribution. She is extensively involved in a Clark County BNI networking group, assists local business clients with their bonding and insurance needs and brings a real management approach to her job. She truly understands and appreciates the issues behind small business and can help make yours a little less of a burden – Just give her a call when you need her!

ALMEA AUTO/PROPERTY TEAM

Becky Anseth

Becky-AnsethBecky came to A.L. Insurance by way of our merger with DL Anderson Insurance in early 2013. Becky has a vast amount of insurance experience in virtually all lines of business that we sell and service. She works from our Eatonville office, is the primary service agent for DL Anderson Insurance customers and supports our business insurance needs when required. She can help you in so many ways. Give Becky a call sometime soon and we know you’ll be glad you did!

Tamara Jaswal

TamaraJaswal_smallTamara started with our agency in early 2014. She brings extensive experience as a customer account manager for your personally owned autos, homes, renters and other property on which you may require insurance coverage. She is part of a team that supports thousands of clients each year so when you need her help, she’ll certainly be able to assist. She started in the insurance industry in 1999, she is married, grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending free time with family and friends. Give her a call when you have free time!

Randy Kaufman

randyKaufmanRandy’s experience really helps his customers get it right the first time, every time. Randy is the agency’s Personal Lines Manager. What he loves best is to educate his customers on the important questions surrounding why insuring people and property correctly is so important. Randy became a partner in 2010, is married, has five children and five grand-children. Call Randy for your insurance education today…you’ll know much more after your call than before!

Tayler Nguyen

Tayler-Nguyen-HeadshotTayler began her P & C career with A.L Insurance in March, 2016. She brings over seven years of experience in the insurance industry and a breadth of experience within the customer service arena. Tayler is the Sales Agent for our Vancouver office. In this role, she works with all our opportunity business which represents new business applications on clients who have taken the opportunity to call us, visit us or click through for quote information on our website. So, if you’re looking to shop your current insurance, Tayler’s your agent to call.
She has resided in Vancouver for over 35 years raising her three beautiful children who are 19, 17 & 13. Tayler enjoys cooking, exploring, volunteering in the community and non-profits. Her passion includes building a non-profit organization for children with core values around education and inspiration. Give her a call to learn more.

Katelyn Bailey

Photo-Katelyn-BerryKatelyn is our new agency receptionist. Her role became effective in early 2016, taking over from our previous receptionist who was in the position for many years. Katelyn has made this front office job her own. She is a wiz on the computer, learns extremely quickly and is a real joy to have in the office. She is engaged to be married in August in Camas WA. She enjoys heading out to the beautiful Gorge during the summer to hike and enjoy the small quaint towns. Originally from Marin County in Northern California, Katelyn has lived up here for the last 13 years and truly calls this area of Washington State her home. When you call in and press ‘O’, you will truly enjoy speaking with Katelyn Bailey…call today!

 

This site is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities or investment advisory services which may be referenced herein. We may only offer services in states in which we have been properly registered or are exempt from registration. Therefore some of the services mentioned may not be available in your state, and if not, the information is not intended for you. ALMEA Insurance, Inc. is not a registered broker/dealer or investment advisory firm. Bill Wilson is licensed to offered securities through KMS Financial Services, Inc. ALMEA Insurance and KMS Financial Services are not affiliated and there is no common ownership or control. | Member FINRA / SIPC