Our Association

The California Insurance Wholesalers Association (CIWA) is a California professional trade association for California insurance wholesalers and those who conduct business in or support the wholesale insurance distribution system.

CIWA’s main objective is to represent the interests of our members in the regulatory and legislative arena, to advance high ethical standards, to promote the value of the wholesale distribution system and to ensure a vibrant, competitive insurance market for California businesses and consumers.

Our non-profit association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of our profession. Our strategic plan calls for continued work in the areas of advocacy, education, and networking.

Our Mission

We bring together innovative and diverse insurance professionals dedicated to the wholesale insurance market in California. We will foster the continued excellence and relevancy of our members through our advocacy, educational and networking initiatives.

Our Vision

To perpetuate the education, advancement and advocacy of wholesale insurance professionals and their affiliated business partners transacting business in California.

Officers

John Donahue

John Donahue

President

M.J. Hall & Company
President & CEO
(415) 848-8224 | Email

Kathy Schroeder

Kathy Schroeder

Immediate Past President

XPT Specialty
Group EVP, Carrier Relations
(559) 256-6910 | Email

Yana Connors

Yana Connors

Vice President

CK Specialty Insurance Associates
Senior Underwriter / Broker
(800) 411-0083, ext. 1561 | Email

Sarah Sloan

Sarah Sloan

Secretary

Atlas General Insurance Services
Vice President of Commercial
(858) 724-5103 | Email

Garett Kaneko

Garett Kaneko

Treasurer

Amwins
Executive VP, Client Relationships
(925) 360-6824 | Email

Directors

Mike Louderback

Mike Louderback

United States Liability Insurance Group
Second Vice President – Sales & Marketing
(888) 523-5545 ext. 7306 | Email

Zach Hernandez

Zach Hernandez

XPT Specialty
Assistant Vice President
(714) 394-1884 | Email

Andrea House

Andrea House

MUSIC
Underwriting Manager
(480) 306-8309 | Email

Paul Laufer

Paul Laufer

Gorst & Compass Insurance
Executive Vice President
(818) 507-0900 | Email

Emil Moskowitz

Emil Moskowitz

Cal Inspection Bureau
President
(818) 346-2422 | Email

John Mundelius

John Mundelius

Union General Insurance Services
Vice President
(925) 671-2128 | Email

Caleb Whitehouse

Caleb Whitehouse

Novatae Risk Group
Master of Solutions
(714) 929-7070 | Email

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CIWA is one of those rare associations that brings business and personal relationships together. It is large enough to be a voice in our state with business owners and legislators and small enough to hear each member’s voice. Meetings with our business partners are not akin to speed dating, there is time to truly listen and be listened too. Sierra Specialty is proud to be a member.”

Kathy Schroeder

President, Sierra Specialty