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

Colby Waltenburg

Colby Waltenburg

President

Transatlantic Underwriters
President
(209) 279-1065 | Email

Kathy Schroeder

Kathy Schroeder

Vice President

Sierra Specialty
President & CEO
(559) 256-6910 | Email

Kyle Stevens

Kyle Stevens

Treasurer
Mark L. Kaufman

Mark L. Kaufman

Past President & Secretary

Western Security Surplus Insurance Brokers, LLC
Chief Operating Officer
(818) 749-1367 | Email

Directors

John Anthony

John Anthony

Nationwide E&S
Vice President
(480) 365-3384 | Email

Alexia Chamblee

Alexia Chamblee

IFG Companies
West Region Director – Binding Authority
(480) 500-3683 | Email

Yana Connors

Yana Connors

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

John Donahue

John Donahue

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

Stephanie Fanelli

Stephanie Fanelli

R.E. Chaix & Associates
Owner / CMO
(949) 722-4177, ext. 229 | Email

Paul Laufer

Paul Laufer

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

Tony Manzitto

Tony Manzitto

Guy Carpenter
Executive Vice President
(415) 609-4865 | 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

Timothy Tokuda

Timothy Tokuda

Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co.
AVP, Business Development & Marketing
(919) 759-3311 | Email

Caleb Whitehouse

Caleb Whitehouse

Scottish American
Master of Solutions
(714) 929-7070 | Email

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