Our Association

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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.



President & CEO
(415) 848-8224 | Email


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


Paragon Insurance Holdings LLC
Senior Vice President, Small Business Division
(615) 427-0361 | Email


SVP, National Client Relationship Management
(925) 360-6824 | Email


Andrea House

Underwriting Manager
(480) 306-8309 | Email

Caleb Whitehouse

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

Jeffrey Case

Hull & Company, LLC
Vice President/Broker
(209) 507-7324 | Email

Mark Kaufman

XPT Specialty
Chief Operating Officer
(818) 697-9177 | Email

Mike Louderback

CRC Group
Underwriting Team Leader
(484) 919-3219 | Email

Paul Laufer

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

Peter Schifrin, RPA
Zach Hernandez

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