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  • John Johnson

    President
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Mike McDermott

    Vice President & Producer
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    Mike McDermott, Vice President and Partner of McDermott-Costa insurance brokers, has over 22 years’ experience in the commercial lines insurance brokerage industry. He is a third generation McDermott working for the firm and  oversees the sales team process and leads the development of new business and overall sales strategies.   Mike spearheaded the growth of the firm’s current restaurant program for QSR and fast food operators and franchisees. He is also a specialist in real estate related industries (including light industrial, multifamily & commercial office). Mike has been instrumental in developing insurance products necessary for these industries- including negotiating enhanced terms, pricing and improving the risk profile for his clients. He has experience handling national workers’ compensation accounts and has worked closely with large complex accounts including Alternative risk financing through group captive programs . Mike also specializes in food related industries including food processors, manufactures and distributors.  

    Mike currently holds a CWCA (Certified Workers’ Compensation Adviser) designation and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from CSUS (Sacramento State University)     

    Specialties: Risk management solutions for the restaurant, real estate and food related industries.

    Mike lives in Oakland, CA with his wife Stefani, sons Aidan & Liam, daughter Riley and the family pooch Bosco.  When he’s away from the office, Mike enjoys skiing in the winter with his family, hitting the links at Sequoyah CC, coaching little league baseball and spending time with his family; typically running from one sporting event to another and cheering them on!       

  • Rich Suess

    Vice President, Employee Benefits
    Office: 510-351-7460 x160
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I've been in the insurance industry since 1980. I am orginally from Saddle brook, New Jersey but am now located in the San Jose area. I specialize in Employee Benefits; Group Medical, Dental, Life, Vision and LTD. I also am an LUTC graduate. I have been the past president of The MT Hamilton Youth Soccer Leagues, PA Announcer for Santa Teresa High School Varsity football 18 years, Previous Head Coach ST Varsity Soccer, Assistant Baseball Coach, Former VP of the San Jose Jaycees, Volunteer Soccer coach at Bernal Jr High School in San Jose. Outside of work i like playing the Guitar. I've baan married to my wife Yolanda for 36 years and i have 2 boys Ricki & Cory and 3 Grandkids- Kennedy, Kayden & Colt James Suess.

  • Rob Cook

    Producer
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    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Gina Diego

    Commercial Lines Manager / Producer
    Office: 510-351-7460 x109
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I got into insurance in the year 1985. After having my first child I wanted a part time job. I started at McDermottCosta as a file clerk. In my 30 + years at McDermottCosta I was given the opportunity to move my way to up to secretary, Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and now I run our Commercial Lines Team. I am comfortable with all lines of insurance (but health and life), but I specialize in insuring daycares, private schools and non‐profits. They are also some of the nicest people in the industry. I am part of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Foundation. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my 2 Chihuahua’s Buddy and Bruiser, dancing and reading. I also love walking the Alameda Beach with my 5 wonderful grandchildren! I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 30 years and we have 2 boys that have given me the loves of my life, my 5 grand babies.

  • Bill Fowler

    Ocean Marine Broker
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I am currently residing in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. I got into insurance in the year 1977. I specialize in Ocean Marine insurance. I belong to a couple Yacht clubs in Oakland and Vallejo. Outside of work i enjoy Sailing, riding my Motorcycle (2012 Honda Gl Trike). I am married to my wife Virginia Dale Fowler, She owns a Real Estate Brokerage. I also have 2 daughters who are grown now and one is now  married. 

  • Valerie Taylor

    Commercial Lines Producer
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  • Joe Grammatico

    Producer
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  • Tami Chan

    Employee Benefits Senior Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460 x161
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    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Kaila Jones

    Employee Benefits Account Manager / HR
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I am originally from Canada, was raised in Hayward, and now reside in Dublin CA. I have been with McDermottCosta for 4 years. I started as the Receptionist, i moved up to the Admin/HR Assistant during with i received my Life & Health Agent License. I am now an Employee Benefits Account Manager / HR. I Specialize in Employee Benefits; Group Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and LTD as well as Individual Medical Insurance. I am currently the president of Bay Fair Toastmasters, a club that i have been part of for about 3 years now. Outside of work I enjoy fishing, camping, swimming, barbecuing & cooking (to name a few) with my 3 kids amazing kids and my better half. 

  • Jasmine Jones

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
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    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Char Franklin

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460 x152
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  • Lily Young

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I got into the insurance industry in the year 2002. I specialize in Commercial insurance such as Commercial Package, Business Auto, Workers' Compensation, Employment Practices Liability and Directors and Officers. I currently hold a CIC and CISR Designation. Outside of work i have 2 daughters with my husband and i enjoy doing all things involved with being a dance mom!

  • Maria Costa

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Rosemary Pestana

    Bonds Specialist
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I got into insurance in the year 1968, I have been with McDermottCosta for 48 years. I specialize in Property and Caualty Bonds. I also currently hold a CWCA Designation. 

  • Teela Neal

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I was born and raised and still reside in Oakland. I got into insurance in 2006 and started as backup receptionist and personal lines data entry clerk. I got licensed in 2009 and moved up the ranks to become a Personal Lines Account Manger, then a Commercial Lines Assistant/Clerk, then the Commercial Lines Assistant trainer so I could finally get my feet wet and take on Commercial Lines Account Managing. Within my 12 years of experience in the insurance industry, I’ve done everything from backing up the receptionists, training new employees to writing new business. I specialize in a very mixed book of business ranging from construction to artisan contractors. i've had my Property & Casualty license since 2009. Outside of work i enjoy bowling and raising my 3 year old daughter, Nyla, with my significant other. 

  • Cassandra Chu

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Judi Martin

    Personal Lines Customer Service Department Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Maeva Waipa

    Personal Lines Account Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I have been in the insurance industry for over 14 years now. I specialize in Personal Lines; Home, Auto, Renters, etc. I have my CISR designation as well. I also have 1 wonderful daughter with my Husband. 

  • Angie Law

    Personal Lines Account Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Mariane Hernandez

    Personal Lines Account Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I got into insurance in the year 2007. I specialize in Personal Lines; Home, Auto, Umbrella, toys (Boats, Motorcycle) and Earthquake. I did have a prior notary license. I am involved in the Battered Women Shelter in Livermore. Outside of work i enjoy biking, hiking, cooking and baking for my husband and my 2 grandkids. 

  • Jackie Tufo

    Commercial Lines Claims Liaison
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Jessica Martin

    Commercial Lines Account Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I got into the insurance agency in 2015. I specialize in Small Business insurance such as General Liability, Workers' Compensation, Property Insurance. Outside of work i enjoy being a mother to my 2 wonderful girls. 

  • Veronica Santos

    Commercial Lines Assistant
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Victoria Wright

    Commercial Lines Assistant
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    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Lenny Newman

    Commercial Lines Assistant
    Office: 510-351-7460 x162
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I have been in the insurance industry since the year 2008. I specialize in Commercial lines and i have my Property & Casualty License. Outside of work i enjoy sports so I play in sports leagues in Walnut Creek. I also enjoy going to the gym. 

  • Peter Starck

    Claims Manager
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I have 10+ years in Commercial and Personal Lines Claims experience at several large insurance carriers. I am married with a child in middle school and i am currently a Scout Leader and a Little League Coach. 

  • Jesell Neal

    Personal Lines Assistant
    Office: 510-351-7460
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I currently reside in Oakland Ca. I got into insurance in the year 2016 and i specialize in Personal Lines Insurance. Outside of work i enjoy roller skating, riding atv's, shooting pool, going to the gun range, nature walks and hanging with friends & family. 

  • Anna Neal

    Receptionist
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    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Avienne Foss

    Accounting and Administrative Assistant
    Office: 510-351-7460 x149
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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  • Ashani Dass

    Controller
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I have been with McDermottCosta for 19 years. I started in 1994-1999, then 2004 -present. While i dont specialize in insurance, I am the Controller. I was past President of Bay Fair Toastmasters and I now hold the Vice President position. Outside of work i love spending time with my family especially my 2 year old son that i have with my husband.

  • Mei Qiu

    Accounting Manager
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    1045 MacArthur Blvd
    San Leandro CA 94577
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    I have been with McDermottCosta for 11 years. I work in accounting as the Accounting Manager. Outside of work i enjoy hiking and reading.