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Meet Our Team

McDermottCosta Insurance

President
John Johnson
President

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President

John Johnson

President

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Vice President & Producer
Mike McDermott
Vice President & Producer

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Vice President & Producer

Mike McDermott

Vice President & Producer

Bio

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!       

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Vice President, Employee Benefits
Rich Suess
Vice President, Employee Benefits

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Vice President, Employee Benefits

Rich Suess

Vice President, Employee Benefits

Bio

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.

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Producer
Rob Cook
Producer

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Producer

Rob Cook

Producer

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Commercial Lines Manager / Producer
Gina Diego
Commercial Lines Manager / Producer

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Commercial Lines Manager / Producer

Gina Diego

Commercial Lines Manager / Producer

Bio

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.

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Ocean Marine Broker
Bill Fowler
Ocean Marine Broker

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Ocean Marine Broker

Bill Fowler

Ocean Marine Broker

Bio

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. 

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Commercial Lines Producer
Valerie Taylor
Commercial Lines Producer

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Commercial Lines Producer

Valerie Taylor

Commercial Lines Producer

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Luis Zambrana
Producer

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Luis Zambrana

Producer

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Employee Benefits Senior Account Manager
Tami Chan
Employee Benefits Senior Account Manager

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Employee Benefits Senior Account Manager

Tami Chan

Employee Benefits Senior Account Manager

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HR / Employee Benefits Account Manager
Kaila Jones
HR / Employee Benefits Account Manager

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HR / Employee Benefits Account Manager

Kaila Jones

HR / Employee Benefits Account Manager

Bio

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. 

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Char Franklin
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Char Franklin

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Commercial Lines Account Manager
Lily Young
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Commercial Lines Account Manager

Lily Young

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Bio

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!

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Nimisha Mathuria
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Nimisha Mathuria

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Commercial Lines Account Manager
Maria Costa
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Commercial Lines Account Manager

Maria Costa

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Rosemary Pestana
Bonds Specialist

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Rosemary Pestana

Bonds Specialist

Bio

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. 

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Teela Neal
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Teela Neal

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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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. 

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Cassandra Chu
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Cassandra Chu

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Personal Lines Customer Service Department Manager
Judi Martin
Personal Lines Customer Service Department Manager

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Personal Lines Customer Service Department Manager

Judi Martin

Personal Lines Customer Service Department Manager

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Personal Lines Account Manager
Maeva Waipa
Personal Lines Account Manager

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Personal Lines Account Manager

Maeva Waipa

Personal Lines Account Manager

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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. 

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Angie Law
Personal Lines Account Manager

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Angie Law

Personal Lines Account Manager

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Personal Lines Account Manager
Mariane Hernandez
Personal Lines Account Manager

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Personal Lines Account Manager

Mariane Hernandez

Personal Lines Account Manager

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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. 

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Jackie Tufo
Commercial Lines Claims Liaison

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Jackie Tufo

Commercial Lines Claims Liaison

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Commercial Lines Account Manager
Jessica Martin
Commercial Lines Account Manager

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Commercial Lines Account Manager

Jessica Martin

Commercial Lines Account Manager

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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. 

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Tabitha Crutchfield
Clerical Assistant

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Tabitha Crutchfield

Clerical Assistant

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Commercial Lines Assistant
Veronica Santos
Commercial Lines Assistant

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Commercial Lines Assistant

Veronica Santos

Commercial Lines Assistant

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Victoria Wright
Commercial Lines Assistant

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Victoria Wright

Commercial Lines Assistant

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Lenny Newman
Commercial Lines Assistant

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Lenny Newman

Commercial Lines Assistant

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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. 

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Peter Starck
Claims Manager

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Peter Starck

Claims Manager

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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. 

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Jesell Neal
Personal Lines Assistant

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Jesell Neal

Personal Lines Assistant

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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. 

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Anna Neal
Personal Lines Assistant

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Anna Neal

Personal Lines Assistant

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Koren Pilkinton
Receptionists

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Koren Pilkinton

Receptionists

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Avienne Foss
Accounting and Administrative Assistant

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Avienne Foss

Accounting and Administrative Assistant

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Ashani Dass
Controller

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Ashani Dass

Controller

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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.

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Mei Qiu
Accounting Manager

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Mei Qiu

Accounting Manager

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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. 

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