George Petersen Insurance Agency, one of Northern California’s largest independently owned insurance agencies, has announced five new partners to the firm’s ownership: Larney Ford (Eureka), Manny Mello (Eureka), Joe Platt (Santa Rosa), Dylan Sacco (Redding), and Daniel Walters (Santa Rosa).
The new partners bring a variety of experience and skillsets to the agency’s ownership, which now totals fifteen partners and spans across the firm’s eight regional offices, which also include Auburn, Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Gualala, and Fortuna.
“We couldn’t be happier with this talented group,” says President & CEO Charlie Bussman. “Each of these team members has worked tremendously hard for their clients and, in turn, has done a great job for our agency. We welcome them to the firm’s partnership.”
The new partners include:
Lawrence (Larney) Ford, Commercial Producer, Eureka
A fifth-generation Humboldt County native, Larney joined George Petersen Insurance Agency in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Larney had a successful 15-year career in financial services. He specializes in commercial insurance, with a focus on the fields of construction, healthcare, and agriculture.
Manuel (Manny) Mello, Commercial Producer, Eureka
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Manny originally began his career in Fort Bragg with NorthWest Insurance Agency, which was acquired by George Petersen Insurance Agency in 2010. Manny is now based out of the firm’s Eureka office, where he has since earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and has also become a member of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council.
Joseph (Joe) Platt, Commercial Producer, Santa Rosa
Joe joined George Petersen Insurance Agency in 2008, where he quickly developed an in-depth understanding of the industry, establishing a wide portfolio of clients along the way. With a focus on the food and auto industries, Joe has built a wealth of knowledge across a broad range of risk exposures.
Dylan Sacco, Commercial Producer, Redding
Dylan joined George Petersen Insurance Agency in 2001. A fourth-generation insurance agent and great-grandson to one of the first Farmers Insurance agents in California, Dylan has continued in his family’s tradition. During his 14-year tenure at George Petersen Insurance Agency, Dylan has earned both his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designations.
Daniel Walters, Commercial Producer, Santa Rosa
Daniel has been with George Petersen Insurance Agency since 2002. With a focus on the construction and manufacturing industries, Daniel has earned his Construction Risk & Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation to further expand his understanding of the industry. He’s also active with the North Coast Builders Exchange.
About George Petersen Insurance Agency
Founded in 1935, George Petersen Insurance Agency specializes in commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal insurance products, with an emphasis on intensive consultation, customized programs, and highly personalized service. The agency has grown to include eight regional offices, making it one of the largest independently owned agencies in Northern California. For more information about George Petersen Insurance Agency, please visit www.gpins.com.