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About Us

Empire West Insurance Services is a specialty commercial only insurance brokerage focused on assisting the broad Environmental Industry with their insurance needs and requirements. We provide services and insurance in all 50 states and are Surplus Lines Licensed Brokers in California. License number 0F04110 in CA.

Customer service is our main focus and priority. We understand that insurance is the last thing a business person wants to deal with. We streamline the process of procuring insurance by removing as much of the burden as possible. We accomplish this by taking steps such as completing applications on your behalf, negotiating with clients and vendors on insurance requirements and reviewing the insurance requirements of your contracts for you. These services are provided as a part of our ongoing dedication to provide the highest quality and most efficient level of services possible.

In wanting to provide the best customer service, Empire West Insurance Services is a member of the Better Business Bureau. Check out our listing on the BBB website here:

Empire West Better Business Bureau Listing

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Jeff Kortan – Owner/Producer

Jeff Kortan has had a unique and successful career path in both Retail Customer Service and the Construction Industry. In 2000 he brought both these fields together with commercial insurance. This has been a great fit as Jeff understands customers requirements and expectations in successfully operating a business in the construction industry. He is a designated Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) by the International Risk Management Institute.

Jeff is a proud father of two wonderful children. In his free time, Jeff enjoys cycling (road and mountain), photography and practicing Yoshinkan Aikido.

Jack Brooks – Producer

Jack started his insurance career at Empire West in 2016. In his spare time he enjoys traveling in his Jeep, investing in luxury watches and practicing on the guitar. He’s currently planning an around-the-world trip and has a soft spot for Japanese food.

Jack’s favorite part about working with Empire West is being given the opportunity to build and maintain well-grounded client relationships.

Michael Osborne – Administrative Assistant

Michael recently began working at Empire West, however, has been a long time friend of Jeff’s. He spends time with his wife and three kids travelling, cooking or going shopping. He spent time living in Spain and thoroughly enjoys cooking Spanish food, especially paella and maintaining traditions they learned in Spain.

Michael loves working at Empire West as it gives him the opportunity to utilize his IT and organizational skills to help better serve our clients.

Support Staff

Empire West also has a team of support staff answering phones and working in the background to ensure the best client experience!


Call: (916) 967-1130 – OR – Email: info@empirewest.net

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