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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, chasing his dog around the yard and practicing Yoshinkan Aikido.

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.

Devon Zanter – Admin and Sales

Devon Started his insurance career in 2020 at Empire West. Devon enjoys snowboarding, riding skateboards, driving his Subaru and making music (he plays Drums, Bass, Keyboard, and Synths). He loves ramen and sushi and plans travel to Japan as soon as he’s able!

“My Favorite part of being at Empire West is being able to connect with clients on a personal level and assisting in growing their business.”

Jared DeFilippo – Sales

Jared started his insurance career at Empire West in 2020. In his spare time he enjoys working on cars, wake surfing on the river and any creative project he can find to do around the house. On Saturday nights, you’ll find him in front of the UFC fights!

Jared’s favorite part about working with Empire West is learning the various products in order to fill the unique needs of our clients.

Gina Macaluso – Development and Marketing

Gina began working with Empire West in 2017. She enjoys staying active and healthy and visiting Hawaii as often as she can. She loves to read, spend time with friends and snuggle with her tuxedo cat. Gina’s passion is helping others grow their business and find joy in life!

Something Gina loves about working with Empire West is improving processes and systems to help make insuring clients easier for the staff and a smooth transaction for the client!

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: office@empirewest.net

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