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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


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 – Compliance and Operations Manager

Michael began working at Empire West in 2018 after completing degrees in Business, Administrative Professional and Computer Information Systems, Computer Applications. He has put his education to use with an emphasis on customer service and managing the daily operations of the company. Michael is licensed in Property and Casualty and Surplus Lines insurance.

Michael enjoys traveling with his wife and three kids and even lived in Spain for 8 years. He also enjoys painting, cooking and learning Taekwondo.

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.”

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