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Spotlight: Team LaPorte
Marv began his career in the insurance industry as an insurance underwriter, and eventually a commercial underwriting manager for a larger national carrier. However, Marv’s true passion was being the trusted voice of his client, which he expressed more than 35 years ago when he founded LaPorte & Associates.
“Putting your clients first” continues to be Marv’s mission statement, a passion that isn’t just expressed in words but through his actions every day. LaPorte & Associates has grown to be one of the largest independently-owned insurance brokerages in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to the vision and leadership of Marv and the other managing partners.
Marv continues to be active in the agency, specializing in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries. He has been instrumental in building relationship with key insurance carriers who trust his word and value the integrity for which he is known.
Outside of the office, Marv continues to surround himself with family. He has five grandchildren who keep him and his wife very active on weekends, which are filled with basketball games or “classic soccer” matches. His youngest grandchild is soon to follow in the others’ cleated footsteps, so there are more weekends to be spent! When Marv is not at the office or on the sidelines, you will most likely find him at the gym or playing a round of golf.
Kyle joined the Commercial team at LaPorte as an Account Executive in March of 2021. He previously represented two different carriers and worked side by side with Underwriting where he developed a deep understanding of carrier operations and leverages that experience to get the best results for his clients.
What sets Kyle apart is his experience, natural curiosity, industry knowledge and a passion to make his clients better for working with him.
With a Gonzaga Business education and a decade of Business Development & Consulting experience, his focus is on reducing Total Cost of Risk, educating his clients on the nuances of the insurance industry and providing unique insurance solutions based on each clients appetite for risk. Although he is great at ensuring clients are paying an accurate rate, he is passionate about Risk Management, Workers Compensation/Mod Analysis and Safety Program design and implementation.
Kyle lives in Beaverton with his wife, one-year old son and their two pups. When he isn’t spending time with his family, winning bocce tournaments or chasing steelhead through the rivers in Oregon, you’ll find him playing on the course, court, beach or mountain.
Kay’s role as a commercial insurance and marketing account manager has helped LaPorte grow. Kay graduated with a Political Science Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1980 and earned her CIC Designation in 1989.
Her background as a casualty underwriter and marketing executive at various insurance companies including USF&G, Safeco, Great American, AIG, TIG and Travelers have helped earn her much respect in this business.
She loves her job, but also loves enjoying time off work gardening, urban chicken raising and living a paleo diet lifestyle. She also enjoys classical music and reading books on apologetics, current events, and popular classics.
Cindy joined LaPorte as a Commercial Client Relations Manager in spring of 2023 bringing with her 27 years of experience in commercial insurance. Cindy has worked with a number of contractors over the years, but also specializes in the refuse business. Customer service and relationship building is important to Cindy, making sure her client is a partner in the process, and properly covered is why she has such a loyal following.
Cindy grew up in Eugene Oregon and moved to Tualatin in 1996. She is married to her husband of 19 years, and they are currently building a house in Montana, where they both will retire one day. Cindy has one daughter who works as a clinical psychologist at OHSU and lives in Portland along with her husband of 14 years, and two beautiful grandchildren. When Cindy has some free time she enjoys reading, watching movies and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
With over 30 years in the insurance industry, Barbara brings a perspective to LaPorte from both an agent and carrier side. Through the years Barbara has developed strong quoting skills, computer expertise and developed solid carrier relationships. Barbara joined the team in 2007, specializing in Personal Lines.
Being a people person, she thrives in situations where she can interact with customers, solve problems, and help people.
In her spare time Barbara loves to read, enjoys a variety of television programs and spending time with her family. She has two sons, both in the Navy and both stationed in San Diego. Barbara and her husband of 30+ years get down to California as often as possible to see their two sons and three grandchildren.
Gendell started in the insurance industry in the mid -1990’s. Her first job was in sales with Allstate. Since then she has worked with independent agencies for over 20 years in both sales and service in the personal lines field. Now working at LaPorte for more than 14 years, she has blossomed into a valued team player.
She believes because independent agents have a variety of markets to choose from, this offers a better opportunity to find a company which will fit her client’s needs
Kelly Anne joins LaPorte with 21 years of Personal Lines experience working with agencies in California, Arizona, Minnesota and Oregon. Kelly Anne started her career out working with a direct writer, which gave her exposure to a variety of insurance opportunities that she can pass along to her clients. Kelly Anne enjoys customer service treating her clients with respect and patience. She also assists her clients in ensuring they have a strong policy with competitive pricing. Personal Lines coverages can be confusing, and Kelly Anne takes the extra time to explain these coverages to make purchasing a policy easy and convenient. Kelly Anne enjoys spending her free time with her friends, and puppy hiking, biking, and watching movies.
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