The Insurance Center, An Alaskan Corporation is a locally-owned Managing General Agency based in Anchorage, Alaska that represents national and international Property and Casualty corporations.
The Insurance Center was founded by Gus and Mary Gustufson in 1981. After surviving the boom, bust and rebuilding years after the Alaska Pipeline’s rise and decline, they sold to Philip and Anna Mink in 1996. The Mink’s and their team of loyal and amazing employees expanded the business to include Dwelling, and Commercial Property and Casualty lines of insurance. In 2010, Phil and Anna turned the business over to us, their daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Joshua Korver, and we’ve been excited to be a part of the Alaskan business landscape since then.
Josh and I now like to think of ourselves as “Mom and Pop Version 3.0.” Our team of dedicated and experienced employees has over 100 years of insurance experience, serving our valued agents throughout Alaska. This year, on April 1, 2021, we celebrate 40 years in business, and look forward to the future with many years ahead.
Please contact us with any questions, concerns or compliments. We are always open to suggestions and improvements. Thank you for supporting your local Alaskan MGA. We appreciate your trust and will continue to work hard to keep earning it!
Meet Joshua: An Accomplished Professional with a Wealth of Experience
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington Law School, Joshua has a diverse background. He began his career as an Intellectual Patent Attorney for a Minnesota-based law firm with a satellite office in Seattle, where he represented high-tech intellectual clients such as Microsoft and National Semiconductor. In 2006, Joshua and his wife Angela relocated to Anchorage to pursue a career in insurance. Since 2009, Joshua has held the position of President at The Insurance Center, and has been an active member of the AAMGA, serving as the Chairperson of the Governmental Affairs Committee for 7 years. Additionally, Joshua is now the President of NAGA Solutions, a technology platform for insurance.
Get to Know Angela’s Impressive Career Journey
Angela is a Gonzaga University alumna who holds a degree in Public Relations/Advertising. She began her career in Seattle, WA doing Advertising/Marketing for top-notch tech companies. She later relocated to Anchorage with her husband, Josh, to take on new roles in insurance and become her parents’ perpetuation plan. After serving as Executive Director for the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association for two years, Angela became an owner. Her leadership skills were also recognized by the Insurance Professionals of Anchorage, where she served as Director, Secretary, and eventually, chapter president in June 2018. She was also recognized as an Elite Woman in Insurance in 2019.
Get to Know Jessica’s Impressive Career Journey
With 26 years of experience as an MGA underwriter and a lifelong Alaskan, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge and a holistic view to TIC. Her past work in agencies and MGAs makes her an excellent underwriter and manager with quick response times, a fast turnaround, and utmost accuracy. Jessica lives by the motto “Service is the rent you pay for living on this Earth” and is passionate about animal advocacy, especially for Great Danes, which she rescues and fosters. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors through activities like axe throwing, kayaking, and belly dancing. Jessica is also learning how to play the violin, demonstrating her independent and adventurous spirit.
Meet Sara: The Backbone of The Insurance Center
Since joining The Insurance Center in 2001, Sara has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success. With her unwavering dedication and commitment, she has worked her way up to senior management and has become an essential member of our team. Sara is known for her loyalty, hard work, and problem-solving skills. If there’s a question that needs answering, Sara is the one to ask. When she’s not working, you can find her cheering on her son in his culinary and athletic pursuits or spending time with loved ones.
Get to Know Kerry’s Impressive Career Journey
With over three decades of insurance experience, Kerry has been a valuable member of The Insurance Center team since May 2, 2001. As the Commercial Lines Department Manager, she is a true expert in all things related to Commercial Lines. Her extensive history in underwriting and leadership in the department guarantees a wealth of practical experience. When she’s not working, Kerry enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her grandkids, favorite daughter, and favorite son.
Meet Timothy, an Alaskan Insurance Veteran
With almost thirty years of experience on both the agency and MGA side, Timothy has become a well-respected figure in the world of insurance. He has held the prestigious role of Insurance Professionals of Anchorage President for two years and has earned numerous professional educational designations, as well as many insurance awards and recognitions. In his downtime, Timothy keeps himself busy with various hobbies, including his newfound interest in amateur radio. But most of all, he loves spending time outside, immersing himself in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness.
Meet Stacy, an Alaskan Insurance Expert
Stacy grew up in Anchorage and started her insurance career in 1998 as a filing clerk and receptionist. She quickly obtained her Personal Lines license and transitioned to Commercial Lines in 2001. Since obtaining her CISR Designation in 2005, Stacy has been a valuable asset to the industry. Despite her background on the retail/agency side of insurance, she adapted and became a successful Renewal Underwriter at our company. However, her skills didn’t stop there. She continued to grow and advance, earning the title of Senior Commercial New Business Underwriter. If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Stacy, you know she’s incredibly efficient and fun to work with! When she’s not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her furry friend, Gunner, and indulging in outdoor activities, working in the yard, watching movies, and playing poker.
Johnny’s Background and Experience in the Insurance Industry
Johnny Kohler III was introduced to the family business, Rural Alaska Insurance, at the age of 14, where he worked alongside his father and aunt. He began by handling phone calls and organizing files. After becoming licensed in insurance, he moved on to work in Personal and Commercial Lines. Today, he brings his extensive knowledge of insurance and technology to his role as a Commercial Lines Underwriter and as our Claims Manager. In his free time, Johnny enjoys playing poker, making music, and watching sports.
Meet Chameng: A Man of Many Pursuits
Chameng graduated with a BAS from Westwood College in Colorado and is now back home in beautiful Alaska. After exploring various career paths, he discovered insurance and has found it to be a gratifying and fulfilling career choice. But Chameng’s interests extend beyond work – he’s an avid sports fan who enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, and hitting the gym. He also loves hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. Most importantly, Chameng is a devoted father to his four young children and is deeply committed to his church.
Get to Know Corey’s Impressive Career Journey
Corey joined our insurance family in 2019, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Kerry Aldridge. Starting off as a data entry professional, he quickly earned his insurance license and has since been an asset to our team. He specializes in Personal Lines and has a passion for serving our clients with top-notch service. In his free time, Corey enjoys playing video and board games, strumming on his guitar and piano, and spending quality time with his loved ones.
Meet Kelly: A Multitalented Professional with Legacy Roots in Insurance
Kelly grew up in a family of insurance professionals in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her experience in the industry began at a young age, working in various capacities, from filing documents at Rural Alaska Insurance to advising students on their post-secondary education options. Outside of her insurance experience and knowledge, Kelly enjoys playing games, cooking, caring for her two cats, and camping.
Meet Susan: An Accounting Manager with a Passion for Learning
Susan has spent a significant portion of her life in Alaska and is a proud graduate of UAA. She is happily married with four adult children and has resided in six states and one foreign nation. Susan’s background is in education, having worked in the Anchorage School District for eight years. She is currently pursuing an MBA with an Accounting specialization and is new to the insurance industry. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, visiting new places, attending bible studies and church, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.
Get to Know Chay’s Impressive Career Journey
From retail insurance to MGA underwriting, Chay has been steadily climbing the career ladder. Her extensive Alaskan insurance knowledge has been a valuable asset in her current role in managing renewals. While not at work, Chay enjoys a variety of hobbies, including fishing, camping, and reading. She even has a talent for crocheting. She and her family enjoy exploring the vast Alaskan wilderness on road trips with their furry companion. Chay has a clear passion for both her profession and leisure time, adeptly balancing the two to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Get to Know Ione’s Impressive Career Journey
Ione (I-own-e) is the newest valuable asset to Team TIC, bringing an impressive 10 years of insurance industry experience. Hailing from the beautiful state of New Mexico 13 years ago, she has seamlessly transitioned to the wonders of Alaska, indulging in thrilling outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, skiing… any activity that allows her to immerse herself in the great outdoors! She is working in Personal Lines with Sara, Johnny and Corey and is already becoming a valued member of our team since mid-May.