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October Business of the Month: City and Chamber Honor Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services

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From L-R: Jeff Lambert, Community Development Director, City of Ventura; Greg Van Ness, CEO, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Sevices, LLC; Matt Guthrie, Public Policy/Government Affairs Director, Ventura Chamber of Commerce

On October 21, 2013, the City of Ventura and Chamber of Commerce honored Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services as the Business of the Month.

Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services, LLC is located in beautiful Downtown Ventura and is one of the largest, privately held independent insurance brokerages in California and is ranked among the top 100 insurance brokerages in the country. The company was founded in 1923 in Ventura by Cary E. Tolman; Robert Wiker joined the company in 1945 and thus the partnership of Tolman and Wiker was born. Tolman and Wiker has four offices located along the Central Coast in Ventura, Santa Maria, Bakersfield, and Salinas, which employs over 165 people.

In addition to providing top of the line products and services, Tolman and Wiker freely offer their expertise and knowledge through various seminars and events; their company calendar is booked annually for speaking arrangements, presentations, and classes. Tolman and Wiker also sponsor and support many non-profit organizations and events like UCSB’s and the Ventura Chamber’s Economic Outlook Breakfast, as well as ACT Today!’s 8th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism.

Tolman and Wiker has also been recognized in the community by being named in the Pacific Coast Business Times’ “2013 101 One Hundred” list of top businesses along the 101 corridor for the second year in a row. Judy Diaz, an employee and member of Tolman and Wiker has also been named in the Pacific Coast Business Times’ “Top Women in Business” for the second year in a row. Other awards include the 2009 Ventura Branch Agency of the Year and the 2009 CIG Agency of the Year.

During the presentation, Ventura Chamber Public Policy & Government Affairs Director Matt Guthrie acknowledged what an honor is to have a company like Tolman and Wiker as partners in the Chamber, noting that the company has been a member since 1950. Mayor Tracy presented the recognition to CEO Greg Van Ness and said that when his father started his business in 1959, he purchased his insurance at Tolman and Wiker and that the Tracy family has been loyal clients ever since. Greg Van Ness acknowledged what an honor it was to receive these awards from the City and Chamber and graciously thanked the City Council for all they do in our community.