Mike Skinner, owner and founder, was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Santa Clara University. Mike has been in the insurance business since 1968 and has been leading MG Skinner since its foundation in 1979. An avid sports fan, he has devoted much of his time to coaching, working with kids, and providing mentorship. He also serves as Chairman of the Board on the Palisades Community Center Committee and the Palisades Park Advisory Board, and was Pacific Palisades’ Citizen of the Year in 2003 for Outstanding Service to the Community. In 2006, he and his wife Carey established Skinner Vineyards and Winery in the Sierra Foothills, in pursuit of re-establishing a 150-year-old family legacy in winemaking.
Ryan serves as Vice President of MG Skinner & Associates. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ryan played quarterback at Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Business Management from the Marriott School. Upon graduation, Ryan spent two years with Sotheby’s International Realty, specializing in residential income properties. In 2005, he joined MG Skinner, where he handles operations, management and marketing, solidifying its place as an industry leader well into the future. Recently, he served as Chairman of the Greenwich Group, an international organization of independent insurance brokers.
Director of Compliance and Special Risk
Gus Gallup joined MG Skinner in 2007 after an extensive career in insurance beginning in 1978. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Gus has experience on both the company and brokerage sides of the business and has succeeded in a variety of positions including underwriting, sales, risk management and senior management with a number of large national firms A Senior Vice President at Swett & Crawford by 1987, Gus developed their most profitable branch office in the nation and was also named Broker of the Year. He then was hired to manage the largest office of Alexander Howden, overseeing a team of 45 and successfully launching a National Utility Practice. A final move to Utility Management Insurance Services, saw him market and manage a Risk Purchasing Group for electric, gas and water utility industries from 1994-2002. With a wealth of experience and success under his belt, Gus finally launched a consulting firm, specializing in the formation of Captives, Risk Purchasing Groups and alternative insurance vehicles before being brought on by MG Skinner.
Director of Programs Administration
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Director of HR
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Director of Sales, Community Assoc.
Joe is a former collegiate golfer and graduate of the University of Southern California. He has been a committed insurance professional since 1982, gaining experience at Jardine Emmitt & Chandler, Alexander & Alexander, IHG and finally AON, before joining MG Skinner in 2001. At first an Account Executive, Joe’s role expanded to service and develop relationships with newly formed broker partners as MG Skinner began to augment it’s traditional distribution channels. In 2007, Joe introduced Ian Graham to Mike Skinner in what would be first step in forming Graham West Insurance Services, and an eventual nearly $20 million book of D&O and Crime business. Since it’s founding, Joe has provided promotional and service support to this program in addition to being a minority partner. He now works to round out the existing community association clients with Property, Liability and Umbrella coverage.
Director of Sales, Multi-Family
John was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Also playing baseball while at Emory, John pursued a career as a professional player before turning to his business acumen. In 2016 he moved into the insurance industry, joining MG Skinner and tasked to increase penetration of Skinner Select products throughout the existing strategic partner base. He has been instrumental in expanding and increasing the profitability of those relationships, while proactively prospecting to seek out new opportunities to drive growth.
Chief Financial Officer
Wendy Seretan is Chief Financial Officer for MG Skinner, and responsible for all strategic and day-to-day financial and operational activities. She serves the organization well as the fiscal gatekeeper and financial strategist. Wendy is a CPA with an MBA from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. She holds a real estate broker’s license and her experience includes the construction of multi-family residential units from inception to completion as well as renovations of single-family homes, rehab of commercial structures for new use, and has worked with financing options including low-income tax credits and tax exempt private placement bonds. Wendy grew up and raised three children in Southern California. In addition to being an avid tennis player, she has long been involved in community activities through organizations such as Junior League, the LA Regional Food Bank and PEN Center USA.
Director of Risk Management and Claims
Yvonne joined MG Skinner in 1998, after serving as the Director of Risk Management with AppleOne Employment Services, the nation’s largest, privately-held employment agency – who still remains a client today. Yvonne has worked in the insurance loss prevention service industry for over 30 years and has extensive knowledge in claims and risk management in all commercial lines including Property, General Liability, Employer’s Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance. Yvonne oversees the Risk Management and Claims department, as well as manage the Workers Compensation and alternative risk programs for our largest and most-seasoned accounts. She recently completed an upgrade of the claims platform, leveraging historical data to guide current and future risk management initiatives.
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Senior Client Manager
Senior Claims Analyst