Officers & Directors

President

Cheryl Guyatt

CPCU, AIS

Contact: cguyatt@mercuryinsurance.com

Cheryl is currently a Senior Underwriting Manager at Mercury Insurance and has worked in the insurance industry for the past 34 years.  She was awarded the President’s CPCU Scholarship from The Institutes and earned her CPCU designation in 2013 and obtained her Associate in Insurance Services, AIS designation in 2014.  She immediately became active in our chapter and has held the following roles: New Designee Chair, Vice-President & President Elect.  Cheryl is very excited about her upcoming role as President of the Orange-Empire CPCU Society Chapter.

President Elect

Jade Flores

CPCU

Contact: jdflores@mercuryinsurance.com

Jade majored in Spanish and International Business at Cal State Fullerton, received her CPCU designation in 2013, and is currently a Supervisor in the Personal Lines Automobile Unit at Mercury Insurance.

VICE PRESIDENT

Cory Hancox

CPCU

Contact: cory.hancox.rm7i@statefarm.com

Cory has worked in the insurance industry for 10 years, and he is currently a Business Underwriting Specialist with State Farm Insurance.  Prior to this role, he worked in Auto Claims and Fire Casualty Claims.  Cory graduated from Cal State University, Northridge, and he received his CPCU designation in 2013. 

Secretary

Christopher Cook

CPCU, AINS, AIC

Contact: ccook@mercuryinsurance.com

Chris graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2003 and began working for Mercury Insurance Group in 2004. In 2011 Chris was awarded the President’s CPCU Scholarship and earned his CPCU designation in 2012. Chris also holds the AINS and AIC designations. Chris has served on the CPCU Orange-Empire Chapter Board since January 2014. Outside of work and CPCU involvement, Chris enjoys spending time with his family of four where they are often attending LA Kings hockey games, visiting the beach or local amusement parks, or traveling to various youth hockey and baseball games.

Treasurer

Peter Pokorny

CPCU, AIAF

Contact: pokorny.peter@aaa-calif.com

Peter got his Bachelor’s at Cornell University and Master’s in Finance at Pepperdine; He is a Corporate Finance supervisor at the Auto Club of Southern California for the past 11 years.  Peter got his CPCU in 2010, his AIAF in 2012 and is currently working on his ARM.  Peter has been our Chapter treasurer since 2011.

Immediate Past President

Stephanie Meadows

CPCU

Contact: smeadows@mercuryinsurance.com

Stephanie has been in the insurance industry for 29.5 years and currently holds the position of Director of Underwriting Operations with Mercury Insurance Company.  She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; Public Relations and is currently one course away from obtaining her Masters of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University. Stephanie obtained her CPCU designation in 2013 and is currently active with the Orange Empire Chapter of CPCU holding the position of Immediate Past President.  She has held the positions of Vice President, President elect, and President for the chapter.

Director at Large

Joseph Zappia

CPCU, SCLA, API, AIM

Contact: joseph.zappia@ipacc.com

Joe is a graduate from San Diego State with a degree in Finance.  He has been working in the insurance industry on the Claims side for nearly 30 years and he is currently with Infinity Insurance as a Litigation Manager, where Joe is responsible for the management of litigated claims with house counsel.   Joe obtained his CPCU designation in 2008 and also has earned his SCLA, API & AIM designations.  Joe has been an active part of the Chapter and has served as the New Designee Rep, Chapter Vice-President, President-elect and Chapter President

Director At Large

Geeta Ghai

CPCU, CIC, CRM, AAI

Contact: GGhai@BBandT.com

Geeta is an Account Executive with BB&T Insurance Services and has served as Vice President and President for our chapter during 2013 to 2015.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the commercial lines and enjoys teaching insurance.  She is a strong believer in passing on knowledge and to support all newcomers to the insurance industry.

CO-NEW DESIGNEE REPRESENTATIVE

Simone Wong

CPCU, AINS, AIS

Contact: swong@mercuryinsurance.com

Simone received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, in 2002, with a degree in Economics.  She received her CPCU designation in 2016 and is currently a Senior Underwriter in the Personal Lines Automobile division at Mercury Insurance Group.

CO-NEW DESIGNEE REPRESENTATIVE

Vu Ho

CPCU, AU, AIS, AINS

Contact: vtho@mercuryinsurance.com

Vu has been in the Property-Casualty Industry of insurance for 15 years and is currently a Commercial Underwriting Supervisor at Mercury Insurance Group. He was awarded the President's CPCU Scholarship from The Institutes and earned his CPCU designation in 2016.  Vu has a passion for helping others.  As a result he also teaches the AINS series to a group of Mercury employees seeking to educate themselves further in insurance.  In his free time, Vu loves to hike and camp with his friends or just be out in the outdoors.

Webmaster/Social Media

Joan Williams

CPCU, AIS

Contact: jowilliams@mercuryinsurance.com

Joan has been in the world of insurance for 18 years and currently is a Senior Underwriter in Personal Lines Auto for Mercury Insurance Group. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Temple University in 1997. Joan obtained her CPCU designation in 2014 and has been an active member of the board since receiving her designation. She has previously served as the role of New Designee Rep and the last two years as our Webmaster/Social Media rep.

Membership Chairperson

Raymond Palucki

CPCU

Contact: rpalucki@mercuryinsurance.com

Education

Leah Young

CPCU

Contact: leahyo@aol.com

Leah is currently the Career and Professional Development Advisor at Cal State Fullerton, Center for Insurance Studies. She worked in the insurance industry 30+ years on the commercial product management and underwriting side. Leah received her CPCU designation in 1993.

Research Chairperson

Greg Nelson

CPCU

Contact: gregandmaria@yahoo.com

Greg Nelson is an insurance consultant with 30 plus years of insurance experience in many areas of company and agency sales and operations.  Receiving his designation in 1984, Greg has been a confinuous member of the board of directors of the Orange Empire Chapter since 1988.  He's held many officer postions including chapter president and currently is the chairperson of the research committee, a role he has filled for the last 10 years, publishing a number of research papers in the Journal of the CPCU, CPCU Insight, and other insurance industry publications.

Good Works

Amie Lam

CPCU, AU

Contact: alam@mercuryinsurance.com

Amie is currently a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with Mercury Insurance.  She joined the company in 2002 as a Commercial Auto Underwriter. Amie received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management from Cal State Fullerton.  Amie also has her CPCU and AU and resides in Tustin, California.