Meet the Team

We started FirstMark Insurance Group because we don’t believe insurance has to be a cold, boring, impersonal and antagonistic experience.  We want to build real relationships with people that value something more than just the cheapest price.

At FirstMark Insurance Group we promise to deliver one of the best customer experiences you will ever have.  We know you have choices when it comes to who you do business with and our belief is that no one can do insurance better than us.

Andrew Cowan- President

Managing partner of FirstMark Insurance Group, Andrew is married to Renae – by far his best sales job ever! His three daughters are his pride and joy. Andrew focuses on putting others’ needs above our own, loving on people, and building long term solid relationships.

Dave Taylor-CEO

After graduating from Kings High School in Shoreline WA, Dave joined the United States Marine Corp. After his service, he attended Shoreline Community College where he met Kim – his amazing wife and the mother of his 3 children. In 2015 Dave sold his Farmers Insurance agency and assumed the role of CEO at FirstMark Insurance Group.

Amanda Shea- Principal/Agent

After working her way up from answering phones, to eventually running one of the top offices for a well-known insurance company in the Northwest, Amanda Shea decided to help build FirstMark Insurance Group. She made her decision based on one simple fact: If she was a consumer, where would she go to get the best service and price all in one? Working as a broker is better for her clients because she’s not tied to just one insurance carrier!

Rick Harrison- Agent

Rick loves adventure and is all about the outdoors! His lovely wife Carol is absolutely his better half and she has done a fantastic job of raising their three kids. Rick has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry as both a top producer as well as agency owner. Rick believes that relationships, customer service and integrity are as important today as they have ever been.

Dan Fortune- Agent

Relational & passionate! Dan is a family man; married to Ileana since 2002 and father of the energetic & adorable Abri. Dan has 9 years of great experience as an agent at one of the top Farmers Insurance agencies in Washington. He also started a health care brokerage & gained experience in all areas of insurance with heavy emphasis in commercial accounts.

Rob Balderas- Agent

After being an agent with Farmers Insurance for 18 years, Rob sold his agency and came to work at FirstMark Insurance Group.  He believes that being a broker and representing several companies will help him to provide proper coverage and a good price to his clients.  Rob believes that people want to be protected while still being able to afford the coverage and by working with FirstMark Insurance Group, he feels that he will be able to provide both to his clients.

Ken Meyer - Agent

Ken is a lifelong PNW resident and has been in the insurance industry since 2009. He is very active in the community, specifically with youth sports, having coached for a number of years. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his 3 amazing kids, and is an avid Seattle sports fan and has been a long time Seahawks season ticket holder.

Matthew Smith-Agent

Matt graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 and spent several years as a journalist covering sports, outdoors and the military. After a stint as a military contractor and spending some time working for KIRO 7, Matt cut his teeth in insurance selling life insurance. He broke into the P&C world with State Farm and Allstate in 2016. Matt joined FirstMark in January 2017 and will be mainly working remotely from the field, but will make an appearance in the office from time to time. He and his lovely wife, Nina, live in Mountlake Terrace.

Jerry Sellers- Agent
Meagan O'Brien- Agent
Gail Welfringer- Agent

Born and raised here in the Pacific NW, Gail has been in the insurance industry since 1980. She is a member of International Insurance Professionals, NW Chapter CPCU and Board of Directors for Edmonds Police Foundation. Residing in Edmonds with her husband Kevin; they share 2 sons; Nolan a math teacher at Shorewood HS and Dillon a junior at UW. Dedicated to community Gail says much of her free time is taking part in local service projects giving back to the community that has given so much to her.

John Applegate- Client Care Manager

John became an Insurance agent 30 years ago. He has extensive experience in helping customers establish coverage plans that protect their interests and concerns. He and his wife are both avid musicians, she likes folk and he likes jazz, so it’s a struggle when someone breaks out the banjo. His wife played on stage at folk life in Seattle for many years.

Drew Pace- Commercial Lines Manager
Natascha Peavy- Commercial Lines
Julie Wolbaum - Client Care Specialist
Val Scheevel- Client Care Specialist
Rosemary Ramirez- Client Care Specialist
Benjamin Finley - Agent
Christina Lynch- Operations Manager

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