Leadership

Mike Heagerty

Chairman & CEO

800-437-6616   Ext. 130

  • Began insurance career in 1972
  • Purchased Gorst & Compass in 1992
  • Earned a B.S. degree in Business Management from Cal State Northridge
  • Past President of the California Insurance Wholesalers Association
  • I enjoy traveling, racing sports cars and being with friends and family.

Bryan Clark

President

800-437-6616   Ext. 148

  • Joined Gorst & Compass in 1997
  • Became President in 2015
  • Former AAMGA Board member
  • Board member of the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association
  • Board member of the California Insurance Wholesale Association & Past President
  • Earned a B.S. degree in Business Management from San Diego State University
  • I enjoy traveling with my family, playing golf and being with friends

Paul Laufer

Executive Vice President

800-437-6616   Ext. 165

  • Joined Gorst & Compass in 2007
  • Board Member of the California Insurance Wholesalers Association and Past President
  • Surplus Lines Association of California Legislative Committee Member
  • Earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University Northridge
  • Earned a Professional Designation in Personal Financial Planning from the University of California Los Angeles
  • Enjoys surfing, wake surfing, snowboarding, golfing, playing all sports, watching combat sports and most of all spending time with family and friends.

Chip Polhill

Chief Underwriting Officer

800-437-6616   Ext. 128

  • Earned a B.A. Degree from The University of Alabama in 1983
  • Earned a Master’s Degree In International Business Administration from the American Graduate School, Arizona State University, 1985
  • Began insurance career in 1986 as an underwriter for Marine Office of America Corp. / Continental Insurance Co. 1986
  • Worked as a Risk Management Consultant with KPMG, 1989
  • Served as Regional Manager for Excess Property, Transamerica Insurance Co. 1990-1992.
  • Joined Gorst & Compass in 1993 as an Underwriter/Broker; later a Senior underwriter and then a Senior VP.
  • Became Chief Underwriting Officer for Gorst & Compass in 2018.
  • I enjoy scuba diving, paddle boarding in the Pacific and spending time with my family