Eli is the CEO and owner after having purchased the business from his dad, founder Mike Gillespie, in 2018. He’s been here for awhile. He started working for Gillespie Insurance Services in June, 2001 as a personal insurance agent. He moved over into commercial insurance in 2004. He earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2008, and his Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist designation in 2014. Although not a morning person, Eli gets up early at least four times a week to do the 6am Crossfit class. He’s involved with his church and plays keyboards in the band. But most of all, he loves hanging with his wife Candace and their sons Samuel and Jacob. He’s way too into cinnamon rolls and needs to back it off a little.
Candace is Eli’s wife and co-owner of Gillespie Insurance Services. She is the mother of two boys – Samuel and Jacob, a home school teacher to Samuel, a part time You Tuber showing off her skills in card making, and also does a lot of work for the agency too. She balances the books and makes sure the office is well stocked with supplies. She’s creative and not afraid to take on any project. If you happen to walk into Eli’s office, you’ll see a beautiful pinewood desk. Ikea? Office Depot? Ashley Furniture? Nope. Candace built it. That’s right – she doesn’t just take care of the office, she makes furniture for the office. She’s an incredible lady to say the least. (Can you tell who wrote this bio?)
Ivah is our commercial accounts manager and has been invaluable to Gillespie Insurance Services for taking care of our clients since she started working with us in 2003. Previously a personal insurance accounts manager for an insurance agency in Napa, CA for over ten years, she made the trip down south and never looked back. She obtained her CISR designation in 2017! (FYI: CISR is a special designation that means she understands the coverages on the insurance policies she helps you with). In addition to adoring her two granddaughters, she enjoys movies, baking, the Dodgers, watching golf, shopping and reading. Warning: her cakes are addictive.
Allegra takes care of all your personal insurance needs. If you need a new home, renters, condo, rental, auto, motorcycle, boat, or RV insurance policy, or help with your existing policy, Allegra is here to help. Allegra joined our team in 2015 and comes with over ten years of experience. She is a CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) which means she has a thorough understanding of the insurance policies she’s helping you with. Allegra loves dirt biking and spending time with her beautiful family, which includes her husband and two of the cutest kids you’ve ever seen.
Evan started in July 2017 knowing nothing about insurance and has now progressed into a fully-fledged Commercial Customer Service Representative. He processes the changes to our clients’ policies, makes certificates, prepares quotes, runs reports, and lots more. Evan is currently almost P&C-licensed. He’s got just a few steps to go. In fact, by the time this bio gets published, there’s a good chance it will be official. Outside of the office, Evan does a little bit of everything. First and foremost, Evan enjoys spending time with his new bride Sara. But in those off times when those two are not staring deeply into each other’s eyes, he enjoys riding dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and playing a variety of musical instruments, which include – but are not limited to – bass, drums, and piano. He plays in the same church band Eli plays in. In fact, that’s how they met.
Drew is our newest member of the team, having started in August, 2018. He’s been learning the skills to become an effective Commercial Customer Service Representative at an incredible rate, and we at GIS couldn’t be prouder of his progress. Drew comes to us with a degree in journalism from BIOLA University and a passion for all things sports. Despite his West Coast roots, Drew is a major Boston Red Sox fan and had to contain his excitement when his team beat our team, the Dodgers, in the 2018 World Series. What we love about Drew – in addition to his compassionate restraint – is his Seinfeld-like humor, his steady work ethic, and his willingness to face the unknown and jump right into this insurance game.
Gillespie Insurance Services helps people and businesses in California, Arizona and Nevada.