2018 Officers and Directors
Alon Ben-Nun - President
Alon Ben-Nun is the Principal at Universal Risk Insurance Services located in Sherman Oaks California.
As a young entrepreneur Alon has always had a burning fire within to be a leader, building businesses that will always benefit the team, as much as he and his family. Straight out of high school it was clear that the vision and plan was in place, it was just a matter of time before it was implemented and many would benefit from it.
Late 2017, Alon opened the new chapter in his life. Leaving the company that he had served for the past six years, it was time to take the next leap of faith. Opening Universal Risk Insurance Services was the next step in the entrepreneurial game plan. Hard working, fun, exiting, creative, will be the foundations of Alon’s next business venture.
Upon graduating from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys California, Alon quickly learned that the “art of selling” is, at its core, about caring. By listening to and understanding his client’s worries, cares, concerns, plans and goals, Alon has always been able to build strong and enduring relationships with his clients; all the while infusing them with confidence that they are in good and capable hands.
As a seasoned Producer, Alon has cared for his clients through different ventures, going back over 25 plus years. He began his sales career working in the wholesale food trade, where he got a “taste” of what business-to-business and old school, care based sales is all about. Following his personal passion of being an entrepreneur, Alon opened his own telecommunication company servicing those same clients that he had been working with for years in the wholesale food industry. In 2004, Alon began his insurance career where he continues taking care of his long time clients; now helping them protect their personal and business health, wealth and property.
Alon is a devoted husband to his wife Sherri, and proud father of four beautiful daughters; Danielle, Hannah, Nicole, and Abigail. A community leader, Alon is very active in the management of a Non-Profit organization committed to the cleaning and updating of local schools, and helping guide young boys in becoming upstanding men.
To Alon, basketball is his reward for a hard worked, productive day. Nearly all of his clients understand that the only time Alon cannot be reached by telephone is when he is on the court, playing for hours and relieving life’s daily pressures. Also a huge fan of the Lakers and the USC Trojans, he dreads missing even one game.
Email Alon Nun here.
Charles Underhill - Vice President
Charles R. Underhill is Vice President of Underhill Insurance Agency, Inc, located in Woodland Hills, CA.
He was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his insurance career in 2012 at Roanoke Insurance Group’s Long Beach office. He worked there as an Account Manager for three years, primarily specializing in Marine Cargo Insurance.
He joined Underhill Insurance Agency, Inc in 2015. Underhill Insurance was founded in 1954 by his grandparents, Robert and Gladys Underhill. Charles’s father, Chuck Underhill purchased the agency in 1976 and has since run the business alongside Charles’s mother, Mary Underhill, who joined the agency in 1980. Charles’s siblings, Richard Walker and Elizabeth Underhill joined the agency in 2003 and 2014, respectively.
Charles is an active member of the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce, and he joined the IBA San Fernando Valley board of directors in 2016.
Charles and his wife, Jowilyn Underhill met at UCLA while they were both college students. As avid fans of the UCLA Bruins, they attend UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl during fall and follow UCLA basketball intently during winter and spring. Charles and Jowilyn live in Lake Balboa, CA.
Email Charles Underhill here.
Janice Wendt - Secretary / Treasurer
Janice has over 35 years of insurance brokerage experience handling Property & Casualty accounts. She started her insurance career has a Commercial Lines Assistant and has worked her way up to Commercial Lines Supervisor for Wells Fargo Insurance Services.
She joined Wells Fargo Insurance Services in July, 2008. Prior to Wells Fargo Insurance Services she worked with two other agencies.
Through out her career she has participated in many events with the IBA and felt it was time to give back. She joined the IBA San Fernando Valley board 2010 and looks forward to being an active member of the board.
Janice is married, has two grown children and lives in Northridge with her husband and two dogs. When not working she enjoy time with family and friends.
Email Janice Wendt here.
Fred Weston - Immediate Past President
Fred L. Weston is Vice President at the Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, located in Woodland Hills, California. Liberty Company is a 25 year old insurance agency that works with business and families identify their insurance needs and helps place coverage.
Prior to working at Liberty Company, Fred spent more than 11 years at C.M. Meiers Company and previous to that spent over 17 years in the financial services industry, including 5 years at Mellon advisors in Beverly Hills. He has extensive experience in the mortgage lending, estate planning, investments and insurance.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and was awarded a CFP designation from the College for Financial Planning in 1992. Fred has also taken numerous courses specializing in estate planning, investments and insurance.
For many years, Fred has been involved with many charitable organizations. He has served on the Board for “Heart of Los Angeles” (HOLA) as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. HOLA is a non-profit organization that works with inner-city children in the mid town area of Los Angeles. He is also an
active member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and has served as a Deacon and is a member of the Audit Committee.
In his spare time, Fred loves to watch his kids play baseball, golf, camp, and relaxing on his boat. He is married to a school teacher and together Andrea and sons Andrew and Sean live in Woodland Hills, California.
Email Fred Weston here.
Alex Rosenfeld is VP and Account Executive at Hoffman Brown Company, located in Sherman Oaks California.
Alex assists in carrier relations with personal insurance carriers as well as the building and maintaining of shared and profitable relationships with carrier-partners. Alex field of expertise is in personal insurance for successful families and individuals, providing comprehensive reviews with through analysis, recommendations and tailored personal insurance programs, ranging from homeowners and automobile insurance to specialty lines, such as coverage for yachts, aircraft, fine art and antique cars.
Alex graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Economics. Alex has been in the insurance industry for 22 years, with 18 years as a Product Manager with Profit and Loss responsibility for 5 states at a time with Nationwide Insurance and Farmers Insurance for both personal and commercial lines.
Email Alex Rosenfeld here.
Quality Assurance Analyst
Cynthia Andrachick was born in Detroit, MI and attended Macomb College. She has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 30 years and began her career working for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Cynthia was with the Auto Club for over 17 years and was a Sales Representative for the last ten where she was a top producer and received Honor Roll Recognition.
Cynthia joined Speare and Company in June of 2000 where she worked in the Marketing Department. Speare was purchased in 2004 by Wells Fargo Insurance Services where Cynthia worked as a Marketing Specialist and currently as a Quality Assurance Analyst.
Cynthia joined the IBA San Fernando Valley board in 2011 and was elected as President for the 2015 term. She also serves as Chair for their annual Golf Tournament at Moorpark Country Club.
Cynthia belongs to a women’s investment club called Women of Independent Means (WIM) and suggests that if you have an opportunity to join a group like this, to do so. It is a great chance to learn about the stock market and the group has done very well.
Cynthia had been very active in the Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles serving as President in 1998 and 2011. She also served on the board and held other offices in the organization.
Cynthia lives in the San Fernando Valley and has a married son and 3 grandchildren, Brooke is 11 and twins Austin and Katelyn are 7. When she is not busy with family and friends, she enjoys traveling, antique shopping, decorating, and attending concerts, especially Bruce Springsteen.
Email Cynthia Andrachick here.
Diane began her insurance career in 1978, and has focused on Commercial lines of insurance. In addition to her Commercial expertise, she has a deep knowledge of Employee Benefits, including COBRA administration. As head of the Commercial Department at Momentous, Diane’s guidance and mentorship of staff encourages them to make decisions that will benefit the client and provide the proper coverage to protect their assets. She believes in the importance of professional development and prides herself on consistently staying up-to-date on market trends. Diane is a licensed Property & Casualty Broker and has an Associate in Risk Management (ARM).
Email Diane Yamashita here.
Sherri Ben - Nun
Sherri Ben-Nun has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years. Early December 2017, Sherri joined HUB International Insurance Services, Inc. as Vice President of Entertainment and Commercial Lines. Born and raised in Southern California, Sherri enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She likes to travel, read and practice yoga.
Email Sherri Ben-Nun here.
Simon Asheroff - Vice President
Simon Asheroff is the Principal of the Simon Asheroff Insurance Agency.
The agency was established April 1998 and operated its office in Beverly Hills.
The agency was a member of the local Los Angeles IBA West Association and the State Association since 2005.
Simon Asheroff moved the agency to Sherman Oaks on January 1, 2010 and joined the local IBA-SFV Association. Simon joined the Association’s board as a director in 2014. He served as Secretary Treasurer on the 2016 board and as Vice President on the 2017 board. Simon remains on the board for 2018 as director. The agency remains a proud member & supporter of the State IIAB*Cal Association as well.
The agency provides insurance services throughout the State of California as well as multiple additional States with non-resident licenses. Simon is complimented with 5 experienced insurance staff members. The agency focuses in commercial and industrial business insurance requirements of the real estate industry, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers.
Email Simon Asheroff here.
Tim Gaspar is the proud owner and principal at Gaspar Insurance Services. A lifelong entrepreneur, Tim started his first business in high school and ran a party equipment rental business while attending California State University, Northridge. Tim worked with Marsh & Co., an independent insurance agency in Encino, where he worked as a producer offering personal and commercial insurance and risk consulting. In February 2008, Tim purchase his book of clients from the Encino agency and founded Gaspar Insurance Services, Inc. As of 2017 Gaspar Insurance Services has over 40 team members and is one of the largest independent insurance firms in both Los Angeles City and the San Fernando Valley (as ranked by the LA and SFV business journals). Additionally, in 2017 Gaspar Insurance was ranked by Inc. magazine as of the fastest growing companies in America. Tim lives with his lovely wife Christina, who is an attorney with the Department of Justice, and with sons Ryan and Jonathan in Woodland Hills. In addition to loving what he does, Tim enjoys reading, exercise, music, Will Ferrell movies and travel.
Email Tim Gaspar here.
Vanessa is a Client Relationship Manager and Human Resources Director at Kulchin Ross Insurance Services, in Tarzana, CA.
Vanessa Chauvie has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Previously, her work experience included a national insurance brokerage and working with Information Technology, Insurance Agency Operations, and Accounting and Finance.
Vanessa has two sons, Michael and Matthew, and enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.
Email Vanessa Chauvie here.
Marian has been with the IBA-SFV Association since 1999. At first she joined the Board of Directors and served for one year. In 2000 she became the Executive Director and thoroughly enjoys her position.
Marian resides in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and their two grand pups Troy and Izzie. They are the proud parents of the 2016 California Teacher of the Year…Daniel who is an 11th grade history teacher with LA Unified in downtown Los Angeles. Son Jeffrey works for NBCUniversal in the corporate tax area.
Email Marian Jocz here.