Anchor Insurance & Surety
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About

Fair Play. Trust. Relationships.

 

Our Story

Anchor Insurance & Surety is an Oregon based, locally owned commercial property and casualty insurance broker. Since 1985 we have serviced the commercial insurance and bonding needs of some of the northwest region’s largest construction contractors and timber product companies operating in locations throughout the western states and beyond. From the outset, our account base has consistently demonstrated the highest quality risk management and performance practices in the industry, attracting Anchor a wide range of insurance and surety markets with whom we’ve enjoyed many years of mutually beneficial relationships.

From an initial five person employee complement, we’ve grown to a 35 person organization servicing over 300 construction and timber companies. Outstanding customer service is our primary business objective. Whether that service entails coverage review, claims handling or helping the customer identify, manage or transfer risk at site or in a contract, we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Our success over the years has been tied to our continuing commitment to providing responsive surety programs and comprehensive insurance products. We’ve been careful along the way to develop and retain a truly exceptional group of employees, collectively and individually recognized for their adherence to highest performance standards and customer advocacy.

Continued long term market relationships bode well for both Anchor and our customers as we encounter new challenges and pursue new opportunities over the next quarter century.

 
 

We at Anchor know that finding the right insurance to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly

That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget


 
 
 

Our Team

 
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Producer

Andrew Choruby

Andrew Choruby is an Oregon native and a producer at Anchor Insurance and Surety Inc.  He began his insurance career in 2006 after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Marketing and Economics. Prior to joining Anchor, Andrew spent time working for a national insurance carrier and his family’s local agency.  Joining Anchor in 2016, Andrew has a CRIS designation and is focused on the construction and transportation industries.  He is involved with industry associations including ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors), AGC (Associated General Contractors), and OMSA (Oregon Moving and Storage Association).  

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice PresiDeNt

Joel Dietzman

Joel Dietzman, an Oregon native, is Vice President at Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc. in Portland, Oregon.  He entered the industry after graduating from Washington & Lee University with a double major in mathematics and economics. He moved to the agency side of the business after working on the insurance company side for 7 years.  Joel Dietzman has earned the following industry designations: CPCU, CRIS, AFSB, AIC, SCLA, and FCLA.  Joel Dietzman currently serves on the board of the Northwest Utility Contractors Association and was Affiliate Member of the Year in 2014; was Education Chair for the Portland Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association and was Associate Member of the Year in 2013 and won the Founders Award in 2015; is a past President of the Surety Association of Oregon; has served on the local Associated General Contractors education committee; and is involved in numerous other construction industry associations including the Associated Builders and Contractors, American Society of Professional Estimators, Safe Build Alliance, Asphalt and Pavement Association of Oregon, and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice President

Pat Dooney

Pat Dooney is an Oregon native, as well as a Vice President at Anchor Insurance.  Pat began his insurance career in 1998 when he joined Anchor, becoming a Principal in 2015.  Pat graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English in 1992, and worked in construction material sales prior to joining the brokerage. Pat is an active member of the AGC and NWUCA.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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President

Phil Forker

Philip Forker is President of Anchor Insurance and Surety, Inc.  His insurance and surety career spans 40 years since graduating from Fairfield University in 1978 with a BA.  Phil started in the Manhattan H.O. of Seaboard Surety Company before joining Reliance in Eugene, Oregon in 1980.  In 1981 he opened the Honolulu Hawaii office for Reliance and returned to run the Portland surety office from 1983 to 1988.  Phil joined Anchor in 1994 and became a Principal in 1995.  Phil has served on the board of The National Association of Surety Bond Producers and on their Government Affairs Committee.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Producer

Casey Geske

Casey Geske, an Oregon native, is a Producer at Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. After graduating Portland State University with a BS in Mathematics he worked over a decade in the Seafood Industry.  Casey joined Anchor in 2015 and is active with many associations including the Northwest Underground Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors and Associated Oregon Loggers. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice President

Rick Kowalski

Rick Kowalski is an Oregon native, as well as a Vice President at Anchor Insurance.  Rick began his insurance career in 1984 after graduating from Willamette University in Economics/Econometrics and Math/Computer Science.  Rick joined Anchor in 2000 and became a Principal in 2015.  Rick has professional designations from CPCU, AFSB and CRIS; with an industry focus on construction companies.  Active in many industry associations, he was also a Past President of the Marion/Polk County Agents Association.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice President

Brent Olson

Brent Olson is a Vice President at Anchor.  He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1988 with majors in Finance and Marketing.  He began his career in the insurance industry that year as a Surety Bond Underwriter, and has worked in multiple capacities as an Underwriter and Bond Manager for over 16 years prior to joining Anchor which he joined as a producer in 2004, becoming a Principal in 2015.  He specializes in surety and insurance placements for the construction and real estate development industries.  Brent served as a Regional Vice President of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Vice President

Ray Paiement

Ray Paiement is a Vice President at Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc. Ray has been with Anchor closing in on 20 years. He began his insurance and bonding career in 1980, after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business and Construction Management. He began with a large independent agency in Eugene, Oregon called Tromp & McKinley Insurance. Ray spent 18 years with this firm, before having the pleasure of joining Anchor in July of 1999. Ray's areas of insurance expertise span a wide spectrum, to include construction, all forms of wood products industry, trucking, hospitality, resorts and, of course bonding for both the construction and timber industry.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Producer

Chris Reburn

Chris Reburn is a Producer at Anchor.  Chris got his start in the insurance industry in 2001 as a Surety Bond Underwriter with Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company in Seattle, Washington.  In 2005 he became a Senior Account Underwriter for Safeco Surety.  With his underwriting experience at CBIC and Safeco, Chris is accomplished at helping contractors across a wide spectrum of disciplines and revenue volume with their surety bond programs.  Chris joined Anchor in 2009 and enjoys working closely with his clients to provide them with the roadmap to maximize bonding capacity.  He also is well versed in construction industry related best practices for risk management relative to all lines of insurance.  Chris graduated from Sonoma State University in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration and is an active member with the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, AGC, and NWUCA.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Producer

Drew Roddan

Drew Roddan joined Anchor as a producer in 2016.  He started his insurance career in 2004 and spent over 7 years as a wholesale broker with Worldwide Facilities – a leading national surplus lines brokerage and Lloyds of London correspondent - focusing on hard-to-place risks in the construction, manufacturing, environmental, energy, and allied health industries.  While at Anchor, Drew has earned the trust of numerous contractors, business owners, and consultants in Oregon and SW Washington, and takes great pride in being a risk management and insurance coverage specialist for his clients. Drew earned a BA from UCLA (go Bruins!) and holds the Insurance Institute of America’s Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.