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Our Team

Our Team

Claremont Insurance Services places a premium on having the best talent. We collectively hold more than a half-century of industry experience, and we’ve used that experience to forge partnerships with high-quality carrier organizations and brokerages throughout California. No one else has our network, our experience and our knowledge of the California market. That’s how we’re able to help our brokers and agents grow their book of business, each and every day.

Management Team

Mr. Robert B. Traynor


Chairman
Claremont Business Group, Inc.

Mr. Robert B. Traynor - Claremont Insurance

Bob Traynor has nearly forty years experience carrying out successful sales, marketing, and management responsibilities. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Blue Cross of California, where he directed a sales and marketing organization that produced nearly $1 billion in annual premium. In 1985 Bob founded Creekside Consulting Co., a marketing and management consulting service that consulted on the design and implementation of several successful statewide and national specialty managed care organizations. In 1989, Creekside became Claremont Business Group Inc. Currently, the Claremont family of companies includes Claremont Insurance Services, Claremont Behavioral Health, Montclare Technology Partners and Townsend Technology.

Bob was educated at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and completed the Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.

Michael Traynor


President
Claremont Insurance Services

Phone: (925) 296-8806
Email: michael@claremontcompanies.com
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Michael Traynor - Claremont Insurance

Michael Traynor has been with Claremont Insurance Services since 1993 as one of its founding members, and he has made a tremendous impact on nearly all aspects of the company’s sales, operations, and overall strategy. As the company’s resident technology visionary, Michael designed and installed the company’s information management system, designed and managed Claremont’s web site, and created the concept for PRISM,  Claremont’s interactive, online broker service.

Prior to joining Claremont, Michael spent ten years in the printing and advertising industry where he worked for regional and national advertising firms in Northern California. Michael is a member of the Delta Dental Small Business Advantage Advisory Committee. He received his B.A. degree from San Francisco State University.

Ken Ruotolo


Chief Operating Officer
Claremont Insurance Services

Phone: (925) 296-8803
Email: kruotolo@claremontcompanies.com
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Ken Ruotolo - Claremont Insurance

Ken has over twenty years’ experience successfully building and managing entrepreneurial organizations such as Claremont. Prior to joining Claremont, Ken was: consulting CFO startups in the software and medical device markets; CFO for ANTs software, a publicly-traded enterprise software company; and a founder of web and interactive developers eStar and era2 Interactive. His successes include: helping to secure over $50 million in financing; setting corporate strategy; building infrastructure for rapidly-growing companies; negotiating customer/partner agreements; and participating actively with Boards of Directors. Ken has an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA from the University of California at Davis.

Renee McLemore


Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Claremont Insurance Services

Phone: (925) 296-8808
Email: renee@claremontcompanies.com
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Renee McLemore - Claremont Insurance

Renee joins the Claremont team with over 15 years of healthcare marketing and sales enablement expertise. Working with organizations like Kaiser Permanente, UCSF Medical Center, and McKesson, Renee has successfully developed and executed business building and branding strategies for B2B and B2C markets. Prior to joining Claremont in 2014, Renee directed hospital-segment marketing strategy for McKesson’s pharmaceutical distribution business. Renee earned an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Catrina Reyes


Policy Analyst and Compliance Manager
Claremont Insurance Services

Phone: 925-296-8835
Email: Catrina@claremontcompanies.com
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Catrina Reyes - Claremont Insurance

Catrina joined Claremont in 2013 as Policy Analyst and Compliance Manager. Catrina is responsible for monitoring and interpreting Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions and regulations as well as state laws and regulations that impact licensed agents, employers, and insurance carriers.  She also determines compliance requirements for employers, and designs services to enable brokers and employers to understand and adhere to the requirements. Catrina provides the Claremont team with training regarding legal impacts, implementation, and enforcement to ensure the team can support brokers with their clients.  Catrina is licensed to practice law in California and has an M.P.A. in which her thesis was on implementation theories of the ACA.

Danna Nibre


Broker Services Manager
Claremont Insurance Services

Phone: 925-296-8814
Email: Danna@claremontcompanies.com
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Danna Nibre - Claremont Insurance

Danna has been an integral member of the Claremont team since 2006 and currently leads the Broker Service team. She began as a Broker Service Representative, and progressed through various roles on the team before being promoted to Broker Services Manager in 2014. Danna has over 20 years of healthcare industry experience including roles at an Ambulatory Surgery Center and a Third Party Administrator. With each role, Danna gained a broader perspective of the healthcare industry by working directly with various carriers, healthcare providers, brokers, employers and their employees. When Claremont began representing Covered California to small business brokers, Danna played a critical role in ensuring our Broker Services team was fully versed in best practices to support brokers.

Sales Team

Kathleen Vaillancourt



Phone: (925) 296-8840
Email: kathleen@claremontcompanies.com
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Kathleen Vaillancourt - Claremont Insurance

Kathleen has been a vital part of the Claremont sales team since 2002. With over 30 years of extensive experience in the benefits insurance industry, she has worked as both a broker and a carrier representative for leading insurance companies such as Aetna, CIGNA, and Highmark Life & Casualty. Kathleen has built strong relationships in the broker community, and has recently served as the President of the Peninsula Chapter of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and is an active member of the Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters (SVAHU) and the Northern California Employee Benefits Council (NCEBC).

Rita Flynn



Phone: (925) 296-8818
Email: rita@claremontcompanies.com
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Rita Flynn - Claremont Insurance

Rita joined the Claremont sales team in 2005, bringing over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. Her extensive knowledge of mid-market and small group insurance is a direct result of the many years she spent working as a representative for leading health insurance carriers, such as Aetna and PacifiCare. She is actively involved with a number of the Health Insurance Associations, such as the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and has served as a board member for the Golden Gate Association of Health Underwriters (GGAHU). With Rita’s industry expertise and commitment to superior service, she is dedicated to providing her brokers with the solutions they need to grow their business.

Rebecca Ebrahimi



Phone: (925) 296-8865
Email: rebecca@claremontcompanies.com
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Rebecca Ebrahimi - Claremont Insurance

Now a veteran of Claremont, Rebecca originally joined us in 2000 as an underwriter, and her career with us has equipped her with a unique insight into the challenges our clients face. From the introduction of HSAs in 2004 to the demise of PacAdvantage in 2006, Rebecca has seen it all. This deep experience has enabled her to become an indispensable partner to many of our top broker clients. When not helping her clients grow their businesses, Rebecca keeps her hands full with her two young children, Ava and Jake. Rebecca is also fluent in American sign language.

Robert Coronel



Phone: (925) 296-8821
Email: robert@claremontcompanies.com
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Robert Coronel - Claremont Insurance

Robert joined Claremont in 2006 as a member of the sales and service team. He has held a variety of positions, including Broker Services Manager. As Business Development Manager, Robert is responsible for expanding Claremont’s customer base and guiding the development of new solutions to address the markets evolving needs. He is a regular participant at industry charity events. Before joining Claremont, Robert was with PacifiCare in the large group market.

Becky Murphy





Phone: (925) 296-8827
Email: becky@claremontcompanies.com
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Becky Murphy - Claremont Insurance

Becky entered the benefits industry in 1995 and has held sales positions at PacifiCare and SafeGuard. She also has experience in the real estate market. She joined Claremont Insurance Services in 2007 and has worked in product development, strategic planning, and sales support. In her role as Regional Sales Manager, Becky is committed to assuring Claremont customers meet the needs of employers in Northern California with quality benefits. Becky is a graduate of Sacramento State University. Along with her two daughters, she is a member of a local chapter of National Charity League, Inc. Becky enjoys hiking, tennis and learning to play golf.

Patricia Rodriguez



Phone: (925) 296-8809
Email: patricia@claremontcompanies.com
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Patricia Rodriguez - Claremont Insurance

Patricia’s career spans the industry from provider network management and product development, to employee benefits sales. Before Joining Claremont Insurance Services in 2002, Patricia worked with innovative managed health organizations in provider network development and management. She is a graduate of Pacific Union College. Fluent in Spanish, Patricia has earned a reputation for communication with underserved communities and is a member of the California Association of Health Underwriters Diversity Panel.