About Us - Empire Independent Ins Agency

About Us

Empire Independent Insurance Agency is a team of professionals that have been serving Southern California for a combined 150 years of experience. We believe that people are important. We are in the business of making friends, meeting the needs of people, creating an insurance program that the client directs after getting to know them first. Having multiple companies to quote allows us to get the most bang for our client's insurance buck. Try us and see how remarkably different we are.

Adam Raymond

Adam is still passionately helping families and business owners after more than 30 years in the business. Spending time with his family is his favorite thing to do: his wife Lynn, his daughter, Brooke and his son, Zach.
His hobbies include slappin' da bass guitar at Trinity Church in Redlands CA, traveling the world, working out, reading, and going to shows and concerts (the 80's rule). His favorite sports teams are the Anaheim Angels and Ducks, Pittsburgh Steelers/Seattle Seahawks, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lynn Raymond

Lynn has an Associates Degree in Accounting and is the back-room brains of the organization! She is very detail-oriented and does the agency bookkeeping and billing. She is also very musically inclined; she plays piano and sings for her women's Bible study at church, and is an avid concert-goer with Adam. Family and faith are her two driving motivations in life. Lynn takes great pleasure in the work she does with the high school kids at Trinity Church in Redlands, CA. She loves bike-riding with the family, travelling and Taekwondo.

Ramie Balan

This young lady has been in the business since 1986. Ramie is still passionate about helping her clients receive the best coverage for the least amount of money. Her specialty is commercial insurance: general liability, workers comp, all kinds of bonds, and group health.
Ramie finds it difficult to sit still. She prefers to be outdoors walking or working in her garden. She's also an avid reader and just recently finished the Frank Peretti books. She's the mother of two great kids: Brett's a high school AP English and history teacher, Kaitlyn's on a career path to be a forensic pathologist.

Julia Martinez

Julia is the Personal Lines Account Executive.
She began her career as a Medical Administrative Assistant for a small Dermatology practice and has transitioned into just about every field since.
From healthcare, to logistics, to retail, she acquired an extremely dynamic background in customer service, flexibility, and patience. She prides herself in providing timely, attentive, upbeat service to a customer, and making sure their needs are met in a manner that reflects positively on our agency.
She has a very smart seven year old who keeps her young and active. As a single mother, she values the time they spend together more than anything.
Their hobbies include: roller skating, cooking, and some days just sitting on the couch watching the same Disney movie for weeks at a time!

Chris Jorge

Chris was born and raised in Southern California and has many years in the business protecting families. His excellent customer service skills come from years of honing his craft, especially coming from Nordstroms. He is an avid Crossfitter and loves being a new uncle to his nephew, Levi. He and his wife Danah are expecting their first child in July!

Jovita DeLeon

Jovita has a long, successful run in the insurance industry. She networks very well with mortgage lenders and loves to help her clients find the best coverage for the best price. Her excellent customer service is her calling card. She is fluent in Spanish.

Dave McNaughton

Dave is a Southern California native living and working in Huntington Beach, CA. He’s been happily married for 30 years to his best friend and love of his life, Dawna. They have two adult children, Travis, 27, and Madison, 24. Travis is Dave’s business partner and also an Insurance Broker, while Madison works as a local Veterinarian Technician. Dave has a background of 19 years in Law Enforcement, 5 years as a Realtor and Mortgage Loan Officer, and is in his fourth year as an Insurance Broker. Dave’s passion in the Insurance business is assisting his clients in finding the right coverage for their personal situation. His goal is to develop each client/broker relationship he has into a long, mutual fulfilling friendship. Dave loves sports, baseball and football in particular. He’s been an Angels fan since he was young, and he is a diehard USC football fan. He also loves to follow and support Travis and Madison’s high school alma mater, Mater Dei High School’s football team, of which Travis was the MVP in 2006, and Madison was the Cheerleader Captain in 2009.

Connor Canzone

Connor was born and raised in Southern California. He was destined to go into the insurance business due to the fact that his father has been an agent for over 35 years, as well as his mother has been an agent for over 25 years. He enjoys interacting with people and has a passion to help people. Connor is also an electric guitar player who play's every Sunday morning at his local church. He also love's riding dirt bikes and spending time with family and friends. Connor is one of five children and is an identical twin. He is also a proud uncle to one nephew and two niece's.

Jonathan Zorn

Jonathan grew up in Loma Linda, and always had family in the medical field. He's been on dirt bikes since he was 4. He went on to motorcycles when he turned 16 and was able to ride on the street. He's very passionate about anything with two wheels on it. He's a first generation insurance agent. His grandpa on Dad's side was a salesman. He thinks that's where his inner salesman comes from. Jonathan's always loved helping people no matter what the situation is. He's a very caring and generous person, glad to help out anyway he can. He loves meeting new people and helping them get what they need and deserve. That's why he loves being an agent.