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 100 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 25 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, working out, bicycling, reading, computer games and golf. Adam has played the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in Hollywood (now closed down). Having played a variety of sports his whole life, his favorite teams are the Anaheim Angels and Ducks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

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.

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.

Brandon Willis

Brandon came into the insurance industry in 2013 with one of the captive companies and is glad to be unshackled and independent. He is extremely social and easy to get along with. His clients rave about his customer service and he is proud of that well-deserved reputation. He loves helping people, especially when it comes to shopping their insurance program and getting them the most coverage for the least amount of money. His clients are always able to reach him 24/7. Brandon is a good golfer and enjoys going to the beach, too. Brandon works in our Rancho Cucamonga office.

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.

David Beasley

Dave brings some great qualities to Empire Independent Insurance Agency. With his prior experience as a Computer Programmer and IT Support Specialist, David’s attention to detail will serve our client’s well while his many years of Customer Service will prove that he knows how to take care of our client’s needs. David is married to his beautiful wife Nydia and they have 3 children (Raquel, Ben, & Natalie). In David’s spare time if he’s not helping out at his church, he’s online playing his shooter games and or taking care of his wonderful mom (Alma).

David Paolino

Reeling from extensive property damage in 2003, David quickly learned the difference between a good and bad insurance experience. David knew he could make a difference in explaining to clients their insurance needs and how they could avoid a bad insurance experience. David has been doing exactly that since 2012.
On a personal note, David is married with 2 young children. In his spare time, David enjoys swimming with his boys, watching basketball (Missing you Kobe!) and riding his motorcycle.
David lives by the motto, “You can’t put a price on having peace of mind, so how can I help you?”

Manny Gonzalez

Manny came into the insurance industry in 2007 with one of the major captive companies and is excited to have the freedom that Empire Independent Insurance will bring. He is extremely social and easy to get along with. His clients are more like his family to him. He loves helping people, especially when it comes to educating them about their insurance program and getting them the most coverage for the right amount. His clients are always able to reach him 24/7. Manny married his High school sweetheart, Vikki. They have a boy and a girl, Maxwell and Mila, their M&M’s. He enjoys family time with them whether it is trips to the beach or Saturday’s watching Max play soccer to guitar lessons. He loves watching any of his sports teams (Dodger, Lakers, Kings, Raiders, Barcelona, Galaxy) or you can find Manny working on his cars any day of the week.

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.