Our team of highly skilled insurance professionals has been meticulously put together over the last several decades to address the needs of our customers. Brown & Brown believes in recruiting teammates with the highest integrity and work ethic. We invest in our team through the utilization of the award-winning Brown & Brown University as well as industry-leading training and continuing education resources.
Alex Bogaard is the President of Brown & Brown of Washington and oversees the Seattle, Bellingham, Lynden, and Newport offices. He joined the Brown & Brown family of companies in 2010 and is now expanding the Pacific Northwest’s capabilities with the acquisition of Servco Pacific Insurance’s Seattle and Newport offices. Alex and his leadership group set to work to integrate several teams brought together through acquisition, developing the Seattle office into one of the leading brokerage firms in the Northwest. The most recent acquisition of Servco continues the storied growth and expansion of our team to best serve the needs of our customers long into the future.
Alex has a Master in Business Administration from the Universite de Paris-Dauphine. His professional designations include Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Construction Risk & Insurance Specialist (CRIS).
He is a proud husband and father whose leisure activities include photography, endurance sports and adventure travel. He has volunteered through Seattle Rotary, Seattle Executive Association, the BEDC at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, Outdoors for All and the Boy Scouts. He was an active member and past president of Seattle’s Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a member of NW Next Leaders Council and a 2008 winner of the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 award. Alex has served on the boards of Outdoors for All, Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) and Group Health Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Seattle Executive Association and Friends of Youth, an organization dedicated to providing a range of services to at risk youth.
Jay Soroka is the Senior Vice President at Brown & Brown of Washington. He previously worked for Servco Pacific and Wells Fargo Insurance, where he specialized in professional liability insurance for lawyers, architects, and engineers lawyers. At Brown & Brown, Jay is leading the professional liability insurance team. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry and his expertise includes insurance placement, contract review, claims assistance, and in-house seminars. His customers are engaged in local, national, and international projects. Jay graduated from Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. Jay is a member of the Washington State Bar and holds a CPCU designation.
Kelly Chavez began her career in HR, as Benefits Coordinator for a small telecommunications company in Seattle. She then went on to work as an Account Manager at various national brokerages, coming to Brown & Brown in 2010. Kelly has been leading the Benefits Team since 2011. Her role is to be present to our customers and the Benefits Team on any operational matters, including questions regarding compliance, claims issues, billing concerns, and coverage questions. She is integral to working with your Brown & Brown team to develop tactics and strategies that work toward your organizational objectives. Kelly has a great eye for detail and is a strong champion for our customers and the employees we represent; handling claims questions and issues with discretion and rapid responses. Her areas of expertise include Health Care Reform and compliance, as well as Benefits technology.