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Management Team

NIF PAcific

GordY Phelps
Managing Director

Gordy began his insurance career with as a trainee underwriter with St. Paul Fire & Marine in Des Moines, Iowa. After one year as a trainee, he transferred to Seattle where he handled monoline casualty business including medical malpractice, errors & omissions, umbrellas, auto, general liability and workers’ compensation. Leaving the St. Paul in 1979 he then worked for eight years with Sayre & Toso underwriting umbrella and excess liability as well as primary surplus lines coverages. While at Sayre & Toso, Gordy managed the casualty unit.

In 1986 Gordy accepted a position with Sullivan Payne in Seattle as facultative casualty manager where he worked as a casualty facultative broker and managed the Seattle casualty facultative unit. Later, Gordy was named a Vice President and also assumed additional responsibilities for oversight of Sullivan Payne facultative claims collections and facultative accounting functions.

In 1992, Gordy joined OUM & Associates, an Aon subsidiary that served as a general agent for program specialty lines including Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Insurance Adjusters and Dentists. Gordy became OUM’s underwriting manager with responsibility for adherence to company underwriting guidelines as well as developing and directing OUM’s dental program. 

Gordy was with SAFECO for eight years, starting as medical malpractice manager and moving to professional liability manager with the creation of the National Programs Facility.

In November of 2006 Gordy left Safeco to join NIF and start a West Coast branch in the Seattle area. NIF Pacific serves agents in Washington, Oregon and California. In April of 2007, NIF was appointed the nationwide program administrator for the Safeco Non-Profit Social Service Program. This appointment has enabled the branch to grow quickly and NIF Pacific now has business with over 200 West Coast agencies and has an annualized premium volume of approximately $6million.

Email: gphelps@nifgroup.com

Vince Terlaje
President

Vince Terlaje has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Seattle University.  His insurance designations include CPCU, RPLU, AU and ARe. 

Vince began his insurance career with CIGNA in 1987, handling commercial claims in all lines of business for large, self-insured accounts.  In 1990 Vince accepted a position as a Senior Claims Representative with Maryland Casualty, handling heavy casualty and construction litigation.  In 1993 he moved to Safeco Insurance Company as a Claims Specialist. In that role he was the lead claims handler on their Architects & Engineers and Emergency Responders programs. 

Vince began his underwriting carrier in 1998 as Program Executive on Safeco’s Non-Profit Social Service program.  Shortly after, he was promoted to the National Programs Facility Multi-line Manager.  Vince assumed various positions over the next few years, including Assistant Director of Commercial Casualty Product Development and Territory Underwriting Director of Safeco’s Northwest Region. 

In 2007, Vince was named Safeco’s Assistant Vice President of Risk Management. His responsibilities included the purchasing of Safeco’s corporate insurance and treaty reinsurance programs.

Vince joined NIF Group in 2009, and was later named President of NIF Pacific in July of 2012. 

Email: vterlaje@nifgroup.com

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NIF Group is a national program manager and regional wholesale broker. Based in NY with offices nationwide, NIF underwrites programs for nonprofits, social service agencies, bowling centers, and contractors; as well as offering access to specialty property casualty, such as contractors, difficult products, environmental, property and management/professional liability.

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