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Welcome to Purves and Associates Insurance Agency

Your California insurance agency of choice.

The story begins in 1972 when George Purves took his first insurance Agency job at Brinley’s Real Estate and Insurance in Davis, CA. It was common at the time for the real estate and insurance business to be combined, but Mr. Brinley’s primary focus was on the real estate side. Mr. Brinley was a Davis institution, known for his generosity and integrity, and he mentored George in the business. Eventually, Mr. Brinley sold the insurance arm of the business to George Purves who joined his practice with Stehli & Cervelli, creating the powerhouse Stehli, Purves & Cervelli Independent Insurance Agency of Davis. The agency sold insurance to local businesses and farms as well as home and auto insurance to families in Davis and the surrounding areas.

Jerry Cervelli retired in the 1980s and in the early 1990s so did Al Stehli, at which time Purves Insurance partnered with McGee & Thielen Insurance in Sacramento, CA. McGee, Thielen & Purves operated together until 2001 when George and son Scott, who had joined the firm in 1996, returned to Davis and re-established Purves & Associates Insurance Agency of Davis. By this time the business had expanded to include all lines of insurance coverage for businesses, including group benefits plans for employees. Purves also became the official partner of Lyon Real Estate in 2001, offering homeowners and auto insurance to the thousands of home buyers who work with Lyon. Chris Purves, the last of George’s children, joined the firm in 2003 with a focus on commercial insurance risks.

Purves Insurance has continued to grow and now serves personal and business clients throughout the Sacramento Valley and Foothills. We believe strongly in the values of honesty and integrity that were championed by Mr. Brinley and George Purves in our beginning, and that our success is entirely dependent on providing our clients with the right insurance coverage and honest, professional advice.

About the team

Scott Purves

Scott Purves - CIC - President

Scott is a graduate of Davis High School (1990) and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (1996). Scott has focused on Group Benefits for businesses in the region, including group medical, life & disability, dental, vision and other benefits. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Health Underwriters Association, the Davis Downtown Business Association and is a Past President of the Insurance Brokers & Agents of Sacramento. He has also been involved in industry lobbying efforts, traveling to Washington DC many times to meet with Northern California members of Congress. In 2014, Scott was honored as the Insurance Professional of the Year by IBA Sacramento. Scott is the Northern California Authorized Representative for AVMA Life, an insurance Trust for Veterinarians. He lives in Davis, CA with his beautiful wife Joanna and their four busy children. He is awesome.

Chris Purves

Chris Purves - CIC - Vice President

Chris joined the family insurance business in 2003 after graduating from Brigham Young University, and is also a Davis High School alum (1996). He spent his first three years working in the agency’s personal lines department selling and servicing home and auto insurance. In 2007 Chris transitioned to Commercial Insurance, working with new and many long-term customers, as well as developing new markets. In 2008, Chris earned his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation. He and his wife Angie are busy raising five boys in his home town of Davis, CA. He wants to be awesome like Scott.

Joe Adamson

Joe Adamson - Business Development Manager

Joe Adamson was born in Sacramento and has lived all throughout the state, his family ultimately settled down in the Napa Valley. Joe attended UC Davis majoring in History (Not Viticulture) and was a member of the Aggie Football team. Joe has worked in the insurance industry since 2004 with a focus on Personal Lines. Now, Joe resides in Rocklin with his wife, Lisa, his two daughters, Shelby and Brooke, and their family dogs, Champ (Yellow Lab) and Guinness (Black and Tan German Sheppard). Joe started at Purves & Associates in the Fall of 2018 and is responsible for partnering with our many referral sources to create a seamless quote-to-issue process for them and their clients. In his free time Joe enjoys events with friends and family, such as, camping, abalone diving, and wine tasting. Joe is also very involved in the regional Masonic Organizations, which include the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.

Edward Dahlquist

Edward Dahlquist - Controller

Edward is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate from Texas A&M University – Commerce. His background includes a wide variety of experience in many different industries, including not for-profit, manufacturing, and import/export. During his career, he has also sat on several boards of directors in various roles. Some of Edward’s interests include motorcycling, craft beer brewing, and home improvement projects. He currently resides in Sacramento, CA. Although he is not as awesome as Scott, he’s still pretty cool.

Amber Bryner

Amber Bryner - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Amber started in 2004 as our receptionist and after obtaining her insurance license, moved into our personal lines department where she held many positions from sales to account managing. She recently made the move to our commercial team where she loves connecting with our clients and works hard to provide the best service possible.

Amber grew up in Davis and is one of the several Davis High alums in the office. She lives with her husband Mike (also a DHS alum) in West Sacramento with their two rambunctious sons (and many pets). She has been accused of being a bit Disney-obsessed and takes her family to Disneyland any chance she gets. Outside of Disneyland, she enjoys leading her sons’ Cub Scout dens, reading, crafting, camping and simply spending time with her family. She’s pretty great, we’re lucky to have her.

Katherine Valles

Katherine Valles - Personal Lines Account Manager

Kathy was born and raised in Sanger, CA graduated from Sanger High School in 1990 and a recent graduate of Fresno Pacific University. She currently lives in Clovis, California with her 3 sons; Zachary, Connor, and Joshua. She began her insurance career in Personal Lines Insurance right after high school working as a file clerk for her Aunt, who owned her own insurance agency. She has continued to work in Personal Lines Insurance ever since, working for a few different agencies after her Aunt retired back in 1995. Kathy enjoys traveling, collecting windchimes, listening to music and obsessed with Dachshunds. She has a miniature dachshund, who is 14 years old named “Weenie.” She started her career at Purves & Associates in March 2021 and is very excited to join the team!!!

Jon Merker

Jon Merker - Personal Lines Account Manager

Jon joined the Purves & Associates Insurance team in 2015. Jon brings a myriad of Insurance experience having been a part of the Independent Insurance Agency business for over thirty years. With the philosophy of always treating his clients as family, he brings a ‘how would my clients want to be treated’ mantra when working with clients. In 2004, he graduated from Sac State with a BA in Communications and is always looking to forward his education.

Outside of the office, Jon is a community volunteer with Kiwanis and has been awarded annually the AARP Services ‘Agent Community Engagement & Service Certificate of Achievement’ award for performing volunteer community service. In his ‘free time’ he is an avid gardener, competition chili cook, DJ and don’t ask him anything about British cars, as he won’t stop talking. Married, with three adult sons and two grandsons, family is in his blood at work and at home. “I’m always here to be of help”

Sana Tharadra

Sana Tharadra - Personal Lines Account Manager

Sana grew up in beautiful Southern California. She joined the agency’s personal lines department in 2014, where she enjoys building relationships and servicing the unique needs of her clients. Sana loves to read, cook and on most weekends you will find her climbing mountains.

Kalid Knox

Kalid Knox - Personal Lines Account Manager

Kalid, the newest and greatest account manager, joined the Purves & Associates Insurance team in 2019. Kalid loves the small town agency feel of knowing and connecting with all of our clients on a personal level. He believes that it is this connection that fuels his passion for his career and makes the desire to provide the best service possible more authentic.

Kalid was born in Southern Florida, and from there moved all over the country before attending UC Davis. He recently graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science and International Relations, but still seeks every opportunity to gain more knowledge. Some of his favorite pastimes are to read, run, and emulate the awesomeness of Scott, Amber, and almost Chris.

Atlanta Parrott

Atlanta Parrott - Personal Lines New Business Manager

Atlanta grew up in Davis, graduated from DaVinci Charter Academy, and continues to live in town. She has been with Purves & Associates since 2010 and is a vital member of the Personal Lines New Business Team. When away from the office, she enjoys playing with her dog (Sunny), watching super hero movies, playing word games and spending time with her many siblings. Atlanta is also a foster mom for a local dog rescue, Hearts for Paws, where she helps give pups loving homes until their forever families are found. During her time at Purves & Associates Atlanta has helped build the New Business team, trained new members, created procedures, and been a pleasant, knowledgeable, and tenacious member of our office. Now, Atlanta strives to create a solid relationship with our incoming clients and our referral partners through education, efficiency, and attention to detail.

Amanda Mundelius

Amanda Mundelius - Personal Lines New Business Team

Amanda grew up in Sebastopol, California. She received an Associate’s Degree in psychology from Santa Rosa Junior College (2012) and a Bachelor’s Degree in biological psychology from UC Davis (2015). Amanda joined the Personal Lines New Business Team in 2015. In her free time she enjoys making sushi, watercolor painting, and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Stephanie Bryner

Stephanie Bryner - CIC - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Stephanie joined our team as our receptionist in 2001. She quickly moved to the personal lines department where she spent many years as an account manager and Supervisor. In 2011 she transitioned into our Commercial department where she enjoys the challenge of working with the broad variety of industries our clients serve as well as the opportunity to build relationships with her customers. In 2015 Stephanie obtained her CIC designation. Stephanie grew up in beautiful Sonoma County and moved to Davis after graduating high school. She now lives in Sacramento with her two young daughters. Stephanie loves to read any chance she gets, cook, bake, go to concerts and of course, spend time with her family and best friend, Amber. We are lucky to have her!

Laura Howard

Laura Howard - Employee Benefits Account Manager

Laura has more than 19 years of experience and in-depth knowledge working with various aspects of employee benefits. Her background includes: service, sales, management, underwriting, operations, claims and marketing. Laura earned her California Insurance License in 2001, holds an AS degree in business and is certified in accounting. Laura has completed numerous continuing education courses relevant to her insurance license and holds ACA, HIPAA and COBRA certifications.

Laura has worked for Purves & Associates since 2001. She is responsible for all aspects of service for our benefits clients, leads projects and coordinates benefits marketing and renewals. Laura is a tenacious advocate for our clients and their employees. Her competency with complex benefit issues has been invaluable to serving our clients. Helping others is the most satisfying part of Laura’s role here, and she greatly values her long-standing client relationships.

When not at work you can find Laura dodging conversations related to the Affordable Care Act. In her personal time, Laura’s daughter keeps her busy with sports and school activities. She also enjoys decorating, traveling, cooking, reading, nature, swimming, and spending time with her husband Michael, family and friends.

Maria Fuoco

Maria Fuoco - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Maria joined the commercial lines team in 2018.  She is now working as a Child Care Insurance Specialist. Maria loves helping her clients find the best possible coverage at the right price, and enjoys acting as an advocate for them when negotiating with carriers.
Before working at Purves, Maria attended UC Berkeley and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English. Her desire to live near family guided her to move back to Sacramento after graduation. In her free time, she can be found reading, writing, exploring nature, and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Julia Henson – Personal Lines Account Manager

Julia Henson – Personal Lines Account Manager -

Julia Henson was born and raised mostly in California, having also lived in Jalisco, Mexico. Some of her young adulthood was spent enjoying the Big Sky Country of Kalispell, Montana. Her versatile upbringing provides a love of people from all walks of life, and an appreciation of different cultures.

Julia values family and spends much of her time with her kids and pets. She has adopted a Chihuahua puppy from the pound and 3 neighborhood kittens who showed up in her backyard. Her family fun-time includes trips to the beach, play dates at the park, and movie nights with snacks. Her spare time is used pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with the University of Phoenix.

In 2014, Julia began her Insurance career and has not looked back since. Her passion for learning and helping others makes the Insurance Industry a perfect fit. With her experience in Personal and Commercial lines, as well as client focus, she has much to bring to the table as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She looks forward to serving our client’s insurance needs and strives to provide an excellent experience at Purves & Associates.

Amy Purves

Amy Purves - Reception

Amy was born and raised in Davis.  After she graduated from Davis High she went to school in Idaho and Utah where she pursued a degree in Sociology/Social work.  Before coming to Purves & Associates, besides working in a variety of local clerical positions, Amy managed her own home childcare business for several years.  Today, she is happy working at the front desk, and says she finally feels she is “home”  – especially in such close proximity to her adoring brothers, Scott & Chris. When she isn’t working, Amy spends her time with her kids, Luke and Grace. She is extremely proud of them both: Luke as a budding photographer, and Grace as a soccer star.  She enjoys the beach, reading, and watching trashy reality television (though she won’t admit to the shows’ trashiness). Yes, she’s the cool aunt.

George Purves

George Purves - Founder

George grew up in Hollister, California. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, received a Bachelor Degree in Economics at Chico State University, and did graduate studies of Economics at Fresno State. George began his insurance career with the Insurance Company of North America (INA) in their Marketing Department. George left the company to enter the Agency business with John Brinley in 1972 in Davis. He served as President of both the Yolo County and Sacramento County Independent Insurance Agency Brokers Associations and on the California Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association. George was voted the “Outstanding Insurance Professional’ by his fellow Northern California Insurance Brokers in 1994 and still serves on the prestigious study group, “McAllps Forum of Insurance Issues”. Until the end of his life, George enjoyed playing golf with his sons and beating them like a drum.

George and his sweetheart Marsha were married for over 50 years.  Marsha passed away in 2018 and George in 2019, both from pancreatic cancer.  You can read their obituaries here and here.  We invite you to donate to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research by going here.


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