Meet Our Team
Matthew Davis, MBA, CPCU, ARM, AAI
Matt was born and raised in Turlock, CA where he enjoys still calling it home with his wife (Leigh) and their five children (Eric, Ellie, Emma, Clark & Kate). Matt obtained his Property and Casualty insurance license and began his insurance career with GDI while still in high school. Later obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from California State University Stanislaus and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurial Strategy from University of Pacific.
While pursuing his MBA, Matt left GDI to work as an MBA Intern for Kaiser Permanente where he was tasked with evaluating and improving the operational efficiencies of underperforming departments. His experience with Kaiser allowed Matt the ability to replicate his experience in identifying operation deficiencies, developing improvement plans with obtainable goals to correct the deficiencies, and to implement plans in a manner to deliver measurable operational improvements. Following completion of his graduate studies, Matt accepted a position with E. & J. Gallo Winery as a Financial Analyst in their Domestic Sales Finance Organization where he was responsible for aggregating and maintaining annual sales plans, implementing a new financial reporting system, and routinely reporting and evaluating sales field performance.
Matt possesses both his Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance licenses. He has also completed extensive insurance and risk management training including multiple sales and risk management courses from the Hartford School of Insurance and has obtained his Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate Risk Manager (ARM), and Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) designations. Matt rejoined GDI in 2010 where his responsibilities include client consulting, risk management and engineering, sales, and managing GDI’s day-to-day operations.
In December of 2015 Matt became the President and sole owner of GDI. Moving forward Matt’s vision and focus for GDI is to enhance the organization’s service offering to provide an integrated and comprehensive platform for its clients to manage not only their risk and insurance needs, but also provide a springboard for improving the efficiency (both operational and financial) of their own operations.
Matt’s often heard saying, “GDI may not be Disney, but we will do our absolute best to give as close to a ‘Disney’ experience to our clients and community as we possibly can.” In his spare time Matt enjoys travel, outdoor activities, running, playing sports and is an active member in multiple community service organizations including Turlock Chamber of Commerce, Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club and the City of Turlock’s Planning Commission. On weekends however, you’ll most likely find he and Leigh at the local sports fields cheering on their kids in all manner of sports (Softball, Soccer, etc.).
Operations Manager - Commercial & Ag Manager
Stephanie lives in Hilmar, CA where she was raised. Shortly after graduating from Hilmar High School, Stephanie began her career in the insurance industry with a longstanding local agency. She joined the GDI team in 2011 where she saw the opportunity and excitement of a fast-growing organization, starting in the role of Assistant Account Manager in the Commercial and Ag department and moving her way up in the organization to now managing both the Commercial & Ag department and the overall operations of GDI’s multiple branches. Stephanie lives in Hilmar with her husband (Brian) where they recently purchased their home. She and Brian just had their first son, Asher, in November 2021 after 10 longs years of waiting. She enjoys spending time with her family – and especially Asher, doting on and spoiling her four nieces and one nephew, and going to Disneyland with her husband and friends every chance she gets.
Account Manager - Commercial & Ag
Amber lives in Hilmar, CA and graduated from Los Banos High School and lives with her husband and their two children. Amber began her insurance career in 2012 as a member of the GDI team. Since then she has worked for a couple other local agencies until GDI was able to win her back a couple years ago. She holds both Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance licenses and specializes in Commercial and Ag insurance. Amber has become an instrumental part in all aspects of the Commercial & Ag service team, providing superior service and advice to her clients. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Account Manager - Commercial & Ag
Mayra Orozco is from Delhi, CA where she graduated from Delhi High School and later attended Merced College, and where she still lives there with her husband, and her three daughters. Prior to joining GDI, she has worked in Human Resources and Accounting in the Grocery Industry. She began her career with GDI in the role of Receptionist, then quickly advanced to becoming an assistant with the Health & Benefits team, and from there she has settled in as a member of the Commercial & Ag team in the role of Assistant Account Manager while obtaining her Property & Casualty insurance license along the way. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family as well as shopping (ESPECIALLY for shoes).
Associate Account Manager - Commercial & Ag
Liana lives in Turlock, CA where she was born and raised. She attended school locally and is a graduate of Turlock High School. Being newer to the industry, Liana is accelerating through the ranks and is currently pursuing her Property & Casualty insurance license. Liana and her twin sister are the youngest of 5 siblings and she has two dogs (Champ and Oso). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, watching movies and spending time outdoors.
Associate Customer Service Representative - Commercial & Ag
Jeanette loves spending time with her family, traveling, sports, and all things adventurous. She is married with two daughters.
Account Manager - Personal Lines
Marissa is a Bay Area transplant to the Central Valley, being born in San Jose, CA, raised in San Mateo, CA and having relocated to Turlock about 5 years ago. She has been a valued member of the GDI team since 2013, starting her GDI career as the receptionist and office administrative assistant and being promoted to Assistant Account Manager in Personal Lines, and is now pursuing her Property & Casualty insurance license. Marissa is the proud married mother of three children (2 boys & 1 girl) and two dogs (Buster & Coco). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, going to the gym, spending time with her kids/family, watching movies, playing baseball, and going to Disneyland. Marissa’s key to success is to, “always help our clients because they ARE our family”.
Account Manager - Personal Lines
Deztenie was born and raised in Turlock and is happy to continue to call it home. She graduated from Pitman High School and attended Merced College and brings a strong level of experience in both the retail and safety industries. Deztenie is the proud parent to her daughter and enjoys spending time with her family, playing board and card games, binge watching Netflix, listening to podcasts and coloring with her daughter and son.
Account Manager - Health & Benefits
Tiana is born and raised in Turlock, CA and a graduate at Turlock High School. She is new to the industry, joining the GDI team in 2019. Tiana is a proud mother to her daughter Ellie. In her spare time Tiana enjoys spending time with her family and friends being outdoors.
Robert "Bobby" Sanchez
Agent / Broker Consultant
Robert “Bobby” Sanchez grew up locally in Hilmar where he still resides with his wife (Jenny) and his two amazing daughters. Bobby brings over 14 years of Finance, Banking, and Insurance experience; as well as a wealth of knowledge and practical, real-world experience to the team. His family is his WHOLE WORLD, and they are his motivation in all aspects of his life. His hobbies include Sports and Music.
Agent / Broker Consultant
James Piersma graduated from Hilmar High School and later from CSU Stanislaus (Summa Cum Laude) with a degree in Ag Business. He has spent the last 9 years putting his knowledge and skills to work in both the private and public sectors. James lives in Turlock with his wife (Amanda) and two daughters (Charlotte and Kelsea), and in his spare time he enjoys Sports, Barbecuing, and Woodworking.
Director of First Impressions
Jaimie is from Orange County currently residing in the Central Valley where she is a graduate from Enochs High School. Prior to joining GDI, she has worked in many fields including customer service, telecommunications, and even getting certified as a Registered Behavioral Therapist in ABA Therapy. Jaimie is a proud parent to her dog Macie. In her spare time, she loves to cook, craft, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her partner and family especially her godchildren, nieces, and nephews. Jaimie lives by “Being kind to others” and “Working smarter not harder.”
Porterville, CA Office
Curtis Alkire, AFIS
GDI Curtis Alkire Insurance Services - Porterville
Curtis was raised in the Central Valley and has always called Porterville, California home along with his wife Adela & his three children Taylor, Cylee & Cael. Curtis attended MHS and was Senior Class President along with being a scholar athlete. Additionally, Curtis was the only Three Time Winner to exhibit the Grand Champion Steer at the Cow Palace in San Francisco & also proudly represented the USA Wrestling Exchange Team in Germany. Later Curtis obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business with a concentration in Finance & Appraisal from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
After starting with CalFarm Insurance & obtaining his Property & Casualty license along with his Life & Health license, Curtis was fortunate to join BMI, one of the largest Independent Insurance Agencies in the Valley. Curtis was a VP for BMI while specializing in Livery, Agribusiness, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and earned his AFIS (Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist) designation. Curtis was the only BMI agent to ever be endorsed by Allied Grape Growers Association to write their Farm & Ranch Property and Casualty insurance business.
Curtis is active throughout the Valley, but has always focused on community involvement in and around Porterville, his home town. One of the most prestigious monthly events in Porterville is the Porterville Men’s Agribusiness Luncheon, which Curtis was one of the original founders & sponsors. He also supports local 4H & FFA exhibitors, MHS, PHS & SHS Booster Clubs along with serving as a director & coach of the PFFA, where he won two State Championships for Porterville!!! Recently, Curtis was inducted into the MHS “Hall of Fame” but he still believes his true legacy is in his children.
In 2013 Curtis joined forces with Matt Davis of GDI Insurance Agency & Curtis firmly believes that, “You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with in life.” So, joining Matt’s Team is truly a Blessing & “The very best is yet to come.” When not talking insurance, Curtis can be found around his family BBQ gathering, smoking food, hunting / fishing or at the gym with his son Cael.
South Lake Tahoe, CA Office
Michael de Laet
GDI de Laet Insurance Services - South Lake Tahoe