Meet Our Team
Matthew Davis, MBA, CPCU, 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) 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 Business Networking International’s Turlock Business Builders Club. 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.).
Grant Davis, Founder / Agent
Grant was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where he met the love of his life, his wife Minnette, and graduated from San Mateo High School. After serving in the United Sates Army, Grant Davis began his career selling insurance door-to-door as a one-man agency in 1980. By 1985 he joined and became partner in a small independent agency until 1987 when it was acquired by a larger firm. In 1989 he decided to start his own agency, the predecessor to GDI Insurance Agency, Inc. (GDI), as an exclusive agency. Frustrated with being hindered by the lack of products provided by exclusive carriers for his clients, Grant decided to leave the exclusive arena and start a scratch independent agency in 1999. GDI has since grown to do business across the country and is ranked as one of the largest and most innovative agencies in its primary markets.
Grant has always taken it upon himself to create and/or improve upon the products and services in the marketplace to ensure his clients are provided with the best programs to meet their needs. Noticing the impending burst of the housing bubble, he created the Home Value Plus program in 2007 to cover 20% of the market value of a home. More recently, he created Credit Enhancement Bonding and Insurance as a program to secure his clients’ Businesses and Projects in order to increase the likelihood of acquiring funding. In addition to receiving acclaim for the programs listed, he has also been featured and published numerous times in trade publications such as Rough Notes, Agent & Broker, Builder & Developer, Personal Real Estate Investor, and many others.
Grant is a nationally recognized thought leader on the topic of insurance sales, and has personally contributed to the success of multiple multi-billion-dollar commercial developments throughout the United States.
Grant resides in Turlock, CA with his wife Minnette. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy spending time together and travelling back and forth to Texas to visit their children and grandchildren.
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 enjoys spending time with her family, 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.
Commercial & Ag Associate Customer Service/New Business Agent
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 two 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).
Commercial & Ag Associate Customer Service Agent
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.
Commercial & Ag Associate Customer Services Agent
Elizabeth grew up in Tracy, CA. She began working in insurance in 1989 soon after the Loma Prieta Earthquake for a catastrophe center. She has remained working in insurance since; working for carriers, MGAs, and independent agencies.
Elizabeth and her husband rescue dogs that have been abandoned, mistreated, or are about to be euthanized. She enjoys reading, knitting, spending time with her nieces, nephews, and her dogs.
Associate Customer Service Agent
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”.
Liz Avila, CISR, AFIS
Account Manager - Personal Lines
Liz was born in Modesto, CA and raised in the Central Valley. She graduated from Los Banos High School and enjoys calling the Central Valley home to this day, living with her family in Turlock. Liz entered the insurance industry in 1989 and has attained both the Certified Insurance Service Representative (“CISR”) and Agribusiness & Farm Insurance Specialist (“AFIS”) designations to further enhance her knowledge and abilities to ensure she stays on top of the industry’s latest and greatest options for her clients. Liz has been married to her husband (Dino) for more than 20 years, has two daughters (Andreya and Amanda), and their family dog Marlie (a very energetic Queensland Heeler). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, camping, and running – she’s completed three Half Marathons in the last two years.
Associate Customer Service Agent
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.
Health & Benefits Associate Customer Service Agent
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.
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.”
Jill was born and raised in Redding, CA. She moved to Bend, OR and called it home for 29 years. Jill recently relocated to the Phoenix, AZ area with her family.
Digital technology and web design have been her passion for over 17 years. She started with taking an HTML class when her daughter was a baby and growing from there. For many years Jill owned and operated her own web design company, learning and developing digital marketing techniques. For 7 years she worked for an insurance marketing agency. This time allowed her to learn and teach marketing techniques to clients in the insurance industry.
Jill joined the GDI Insurance Agency team in 2018 and looks forward to putting her knowledge and skills to work for GDI.
In her spare time, Jill loves to spend time with her family, attend College sporting events (Go Ducks and now ASU!) enjoy concerts, or work in her garden.
Porterville, CA Office
Curtis Alkire, AFIS
Owner Curtis Alkire GDI 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.