Derek is a managing partner at DBM, a full-service insurance brokerage that specializes in the employee benefits sector. Prior to his partnership at DBM he was a District and Regional coordinator for one of the largest supplemental insurance companies in the U.S. During his time there he was continually recognized for leading the state and territory in most of the measurable categories he was responsible for. His drive and determination drove him to push himself and his teams to the next level which in turn lead to great success and recognition. He loves to attack his personal life with the same drive and determination as he does when he is dealing with business. Whether he is out hunting, camping, playing and watching sports or jumping out of planes he looks to experience the most he can with every situation. He has been blessed with a beautiful family and wants to live his life to the fullest so that he can leave a legacy worth fighting for and teach his children how to always look for an opportunity to bless others. He hopes to be able to take his entire family to Haiti one day to continue the same type of work he was fortunate to do in Cambodia and Japan. P.S. He is also a rabid Seattle Seahawks fan so please don’t judge him on days when they lose!
Bridget is a managing partner at Diversified Benefits Management, a full service Insurance brokerage that handles employee benefit packages. Before starting her partnership at DBM, she had consistent recognition in her roles with other insurance carriers. She received numerous annual awards both as a District and Regional Manager. Bridget has a strong drive and passion for what she does in her personal and professional life. She won’t give up easily and strives to meet her goals, and assist others in meeting theirs. By nature, she finds the fun and adventure in everything and strives to incorporate it in her work life as well. Her heart for service has led her to make annual trips to Guatemala to provide dental care to those in need, as well as help other charitable organizations. A favorite quote of Bridget’s is :“You are driven by your heart, you are driven by your talent and you are driven by your instinct.” Anna Wintour When Bridget is not volunteering her time toward causes that matter to her, you can find her making friends with just about every stranger she encounters whether it’s the barista at a coffee shop or the people in line with her.
Matt is a Managing Partner at DBM. He started in the industry in 2008 with a passion for helping others and coming up with creative strategies for individuals and companies for employee benefits.
He served many roles, including as a Regional Manager for one of the largest voluntary benefit carriers for 11 years, winning multiple awards and leading in almost every measurable category for many of those years.
Having been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he is no stranger to the beauty and culture that he calls “home”. He enjoys fishing, golf and is a HUGE fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. As a matter of fact, he was at Super Bowl 49 with Derek Sommers when the Seahawks played the New England Patriots (But be careful about mentioning that last play to him).
Matt has a passion to serve and make a difference in not only his community but abroad. He has been on several trips out of the country to help at orphanages, build churches and feeding families. In the future, there will be many more outreach trips that he looks forward to being a part of.
Above everything else, Matt is passionate about his family. His wife and 4 kids are the most important thing in his whole life and they are the motivation behind everything he does.
Julia is a senior account executive at DBM. She began her insurance career in 2014 with a strong emphasis on providing excellent service to her local community. After receiving Rookie of the Year, she was quickly promoted to a District Manager role and continued to receive multiple awards while earning the respect of her peers and clients.
Julia has the grit and determination of a single mother on a mission and will accomplish anything she puts her mind to. She has a passion for helping others and prides herself on attention to detail. An old soul and born conversationalist, she can strike up a conversation with all walks of life and can talk about almost anything due to her diverse career background.
Having been raised in the Columbia River Gorge, she spends her downtime golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking- anything outdoors- with her daughter and miniature Australian Shephard. You can also find her occasionally at open mic night, attending concerts or finding any reason to make dinner for her friends.
Most importantly, Julia strives to make sure her daughter recognizes what hard work looks like and believes strongly that a positive mindset is the key to a fulfilling life.