Membership Staff Transition


Jenn Thuma, IOM, CAE Vice President - Membership Services for IBA West is leaving the association effective this week.  Jenn is moving to Texas where she will be getting married later this fall.  IBA West wishes Jenn the very best as she begins this new chapter in her life.

“Jenn has done an outstanding job servicing the membership over the past seven years and we appreciate her contributions to the association,” said Clark Payan, IBA West CEO.

“We are delighted to announce that Mike Orrick has joined the association and will be taking over our membership operation, “ added Payan. “Mike’s background in agency production will add an entrepreneurial focus to membership that nicely builds on the service focus established by Jenn and her team, Connie Cohrs and Diana Hunnicutt.” 

Mike began his 25-year career in insurance sales began at MetLife, and California Marketing Services, where he excelled as a producer. Mike was the founder of Monkey Marketing, Inc., an insurance telemarketing company with an impressive national client list which included Heffernan Insurance Services, Farmers Insurance, Interwest Insurance, Owen and Dunn Insurance Services, George Peterson Insurance Services, Intercare Insurance, Aflac, and Warren G. Bender Co. from 2002 to 2006.

Mike also did a stint out side of the insurance world from 1994-2002 where he was the sales manager for Soundstrategies, an audio advertising company and was the founder and CEO of CityVoice, a voice activated city guide to the greater Sacramento area.

Mike worked for Warren G. Bender Company, a prominent Independent Insurance Agency from 2007-2010. He started as a full time producer. In 2008 Mike was named the Business Development Manager and in 2009 he was promoted to Sales Manager.

Mike left Warren G. Bender at the end of 2010 to pursue his passion for creative marketing and sales and joined IBA West as their Director of Membership and Sales. Mike also does sales consulting/teaching/ and coaching for select agencies nationally.  In fact, Mike will teaching at IBA West’s Ultimate Producer School this fall.

"I believe my years of experience in insurance and as an entrepreneur of successful start ups has given me the knowledge and insight into what it takes to build a succesful agency," said Mike. "I look forward to working with IBA West members as well as helping enlarge our membership base."  

Mike was born and raised in Roseville, California and graduated San Francisco State. Mike and his wife Kirsten live in Lincoln, California with their two children. Mike can be reached on his cell phone at 916-865-8111  or by email at