Our Team

Desmond (Des) Armstrong: President and CEO 

Des Armstrong founded the Armstrong Company in Pasadena, California in 1972 and has been the driving force behind the company’s substantial growth. He is currently responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization.

Des began his career in insurance in London, England where he continues to have considerable business relationships with Lloyds of London and affiliated syndicates.  He came to the United States in 1961 and joined a major National Insurance Company where his responsibilities were as a Casualty Underwriter.

His vast experience including Loss Control, Claims handling, administration and Risk management techniques have allowed him to act as a consultant to several large clients over the years.   He has created and designed programs for his  commercial business clients based on their specific needs.   Over the many years of his experience in the industry,  Des has built strong and lasting relationships with members of  the Insurance Industry and his clients both in California and nationwide.

Linda LaFourcade : Director of Benefits

As the Medical Benefits Coordinator for The Armstrong Company, Linda has a long and extensive history in the employee benefits industry.  Her vast experience provides a strong foundation for superior customer relations.  Linda specializes in plan design, funding method education and claims analysis for group programs. Her clients include medium and large group plans utilizing various funding options and coverages.  Linda has a solid reputation with carriers which enables her to effectively manage client programs.

Linda’s past experience in business management provides a consumer’s perspective relative to risk management and employee benefits.  This viewpoint provides an invaluable edge as she develops program designs. With more than 19 years of employee benefit experience, 15 of those with The Armstrong Company, Linda oversees both local and national client accounts.

An honor’s graduate of University of LaVerne, Linda was named in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.”

Diane Carmain, CISR : Operations & Account Management

Diane has been in the Insurance Industry for more than 25 years,  working for major Insurance companies and for the past 13 years with The Armstrong Company.  She supports Des in the administration and development of major clients.  Diane holds a CISR designation and has been involved in every aspect of the management, service and development of large accounts which include a Timeshare resort management giant with business across the USA, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico.

Michele Baldo:  Account Manager

Michele has serviced Commercial and Personal clients at The Armstrong Company for more than 17 years.   She hold a Property and Casualty License and continues to further her education with a view to getting her CISR designation.   Michele supports Des and Diane internally on the management  and development of  client accounts.

Laura Valencia, CISR :   Account Manager

The Armstrong Company Insurance Consultants has been Laura’s first  employment since she graduated in 2001 from Long Beach State College with a degree in  Criminology.  She has continued her education in the Insurance Industry earning a CISR designation.  Laura also holds a  Property and Casualty License and manages both Commercial and Personal accounts and supports Des and Diane internally on the administration and development of client accounts.

Julie Garcia, CPCU, AU, AINS :  Account Manager

Julie is the newest member of our team, joining us in May of 2015.  She has been in the insurance industry for 19 years with experience in both personal and commercial lines.  She holds a CPCU, AU, and AINS designation and brings with her an established work ethic towards her clients.  Julie’s experience in the industry and attention to detail makes her an asset to our team.

 

 

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