Our roots in the insurance industry date back over 100 years. What is now Pacific Diversified Insurance actually began from four agencies in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Jose and Oakland. In 1920, V.O. Edes established Edes Insurance in a small garage in Morgan Hill, CA. This business was transferred to M.E. Link and became Link Insurance in 1949. In 1980, the agency was purchased by Bill and Barry Link, who carry the strong tradition of unsurpassed customer service.
Just 15 miles south in Gilroy, CA County Supervisor Art Brown opened Brown Agency in 1935. Firman Voorhies purchased the Brown Agency in 1948 and was joined by George Parrish in 1958. In 1972, Steve Hussar joined the agency and then Jon Voorhies came on board in 1976. The agency then became Voorhies, Parrish & Hussar.
In 1998, these two well know community agencies joined forces and located in Gilroy, CA as Voorhies, Parrish, Hussar & Link. In 2002, the firm expanded into the Bay Area with the purchase of API Insurance Services in Campbell, CA. Along with this acquisition, came new partner Tim Lenihan. In January 2003, we expanded into the field of employee benefits with the acquisition of Pacific Diversified Insurance. Along the way, we acquired three other agencies in the central California area.
In 2013, Pacific Diversified Insurance merged with West Callaway Stotka of Pleasant Hill, CA, another firm with a long history. Bill West established this agency in 1906. Bob Callaway joined Bill in 1946 and grew the business into the largest agency in Oakland, CA by the early 1960’s. The agency continued to thrive through 1986 when Steve Callaway joined the firm and continued to grow the agency until 1991 when Bob passed away. In 1994, partner Terry Stotka joined the agency after three years as a commercial underwriter at Fireman’s Fund and eight years as an Account Executive with a leading brokerage firm.
Today, Pacific Diversified Insurance is licensed to transact insurance in 45 states and directly represents more than four dozen of the best and strongest insurance companies available in the current marketplace. We are built on a foundation of integrity and customer service that is second to none. We strive to offer quality insurance products with the highest level of professional service.