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Hortica Welcomes New Associates, Agency to Insurance Family

Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, specialists in providing business insurance, employee benefits and personal insurance to the horticultural industry since 1887, is pleased to announce the following new agents:

  • Bert Bader as a new agent in California’s San Fernando Valley, covering Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as San Bernardino. Prior to joining Hortica, Bader worked in the commercial insurance brokerage field at Scanlon & Associates and USI of Southern California.
  • Dan Scroggins as a new agent serving the state of Ohio. Scroggins has worked in the insurance industry since 2001, mainly for the Kentucky Farm Bureau. He is based outside of Cincinnati.
  • Nicole Akemon, CIC as a new agent serving Central and Northern California. Prior to joining Hortica, she spent 11 years gaining insurance expertise from her parents, George and Shirley Pistoresi, at their family business, GSP Insurance Agency. She is based in Paso Robles.


Professional Insurors Agency, LLC (PI) has also joined the Hortica family as a new independent agency serving Oklahoma. Founded in 1977, PI just celebrated 30 years in business and moved into a newly remodeled headquarters in Oklahoma City. PI is a member of the Oklahoma Nursery & Landscape Association, Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers Association, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association (IIABA), The Greenwich Group, and Professional Insurance Agents (PIA).