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The Surety Underwriters Association of Southern California is an organization of surety companies, surety agents and other related businesses with an interest in corporate surety-ship in Southern California. Since 1928 the SUASC's purpose has been to:

- Educate and inform our members and the community about issues relating to corporate surety-ship.

- Monitor legislative/regulatory activity and where appropriate, take steps to influence its outcome.

- To promote an awareness and understanding of the benefits of corporate surety-ship. Continue to collaborate within our industry to ensure best practices.

2024 SUASC Board

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Jennifer Pham Salling, President

Jennifer Pham Salling is a Consultant Underwriter at Liberty Mutual and has been in the surety industry since 2011.  Jennifer has lived in the Southern California area her whole life and in her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family traveling and exploring local hikes.


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Ethan Spector, Vice President

Ethan Spector is account manager working at Lockton Insurance brokers and has four years of surety industry experience. You may recognize the name as his father, Edward, has been in the industry for 25+ years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, in his free time, Ethan spends his time at Dodger and King games, walking his two dachshund or at the driving range smashing balls to the back net with his driver.


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Matthew Caldwell, Secretary

Matthew Caldwell is a Bond Manager for Great American Insurance Company and has been in the surety industry since 2015 after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014 with a degree in finance.  Matthew handles contract surety business for the Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada regions.  Born and raised in Southern California, in his free time, Matthew enjoys spending it with his family, crushing 300-yard drives on the golf course, and watching the LA sports teams. 

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Shavonne Lai, Treasurer  

Shavonne Lai is an Underwriter at RLI and has been in the surety industry since 2016 after graduating from SPU with a business administration degree with a finance concentration. Shavonne was born and raised on the island of Guam.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and creating handmade ceramics at a local pottery studio.

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