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As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Cary Bichlmeier

Cary J. Bichlmeier

CPIA, President

Born in 1959 in Inglewood, CA Cary is the son of Jerry and Joyce Bichlmeier, founders of Bichlmeier Insurance Services. He attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA and graduated from El Camino College. Cary J. Bichlmeier joined the agency in 1974 and became a principal in 1978. He started the Agency’s commercial department and sold it’s first Health insurance policy. In 1982 the United States Jaycees named Cary an Outstanding Young Man of America. The Certified Professional Insurance Agents Society in 1986 named Cary as a life member (CPIA designation). Cary became President of Bichlmeier Insurance services in 2004.

Cary has been giving back to the community in youth and adult service orginzations. Here are a few of Cary’s prior and current community service affiliations:

  • Past President of CSE Agent Association
  • Past member of Civil Service Employees and Mercury Insurance Group Producer Councils
  • Past President and 43-year member of the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club
  • Founder and past manager of the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Christmas tree lot
  • Past Vice-Chairman and board member for 14 years of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Area referee and Coach for AYSO region 18
  • Past Coach Mira Costa Pony League
  • Past Coach Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball
  • Past Commissioner of business, permit review board, City of Hermosa Beach
  • Past School Board member Hermosa Beach City School District 1999-2003 – Board President 2003
  • Past President of Mira Costa Boys Soccer Boosters
  • Past assistant Scout Master Troop 860 – son is an Eagle Scout
  • Past board member and Secretary CSE Agent Association
  • Past Board Member South Bay chapter of the Professional Insurance Agents
  • Past charity Golf tournament committee member for the South Bay YMCA and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Los Angeles

Cary has been married to Kathrine Bichlmeier since 1984 and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Hobbies include golf and he is a PADI certified diver.

“I have always known from an early age what I wanted to do in life; I started working with my parents as an early teen. I have exceeded my first dreams for this business. Now, it is more about the service to our clients and the love of family.”

Terry E. Bichlmeier

Terry E. Bichlmeier

Producer / Board Member

I live to serve those around me with honesty, integrity, and a passion for improvement.


Executive Vice President at Bichlmeier Insurance Services, Inc.
April 1993 – September 2017
Commerical Lines Department Manager,
Commercial Property Specialist,
Top individual producer five years running.

Commercial Sales Agent at G.J. “Jerry” Bichlmeier Insurance Agency
May 1987 – April 1993 (6 years)
Commercial Sales Agent specializing in apartment insurance sales.

Skills & Expertise
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • General Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Small Business
  • Strategic Planning
  • Group Benefits
  • Property Management
  • Commercial Auto Insurance
  • Apartment Insurance
  • Business Planning
  • Market Research and Analysis

El Camino College
Associate of Arts (A.A.), General Studies, 1980 – 1983

California State University­, Long Beach ­College of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing & Finance, 1983 – 1986
Grade: Alum
Activities and Societies:

  • Member National Business Honor Society
  • Member of the Water Ski Team
  • Member of the Law Society
  • Member International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Member of Redondo Beach Round Table

School of Law, Contracts, Procedure & Torts, 1986 – 1987

Honors and Awards

2011-­2012 Redondo Beach Rotarian of the Year; Torrance­-South Bay YMCA 2009 Service
Above Self Award; Redondo Beach Rotary President 2003­-2004, President IIABSB 2000­-2003;
President PIA South Bay Chapter 1993­-1994; Certified Insurance Counselor Designation 1992.


Golfing, Skiing, Dodger Baseball, Great Food with Wine or Craft Beer.

G. J. “Jerry” Bichlmeier

G. J. "Jerry" Bichlmeier

Get to Know Jerry Bichlmeier, Chairman of the Board

G.J. “Jerry” Bichlmeier was born in 1939 in Los Angeles. He grew up with his 3 younger brothers working with his father in the family ice business. After leaving the University of Southern California in 1960, Jerry began a career in law enforcement. He proudly served on the Los Angeles Police Department for 25 years, retiring with honors in 1985. Along the way, he earned a teaching credential in Police Science. A short time after his start in government employment, he recognized a financial services need in the civil service community and so began his career in insurance services. Bichlmeier Insurance Services, Inc. began as a part-time home based business in 1961 dedicated to civil servants. Today as the chairman of the board and under the management of his two sons, it is a full service and multiline, personal auto and business insurance brokerage with a staff of 15 associates serving more than 5000 clients.

He has held long-term business management consulting agreements with National Car Rental (11 years) and Civil Service Employees Insurance Co. (13 years).

In addition to serving on the board of directors of Bichlmeier Insurance Services, Inc. (BIS), he has and does serve on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union (1975 to present); Civil Service Employees Insurance Group (1985 to 1991); Civil Service Employees Agents Association (1991 to present).

Jerry is married and has 5 lovely children, three are involved with Bichlmeier Insurance Services.

His hobbies include golf, skiing, racquetball, and spoiling his 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchild.

Jerry says “As I get older and hopefully wiser, I realize how rich I have become- not so much from the material things I’ve acquired, but the family I have and the friends I’ve made along the way.

Joyce A. Bichlmeier

Joyce A. Bichlmeier

CPIW, Executive Committee Member

Joyce Bichlmeier was born in 1940 in Los Angeles, California and grew up there with her one sister. Joyce married had 3 children: Cary, Terry, and Sherrie. Cary and Terry are president and vice president of Bichlmeier Insurance Services, respectively.

In 1961, Joyce made her debut into the insurance industry and wrote all lines of insurance. In 1976 she then opened the Hermosa Beach office, and continued to be an outstanding community volunteer by serving as president or sitting on committees and/or boards of organizations such as the Professional Insurance Agents of California & Nevada, Chamber of commerce and the National Association of Insurance Women. Her hard work paid off, and Joyce received numerous awards including 1988 Chairman of the Year (Professional Insurance Agents of California and Nevada), 1982 Director of the Year (Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce) and 1982 South Bay Woman of the Year (YWCA).

Joyce is currently semi‐retired and lives in Redding, California, where she maintains a home office. She is married and has 12 wonderful grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Her favorite hobbies are traveling, gardening, and participating in her local Red Hat Society, the Rebellious Elegant Dames.

Joyce says: “I have appreciated growing with the business; it has been a wonderful life working with my family and extended family”.

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Megan Brennan

Office Manager

Megan E. Brennan is the daughter of Cary and Kathy Bichlmeier, and granddaughter of Jerry and Joyce Bichlmeier, founders of Bichlmeier Insurance. She grew up in Hermosa Beach, CA and attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and El Camino College.

Megan’s passions for office management comes from a love of personal interaction and organizational excellence. Before joining Bichlmeier Insurance in 2023, Megan spent 16 years in Hospitality & Customer Service Management in several mid-size to global corporations. Megan is currently pursuing her Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR), and her property & casualty license.

When Megan is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband & four children going to Disneyland, and museums.

Ana R. Santiago, CISR

Personal Lines Supervisor - Se Habla Español

Ana was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up in beautiful Los Angeles, CA. After high school, Ana studied political science at CSUN. Although Los Angeles is near and dear to Ana’s heart, she continues to embrace her Salvadorian culture, she especially loves cooking and preparing her family’s traditional meals.

Ana is blessed to have her family close to her, she visits with her mother and father almost daily. She and her husband have one son, a daughter in law and a beautiful and very active granddaughter, all of whom she loves spending quality family time with.

Ana and her close-knit family are diehard Dodger fans as well as all things Disney and Star Wars. You may run in to her and her family in full costume at Disneyland the next time you are there!

Ana’s insurance career started in 2001. She takes pride in servicing her clients insurance needs. Problem solving to find the best insurance product is a trait that Ana excels at, and her clients love her for this! Ana is proud to have recently earned her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation, (CISR). With this designation and through continuing education, Ana keeps current on insurance trends to better serve her clients needs.

Rosa Rodriguez

Rosa Rodriguez

Personal Lines Account Manager - Se Habla Español

Rosa was born in West Los Angeles and raised in Marina Del Rey.  She graduated from Venice High School then attended West Los Angeles Community College to further her education.  

She has been licensed as an agent in the insurance industry since 2000. Rosa joined the Bichlmeier Insurance Agency in 2001. She works hard to meet her clients’ needs.  She enjoys assisting them in any way possible.  As a bilingual agent she also communicates with many of our Spanish speakers and takes special pride in helping the Hispanic community.  

Outside of serving Bichlmeier clients, Rosa spends her time in the South Bay area with her two daughters at soccer games and Girl Scout Events. On a personal level, she enjoys dancing and kickboxing.

Sylvie Lui Van Sheng

Sylvie Lui Van Sheng, CISR

Personal Lines Account Manager - Je Parle Français
Shannon Crow

Shannon Crow

Personal Lines Account Manager
Matthew Bichlmeier

Matthew Bichlmeier

Commercial Lines Supervisor

Born December 1st, 1989 in Long Beach, Ca. Matt is the son of Cary and Kathy Bichlmeier, and grandson of Jerry and Joyce Bichlmeier, founders of Bichlmeier Insurance. He attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and San Francisco State University. Matt graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Matt joined the agency in 2014. He has worked as a Personal Lines Tech, Personal Lines Account Manager, Commercial Lines Sales Agent, and now holds the position of Commercial Lines Supervisor.

Interests: Dodgers, Lakers, hiking and great food.

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Bevin Smith

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Bevin was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia until she relocated with her family to Palos Verdes, CA in 1998 where she attended Peninsula High. She then went on to study communications at San Diego State University.

Bevin became licensed in Property and Casualty and Life and Health insurance in 2011 and specializes in Large Business solutions, construction risk management, habitational/property, workers compensation and professional lines of business. Bevin has a client-centric, problem-solving focus and takes pride in staying up to date with current industry trends, identifying blind-spots and focusing her continuing education in the area of emerging risks such as Environmental, Cyber and IOT.

Bevin has been actively involved in her community throughout her time in the insurance Industry. She has worked directly with the Girl Scouts and carrier partners to help build the Angel Charity Place for Girls in Tucson, Arizona and participated in “Over the Edge” fundraising for 5 years. In her spare time, Bevin is an avid hiker, backpacker, outdoor-enthusiast and foodie but her favorite activity is running around after her rambunctious young son.

Bevin is currently pursuing her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation (C.P.C.U) while raising her son. Bevin’s heart is at the beach where she spends as much time there with her family as possible.

Maria Ascencio

Maria Ascencio

LAPCUSO - Institutional Sales Agent - Se Habla Español

Maria Ascencio was born on December 13th, 1964 in the Zacatecas region of Mexico. She attended school in Mexico.  She began working in the insurance industry as a customer service representative in 1993. Maria took insurance courses to further her career over the years.  In the year 2000 she joined Bichlmeier Insurance Agency’s personal lines department as the in house insurance specialist at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union in Van Nuys, California.  As the in house insurance specialist, she provides a wide selection of insurance services to the members of the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union.

Maria and her husband of 29 years live in the San Fernando Valley. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. They enjoy being grandparents and spending quality time with their family. She enjoys traveling, singing, reading and gardening.   

Maria takes great pride and is honored to be a part of Bichlmeier Insurance and its mission in providing quality service to the members of the credit union.

Jason P. Laing

Jason P. Laing

Institutional Sales Agent

Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, Jason is proud to call the South Bay his home. After attending Redondo Union High School he went on to earn a B.A. in economics at Cal State Long Beach.

A licensed insurance agent since 1996, Jason has worked at several local insurance agencies over the years. In 2009 he partnered with Re/Max Palos Verdes to start PV Peninsula Insurance Services, an insurance agency specifically designed to meet the needs of home buyers. In January 2011 PV Peninsula Insurance Services was acquired by Bichlmeier Insurance Services and Jason became a BIS team member continuing working with Re/Max.

An avid beachgoer, Jason considers himself lucky to live and work in this great community where his clients are also his neighbors.

Kathy Bichlmeier

Kathy Bichlmeier

Administrative Assistant
Christine Mota

Christine Mota

Administrative Support / Receptionist
Beth Seelbaugh

Beth Seelbaugh, CIC

Beth was born and raised on a small farm in rural Pennsylvania, where she loved her large family, learned an exceptional work ethic and enjoyed the great outdoors. She has one incredible son, Kevin, who is married to a wonderful nurse, Chelsee. Kevin and Chelsee have blessed Beth with 3 beautiful, smart and talented grandchildren: Aidan, Koltin and Alannah.

She began her insurance career in 2004 in Pennsylvania, and moved to Arizona in 2009. She spent a year in Mexico for a mission trip, where she learned un poco de Espanol. The people were lovely, the weather was perfect and the food was fantastic!

Back in the US, she continues her career with a real passion for helping people. She is a seasoned professional with extensive knowledge and dedication. Her insurance expertise, combined with her invaluable experience in the commercial industry has helped her to navigate the complex landscape of risk management, consistently delivering tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of her clients. She specializes in understanding and managing risks that her clients face, from property damage to liability exposures.

Known for her cheery and friendly approach, she takes the time to listen to her clients’ concerns and explain their options in plain language. Whether it’s a startup small business or a large corporation, Beth is dedicated to finding the best insurance solutions for each and every client. She goes above and beyond to provide personalized service and support. She’s not just an insurance agent – she’s a trusted advisor who is an extension of her clients’ business. Her unwavering commitment to excellence has earned her a reputation as a problem solver with a proven track record of optimizing coverage and minimizing risk for businesses of all sizes.