Our People

OUR PEOPLE

PRINCIPALS

John AshtonJohn Ashton

JOHN ASHTON, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2101 | email John

John Ashton puts the Ashton in Ashton Tiffany. He founded the firm in 1995, together with life-long amigo Mike Tiffany. John has completed a battery of post-graduate professional programs, including the chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) and associate in risk management (ARM) curricula. He earned his BS in general business from Arizona State University. John spends his time at AT administering various insurance pools, conferring with clients, mentoring staff, and managing and leading the company.

JOHN ASHTON, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2101 | email John

John is not like other people. Other people are okay with that.

Mike TiffanyMike Tiffany

MIKE TIFFANY, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2101 | email Mike

All the way back to his Garanimals days, Mike Tiffany dreamed of launching his own risk management firm. In 1995, together with John Ashton, he made that dream come true. Mike earned his BS from Arizona State University in engineering, and later completed the chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) and associate in risk management (ARM) curricula. Mike’s days are filled with client communication, insurance pool management, and problem-solving with other company leaders. He also works year-round to keep Ashton Tiffany fun, innovative, and prosperous.

MIKE TIFFANY, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2101 | email Mike

Mike logs a lot of pool time. He may be the world’s fittest risk manager.


SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM + BUSINESS AREA LEADERS

LINDA WHITAKERLINDA WHITAKER

LINDA WHITAKER, CPCU, ARM, CRIS

602.222.2133 | email Linda

Linda’s a Jill of all trades and a master of many: project management, construction insurance, and property loss response, just for starters. These days she couples a company strategic leadership role with special project assignments. Point Linda at the most vexing problem you’ve got, and that problem goes away. She loves turning chaos and complexity into order, simplicity, and solutions.

LINDA WHITAKER, CPCU, ARM, CRIS

602.222.2133 | email Linda

Can you guess where Linda’s happy place is?

Jennifer DarnallJennifer Darnall

JENNIFER DARNALL, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2103 | email Jennifer

Jennifer Darnall is Ashton Tiffany’s first COO, and the best one we’ll ever have. She’s been with the company 20+ years, so she’s seen it all. Working to extend the reach of John and Mike, she manages company-wide projects; tackles big strategic and operational challenges; advises on tricky client issues; and keeps staff focused on the pursuit of risk management greatness.

JENNIFER DARNALL, CPCU, ARM

602.222.2103 | email Jennifer

These two future Sun Devils make Jenn’s life crazy-happy.

Tracy FossTracy Foss

TRACY FOSS, ARM, CIC, CRM

602.222.2121 | email Tracy

Tracy Foss has been in the insurance game for nearly 35 years. She’s a savant when it comes to coverage terms and conditions, but she’s so much more than that. She can start a self-insurance pool for you, manage an existing one (she runs a couple for AT, in fact), and make sure your reinsurance arrangements are locked down tight. She earned her guru status the hard way—teaching herself in the trenches—a fact she’s justly proud of.

TRACY FOSS, ARM, CIC, CRM

602.222.2121 | email Tracy

Tracy’s home state has 10,000 lakes, all too cold to swim in.

MICHELLE GEORGEOFFMICHELLE GEORGEOFF

MICHELLE GEORGEOFF, CPA

602.222.2139 | email Michelle

Another C-suite star, Michelle is AT’s CFO. She created the company’s accounting department years ago, and now benevolently presides over her creation. You probably know what a CFO does, and Michelle does all of that and more. Ultimately, her job is to ensure that clients receive exceptional accounting services, and that key players at AT are comfortable with the state of company finances. As she says, “You can’t spell ‘comfy’ without CFO.” (She doesn’t really say that.)

MICHELLE GEORGEOFF, CPA

602.222.2139 | email Michelle

Michelle loves nature, so she uproots it and brings it indoors.

NORM HALLNORM HALL

NORM HALL

602.222.2146 | email Norm

Norm Hall is general counsel for Ashton Tiffany. While some attorneys like to scrap, Norm’s motto is, “Litigation is failure.” His easygoing demeanor and legal prowess give him entrée to diverse areas of company activity: claims, government relations, HR issues, leases and contracts, coverage questions, building construction, and of course, sorting and delivering company mail. So important.

NORM HALL

602.222.2146 | email Norm

Norm was worried someone else might have this idea.

Ryan ColeRyan Cole

Ryan Cole, CPCU, ARM

602.200.2421 | email Ryan

Ryan oversees two of Ashton Tiffany’s big public entity self-insurance pools: one for property and liability, the other for workers’ compensation. His responsibilities are breathtaking in their scope: from the heights of annual strategy down to the fine points of the latest member communication. He handles it all with humility and aplomb, and has easy relationships with everyone he works with.

Ryan Cole, CPCU, ARM

602.200.2421 | email Ryan

The only foe Ryan can’t defeat is a wall.

Kendra CKendra C

Kendra Callaghan

602.222.3842 | email Kendra

Public entity pools have members: school districts, community colleges, cities and towns, fire departments. Those members and their employees are Ashton Tiffany customers. Kendra is responsible for customer relations at our two biggest pools (two of the biggest pools anywhere, for that matter). Day to day, she and her team work hard to make sure every facet of the member experience is first-rate. Considering the thousands of people and personalities involved and the dozens of touchpoints, it’s a very big job. But with her civil engineer’s mind, Kendra’s got it handled.

Kendra Callaghan

602.222.3842 | email Kendra

Like the sun for Superman, coffee is the source of Kendra’s powers.

Tanya ETanya E

Tanya Edwards

602.845.6153 | email Tanya

Tanya has day-to-day responsibility for Ashton Tiffany’s largest public employee benefits pool (think employee health insurance, vision, dental, etc., for dozens of public entities). Her education was in social services, and she brings that same spirit to everything she does today. The mechanisms are a little different now, though: plan design and budgeting, strategic initiatives, vendor contracts, benefit consulting, etc. She’s so deft at not taking no for an answer, you may not even realize you said yes.

Tanya Edwards

602.845.6153 | email Tanya

You know how Tanya introduces herself? “Sorry, bro!”

Tara ZTara Z

Tara Zika

602.845.6158 | email Tara

In the A to Z of AT, the Z is Tara Zika, our director of business development. Though she can get her foot in any door, she’s always welcomed inside. That’s because Tara gets to know our customers as people, personally and professionally. She works hard to understand their wants, needs, and pain points, and then to find the best possible solution. Hopefully, that’s under our roof. If it isn’t, she’ll say so. But if it is and you end up partnering with us, you’ll have a lifelong advocate in Tara.

Tara Zika

602.845.6158 | email Tara

If there’s a net, ball, stick, or puck, Tara wants next.

Lori JLori J

Lori Jundt, CPA

602.845.6112 | email Lori

Lori Jundt is Ashton Tiffany’s controller. You don’t have to tell her to mind the GAAP, as she’s been studying and working in accounting since her college days. Lori is gifted at dealing with numbers, people, and processes, making her a rare triple threat in her field. Though there’s a lot of routine to accounting, she tends to gravitate toward novelty—new clients, new programs, new systems. That’s one reason she parked her CPA in our garage.

Lori Jundt, CPA

602.845.6112 | email Lori

When Lori breaks out the games, you better be on her team.

TOM CARRTOM CARR

TOM CARR, PHR, SHRM-SCP

602.222.2112 | email Tom

HR? Tom Carr. Tom manages all things human relations for Ashton Tiffany. Showing his touch for diplomacy, Tom will tell you that he was educated at a school that isn’t ASU, UofA, or NAU…so he admires Sun Devils, Wildcats, and Lumberjacks equally. Tom’s days are filled with recruitment and retention, employee professional development, and the nuts and bolts of benefits and pay. He also supplies constant oxygen to Ashton Tiffany’s cultural flame.

TOM CARR, PHR, SHRM-SCP

602.222.2112 | email Tom

Tom’s not a musician. He’s a drummer.