Agency History

Paso Robles Insurance was founded in 1939 as Giff Sobey Insurance and is located in one of the many local historic buildings. Originally constructed in 1872 by the founders of Paso Robles, Drury James and Daniel Blackburn, 500 12th Street was originally a carriage house within the El Paso de Robles Hot Springs Hotel complex.

In 2003, Paso Robles Insurance was acquired by the Bakersfield agency, Walter Mortensen Insurance. WMI has a long history and tradition in Southern California, growing to six offices in the state. In 2005, WMI was acquired by a large Dallas-based agency, Guaranty Insurance Services, with multiple locations throughout Texas.

In April 2011, Guaranty and WMI/Paso Robles Insurance became part of the INSURICA Insurance Management Network and rebranded in 2012. Our clients now have access to many new resources available through the vast INSURICA network delivered by the same local relationships they’ve come to trust.

Areas of Specialization

Areas of specialization for this office include: Agriculture, (including farms, ranches and equine coverage as well as wineries and vineyards), Construction, Bonding, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Restaurants, Transportation and Not-For-Profit organizations.

What Makes Us Unique

As part of INSURICA, our clients enjoy the same resources typically only reserved for those of a national broker — all delivered by active members of the Paso Robles community.


We are are proud of our colleagues long-term commitment to civic leadership within the Paso Robles community through their involvement in:

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Main Street Association
  • Paso Robles Rotary Club
  • Atascadero Youth Football League
  • Lion’s Club
  • Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance



CA License #: 0D44424