Our Team

Meet your local insurance experts.

Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Awesome Insurance.

Brad Salute

Brad Salute founded the agency in 1984 and has a deep understanding of the insurance marketplace. This knowledge brings a substantial competitive edge for our client’s needs. His long standing relationship with the top insurance carriers in the country provide access to markets only available to a national brokerage.  Brad is the CEO of Temecula Insurance Services and Desert Southwest Insurance Brokers. He is married to Kim and has 3 daughters, Ashlee, Emma and Maddie.

Mark Anselmo

Mark has been in the Financial and Insurance Services industry since 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. During his career, he has held Management and Senior positions with the largest investment and insurance companies in the world, including Fidelity Investments and Lincoln Financial Group. Mark has earned the CFP®/Certified Financial Planner designation, which is known as one of the premiere certifications to have as a Financial Advisor. Mark’s specialty lies in the Retirement Plan and Group Benefits areas which include 401(k)/403(b) design and implementation, Group Health Insurance, Voluntary Benefits such as Life, Disability, Dental and more. His corporate and institution plans have included USC, State of California, The Aerospace Corporation, Pepperdine University and more. His goal is to bring premier retirement and benefits planning to his community.

Community involvement is a large part of Mark’s world. His youngest son was diagnosed with Autism in 2003 and he and his wife started a non-profit to help raise awareness and support the local Autism community. This organization is called Our Nicholas Foundation and has been recognized as the Charity of the Year in 2010 by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce and nominated again in Murrieta in 2015.

Mark has received recognition in both his industry and philanthropy work throughout the years, including…

  • Temecula “Citizen of the Year” – Chamber of Commerce – 2008
  • Local Hero Award –  Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks – 2010
  • Family First Award – 2012
  • Coach of the Year – Temecula United Soccer Club – 2013
  • Temecula Citizen of the Year Nominee – 2014
  • Five Star Award in the Wealth Manager category – 2013, 2014
  • Top Wealth Manager – Featured in Palm Springs Life 2013, 2014
  • Invest in Others Philanthropic “Financial Advisor of the Year – Honorable Mention” – 2015

Mark is married to his beautiful wife, Kathy, and has two wonderful sons, Anthony, and Nicholas. They have lived in the Temecula Valley for over 20 years.

Wendy Murphy

Wendy obtained her property and casualty license in 2010 working as a commercial lines producer. Before the insurance industry, she spent eight years in the financial services industry gaining experience with securities brokerage, annuity operations, and electronic trading. Having an understanding of the financial markets, gave her the foundation to assess the needs and understand the risk exposures for small to medium size businesses.

Outside of work, Wendy enjoys all that Southern California has to offer through discovering new hiking trails, golfing the beautiful courses and enjoying the many great beaches for surfing and stand up paddling adventures.

Alyssa Leigh

Alyssa came to us from a direct writer insurance company, and she has years of experience in the insurance industry. She is extremely knowledgeable in personal lines insurance policies and knows how to get you the best coverage you need at a competitive rate. She is very professional and always makes sure to put the customer first. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, going snowboarding, running, and playing with her German shepherd named Roxy.

Julie Eardly

Julie has been working in the insurance industry for five years as the operations and customer service representative.  Julie’s insurance experience has been with both personal and commercial lines. Julie is very involved with her teenage children and sports activities that keep her busy.

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