Pacific Surety Team

Meet the experienced and professional staff of Pacific Surety.

Leland Pfingstag

Leland Pfingstag is Regional Manager at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency. He has over ten years of experience in the industry, previously serving as a licensed property and casualty insurance agent for two large national surety brokers before joining our team.

Extremely knowledgeable in the field of commercial surety, Leland is also highly experienced in business negotiations and always remains focused on building strong customer relationships. He maintains strong surety affiliations with some of the largest commercial surety carriers and truly enjoys educating clients on their bond requirements and helping problem solve when challenges arise.

In his spare time, Leland enjoys sports, music and spending time with his family.

Mark Sherwood

Mark Sherwood is a commercial surety underwriter at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency.

He is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent with extensive management and organizational experience, having led various business initiatives in his past positions.

Drawing on over twenty years of experience in the construction and entertainment industries, Mark strives to build a positive rapport with both current and potential clients and is always focused on providing exceptional customer service.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys rooting for his favorite sport teams, exploring the back roads of Arizona and planning for the next adventure with his family.

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor is Regional Manager at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency, focusing on contract surety.

Rich joined Read-Collins in 1987 after a short stint in the audit department of a major insurance company. Upon the purchase of Allegheny Surety Company in 1999, Rich served as a Principal and SVP, overseeing operations while maintaining a heavy involvement in underwriting and marketing efforts.

Chris Ruck

Chris Ruck is an Underwriter at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency, focusing on contract surety.

Chris joined Allegheny Surety in 2001 and handled all aspects of marketing, underwriting and management of both primary and direct surety business for the Philadelphia office, mainly servicing Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Chris started his career in 1991 as a Bond Underwriting Trainee with Reliance Insurance Company and spent four years with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company before joining Allegheny.

Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy is an Underwriting Assistant at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency, providing administrative support to the contract surety team.

Sharon started with Allegheny Surety Company in 2002 as the CSR for the Philadelphia Office. Her duties included all aspects of bond preparation for both contract and commercial surety and all day-to-day administrative duties.

Paul Read

Paul Read is a Consultant at Pacific Surety Insurance Agency, where he focuses on direct contract surety.

Paul entered his family’s surety bond business in 1970 after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. In 1978, Paul and his brother-in-law formed Read-Collins Associates, Inc., which operated as a regional direct/broker bond producer representing various surety companies with offices in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. In 1999, Paul and a few colleagues acquired Allegheny Surety Company, where he served as President until its recent acquisition.