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Meet Our Team

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JIm Cavanah, CPCU

Jim has been with Cavanah Associates since 1981 and has been President since 1998.  Jim is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley, the past President of Hawaii CPCU chapter and Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association. He currently serves as President of the Alakea Corporate Tower Board of Directors.  Jim has over 38 years of commercial and personal insurance experience; as an insurance company underwriter, in sales, and as a manager.  Jim has lived in Hawaii since 1981 with his wife and three kids.

 
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Pablo Rodriguez, CIC

Pablo joined Cavanah Associates in 1997 and is the Agency Operations Manager and part of our Sales team.  Pablo is a graduate of the University of Washington and carries a Certified Insurance Counselor designation.  Pablo has over 25 years in the insurance industry, six of those as a claims adjuster.  Pablo has lived in Oahu for over 25 years with his wife and two children.

 
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Chris Laniauskas

Chris Laniauskas has been with our sales team at Cavanah Associates since 2005.  Born in Hong Kong, Chris moved to Hawaii at the age of five and speaks Cantonese & Mandarin.  After graduating from Punahou School, Chris received his B.A. from the University of Southern California. Chris has over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry and is Past President of the Underwriters Association of Hawaii and currently the President of the Hawaii Independent Insurance Agent’s Association (HIIA).

 
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Bill Hart

Bill has been with Cavanah Associates since 2003 as part of the Auto Dealer Services Team. Bill worked for the Shelly Group in Honolulu in auto sales and finance. Specializing in auto aftermarket products such as vehicle service contracts, GAP, and paint and sealant products, Bill decided to move into a dealer rep role, providing these products via Cavanah Associates, Inc. to dealers on a wholesale basis. Bill currently resides in Mililani with his wife, Garnet.

 
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Linda Anderson

Linda became a member of the Cavanah Associates, Inc. Auto Dealer Services team in 2014. A graduate of San Diego State, Linda earned her B.A. in Sports Medicine. After college, Linda moved into the auto dealership business and worked throughout the stores. Working as the Finance Director for three different dealer groups, Linda provided onsite training, management roles, and leadership for her department. Her finance director’s skill set has led Linda to become an effective and dependable sales support for dealers in the Cavanah Associates network. Linda currently resides in Kailua.

 
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Zach Kometani

Zach was brought on as an insurance agent at Cavanah Associates in 2016. Born and raised in Honolulu, HI and he graduated with the class of 2008 from Punahou School. Continuing his education he earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in marketing, at the University of San Diego. After spending 3 years at USD Zach was picked in the 2011 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. While he was with the Padres Zach managed to finish up his last full year of schooling at USD and continued on to play 5 years of professional baseball prior to moving home and joining Cavanah Associates.

 
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BRENT HELGESON

Brent has been with Cavanah Associates since 2018.  After graduating from Waimea High School on Kauai, he received his BBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Brent has over 27 years of financial institution background specializing in auto dealer financing.  Brent works with the Auto Dealer Services Team as well as the Sales Team.  Brent has lived on Oahu for the past 35 years with his wife and two daughters.