The Surety Association of Washington (SAW) is a Washington State non-profit corporation whose members are engaged in the business of suretyship. Based out of Seattle, Wa and established in 1905, SAW is the longest standing surety association in the United States.

We operate with a board of 4 members elected from the Association’s surety member companies. Member companies includes attorneys, consultants, CPAs, surety bond agents, insurance agents, and various other national and regional surety related Associations, working together to provide surety related solutions for small, medium, and large businesses throughout Washington State.

Our Mission is to:

1) Educate and inform our members and the community about issues relating to corporate suretyship,
2) Monitor legislature or other regulatory activity and where appropriate take steps to influence its outcome,
3) Promote awareness and understanding of the benefits of corporate suretyship.

2019 Board Members

Celeste Van Vliet

Celeste Van Vliet – President
International Fidelity Insurance Company
425-636-8282

Andrew HankeyVice President
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

206-224-3183

Alfredo Gomez – Treasurer
Liberty Mutual

206-473-5206

Brady Moriarty – Secretary
The Hartford

206-676-3930


Previous SAW Presidents

The Surety Association of Washington is the oldest recognized Surety Association in the United States. Below is a list of every President who has served on our Board.

Regan Hupf – 2018Heidi Ondrasik – 1994Tom Barbano & Ken Nichols – 1969Arthur Eagle – 1945
John Cassidy – 2017Tomi Lou Smith – 1993John Bowen – 1968Leonard Anderson – 1944
Travis Belling – 2016Paula Cipolla – 1992W.D. Pederson – 1967Stanley Holbrook – 1943
Gabe Longoria – 2015Phillip Mundt – 1991Laurel May – 1966Kenneth Warrack – 1942
Brad Espinosa – 2014Steven Gaines – 1990P.E. Fowler – 1965J. Glen Liston – 1941
Scott McGilvray – 2013Cynthia Scott – 1989John Bengston – 1964A.O. Stuberg – 1940
Brian Daniels – 2012Curt Hoffman – 1987 – 88Ralph Chamberlain – 1963Joe Price – 1939
Joel Hertzog – 2011R Anne McLean – 1986Werner Dietz – 1962A. Panella – 1938
Kara Skinner – 2010Ed Heine & Mike Haner – 1985Paul Magnuson – 1961J.E. Charbonnel – 1937
Kara Harmala – 2009Steve Palmer – 1984Robert Hoff – 1960A. Panella – 1936
Shawn McCartney – 2008Agnes Yadrosich – 1983George Mayes & Frank Dyer – 1959A.E. Krull – 1935
Scott Alderman – 2007Bill Wells – 1982Lu Himes – 1958Gerald Perry – 1933 – 34
Tiffany Hawkins – 2006Al Morgan – 1981Sam Melrose Jr. – 1957Robert Whyte – 1930
Brian Schick – 2005Dick Nicholson – 1980Bill Harriman – 1956Mark Reese – 1929
Stuart O’Farrell – 2004Dick Henkens – 1979Don Rogers – 1955J.A. Cathcart – 1928
Debra Nelson – 2003Bill McCoy – 1978Jack Griffin – 1954Charles Deal – 1925 – 1927
Kathleen Mitchell – 2002Gary Thompson – 1977Darol Fielding – 1953A.E. Krull – 1923 – 24
Marianne Paine – 2001John Bekerleg – 1976M.M Tompkins – 1952George Allen – 1922
Kent Smith – 2000Frank Rains & Joe Scudder – 1975Guertin Carroll – 1951James Cathcart – 1921
Heiki Bockus – 1999R.H. Ericson – 1974John Cotton – 1950S.S. Melrose – 1918 – 20
Mary Faure – 1998J.B Moorhouse – 1973John Hodson – 1949J.C. McCollister – 1917
Greg Thomas – 1997Wayne Robbins – 1972Bob Maloney – 1948George Allen – 1910 – 16
Steve Wagner – 1996Alan Yard – 1971Jim Mackay – 1947John R. Scott – 1906 – 09
Jeff Stewart – 1995Darrell Thompson – 1970Werner Dietz – 1946John Walley – 1905