Meet the Experts Behind Precision Manufacturers Insurance Services
President and Founder
Michael is the founder and President of PMIS. As the company’s visionary leader, he remains committed to a single goal: providing specialized services to manufacturers and their employees. Over the years, he has built a team with an in-depth understanding of the unique insurance requirements manufacturers face and the expertise required to resolve their issues.
Michael believes the days of the “Generalist Insurance Broker” are over and attributes PMIS’ substantial growth to its singular focus on serving only one market sector — manufacturing. This is consistent with PMIS’ simple mission statement: “We protect the future of manufacturers!”
Before entering into the insurance industry, Michael was the owner of two different metal manufacturing companies, specializing in building automation systems and modular clean rooms for the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries, respectively. Michael has leased and tooled several plant facilities, employed over 100 shop workers, directed staff engineers and led business development for multiple companies. Prior to forming PMIS, Michael served as the precision manufacturing practice leader for one of the largest national brokerage firms in the US.
Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Marketing Management. Known for his generous volunteer activities with nonprofits, Michael is an advocate of women and children, and also a mentor of young men at multiple boys’ homes. Michael has served on numerous boards, including the Los Angeles chapter of National Tooling and Machining Association (LA/NTMA), Lions Club International and San Gabriel Christian School, in addition to his role as a trustee for the Citrus Valley Health Foundation.
In addition to work and his philanthropy, Michael enjoys spending time with his family. You can often find him getting away for a weekend at his cabin in the Eastern Sierras, 4-wheeling in his Jeep, or going fishing and trap shooting.
Executive Vice President, Commercial Insurance Division
Jonathan provides operations leadership for product, pricing and risk management that aligns with PMIS’ strategy as a niche broker for precision manufacturers. He serves as a consultant to PMIS clients, advising them on risk-management issues and building insurance programs that protect their futures should they ever experience a major loss.
Jonathan previously worked for the global risk management casualty department of Marsh, Inc., the largest insurance brokerage in the world, where he served Fortune 500 clients. He left the firm to join his father, Michael Dochterman, and found PMIS. The launch of the company fulfilled their dream of building a family legacy insurance brokerage firm.
Jonathan received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. He serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of National Tooling and Machining Association (LA/NTMA). Jonathan currently resides in Aliso Viejo with his wife Ashley, his son, Ashton, and his daughter, Hailey. He enjoys spending time outdoors, going off-roading, hiking, shooting, surfing, and training for Spartan races.
Steve Keyzers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MSHRM
Vice President, Human Resource Services Division
Steve oversees PMIS’s HR services division, where he advises clients on HR and labor-related matters. In addition to recommending customized tools for management, he specializes in setting up HR infrastructure and implementing best practices that improve employee productivity, reduce labor costs and increase profitability. His mission is to protect clients and reduce their liability in this highly litigious environment.
Steve has over 30 years of experience in creative, results-oriented, human resource management for several companies in Orange County, including 20 years working with Fortune 200 companies and more than a decade as a consultant. His dedication to meeting his clients’ needs fits perfectly with PMIS’ commitment to outstanding customer service.
After receiving a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton, Steve went on to earn an M.S. in Human Resources Management from Chapman University in Orange. He was also a founding member of the Pacific Coast Manufacturers Association, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing the future generation of skilled machinists.
Steve does volunteer work with Giving Children Hope, a community nonprofit that helps provide essential resources for partners that serve vulnerable children and families. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and collecting vintage baseball cards.
Vice President, Employee Benefits Division
With more than 30 years’ of experience in the insurance industry, Jeff’s mission is to find the best employee benefits products, support and compliance services and assemble them into a package that suits both PMIS clients and their employees.
Before coming to PMIS, Jeff worked with two of the largest General Agencies in California as a consultant to brokers. He has an extensive network of contacts at various insurance agency, which comes in handy when his clients need very specific expertise.
Jeff joined PMIS because he believes in the company’s vision to protect American manufacturing. He continues to protect PMIS clients by focusing on their needs, seeking out a mix of traditional and innovative solutions to provide them maximum coverage.
When he’s not working, you can often find Jeff playing golf. He enjoys playing traditional forms of the sport such as hickory and persimmon, as well as mainstream games using modern equipment. He’s also an avid fan of sports and friendly competition in general.
Jeff has been married for more than 25 years and is the proud father of two sons (a UCLA Mechanical Engineer and a Stanford Law student) and a daughter (an English major at Cal Poly).
Lee Neault, CISR
As PMIS’ account manager for the property and casualty division, Lee ensures that his clients’ needs are met on a day-to- day basis. His responsibilities include making sure that each client is properly protected and obtaining fast, accurate answers to questions and concerns.
Lee has worked in commercial insurance since 1997. With his wealth of experience and ongoing continuing education, he has a vast knowledge of the insurance plans available for manufacturers, how they work, and the limits of their coverage.
Lee previously worked with PMIS’ President, Michael Dochterman, at one of the largest national brokerage firms in the US, and played a key role in helping Michael and his son, Jonathan, launch the company.
As a married man, father of five, and grandfather, Lee appreciates the family-oriented work environment of PMIS, but his favorite part of the job is the satisfaction he gets from helping his clients and nurturing these professional relationships.
When he’s not at work, you can often find Lee working around the house. He enjoys cooking and gardening, as well as taking the occasional day trip with his family.
Jessica plays an important role in servicing clients, as she assists them with coverage questions, making changes to existing policies, and managing claims. She has made it her mission to provide PMIS clients with the highest level of service and the best quality of coverage.
With over 20 years of experience, Jessica has spent most of her career in the commercial field. At age 18 she got her first job as a receptionist in a small insurance agency. Soon after being hired she obtained her insurance license and started selling and servicing auto and homeowner policies. She quickly transitioned into servicing commercial accounts, and has continued to expand her knowledge in the field by keeping up with continuing education courses.
Since coming aboard at PMIS, Jessica has appreciated working as a part of a team, and a company that sincerely cares about each client.
In addition to enjoying her work, Jessica has a passion for volunteering, which she actively does through her church and at the Orangewood Children and Family Center. There she engages with children in recreational and craft activities. One of her biggest delights is being involved with boxing organizations for children by sponsoring a child a year with work-out gear. It gives her great joy to be able to help children by providing them with better opportunities.
When she is not working or volunteering, you can find Jessica reading, listening to jazz, or attending boxing events. But above all, her greatest enjoyment is spending time with her children and fiance’. Family is of highest importance to Jessica.
As an account manager, Ryan assists clients in streamlining and maximizing their employee benefits programs. He also supports the clients with day-to-day administration, such as planning employee meetings and implementing all related plans, products, and services. In addition to supporting clients, he also manages relationships with insurance carriers and contracted vendors, to ensure that PMIS clients receive a high level of support from all industry partners.
After 17 years in the field, Ryan has gained much experience in serving employer groups in the employee benefits marketplace, and has formed strong connections across the insurance industry. He specializes in developing solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of PMIS clients and their employees.
“PMIS is a terrific group of people who spend their time helping others,” says Ryan. He admires the company culture and patriotic values that drive the business and secure the trust and confidence of PMIS clients.
Ryan’s hobbies include carpentry and building furniture for his home. He relaxes by immersing himself in non-fiction books. He and his wife enjoy traveling, and as an avid fan, Ryan follows baseball very closely.
Brigitte Vergon, CISR
As an account manager for PMIS, Brigitte’s responsibility to help our clients with whatever insurance- and claims-related questions or concerns they might have on a daily basis. She works with each client to obtain timely answers and solutions, and helps maintain a strong working relationship.
Brigitte has worked in commercial insurance since 1999, giving her a wealth of knowledge and insights into the industry. That and her strong drive to provide exceptional service make her the ideal resource for PMIS’; clients. She admires PMIS for its commitment to providing world-class insurance services for precision manufacturers, and helping those businesses continue to grow and thrive.
Brigitte hails from southern France and studied at the Lycée Charles Peguy in Marseille. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore different cultures.
Assistant Account Manager
Amie plays a crucial role in making sure PMIS’ clients can easily renew or update their policies. She also helps clients make changes to their existing policies. She works with PMIS account managers to prepare insurance quotes, proposals, and renewal notices for clients. Amie also oversees the issuing of auto ID cards, certificates of liability, and evidences of property for clients.
She holds a both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA, which give her keen insights into the struggles business owners face and how she can help solve them.
Amie’s favorite part of working at PMIS is being able to provide personalized support to clients. She admires the company’s commitment to finding innovative solutions that simplify insurance matters for manufacturers.
Outside of work, Amie volunteers with her church and also coaches cheer. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her family and working on DIY projects around the house.
Commercial Insurance Account Executive
As an account executive for the commercial insurance division, Thomas helps PMIS clients find the best manufacturing-specific insurance programs. In addition to addressing customer questions and concerns, he consults with them on market trends, new insurance products, risk management and more.
Thomas holds a B.S. in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University and did an internship at PMIS before joining the team. One of his favorite parts of the job is learning about his clients, uncovering the stories of how the company started and what they are currently achieving.
Outside of work, Thomas volunteers at his church. He also plays on a fast-pitch baseball team. He enjoys traveling with his wife, scuba diving, and discovering unique restaurants.
Leadership Development Consultant
Linda Denton is a leadership development consultant with 25 years of experience as a senior business executive leading multi-function teams in both the corporate and non-profit arenas. With her in-depth knowledge of leadership development, skill in the field of personal growth, and hands-on experience leading and building her own teams, Linda knows how to coach leaders and their teams to achieve more personal and professional success.
Leaders trust Linda’s practical experience to help them enhance their performance and ongoing development in areas such as developing efficient communication skills, deepening self-knowledge, building partnerships, and identifying growth opportunities in areas that may have previously been difficult to change. She brings her experience, knowledge, and the belief that leadership skills are learned through a process of intentional and focused development.
Linda holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development and is a professional coach certification with the International Coach Federation. She is an Authorized Partner on the Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, has advanced knowledge in a variety of assessments and 360-degree feedback tools, and uses these and other related resources in her leadership and team development work.
Debbie Myers, WCCA
Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager
Debbie has been an important addition to the PMIS team, as she aggressively manages our clients’ workers compensation claims thereby mitigating the impact to their ExMod. She is certified in Workers’ Compensation Claims Administration, (WCCA designation), and has over 13 years’ experience as a certified workers’ comp claims analyst.
At PMIS, Debbie’s duties include communicating directly with claims adjusters to ensure consistent progress on every claim, acting as a liaison between claims adjusters and our clients, and most importantly serving as our clients’ advocate in the complex world of California’s workers comp system. Debbie helps our clients understand their rights and options when closing claims and keeps an eye on reserves to make sure claims are closed quickly and efficiently.
Debbie Myers is recognized as having the highest level of achievement as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Analyst. Her dedication, knowledge and tenaciousness to defend employer rights have earned her great respect in the industry. Debbie is simply the best in the business!
Interestingly, before Debbie became an expert in Claims Administration, she trained in Martial Arts for 23 years and has a 3rd degree black belt. She also taught martial arts and women’s self-defense classes, and ran the business of the school. It is evident that she puts her heart and soul into her endeavors.
Cindy’s role at PMIS is accounting, reporting and financial analysis, which includes day to day insurance accounting functions. She also provides support to the sales and marketing team, which enables them to give excellent service to their customers.
Cindy has spent the last 40 years working in the Insurance Industry and her experience includes customer service, insurance sales, office management, operations and accounting. Prior to joining PMIS, she worked for a large National Insurance Brokerage.
When time permits, she loves volunteering her time for the elderly. With her church group, Cindy visits convalescent homes and chats with elderly residents that have very few or no visitors. The folks enjoy the talks, and Cindy loves hearing their stories.
Her favorite pastime is spending time with family, especially her two Grandsons, Brady and Ryan.
Lavonne is responsible for keeping PMIS’ office running smoothly and efficiently. She manages all of the company’s administrative functions and ensures that each department has the resources needed to operate seamlessly. She is also the first voice people hear when they call PMIS, and so she makes sure the experience is a pleasant one! It certainly helps that interacting with clients happens to be her favorite part of the job.
Before she ventured into the “for-profit” world of insurance, Lavonne worked with non-profit Christian organizations for 20 years.
In addition to her full time duties at PMIS, she serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for WOMEN (“Women of Manufacturing Empowering Network”), a California nonprofit that offers mentoring and educational opportunities to empower women to advance in the manufacturing industry.
Outside of work, Lavonne can often be found cheering on her grandsons at their baseball, basketball, football or soccer games (depending on the season, of course). She also loves riding her motorcycle.