Team

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We’re here to help you.

We deliver results to individuals and business alike. Let us do the same for you.  Olympic Crest Insurance, Inc. is a locally owned and operated insurance brokerage firm. Established in 1996, we have come to be recognized by both our clients and insurance providers as best in class by specializing in employee benefits and individual medical, dental & life insurance.

Nancy J. Giacolone, RHU

President & Owner

With over 30 years in the employee benefit industry, Nancy has both the experience and knowledge our clients have come to rely on. She began as an Administrative Assistant in a small Tacoma agency and worked her way up to partner before moving on to start Olympic Crest Insurance in 1996.

Nancy has served as President of the SW Washington Association of Health Underwriters, served on the Junior Achievement of Washington Board of Directors and continues to be an active volunteer in the community. She maintains membership in many professional and community organizations. She has been recognized by several major insurance carriers as platinum partner.

Nancy is a licensed agent and broker in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii. She earned her Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation in 1991 and continually pursues additional education opportunities to provide the best products, service and knowledge to her clients.
She is a Washington State native and currently resides in Gig Harbor with her husband and three dogs. When not working or spending time with her family, she can be found in the kitchen, with a camera in her hand or trying some new artistic adventure. Along with her husband, they have recently launched a local micro-brewery, GSP Craft Brewing.

Nicholas (Nick) Giacolone

Benefit Advisor

Nick has been working at Olympic Crest Insurance before he was even able to drive a car. After graduating college at Oregon State University in 2014, Nick began working at Olympic Crest Insurance as a full-time benefits consultant. He has been working alongside Colin Walters to make waves in the benefits industry by tackling problems head on and by finding new and creative ways to solve problems.

Nick is highly proficient, a quick-learner, and is dedicated to providing clients with the highest level of service and expertise. His attention to detail provides clients with accurate and timely information, as well as the most competitively priced products available.

When Nick is not working, he is spending his time with his family and friends. He is a huge football fan and is a die-hard Seahawks and Oregon State Beavers fan. Aside from football, he enjoys competitive running, hunting, fishing, and playing with his three dogs.

Cindy Funk

Analyst

Cindy Funk has been with Olympic Crest Insurance since June of 2012. She initially came to OCI with 33 years of group insurance experience with her expertise in the ancillary lines, including Life, Disability and Dental. As the Benefit Analyst at OCI, her expertise has now been extended to include medical and an array of worksite products.

Cindy started her insurance career with Assurant Employee Benefits running small group quotes and answering phones. During her tenure of 30 years, she continued to grow with increased responsibilities eventually taking on the roles of Office Manager, Account Manager, and Renewal Manager. She was honored as the Employee of the Quarter, and was given the Customer Service award 3 years in a row.

From Assurant, Cindy continued on the carrier side with Regence Life and Health, where she was an Account Executive for 3 years.

Cindy holds her Washington Agent’s License. She attended college in Spokane, moved to Seattle upon graduating, married in 1981, and has two daughters who both reside in Bonney Lake close to their Mom. Cindy enjoys camping with friends, traveling, boating and swimming. Her greatest joy is spending time with her Granddaughter, Skyler, whenever the opportunity presence itself.

Elizabeth Pate

Eligibility Specialist

Elizabeth joined Olympic Crest Insurance as an Eligibility Specialist in September of 2017. She got her first taste of employee benefits administration in a Human Resources position before joining the Olympic Crest team. She comes to us with over ten years of customer service and administrative experience.

Elizabeth brings her organizational and time management skills along with a knack for making people feel welcome. She loves to help people solve problems by thinking outside of the box. Elizabeth is continually looking for opportunities to learn and expand her skill set and is currently working towards earning her Life and Disability License. She has dipped her toes in several pools over the years and is pleased to have found her niche at OCI. Since coming on board, Elizabeth has proven to be a quick learner and an efficient team member.

When Elizabeth is not working, she can usually be found playing board games with her husband, friends, and family. She also enjoys snuggling with her dog, reading, and searching for perfect shells on the beach.

Jackie Krueger

Jackie Krueger is the newest member of the Olympic Crest Insurance team. Jackie has been working in the employee benefits industry for over 20 years.

Jackie began as a receptionist and administrative assistant in a property and casualty agency in Houston, Texas. Her enthusiasm, strong work ethic and potential was recognized by the president/owner and after getting her life and health license, together they worked to grow a group benefits book of business Jackie was Account Manager of.

Several years later Jackie made the jump to the carrier side when she went to work for UniCare Health Insurance Company of Texas. She worked as a Broker Sales Support Specialist supporting all of the appointed brokers in and around the Dallas and Austin territories. She held regular training seminars educating brokers on the ins and outs of the UniCare Medical plans.

Jackie continued her career on the carrier side with Unum and several other ancillary providers where she expanded her employee benefits knowledge to include Life, Disability, Dental and Vision.

Jackie’s most recent position was with UnitedHealthcare where she worked as an Account Manager for almost 10 years.

Jackie is excited to be back on the broker side as Account Manager with OCI where she feels she can have more of a direct and positive impact to the client and member benefits experience.

Peter Marathas, Esq.

Compliance Director

Peter received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, magna cum laude, his M.A. from Bradley University, summa cum laude, and his B.A. from Bradley University, cum laude. Before practicing law, Peter taught business and technical writing at the University of Illinois and Bradley University and was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Peter’s expertise and extensive experience is in dealing with employee benefits, retirement plans, welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements. He assists his clients with issues arising under the various laws and regulations governing these types of arrangements including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the IRS code and other federal and state laws. Peter has formed his own law firm, Marathas, Barrow and Weatherhead LLP. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the practice of employee benefits and compensation law.

Stacy Barrow, Esq.

Compliance Partner

Stacy is an associate of BAN Compliance Director, Peter Marathas with Marathas, Barrow and Weatherhead LLP.  He uses a practical, business-focused approach to counsel his clients on complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Stacy has extensive technical knowledge and experience designing and implementing qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and equity and incentive programs that meet the numerous and intricate requirements of applicable federal and state law.

Stacy’s prior experience includes work as a compliance officer for an international insurance brokerage and risk management firm, and as an actuarial analyst for a Big 4 public accounting firm. Stacy’s past experience informs his legal approach of providing practical, business-minded advice to his clients.