You can count on the highest level of service from North Star's experienced team of professionals. With over 120 years of combined insurance experience handling all types of coverage, we work closely with our clients to provide the best insurance program for their needs.

Our Team: Seattle

John Walsh

John Walsh, President

John Walsh founded North Star Insurance Services in 2001. John has an extensive background in commercial insurance. With his in-depth expertise in the areas of Marine and Property and Casualty markets, John works with his assureds to create a comprehensive insurance program. John worked with a group of independent vessel owners to establish the North Pacific Fishing Association. The NPFA is an association of Bering Sea fishing vessel owners who work together to create and implement Safety and Human Resources Programs which programs would be extremely time consuming for a small company to accomplish.

John began his insurance career in 1989 and left a larger national insurance brokerage house to start North Star Insurance Services, LLC. Prior to becoming an insurance broker, John was a commercial fisherman in Alaska.

John is dedicated to working with business owners, public entities and individuals to provide insurance coverage that fit the needs of each client. John is an active member of many professional organizations including the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle, Surplus Lines Association, and the North Pacific Longliners Association. He is licensed in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Georgia, Idaho, Virginia and Florida, with Surplus Lines licenses in multiple states.



Ian Blackburn

Ian Blackburn, Senior Vice President

Ian Blackburn has been involved in the marine insurance market for over 35 years. Ian started his career in Scotland where he trained as an average adjuster. He moved to London where he managed the claims department of an international brokerage house, specializing in handling commercial marine claims, both blue and brown water hull, P&I and cargo policies. After 20 years in the London Market, Ian was recruited by a US-based international brokerage to handle complex marine claims for a client base of Fortune 500 companies. In 2002, Ian transitioned over to the production side where his experience in the international marketplace and his extensive knowledge of marine policy terms and conditions make him an invaluable resource to his clients.

With access to dozens of markets, Ian ensures that NSIS clients are provided with the most comprehensive coverage and the most competitive pricing suited for each client. Ian is familiar with each client’s business and continually seeks the broadest and most innovative coverage available to serve each client’s distinctive needs.

Ian has been on the Board of Directors of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle since 2007, serving as President in 2012. He is an Associate Member of the Association of United States Average Adjusters, as well as the Association of Average Adjusters. Ian is licensed in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, as well as other Western and Eastern Seaboard States.



Kirk Johanson

Kirk Johanson, Associate Broker

Licensed in Washington, Alaska and Oregon, Kirk Johanson joined North Star as a Commercial Marine Insurance Broker in 2013. Kirk proactively assists fishing vessel owners with all their insurance needs from covering the vessel’s hull, liability, freight and any other exposure the vessel owner may face. As the third generation of a local commercial fishing family, Kirk appreciates that the marine risks faced by each vessel owner are unique. He is committed to taking the time to understand each business and its unique risks. Prior to joining North Star, Kirk has extensive sales experience in the technology and professional golf sectors. Kirk is an active member of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle and the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owner’s Association.



Kelly Lubkowski

Kelly Lubkowski, Controller

Kelly Lubkowski is responsible for the financial and risk management operations of North Star. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Before joining North Star, Kelly served as controller for a Seattle-based fishing company where she was responsible for the overall financial management of a fleet of longliners and crab vessels. In her role as controller, she was responsible for obtaining appropriate insurance coverages and managed the claims for this fleet of vessels. She also provided training to the vessel captains to ensure compliance with the myriad of safety and employment-related rules and regulations affecting the fishing industry. Kelly’s business background, extensive fishing company experience and savvy good sense ensure the financial strength and stability of North Star to the benefit of its clients. Kelly has been with North Star since 2002 and is licensed in the states of Washington and Alaska, and holds a Surplus Lines license in Washington.




Nancy Harriss

Nancy Harriss, Claims Manager

An experienced maritime lawyer, Nancy joined North Star in 2014 as Claims Manager. She is responsible for overall management of all North Star claims. Prior to joining North Star, Nancy’s legal practice focused on maritime defense and employment-related advice for maritime employers. Thanks to that depth of experience, Nancy is skilled at providing solutions that aid in and facilitate the resolution of insured losses and claims disputes of all kinds. Nancy is proactive in her approach to claims management which ensures that North Star clients receive quality service from the insurance carrier as well as adjusters and third party administrators. She advocates for North Star clients from the first report of loss through to the final settlement.

Nancy is a Proctor in the Maritime Law Association, and is a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Transportation Association. She has been an active member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1991. She has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. When not managing claims, she volunteers as a mediator and arbitrator.



Nadia Lorenson

Nadia Lorenson, Senior Account Administrator

As Senior Account Administrator, Nadia Lorenson is responsible for documentation of the insurance policies brokered by North Star, including the production and review of application forms, the reconciliation and auditing of policies, and ensuring accuracy.

Professional and extremely well-informed regarding the policies she administers, Nadia is committed to providing a seamless and worry-free process for North Star clients. She is often the first point of contact for North Star clients; reliably, she responds promptly to every inquiry and concern. Nadia is a member of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle and the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owner’s Association.

Nadia’s knowledge of the marine industry is practical as well as professional. Her family has fished for generations in Norway and commercially in Alaska since the 1970s. Licensed in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Maine and Massachusetts, Nadia has been with North Star Insurance Services since 2002.



Patti Ball

Patti Ball, Account Administrator

Joining NSIS in 2012, Patti brings years of professional Property & Casualty experience, having been actively involved in the commercial insurance industry since 1988. Patti’s extensive Property and Casualty expertise supports NSIS’s expanded offerings in this area. Patti actively pursues continuing education in specialized areas of commercial insurance. Since joining NSIS, she has continued her insurance education attending specialized courses focusing on marine and cargo coverages.

As a primary contact point for many NSIS clients, Patti responds promptly to all client inquiries and concerns. Patti is instrumental in NSIS’s documentation process. She is responsible for producing and reviewing application forms, ensuring the accuracy of specifications, handling requests for certificates, and reconciling policy audits. Patti’s extensive skill and knowledge guarantees a seamless and worry-free renewal process for NSIS clients.

Over the years, Patti has received numerous professional designations including Certified Professional Insurance Women (CPIW), Certificate of General Insurance (INS) and Accredited Insurance Professionals. Patti is a member of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle. Patti has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington and an MBA from City University. Patti is licensed in multiple states including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California and Massachusetts.



Akemi Lee

Akemi Lee, Account Administrator

Akemi is an Account Administrator with North Star Insurance Services, applying her considerable talents and expertise in Ocean Marine. Akemi joined the insurance industry in 2008 after completing her MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management. She has worked on both the brokerage and carrier side with underwriting experience in Inland Marine and Ocean Marine. She continued her insurance education with ARM and AMIM designations and completed her CPCU designation in 2016.



Kallie Mirick

Kallie Mirick, Assistant Account Administrator

Kallie joins NSIS as an Assistant Account Administrator, bringing a wealth of experience in the Alaska seafood industry. From spending time in and around processing plants to fishing at her family set net site on Kodiak, Kallie has been involved in the fishing industry her entire life.

Over the past few summers, Kallie worked as an accountant and quality control manager for seafood processors in Alaska. More recently, Kallie honed her professional skills as a buyer for a local retailer, managing inventory and auditing performance. Kallie is excited to bring her knowledge and experiences in Alaska, as well as her retail skills, to the marine insurance industry — an industry which is familiar and feels like home.



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