CoverHound

Our Team

Meet the CoverHound squad of insurance veterans and internet athletes.

San Francisco Office

Basil Enan
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Founder & Chairman

Basil founded CoverHound in May 2010 to provide people with a new way to shop for insurance. Prior to founding CoverHound, Basil was Vice President of Business Development at InsWeb, where he developed and managed partnerships with dozens of the country's top car insurance carriers.

Originally born in Montreal, Basil moved to California at just two weeks old and has been a Bay Area resident, almost uninterrupted, for more than 30 years.

Basil received an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business, a BA in Political Science from Duke University and serves on the Young Professional Advisory Committee of the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Keith Moore
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Chief Executive Officer

Keith Moore joined the CoverHound team in June 2013 after serving as a CoverHound Board Member over the past two years. Keith’s professional passions are in building strong teams and leveraging marketing technologies that can significantly scale customer growth through products and services that truly add value to its customers.

Keith has worked in Internet product development and marketing for more than 18 years, with deep knowledge and relationships within the financial services and lead generation worlds. Other executive positions held include President and COO of AcademixDirect, General Manager at LendingTree / IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), Senior Vice President of the 2008 IAC spinoff Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE), CMO at iContact, which was acquired by SMB marketing leader Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS) and Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Internet Operations for insurance carrier, Western Mutual.

Keith was born and raised in North Carolina, where he received a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. Keith’s technology and marketing driven career has since taken him to various locations across the US, including Orlando, Florida; New York City; Boston; Vermont; Southern California; Chapel Hill, NC; and finally Northern California’s Silicon Valley, where he currently resides with his family.


Rory Joyce
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Chief Product Officer

Rory has an intimate understanding of insurance e-commerce having led all digital marketing efforts for Kemper Direct prior to joining CoverHound as a member of the founding team, managing product development.

Rory was born in upstate New York, but spent much of his youth in the Philadelphia area. A rabid sports fan (especially Mets & Jets), Rory also enjoys spending time running, cooking, eating and traveling. He holds an Economics degree from James Madison University.


Matt Flaherty
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Senior VP of Engineering

Matt brings over 15 years of engineering leadership experience in consumer and enterprise settings to his role as Senior VP of Engineering at CoverHound. An MIT Sloan alum and an engineer by trade, Matt is excited by building and improving products at the intersection of people and technology.

When not working on tech, Matt is working on his powder turns in Tahoe.


Jeana Deninger
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VP of Customer Acquisition

Jeana joined CoverHound to drive customer acquisition and engagement marketing efforts. Prior to joining CoverHound, she helped multiple Silicon Valley start-ups build their brand and take their product to the market. Earlier in her career, she worked for Charles Schwab for over 6 years, helping to grow its retail investor business in the US, EMEA and Asia markets.

Jeana was born and raised in Hong Kong. A world traveler, Jeana also loves skiing, martial arts, cooking and gardening.


Joe Sims
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Software Engineer

Joe joined CoverHound in April 2012. Prior to CoverHound, Joe developed applications to support and utilize a massive data warehouse for a large grocery retailer and distributor.

A recent San Francisco transplant from Minnesota, he loves software and enjoying the city's food.

Joe earned a BS in Software Engineering and Tau Beta Pi membership at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Tarek Elsawaf
Tarek Elsawaf
Data Analyst

Tarek joined CoverHound in February 2013 to help with finance and business analytics. Prior to joining CoverHound, Tarek was VP of Finance at InsWeb where he oversaw internal financial reporting, business analytics, and internal controls.


Kjersten Elias
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Software Engineer

Kjersten joined the CoverHound team in March 2013. Prior to CoverHound, Kjersten was a software developer at Copyright Clearance Center, where she worked on a large bibliographic catalog and an application to support the distribution of millions of dollars of revenue.

Kjersten has lived all over the Midwest and most recently in Boston. She moved to San Francisco for the amazing weather, restaurants and tech scene.

Kjersten earned a BA in Comparative Religion from Macalester College and an MS in Information Science from Simmons College.


Katherine Moura
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Director of Digital Marketing

Katherine joined CoverHound in September 2013 to grow the brand in all things digital. Prior to CoverHound, Katherine managed the search, display & social efforts on the agency side for 4.5 years at ROI Revolution and then on the in-house side for iContact and Academix Direct.


David Yuen
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Software Engineer

David joined the CoverHound team in April 2014. Prior to joining CoverHound, David was a biomedical engineer working at an accident reconstruction firm where he assisted on various cases from motor vehicle accidents to other incidents involving physical trauma.


Yoshi Gillaspie
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Software Engineer

Yoshi joined CoverHound in May 2014. Prior to joining the CoverHound team, Yoshi was a research assistant at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he helped create a prognostic model used for determining influenza pandemic health policy.


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Southern California Office

Gregory Isaacs
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President, CoverHound Insurance Solutions

Greg’s industry experience includes production and management roles at State Farm, Countrywide Insurance Services/Balboa Insurance Group, 21st Century Insurance and Liberty Company Insurance Brokers.

In 2003 Greg endeavored to partner in National Insurance Solutions Inc (NIS), a startup independent agency where he joined as Chief Operations Office, Principal. Greg managed the day-to-day operational and business support activities of the organization. He also directed the company’s marketing efforts, earning recognition in the Insurance Trade Magazine “Rough Notes.” During Greg’s tenure at NIS from 2003 - 2011 he led the business from nascent startup to stability and profitability. While at NIS Greg noticed a shift in the buying habits and demands of consumers. This trend eventually led Greg to join CoverHound with the goal of meeting the evolving demands of the insurance consumer.

Greg lives in his hometown of Simi Valley, California with his wife and their young daughter. He enjoys outdoor activities including camping, surfing, swimming and mountain biking.


Ralph Pineda
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Insurance Advisor/Team Lead

Ralph brought 17 years of experience helping families nationwide protect their most valuable possessions, when he joined CoverHound in January 2012. He has a strong background in tailoring insurance coverage to insure protection of wealth by combining home, auto and umbrella coverage. Ralph is also a resource for Spanish-speakers looking to discuss their insurance options.

Ralph volunteers as a soccer coach for a local soccer league in which his children play. He is also a regular volunteer for HOPE Worldwide.

Ralph enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and three children.


Yesenia Rosales
Yesenia Rosales
Senior QC Analyst

Yesenia has been working with insurance agencies and brokers since 2003. Primarily in fire and casualty, she also has deep experience with customer care and sales.

She is currently pursuing her Professional Insurance Designation to increase her skills in underwriting and quality control.

Yesenia enjoys hiking, art and volunteers working in post-production for nonprofit organizations.


Lesly Merida
Lesly Merida
Insurance Advisor

Lesly began her career in the insurance industry in 2007, working for the 21st Century Insurance Group -- where she earned the Star Award for Excellence in customer satisfaction. After 21st Century, she went on to work as an insurance broker where she expanded her knowledge of auto insurance.

Lesly is originally from the San Fernando Valley and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s in Science for Business Administration.

She enjoys swimming and playing tennis in her spare time.


Jesse Contreras
Jesse Contreras
Insurance Advisor

Jesse brings 15 years of underwriting, consulting and sales experience in all Personal Lines Insurance. With his personal approach he specializes with helping individuals and families with Home, Auto & Umbrella coverage’s catered on their needs and life styles.

On his off time he loves cooking, sports and spending valuable time with his wife and 2 daughters. He especially enjoys the morning walks with his dogs ‘Duke’ & ‘Prince’.


Jackie Vaughn
Jackie Vaughn
Insurance Advisor

Jackie brings to CoverHound over 10 years of insurance experience working with multiple Rated-A companies nationwide. During that time she has worked in both large and small agencies. Her experience includes sales as well as managing a team of sales agents for a prominent national insurance call center. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity she has at CoverHound to help her clients better understand the coverage they are purchasing as well as receive the best possible value.

Jackie has a BS in Industrial Engineering Technology, specializing in Distribution, a BA in Accounting, and an MBA.

As a Pacific Islander, Jackie loves the sunny weather in Southern California, especially the beaches.


Anthony Huerta
Anthony Huerta
Insurance Advisor

Anthony joined the CoverHound team in May 2013. Prior to joining CoverHound, Anthony spent 2 years with Farmers Insurance. He brings a focus on educating, recommending, and then matching insurance coverage to what best fits that client’s needs. He enjoys developing both trust and a strong bond with his clients, and strives to provide them with the best experience possible.

Anthony is From the Santa Cruz area of California and has been a SoCal resident for over 8 years now. He lives in Hollywood Beach, California with his wife Terra and their two dogs Boomer and Roxy. Anthony is a sports fan and enjoys participating in both adult softball and basketball city leagues. Outside of that he enjoys surfing, hiking, camping, craft beer, wine and food events. Anthony also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Jose State University.


Amber Bachman
Amber Bachman
Insurance Advisor

Amber began her career in the insurance industry in 2007 bringing CoverHound over 6 years of underwriting, sales and consulting clients on their personal insurance needs.

In her spare time she enjoys the beach, hiking, and traveling.


Cristina Ysais
Cristina Ysais
Client Relationship Manager

Cristina joined the CoverHound team in July 2013 bringing 18 years dedicated Customer Service experience, including 10 years as a Customer Service Supervisor for Auto Insurance Specialists, Cristina strives to cultivate rapport based relationships with clients and carriers by incorporating a Client First and Foremost philosophy in her role as Client Relationship Manager.


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Board Members

Basil Enan
Basil Enan

Keith Moore
Keith Moore

Tom Loverro
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Tom Loverro is a Principal at RRE Ventures. Tom focuses on early stage investments in the financial, enterprise, marketing and advertising technology spaces.

Tom is on the Board of Directors of CoverHound and is also actively involved with RRE's investments in Drobo and On Deck Capital.

Prior to joining RRE, Tom worked at Lightbank in Chicago, where he focused on early stage investments. Tom began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he advised technology, media and telecommunications clients on M&A and corporate finance. Following Goldman, Tom joined RRE as an analyst. Tom's involvement in RRE portfolio company Drobo led to him join the company full-time where he took responsibility for the company's marketing, branding and product launch efforts.

Tom is a Mentor for Blueprint Health in New York and Excelerate Labs in Chicago. He is also the Founder of the Young Executive Board of CampInteractive, a non-profit in Bronx, NY.

Tom holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar, and a BA from Stanford University, where he graduated with Distinction.


Bruce Taragin
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Bruce has 20 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University.

Bruce serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors Any.do, Appboy, Arcadia Data, CoverHound, Ellie, ePetWorld, Kreditech, Lenddo, Mentad, Mishor, Moment.me, Mom Trusted, PaidPiper, Revionics, Urbanara and Zanbato. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California.

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