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Mike Taylor-West ACII

Director, Private Client and Marine
Direct Tel: 646 665 7737
Mobile: +44 (0) 7500 109737
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Mike is a Maritime Business & Marine Law alumnus of the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth UK. He is also a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Mike brings over 20 years of international private client insurance experience, passion and enthusiasm to La Playa. Mike is also a keen windsurfer and skier. 

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Mark Boon ACII

CEO (LP Global)
Direct Tel: 917 842 6632
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With thirty years' experience, Mark specialises in insurance for the creative sectors, where his expertise has seen him handle multi-million dollar claims. An "early adopter", Mark is passionate about innovation and creativity, and has designed many specialist niche insurance programmes himself. Mark is one very few insurance professionals both licensed in New York State and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.

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Charlene Gill

Account Executive
Direct Tel: 646 665 7737
Mobile: 917 715 4672
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Charlene joined us in 2014, bringing perspective from both underwriting and broking. She has worked for over 22 years in both Personal and Commercial insurance, with the last 14 years being focused on underwriting risks related to the Entertainment Industry.  With twin boys, most of her free time is spent cheering on favorite NY sports teams: Jets, Mets, Nets, and of course Let’s Go Rangers! 

Jennifer Torres

Account Handler
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Jennifer Torres joined our New York office in 2016, having worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years.   She began her experience in fine art and entertainment insurance and has a very ‘can-do’ attitude to broking.  Jennifer loves to entertain and socialize with friends and family.  She has a young daughter and volunteers on the school PTA Board.   

Elaine Lamb

Director, La Playa International (London)
Direct Tel: 646 583 1574 or +44 (0) 20 3865 0149
Mobile: 646 665 7737
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Elaine joined La Playa’s S&T group in August 2011, bringing 18 years’ experience in commercial broking, including over 10 years working on international and technology business. She works across La Playa’s London and New York offices providing a bridge for brokers on both sides of the Atlantic. Most weekends Elaine can be found on the golf course.

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About La Playa Fine Arts

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Our in-depth understanding of the unique risk exposures in the art world means we speak your language - and we can save you time and hassle in the event of a claim. Our expertise is backed up with efficient and highly personal service and our wealth of experience spans over 50 years.

Whatever your specialism, we’ll take a creative and innovative approach to structuring your Fine Arts insurance programme and select for you an insurer who demonstrates understanding and experience of your field.  We’ll support you with great advice - helping you manage your risks and make good decisions to protect your organization or collection. 

At La Playa, we’re passionate about the arts and creative industries – many of us are practitioners and active consumers; in fact, La Playa founded the first ever corporate art collective.

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