Meet Our Team
Gimlin & Udy
John Udy, LUTCF, AFIS
Owner / Producer
I have been in the insurance industry for 32 years. 25 years ago, my father-in-law and I combined our businesses to form the Gimlin & Udy Insurance Agency. Although my father-in-law retired in October of 2013, the family element to our agency continues. Co-owner and fellow corporate officer is my wife, Lauri. She handles HR and all of the bookkeeping duties. My daughters Eliza Udy and Jessi Horn work in the business as well.
I always wanted to be a farmer. My very first job was working for a local farming family. Although the dream of becoming a farmer never materialized for me, I have had the privilege of insuring some of Ventura County's most prominent farmers, including the very same farming family that gave me my first job!
Eliza Udy, AFIS
Eliza began, what would become her insurance career, in 1994 - working for Gimlin & Udy part time after school. She earned her Property & Casualty license in 2000, her Life & Health license in 2012 and her AFIS designation in 2016 (Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist). She enjoys helping clients find solutions that best meet their insurance needs. Eliza finds her greatest joy in her children and raising a family together with her husband in her hometown of Camarillo.
M. Mayela Prendiz
Personal Lines Agent
Maria Mayela Prendiz is a Ventura County resident and UC Santa Barbara graduate. She began her insurance carrier as a claims adjuster with Mercury insurance in 2010. She soon realized that she enjoyed educating her clients about insurance coverages and decided to obtain her life and Personal lines insurance license in 2011. She worked for the Auto Club of Southern California where she gained knowledge and experience in personal lines. After coming to work for Gimlin and Udy she decided to expand her knowledge and earn her Property & Casualty license in 2017. She believes in providing great customer service with a smile.
Farm & Commercial Account Manager
Jessi is part of the 3rd generation here at Gimlin & Udy. She isn’t joking when she says that she has grown up in insurance: from taking naps as a toddler in the file room of the family’s agency to having her first dance at a Farm Bureau Annual Dinner; she quickly grew to respect the role that her father John (and late grandfather Joe) played in the community and wanted to become a part of it. In 2003, she made it official and joined the family business as a CSR. In 2013, she obtained her P&C Insurance license and began working side-by-side with John and some of our multi-generational farming families. She believes it is a privilege to not only continue her own family’s legacy, but to assist our clients in doing the same. In 2016, she and her family moved up to Northern Idaho but quickly realized that they had left their heart in Ventura County. We happily welcomed her back in December of 2017.
Jessi now lives in Camarillo with her husband, Steve, and their 6 children: Harley, Ryker, Lorelei, Maverick and twin daughters Mercy & Esme. They are active members at Pleasant Valley Christian Church where their older children also attend school. When she’s not at work, she enjoys shopping the local Farmer’s Markets, going for hikes or to the beach and proudly cheering on and photographing her children at their various athletic & academic activities.
Heather began her Insurance career November 2001 working on large Commercial and Real Estate Accounts. She earned her CISR in June of 2010 and continues to enjoy expanding her Insurance Knowledge. She joined the Gimlin & Udy Insurance Agency family in March of 2015. Heather and her husband were born and raised in Ventura County and they enjoy raising their daughter in this great community.
Sr. Account Service Representative
Lilia Flores Lindsey has lived in Ventura County her whole life. She graduated From Adolfo Camarillo High School in 1991. She began her insurance career in 2005 with Gimlin and Udy Insurance Agency and continues her career as a Senior Account Service Representative for the agency. She received her insurance P&C license in 2014. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Michael is a Camarillo resident and Cal State Channel Islands University graduate. He began his career in insurance in 2013 and has been with Gimlin and Udy since October 2016. He loves helping people with their insurance needs. He is both Property and Casualty and Life licensed. When he is not working, Michael enjoys helping his parents on their tangerine orchard, hiking and traveling. He most recently completed a 20-mile backpacking trip in the High Sierras.